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making scents: meet suzanne

posted July 1, 2014 by Maria |

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the lovely smell that wafts in the air after you spray our all-purpose cleaner? you can thank suzanne for that. the fresh scent that comes out of the dryer after you’ve finished a load of laundry? you can thank suzanne for that, too.

as our senior director of fragrance, suzanne has a nose in every product we create. and with more than 50 method scents currently on the market, we wondered how she keeps coming up with something new. “i look everywhere for inspiration,” says Suzanne, “fashion trends, food trends…even the things around me every day can inspire a scent.”

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take method’s beach sage fragrance, for example. when we say that it’s like a stroll on the beach on a misty morning, suzanne did have a specific place close to home in mind. “there’s a place i run in the morning in Crissy Field [in San Francisco] where the trail hugs the bay and you often get the mist from the fog rolling in. the sea air mixes with the scent from the eucalyptus trees and sage that surround the area…it’s just so crisp and refreshing,” she explains.

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a self-confessed scent geek, suzanne spends a lot of time reading about the science of smell. “i just find it so fascinating,” she says. “it is a science, but there is also a huge emotional component. people store scents in their olfactory memory, and what i love most about my job is the thought that i can help someone recall a happy thought or bring them to a peaceful place—all with one fragrance.”

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method cares: raphael house

posted June 27, 2014 by Maria |

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a company that cares together, stays together. so on one sunny friday in june, a team of 45 method employees joined forces to help a local shelter better serve families in need.

where we went: raphael house, san francisco, california

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what they do: a privately funded organization, the raphael house is a safe haven for homeless and low-income families and helps them achieve stable housing and financial independence in a supportive, nurturing environment that feels a lot like home.

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what we did: team method gave the hallways and communal areas a fresh coat of paint, cooked meals, cleaned and organized store rooms, built bicycles for young residents and helped the staff prep for the raphael house’s annual 4th of July bash.

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find out more about how you can help the raphael house by visiting raphaelhouse.org.

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when pictures say it all

posted May 30, 2014 by Maria |

what happens when you divide the method office into eight teams and give them some space to decorate?

this.

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and this.

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and this.

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there were games (no frogs were harmed in this competition)…

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…some (harmless) weapons…

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…and even a silent disco.

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but what happened in vegas? we’ll never tell.

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happy friday everyone!

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easy DIY mother’s day gift

posted May 6, 2014 by Maria |

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still need to get something special for mom this mother’s day? make your own work of art with a little help from our craft pod.

what you’ll need:

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sand paper

paint brushes

painter’s tape

block of wood

acrylic paint in your favorite colors

hooks + binder clips

glue gun (optional)

chalkboard paint (optional)

what to do:

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1. smooth out any uneven surfaces on your block of wood with sandpaper.

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2. use the painter’s tape to cover the parts you don’t want paint to hit and create your own design—bold stripes, borders, blocks of color…whatever your creative heart desires. then, apply your first coat of paint and let dry. repeat with additional coats until you’re satisfied.

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3. once the paint is completely dry, slowly peel off the tape.

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5. put the finishing touches on your piece of wood. need some ideas?

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method’s craft pod meets each month to make a creative project. check back in for more DIY posts. and if you followed the instructions above, we’d love to see what you made. post a pic to the comments section.

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5 ways to win at ping pong

posted April 28, 2014 by Maria |

 

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if there’s one thing you need to know about method (aside from the fact that we make awesome cleaning products), it’s that we take ping pong very seriously. we recently completed our  annual march madness ping pong doubles tournament, with lucy s.+ josh paddling in for the win. below, they share some of their best kept ping pong secrets (even if it’s lucy doing most of the talking):

1. three words: low. cut. shirts. three more words: on josh, obviously.

2. look the part. josh has his own 29-year-old paddle, which he keeps in his desk drawer. he saved the money he made working at a deli in high school to buy it—and it psyches people out. it’s kind of like having your own bowling ball. are you good at bowling? maybe. but when you roll in with your own bowling ball, you’d better believe people take notice. if you’re lucky, they’re like, “hey dude, great bowling ball. can i buy you a pretzel?” by the way, josh takes his pretzels with mustard.

3. play up your strengths. josh has a crazy top spin-slicey serve that is nearly impossible to return. my skill is getting the ball over the net 80% of the time. together, we’re like katniss and peeta, united in victory. but just to be clear, josh has a lovely wife, sally, who also works at method (hi sally!), and i have a husband who came into the office during the playoffs and wondered why we were all drinking at 3 p.m. on a wednesday.

4. practice, or not. josh doesn’t practice because he doesn’t want people to scope his game. i practice a lot, which perhaps made people think i was faking at  being mediocre. that, of course, would have taken more talent than just being good. so, it was like reverse-reverse psychology. which i guess just makes it psychology.

5. as in all things in life, just get the ball over the net. maybe they return it handily. maybe it comes back at you faster than you sent it. maybe it hits you in the boob. but every once in a while, it’s a point. and enough of those is a win.

stay tuned as lucy + josh play dirk + bob from Ecover in our people against dirty® global championships on may 1st. want to see pics from past ping pong finals? just click here and here.

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