REDMILK AND CAUDALIE, A BRAND OF NATURAL COSMETIC TREATMENTS CREATED IN BORDEAUX BY THE INGENIOUS MATHILDE THOMAS AND HER HUSBAND BERTRAND, AS WELL AS BY THE LOVE FOR GRAPES AND GRAPEVINES AND THE CONSEQUENT BENEFITS THAT THESE BRING TO THE SKIN, HAVE CHOSEN FIVE WOMEN IN ORDER TO GET TO KNOW THEIR DAILY HABITS AND TO TALK ABOUT OXIDATION FACTORS AND STRATAGEMS FOR WELLBEING.
A POSITIVE ACTION ON HEALTH, AS THE “FRENCH PARAD’OX” TEACHES US, IS OFFERED BY THE POLYPHENOLS WHICH ARE PRESENT IN STABILISED GRAPE SEEDS, TO WHICH CAUDALIE HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LATEST POLYPHENOL C15 CAUDALIE LINE.
Your typical day narrated by means of your: times – movements – time spent outdoors – time spent in front of a computer – time spent on the phone:
AGNES SCHULTZ: “I often wake up early. The first few hours of the day are the most effective for me. Respond to emails and do research without none calling you it is relaxing. Usually I put myself in front of the computer for an hour before getting ready. My days as a fashion stylist are very different from each other. When I’m not on the set in the morning I do research for my projects. If the weather is nice I take the computer and I start working on the terrace.
In the afternoon I go to appointments and I prefer moving on foot. I come back home and I have a bath while listening to a podcast. Then I make dinner with my boyfriend.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “I usually wake up at 7:00 , I drink a coffee and a refreshing juice, smoking a cigarette, then I wake up my daughter Verde and I accompany her to school. I wake up Celeste, my second daughter, at 08.30 and she has breakfast with me. This breakfast is richer than the one made in the early morning: biscuits, fruit, cereals…and then it’s time to go to school.
The day flows in different ways from time to time, in general I move from one side of the city to another, by foot, bicycle, public transports or taxi.
I have the phone always in my hands, to take pictures, call or listen to music. I almost always have lunch around 1pm and in the afternoon, after the girls’ school, especially during spring, it’s a must going to the park with them and if I do not have many work commitments we stay there for at least two hours.
About seven o’clock it’s time to go home, I prepare dinner and if my husband and I are not busy, at eight o’clock we have dinner all together.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “I never have a precise programme, every day is different. I really live my city, I move around a lot, on my bike, by car, on foot. I spend a lot of time in parks with my golden retriever George and on the phone, but I allow myself regular breaks, especially eating with friends; it is extremely important to know how to listen. On the other hand, I only sit in front of my computer as long as it is necessary.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “Even when I don’t work I wake up pretty early, never later than 9, and I always allow myself to have a good breakfast at home, before going out for various daily adventures. I am often around all day, when I am not away for work in the evening I usually do yoga or go to the gym and for dinner or after I try to meet friends or go to the cinema, my passion.
I spend about an hour in front of the pc and even more time on the phone, including calls, emails and messages, I am always connected.
Unfortunately, except for the weekend, during the week I rarely go for a walk outside but once the sun is shining I try to enjoy it as much as possible.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: Times: 6am -12am, movements: the centre of Milan, appointments, gym, jogging in the parc, time spent outdoors: 2.5 hours maximum every day, time spent in front of a computer: approximately 8 hours, time spent on the phone: 1 hour.
Eating habits: your breakfast – what couldn’t you do without – what do you like to indulge in?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “My breakfast usually consists in a smoothie of vegetables and fruits, bread with seeds and avocado or cheese and coffee. In Sweden we don’t eat sweets in the morning and after so many years in Italy I still prefer the Swedish breakfast.
Avocado. I don’t know how many I eat in a week…
Chocolate and ginger ice cream.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “For breakfast, juice and coffee, later sometimes fruit or cereal with almonds or walnuts and wholemeal biscuits . I unlikely eat bread or croissants. In the evening after dinner I cannot give up eating something sweet. I live in gluttonous sins. Actually I always eat whatever I want. In the days when I feel I’d better be careful about my shape I try to eat healthier but there is no a strict restriction.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “For breakfast I have coffee, cereals, soya milk and bananas, all of it strictly at home. I could never do without ginger, I put it everywhere. And I like to indulge in pistachio ice cream.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “Breakfast is my favorite meal, it consists in an American coffee, even two or three cups, lots of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango and strawberry yogurt with granola.
I cannot give up what makes me feel good, small everyday activities, including eating my favorite food, taking care of my body with exercise and massages and being with the people I love.
Gluttonous sin: ice cream, a drug!”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “Hot water with lemon, oatmeal with fruit and coffee. Mangos and avocados. Biscuits with chocolate chips.”
Wine, the protagonist of the so-called French paradox, is known as a powerful antioxidant. What is your relationship with this pleasure? What are your preferences and do you associate it with particular rituals?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “I like prosecco so much, especially the dry one. I’ve been tasting some really delicious Italian sparkling wines. I like champagne even more, but I don’t drink it often. In the evening a glass of wine shared with a good company relaxes me. On the other hand two glasses wake me up and put me in a party mood.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “I love wine. Maybe it is more a ritual because I don’t think I’m an expert. Every evening after seven o’clock I know that it is the time for my usual glass of wine before preparing dinner.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “It is a pleasure to all intents and purposes, I only drink very good wine and in relaxed moments.
