“I started out at Refinery29 as a project manager and worked as a liaison between ad sales and their creative team. Somehow they had found out that I had been a makeup artists for ten years and asked me to do the instant makeover video and it so well with the thirty second up do that we kept doing them and eventually I became the Assistant Beauty Editor. I was there for a while and I just applied for the job at Elle not thinking I was going to get it and they emailed me back within five minutes to set up an interview. So after about a week of interviews they offered me the position and I took it because that’s my dream job, working for Elle (laughs).
“My husband Bertrand and I created Caudalie back in ‘93 after we met Professor Vercauteren from the University of Pharmacy in Bordeaux. We were touring my family vineyard, and he told us that we were growing the best part of the vine. He let us know about the French paradox, how French people drink more wine than anyone else in the world but have the least cardiovascular disease, even though they eat a lot of foie gras and good cheese (laughs). It is because the polyphenols found in red wine strengthen your blood vessels and prevent cardiovascular disease. Those polyphenols are extremely efficient at fighting free radicals, which are responsible for four out of five wrinkles. But they were extremely unstable and turned creams red. So we met with him the next day and learned that he was patenting a way to stabilize these extracts. We convinced him not to sell his patent to a big skin care company but to work with us.