Q: I myself have worked in various fields, before launching Pure + Wild Journal. I know for me I had to find out what careers didn’t suit me before I was able to figure one that does. I learned a lot from my past jobs which allowed me to carve out a space and career that truly calls on my varied passions and utilizes my different skill sets. You have a fascinating career history, from studying psychology to beauty journalism, to launching your own brands. How have these past experiences influenced the work you do today and your concept of holistic wellness?
A: Well, everything I have studied and practiced in the past is what makes who I am and what I do today. What I mean is that I never felt I was trying to find a career, so to speak, that would suit me. It felt like I was going through a natural flow of things I was passionate about, leading to eventually create my own beauty brand in 2002, when I was still living in Paris. Studying and practicing hands-on massage therapy and aromatherapy has been extremely helpful, writing as a journalist earlier on in my life has been very valuable too, to know how the press industry works from inside. I have sold my brand in 2012 and I now work collaboratively with select brands and private clients alike to create bespoke skincare, body care, fragrance and beauty products, from concept to manufacturing. That is really where I find my happiness at this stage of my life. But who knows, I might create another brand in a few years:)
Q: Many of our readers are women working in the wellness world. For those who are considering changing careers or branching out on their own, what advice would you give about facing your fears when changing course or how to trust your own intuition?
A: Well, the first advice I would give is to go slow but steady. That means work at it religiously every single day until it manifests. BUT, at the same time, do not to rush it. Patiently write about it, visualize it, then pitch it to all your close friends (not to everybody, this will drain your energy and give you too much feedback that might put you totally off-track and make you hesitate or ignore your intuition) and then, once you are really sure of your new idea/career, then surround yourself with very trustworthy people such as a good legal and finance advisors. You will be set. Then, it’s only about hard work, total dedication and focus, trust in yourself and cultivating a clear spirit in a healthy body.
Q: What does self-care mean to you?
A: It means listening to your body when he is whispering, not when he is shouting. It also means trusting your intuition above everything else, not taking anybody’s advice as if it were God’s. Listen, do your research, evaluate, try and see. Ultimately, your body knows best.
Q: What are some of your self-care rituals that keep you grounded? How do these change with the seasons?
A: It really depends on how my body feels, you know. It not only changes with the seasons but it actually does change every day. The key is to manage to see the difference between being lazy or tired, for example. I am a very anxious and pretty hyperactive person by nature, so I need to move, exercise or do yoga on a daily basis, otherwise I am not a very good company to myself. I use a lot of essential oils remedies too, I create my own mixtures according to my needs. Food is also extremely important and I cook as much as possible myself. Finally, sleep is key. When possible, I go to bed pretty early and wake up at dawn.
Caroline has shared a recipe for her winter face elixir from her book "Seasons" DIY beauty rituals for all year long.
WINTER FACE ELIXIR
When your skin feels totally dehydrated, itchy, and dry, use this mix every evening. Apply on clean skin, especially on the dry areas.
WHAT YOU NEED
A 50 ml bottle
5 tablespoons rose hip seed oil
3 tablespoons of carrot oil
5 drops geranium. 5 drops orange blossom
Mix all of the above ingredients in the glass bottle and shake it. Apply on your face where it is most needed, using soft circular movements. Then apply a tissue on the whole face to dry the excess off. Repeat for several days, or more, as needed.
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