Mathilde Thomas

WHO Mathilde Thomas, Co-founder of lux­ury nat­u­ral skin­care brand Cau­dalie. WHERE THe mem­bers-only Har­vard Club in new york. RAISED GRENO­BLE, FrancE.

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty -

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!

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