Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…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!”