WHO Mathilde Thomas, Co-founder of luxury natural skincare brand Caudalie. WHERE THe members-only Harvard Club in new york. RAISED GRENOBLE, FrancE.
When we created the company, I was 23 years old. From day one, I—and the scientists I worked with—knew we had an incredible molecule [resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in grapevines]. I still test every single formula coming out of the lab. Usually it takes me, on average, 100 trials to find the perfect recipe. Our newest line, Resveratrol LIFT, not only works to firm the skin but also re-plumps.
“This year, our family is moving to Hong Kong because Caudalie is growing very fast in Asia and I think Asia needs us. For me, Asia is a big source of inspiration—all the essences and products, the sheet masks, the packaging.
“I’m very glad that my husband is my business partner. That helps a lot, because all we think about is our company—when we’re not thinking of family and the kids, of course! He also really helps with balance. I think that if you want to have a great career as a woman, you need to find the right man. You need to balance your business, your relationships and your friendships. Pamper yourself. Go to the spa sometimes, go to the hairdresser.
“I design products for Caudalie that I want for myself. The priority is for them to be very effective. But I also want the formula to be green [natural and environmentally friendly]. Then I want the product to feel luxurious, to smell luxurious and to be very refined. So, I want it all!”
Caudalie joined forces with Harvard Medical School to create the new Resveratrol LIFT collection. The brand is patenting the key ingredient, a potent blend of resveratrol and moisture-rich micro-hyaluronic acids. Scientists discovered that this combination can boost production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and collagen. In other words, it’s utterly magnifique!