Reminiscing With…Caudalíe’s Mathilde Thomas
Beauty Nostalgia is a 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: Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of Caudalíe skincare
The product: “When I was a teenager in the eighties, I would go sailing with my parents in the Mediterranean near Capri. During these trips, I remember my mother putting Hei Poa Pur Monoï Tahiti on her hair and body to moisturize in the evening. The perfumed oil is made from soaking Tahitian gardenias in a semi-wax coconut oil. You can actually see the flower in the bottle. I love the scent because it reminds me of climbing the Stromboli volcano off the Italian coast, eating the most delicious gelato in Capri, visiting the Pompeii ruins, going to Panarea, and having the best pizza in Napoli. I would use the oil just like she did—warming it between my fingers and applying it on the ends of my hair and on my legs. I’ve bought many bottles since those days, and it inspired me to create my own Divine Oil (a blend of grapeseed, argan, hibiscus, shea butter, and sesame oils with antioxidant polyphenols). It [captures] the scent of the beaches in Saint-Tropez and summer holidays.”—As told to Kari Molvar