Derek Cooper founded the beauty brand Basalt for two reasons: he loves fragrances (like, really, really loves fragrances) and wanted to fill a gap that's long plagued the beauty and grooming industries."I personally noticed a lack of unisex skincare and fragrances in the market," he says. "With that in mind, I set out to create products that weren't just sexy, but also fulfilled actual needs and purposes."
Basalt, launched earlier this year, addresses that need in the grooming industry with stylish candles and lip balms with simple packaging and a range of notes that include lime, neroli, cedar, vanilla, rose, and more. "It took months to perfect the original five fragrances (Dark Tides, Saint Violet, Sweet Mimosa, White Blonde, and Sweet Tobacco)," Cooper says.
All of Basalt's products are developed with a gender-neutral aesthetic in mind. The candles are packaged in paint cans with a black and white marble motif, elegant pieces of home decor in their own right. "As a unisex brand, I wanted to create packaging and products that were both minimalist and fashion-forward," Cooper says. "I love the industrial look of the paint cans and the lip balm in metal tubes, paired with black and white labels."
It makes sense that someone who admits to having a home filled with designer candles would know that there's a right way and a wrong way to burn a candle. Take note. "Always burn your candle for three to four hours at a time, or until the whole top surface of the candle is melted," Cooper recommends. "This will ensure that the candle burns edge to edge, and doesn't create a crater in the middle of the wax."
Candles and lip balm are just the tip of the iceberg for Basalt. "I already have a full skincare line in the works," Cooper says. Monochromatic heaven awaits.