6 posts tagged "Olivia Chantecaille"
This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Olivia Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille Beauté
“This is an old family recipe that my French grandmother passed down to my mom, who then shared it with me. I cherish it because it reminds me of them. But I like to put my own modern spin on it with a few additional pure ingredients. I do this treatment at the start of each new season, to help my hair adjust to the changing weather. It really works to make it stronger, shinier, and silkier. Plus, the rose water helps to balance out the pH of the hair and prevent breakage.”
One for the Recipe Box: Homemade Hair Treatment With Rose Water
1/4 cup of rose water
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of rum
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
“Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, add the rose water, rum, and oils. Mix the ingredients well. I apply the mask on towel-dried, not wet hair, which allows it to penetrate better. I start by massaging the mixture into the scalp and work my way down to the ends. Then I secure my hair in a chignon and let the mask soak in for thirty minutes. I finish by rinsing with cold water to seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and boost shine.”
Chantecaille has staged a crusade for many an endangered species (turtles, tigers, and sharks, oh my!). The latest addition to its menagerie of compacts: wild horses. Because more than 90,000 American wild horses have been forced off federally protected land since 2001 and 22 million acres of their habitat have been lost to the cattle, fracking, and mining industries, the beauty company is taking a stand in hopes of keeping this iconic creature of the West roaming free. In this palette you’ll find four pony-embossed powders in a range of surprisingly tame and earthy shades: Black Stallion, a shimmery ebony liner; Palomino, a soft gold shadow inspired by this breed’s signature blond mane; Mustang, a warm bronze for eyes; and Freedom, a pink blush that’s reminiscent of the sky at dusk. Available for pre-order on the Barneys website, 5 percent of this product’s proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of the United States. Be sure to wrangle one of these limited-edition palettes before they ride off into the sunset for good.
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 the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of Chantecaille Cosmetics
The Product: “With my mother being from Paris, perfume played a prominent role in our home and upbringing. When I turned 13, my mother encouraged me to find my first fragrance—one that would suit me and be an extension of myself. She brought me back a bottle of Diorissimo, by Christian Dior, from Paris, which is a lovely, delicate scent of lily of the valley and embodies the beauty of innocence and youth. It felt like an important beauty rite of passage as I was entering the world of cosmetics and embracing a ritual loved by my mother and my grandmother. They showed me how to lightly spritz it on the back of my neck, right under my hair, so it would never be overwhelming. That way, the fragrance transforms and becomes your own, never smelling the same on two different people. This fragrance helped to solidify my love of flowers and how to incorporate them into my beauty routine. When I felt like I had outgrown Diorissimo, I moved on to a fragrance my mother created while at Prescriptives, called Calyx, a very modern creation based in green florals that suited me as I left the nest for school and work and explored the world on my own. Soon after, when we launched Chantecaille Cosmetics, we introduced a collection of natural floral fragrances, and I immediately fell in love with Tiare, with notes of refined Tahitian gardenia—a symbol of love. As I look back, I can fondly say that the perfumes I have worn have helped define me and are reminiscent of the special times in my life. They are like an olfactory photo album.”
After releasing her own self-tanner, then getting accused of stealing the formula of said self-tanner from another tanning expert, Lindsay Lohan has some new faux-glow problems. The actress reportedly owes $41,031 in back fees to Tanning Vegas, a Nevada salon she frequented between 2007 and 2009. That is a lot of fake baking. [Daily News]
Rihanna has a new fragrance coming out and the campaign for the scent—called Nude—looks to be fairly name-appropriate, featuring a topless Ri-Ri. [Just Jared]
Clairol has named Giada De Laurentiis the new face of its Natural Instincts hair color line. The Food Network star might seem like an unlikely choice, but if her mass appeal is anywhere as addicting as her cooking show, Everyday Italian, it just might be a good fit. [People]
The summer heat is on and Olivia Chantecaille has a good skin-saving solution to the humidity: “I recommend switching to oil-free creams and serums.” Live it, love it. [Forbes]
Mothers may occasionally drive us batty (and can be more critical of our wardrobe choices than anyone else in our lives), but they tend to also be a pretty wise bunch—particularly when it comes to beauty matters. With Mother’s Day right around the corner (put your flower orders in now), we asked some of our favorite beauty insiders to share the wisdom, tips, tricks, and secrets their own maternal figures have passed along to them. The overlying advice? When in doubt, D.I.Y.
Pati Dubroff, Clarins celebrity beauty artist
“My mother always taught me not to forget the neck, the skin behind the ears and the chest when applying masks, face creams, even eye creams. Anything left on the fingertips goes beyond the face. Recently an actress who is my same age remarked that my neck was ‘holding up well,’ and I’m sure it’s a result of this practice.”
François Nars, founder of NARS Cosmetics
“Blush is one of my favorite products and it’s because my mother used to be so fond of it. She would never leave the house without it. And if she ever didn’t have blush on, she would pinch her cheeks. It always made her feel better.”
Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes
“My mother introduced me to authentic Turkish rosewater. She would always make sure I had a bottle and encouraged me to mist it on my face and hair. I don’t know if she even knew of the powerful antiaging components of rose, but I still use rosewater every day. And my great grandmother who lived to be 104 always told me to wash my face with buttermilk.”
Cynthia Chua, founder of Strip Ministry of Waxing
“One of the best things [my mom] has taught me is this wonderful remedy of myrrh oil for a mouth abrasion, which always works almost instantaneously. She also taught me to drink a glass of hot water infused with lemon first thing every morning to aid your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.”
Vincent Longo, makeup artist and founder of Vincent Longo cosmetics
“My grandmother always had the most beautiful-looking skin and gorgeous silver hair; it was long down to her buttocks and she would keep it braided and wrapped perfectly around her head. I remember how every morning before braiding it she would wash it and then comb a little almond oil through. She would then take an extra dab of almond oil and rub it over her face. To this day it’s my favorite product for my hair and skin and one of the only ones I always use!”