Welcome to The Top Shelf – a flossy exclusive series where we dig into the best of the best, Top-Shelf-worthy intimacy wellness brands. Here on The Top Shelf, we provide insight into high-quality products that are designed to elevate whatever form of pleasure you desire.
As expert curators, flossy aims to inspire our community to support brands and products that prioritize their enjoyment, desire, and wellness. With a commitment to innovative design, clean, high-quality ingredients, and 100% body-safe materials, flossy's Top Shelf products are designed to elevate the pleasure of all people.
Today, we’re welcoming Rosebud Woman founder and pleasure expert, Christine Marie Mason, to share why Rosebud Woman is a Top Shelf brand.
Christine Marie Mason (she/her)Founder, Rosebud Woman
On the Land of the Miwok, in the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, in Marin County, CA & in Kalapana, on the Big Island, in the Hawai’an Kingdom
"I founded Rosebud Woman out of a love for life in a woman’s body from birth to 100, and to overturn any stigma, shame, taboo – letting go of any programming that makes the experience of being female anything less than spectacularly joyful. I’m a mom, grandmother, yogi, author, adventurer… but mostly I’m a creator who likes to see beautiful ideas come to life and have a big impact."
If Rosebud were a musical style, artist, or song?
Emmy Melli’s I Am Woman is our current anthem
What would you say are Rosebud's core values – what makes you, ‘you’?
The word that comes to mind is “right relationship”- to our own bodies, to each other and to the rest of earth on which we are wholly and utterly interdependent. Our words at Rosebud Woman are: Love, Kindness, Reverence, Respect, Beauty, Pleasure, Presence, Power, Play. In our products we value exquisite plant-based formulations that work, ritualistic presentation, and sustainable making.
What makes Rosebud a Top Shelf brand?
Attention to detail, attention to quality, and a mission-driven reason for existing. Our voice in the market is utterly unique: we have an opinion, a perspective on the right to joy in your body, that is reflected in everything we do.
Tell us about one of Rosebud's stand-out products and how it prioritizes pleasure…
Our Anoint Nourishing Body Oil is about full body love and the pleasure of touch. Not only is the texture perfect, but the herbs create a beautiful skin response, and we couple it with an oxytocin-inducing guide to affirming your body in words and touch.
Why is it important to support Top Shelf brands?
Otherwise, it’s a race to the bottom: copycats, derivatives, sequels. Things that focus on price at the expense of quality, that don’t live aligned values. We buy from companies we know and love.
What does pleasure look like for you?
I feel pleasure when I can really be in the moment with whatever is happening in the moment- attuned to my body, to the people I’m with, to the environment. It’s enhanced when there are no unsaid things clouding the field.
Pleasure is enhanced when I feel purposeful- doing work I love, like making new product concoctions or doing the podcast on love and liberation, or bringing people I love together to meet each other.. I love embodied pleasure, which for me is putting on the music and dancing until I’m sweaty and glowing, or slip-sliding down a mountain or doing a kitchen dance cooking a beautiful meal with someone. Being right here, right now. Loving this life, and this moment. And if I’m NOT enjoying it, I ask myself “what would pleasure do”, and do that thing.
Any last words?
Do everything you can to become free in yourself in this precious life. When we heal our traumas, de-program our unhelpful adaptations and follow our joy, the entire world benefits. We want to see the real magic of your true self, not a copy of how you think the world wants you to be.