Interview: Gold Essence Cosmetics

I was looking for specific products for my very dry skin but was not satisfied with the products I was finding on the market. I told myself, you’ve got to use the knowledge that you have to solve your skincare issues. This is how I decided to make my own natural products.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
My name is Laure Barry, Nose and Founder of Gold Essence Cosmetics. My father was a Flight Attendant  and my  mother is a Fashion Designer. Since my very young age I developed a passion for travel. After my high school diploma in experimental science, I decided to move to France to  study chemical engineering mostly because my best friend, Marie Helene, was in the same field. The funny part is that, I initially choose that area of study because she was there, but finally she decided to move to something else she found more exciting while I decided to pursue. I was looking for specific products for my very dry skin but was not satisfied with the products I was finding on the market. I told myself “You’ve got to use the knowledge that you have to solve your skincare issues”. This is how I  decided to make my own natural products. It was in the beginning of 2004. At that time, some family members started seeing a great improvement on my skin ad hair and asked me if I could also make products for them. They were using my products and where experiencing the same results.

Eight years later, I had another issue: through researches, I saw several articles stating that there might be a link between asthma (I have been suffering from since childhood), certain types of cancer and some chemicals like phthalates. Even if this is still controversial, I didn’t want to take the risk anymore and started working on a perfume line free from phthalate. I have always loved the purity and the beauty of gemstones and one day, while meditating on one of my favorite scriptures of the Bible (Revelation 21:19-21), I was inspired to name my 12 perfumes after the 12 gemstones mentionned in those verses.

I then asked my friends and family to give me their honest feedback and their great appreciation of the different scents pushed me to make it now available to the public. Our first luxury perfume collection is “As pure as Gold… As precious as a Gem!”.

WHAT IS THE BRAND’S PHILOSOPHY?
We believe that Beauty starts within us. However, there is also an external part we have to work on. We are dedicated to artisanal perfumery using only natural and pure essential oils, absolutes, concretes, CO2 extracts; as well as premium fragrance compounds (for the smells like fruits that cannot be obtained through natural sources) that are free from hazardous chemicals (like phthalates). The concentrated odorous part (“parfumage”) is then infused in a natural fractionated coconut oil base and macerated for several months. The size and beautiful packaging of our products make them convenient to carry everywhere.

The satisfaction of our clients is our greatest reward.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT
I would say that every single one of my products is an achievement in itself because it has been produced to solve an issue I had. As explained earlier, this is how I formulate : there is always an issue I want to solve, I put my chemist attire on and start my researches until I come up with the result ! Voila.

WHERE CAN OUR READERS FIND YOU ONLINE?
Readers can find us at www.goldessencecosmetics.com

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