Red wine reminds me of the preparations in our family home in Tuscany, while bubbles are made for chatting with friends.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “I love wine, especially white and fruity but I like the red one too, and I mostly drink it during in winter.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “I love wine, and I am always happy to drink it. I like to drink wine with a nice dish, preferably at dinner.”
What do you think of wine being transformed into a beauty elixir, by means of specific creams and products… (all Caudaliè products are based on grapevines)?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “I’m very curious about how it works as a beauty elixir.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “I discover the story of Caudalie the day of our shooting and I have to say that I was very fascinated by the fact that especially from what is not used to make wine, come the ingredients used for many beauty products.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “Wine means nature and tradition, two perfect ingredients for an elixr.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “I’m trying for the first time the serum s.o.s. Caudalie Vinosource, made with organic grape water, hyaluronic acid and grape-seed polyphenols and I discover a great product, it moisturizes without greasiness.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “I think it is a good and healthy beauty treatment.”
Ageing and wrinkles: how do you face the passing of time not only from the point of view of mood? We are also involuntarily exposed to the sun, to pollution, light, stress and smoke. What are your secrets to protect your skin?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “Wrinkles don’t scare me. They are signs of life. I’ve never thought that beauty only means youth.
I don’t have any great secret but in the evening I usually remove my make-up and I put a moisturizer. In general I try to use products with natural ingredients. I drink lots of water and eat healthy.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “I know I am going to regret it, but for now I use a few creams. On the other hand I care more about food by eating always things that are not processed (fruits, vegetables and nuts). My worry is cellulite and near the end of April I start using scrubs and creams ad hoc both in the morning and evening.
To protect my skin I always use a makeup base with sunscreen. I remove make-up before going to sleep (about the 70 % of the time) and I use sunglasses during summer.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “Women who know how to age gracefully while maintaining a youthful spirit are the most beautiful, and in that case beauty products also offer excellent results.
I use specific beauty products with UV filters, especially in the city, and in the evening I cleanse my face with a precise ritual.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “Fortunately for now I don’t have to worry about wrinkles but I care a lot about my skin, I cleanse it with specific products, I use moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and I often do scrubs and moisturizing and nourishing masks honey based. I try to rest as much as possible, which is essential for a beautiful skin and a good mood!
I never go out without a layer of cream on my face, as well as a good make-up base, and with the beginning of the summer season I use moisturizers with sunscreen.
I drink herbal teas and green tea and I eat Goji berries, a powerful natural antioxidant.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “I would like to age without plastic surgery. So I try to nourish my body with healthy food and to use products with a natural base which help with the ageing process.
I use a moisturising cream with SPF protection, or a sun cream with 30-50 SPF.”
How much does beauty count and what is your concept of beauty?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “I like natural beauty but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to take care of yourself.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “For me it is important but I discover that over years, at least for me, is directly proportional to the mood that one has. If I’m happy I feel and I see myself as beautiful as when, for example , you love someone and you think he is gorgeous, it is completely connected to feelings. I began to feel beautiful when I stopped comparing myself with others and I try to be the best version of myself that I could be. Inside and out.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “Beauty is a woman who is at ease in her own skin.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “I think that beauty is the outward expression of a sense of harmony with yourself and with the world, so it is something deeper than the mere appearance that still has to be maintained and enhanced as much as possible .
It is the result of positive thinking, of an inner energy and self-confidence, of feeling good about yourself, which is reflected both in the appearance and in the way of being in general.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “Beauty is a subjective matter. Confidence and self-assuredness are true beauty.”
A place in the world that you have visited and that transmits the idea of healthyness and relaxation to you. And, on the other hand, what is your relationship with nature?
AGNES SCHULTZ: “My country house in the north of Sweden. It is on a mountain next to a river with such a clean water that you could drink it. The house has no electricity and neighbors are animals. The forest is old and has never been touched. The silence, clean air and nature make you feel renewed.”
CANDELA NOVEMBRE: “Thailand, a magical place. I don’t know if it is because of the food, the fact of being in a place where there are not cars (on the island) or the fact that you do not use the alarm clock, but every time I went there I came back with another light in my eyes, with an incredible inner peace and really in trim.
In the everyday life I haven’t found yet a place that corresponds to this idea”. I love the city, cement, people, graffiti, palaces, shops, museums, fountains. I like deserted cities and crowded ones and I don’t think I could live in the countryside, in the mountains or next to the sea.”
EVA FONTANELLI: “Cap Ferret on the ocean near Bordeaux, where I spent all my holidays as a child is one of the places where I find peace outside of time.
I grew up in nature and I feel the physiological need to be in contact with it. In Milan I live opposite a parc.”
SUSANNA GIAROLI: “I love sea and nature, it gives me energy and vitality, and when it is possible I leave for some warm destinations.
In a few days I leave for Trancoso in Brazil, close to Salvador de Bahia; it is a magical place, very simple and pretty wild, long white beach, deep blue sea, dense vegetation and beautiful pousadas.”
TAMU MCPHERSON: “East Hamptons, Malibu, Tuscany, Engadina.My relationship with nature is quite good.”
Portraits by Stefania Paparelli