3 posts tagged "Francesco Clark"
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers,tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on thesticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Francesco Clark, founder of Clark’s Botanicals and author of Walking Papers.
The Product: “I grew up in Italy, near Bologna, and most of my winters and summers were spent in the Alps. My family and I would go hiking and rock climbing, and being in that environment all the time, it was very much about using products that worked and were also natural. So I loved Labello lip balm. It smelled like coconut—but not exactly coconut—and vanilla. You wanted to eat it. As a kid, I really liked that. I always carried it in my pocket, like most Italians do. In fact, you didn’t even refer to it as lip balm, just ‘Can I borrow your Labello?’ The formula in Italy is different than the one here—it’s very soothing and quick to absorb. It was really good for skiing, and I would even put it on my cheeks to prevent windburn!
“The way I grew up is very much in the DNA of Clark’s Botanicals. It’s about having the best of nature and science, so your skin can be its healthiest. When I set out to develop a lip balm, I wanted to use ingredients that would solve the problem of chapped skin, not just on the surface. So we used calendula to promote healing along with algae microspheres that attract moisture from the air and plump your lips while also providing moisture in a time-release formula. For the scent, I used jasmine absolute combined with vanilla, which creates a very subtle scent. [Our Ultra Rich Lip Balm] is what I carry in my pocket now…it’s my version of Labello!”
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”
You’re probably already aware of Clark’s Botanicals, the niche skincare line that features a little something called Nourishing Youth Serum, its smash-hit anti-wrinkle treatment, and a little something else called Cellular Lifting Serum, which was one of the first products to harness the skin-protecting power of rare Swiss apple stem cells. They’re fabulous, right? Well, the man behind the brand, Francesco Clark, is even more awe-inspiring than his skin salves. Eight years ago, a 24-year-old Clark dove into the shallow end of a pool and suffered massive spinal cord injuries that left him paralyzed from the neck down. From the beginning, Clark defied expectations, quickly abandoning the ventilator doctors thought he would be forever hooked up to, and subjecting himself to years of experimental therapies and surgery to attain the range of motion he has today. Another result of the accident was a skin condition that robbed Clark of the ability to sweat out toxins. So he decided to address the issue by creating his own skincare line with the help of his doctor father, and thus was born Clark’s Botanicals. The entirety of Clark’s incredible, and frankly, pretty miraculous, story can now be found in his new book, Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet (Hyperion), which hit shelves this week. We suggest adding it to your summer reading list and poring over it in between applications of Clark’s Ultra Rich Lip Balm, the brand’s après-sun godsend.