You grow certain ingredients, such as avocado, specifically for the products. What is the process like when working with these types of ingredients, and how do you ensure their efficacy?
Permaculture affords Retrouvé an incredible level of control over the quality of our produce, and we are endeavoring to source more produce from our permaculture ranch in Malibu to utilize as ingredients for our superb formulations because it gives us comfort and confidence to know that these ingredients are pure - that the produce from which the ingredients are distilled is grown in clean soil, without pesticides, and cultivated with natural fertilizers and natural spring water sourced on the property. Through these special processes of growing, the ingredient quality can be enhanced to help provide exceptional skin nourishment. We also try to use other sustainably grown ingredient resources as well.
Retrouvé simplifies the skincare routine with concentrated, multi-purpose formulations that reduce the need for a plethora of products dedicated to a single concern each. Our dynamic moisturizers contain a synergistic blend of ingredients that addresses myriad skin concerns, including hydration, desiccation, smoothness, fine lines, and brightness and may be used on the face, neck, and décolletage. The fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, cruelty-free formulations are created with a signature selection of beneficial ingredients to enhance the skin’s own hydration and help impart a beautiful radiant glow to the skin.
Retrouve is marketed as a unisex line, which is quite rare to be found in the industry. What do you feel is an essential component to creating a product that can be used for all genders?
At a time when gender is so fluid, it seems somewhat arbitrary to designate products for a “man” or for a “woman” exclusively. As with many other indices of “male and femaleness,” gender, and sexuality, human skin exists on a spectrum; therefore, at Retrouvé, we prefer to consider our clients’ skin individually to help them create the optimal personalized regimen, regardless of gender. Thus, we refer to our preparations as gender-free.
When I was first creating the products that eventually became Retrouvé, I wanted formulations that both my husband, Klaus and I could use. Thus, from the start, our brand was intended for both men and women, and Klaus continues to use it daily. Our preparations are not perfumed, and the packaging is designed to be appealing to all. In over 40 years of professional experience in the skincare industry, I have been resolute in promulgating my belief that the consistent use of sunscreen and a moisturizer best suited to one’s specific and particular skin type can significantly help to protect the skin and its appearance over time.