From the woman who catapulted Kiehl's into a household name comes a new line of meticulously formulated luxe skincare products. When Jami Morse Heidegger sold the family business to L'Oréal, she continued to do what she loved: work with her chemist to blend the powerful skincare products she didn't see in the market, only this time it was for personal use. "I have always been interested in the idea of creating a more high-powered product. At Kiehl’s, I often requested my chemist to make more potent versions of my favorite products just for my own use. When I turned 40, my interest in utilizing the most concentrated ingredients and innovative technologies available intensified," Morse Heidegger tells us.
After refining her personal formulas using the latest technology and top-notch ingredients, Retrouvé was born. Her collection of personal skincare products was everything she wanted, "I have the freedom to create as I please," she notes. The sky was the limit when it came to conceptualizing the products—and no expense was spared. "Because the products were initially for my personal use only, no compromise was made in the cost, quality, or research behind the ingredients or processes used to develop the formulas. Retrouvé is my personal skincare vision of using only supremely exclusive and efficacious select anti-aging ingredients in superior concentrations and set in luxurious textures, that I was unable to find elsewhere."
Keep scrolling to read on and learn more about Retrouvé, the innovative luxury skin care line by Jami Morse Heidegger.
BYRDIE: Can you tell us about where the ingredients are sourced from? We heard about an avocado farm in Malibu.
JAMI MORSE HEIDEGGER: Wherever possible, we source the highest grade of ingredients on the market from suppliers who have ethical and sustainable business practices and a history of quality. For example, the squalene that we utilize is of the highest grade and is more expensive due to the fact that it is plant-based and not derived from animals. My husband, Klaus, has been growing avocados on our Malibu ranch in accordance with the principles of permaculture. We are very excited to now be utilizing oil pressed from the ranch’s avocados in our Luminous Cleansing Elixir, and we have additional orchards that we also plan to cultivate for raw ingredients such as vitamin C.
BYRDIE: Can you talk about the main differences between the between the serum, cream, and moisturizer?
JMH: Unlike many brands, we do not focus on one or two 'star' ingredients when creating formulations. Rather, all of our products are infused with clinically proven anti-aging ingredients scientifically identified for their preventive, nourishing, and restorative properties.
The Nutrient Face Serum is a nourishing vitamin supplement for the skin and the foundation of our line. It is the Retrouvé hydrating product that is the most universal, as is compatible with most skin types. A potent complex concentrate, our water-based Nutrient Face Serum is imbued with a sophisticated gelling agent that was designed to evaporate quickly and leave behind residual benefits that help to maintain the skin’s natural youthful functions while advanced enriching ingredients soothe and lightly moisturize.
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JMH: The Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream is a classic, creamy moisturizer that elegantly delivers potent and nourishing ingredients to the skin, thus imparting softness and hydration. It is recommended for normal-to-dry skin and utilizes the power of lamellar gel technology to provide significant aid in the maintenance of skin hydration levels in a similar manner as the skin does naturally.
The Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is Retrouvé’s pièce de résistance. Its formulation was refined and tweaked over a period of 15 years as new ingredients and technologies became available! This revitalizing treatment is tailored for dry skin and is packed with a powerful proprietary blend of vitamin-based actives and effective restorative ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural moisturizing properties, locking moisture within the skin while enabling it to breathe.
BYRDIE: What is the story behind the brilliant packaging? It's seriously so nice—and we hear there's a functional aspect, too.
JMH: Thank you so much for your kind words about our packaging. Much thought and care went into its creation! The decision to utilize black packaging was based on both form and function: Since I was quite young, I’ve always loved black—it connoted a certain mystery and elegance to which I aspired. There is a strength to black as well as an etherealness. It has become my signature.
The packaging was meticulously designed from elements such as crafted opaque matte frosted Italian glass, black lacquering and an airless pumping system to provide the best possible protection from the detrimental effects of light and oxidation.
BYRDIE: What we can expect from the brand later in 2016?
JMH: For some time now, I have been working with my chemist to create a highly-efficacious exfoliating pad to prime the skin for the subsequent application of skincare treatments in a gentle, non-abrasive manner, harnessing the power of advanced skincare technologies and clinically-effective concentrations of potent ingredients. Stay tuned!
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