Graphic-design guru Derek Cooper prefers some things to be black and white. Well, all things, if he’s being completely honest. “In my apartment, everything is black, white, and brass. It’s a lot of work to be a minimalist,” Derek laughs. So it makes sense that when designing his own line of sleek candles and super-hydrating lip goods, Derek would want them to vibe with his monochrome Idaho home. But why that product pairing anyway? They were two things he bought often—and he knew he could do better than the artificial ingredients and gaudy packaging he so often encountered. In 2016, after a few years of research, he landed on Basalt’s all-natural, feel-good recipes that include castor seed oil, beeswax, and vitamin E—all wrapped up in two-tone tubes and tins that would make Ansel Adams proud.