Simplecare Products Summer 2015 Press Release - Skin care with food
Stephanie Gagne, a former pastry chef in Napa Valley, has transitioned into making delicious skin care products with food – vitamin-rich fruits, vegetables, flowers, and spices. Fresh skin care, made by a chef!
May 22, 2015 When life as a busy pastry chef and a battle with severe insomnia (sleeping as little as 4 hours a week) had Stephanie looking like crap, she went on a search for truly natural skin care products to repair her worn, tired skin. Unhappy with the plethora of nasty things that she found hiding on the back of "natural" labels, Stephanie began formulating products in 2012 using nourishing real ingredients like fruits, vegetables, flowers, and spices, crafted with years of learned culinary technique.
“Commercial products are often made with many of the same old ingredients, and usually water, which requires preservatives. As a chef, I am always seeking to improve processes and was shocked to learn the nasty impact so many cosmetic ingredients have on our clean water, agriculture, and our future.”
Simplecare Products avoids all of those common fillers and environmental pollutants, instead blending nourishing, real ingredients like creamy coconut, pumpkin, strawberries with basil, and coffee beans with culinary crafting techniques for natural skin maintenance.
“I knew there had to be a better way to actually make natural products with pure, whole ingredients, just like I would make at home. Our almost-edible line is just that – homemade in a jar. I like to describe our products as common allergen, preservative, cruelty, and crap free. Our ingredients are loaded with the vitamins and nutrients that sustain life, and they have wonderful skin benefits like helping to brighten skin tone, fight acne and oily skin, repair damage, and encourage new skin cell growth. Plus, they are completely safe to go down the drain.” Simplecare Products not only highlights its real ingredients, but also utilizes local products like antioxidant-rich grape skins and seeds from Napa Valley wineries that would otherwise be waste. Sustainability and freshness, when it comes to both ingredients and their own manufacturing practices, are big factors for Simplecare. They minimize use of plastics, source organic ingredients, and even expiration-date their products.
Simplecare Products not only highlights its real ingredients, but also utilizes local products like antioxidant-rich grape skins and seeds from Napa Valley wineries that would otherwise be waste. Sustainability and freshness, when it comes to both ingredients and their own manufacturing practices, are big factors for Simplecare. They minimize use of plastics, source organic ingredients, and even expiration-date their products.
“After a rough battle with severe insomnia while working 80 hour weeks as a pastry chef, my skin began to look like crap – and people were not shy about telling me so! Looking for more natural products, I started my journey into researching skin care ingredients, their impact, and the cosmetics industry as whole. More and more people are finding the long-term implications of these ingredients on both the environment and ourselves. We are proud of our ingredients and we want you to know what they are…that’s why I put them on the front. The DIY Fresh Masks – our most popular products - are dry powders that can be mixed fresh with water, juices, or even milks. Mix them right before use for an easy, custom facial treatment that’s made with real ingredients in about 10 seconds.”
In addition to creating food-based skin care products, Stephanie also teaches how to make simple D.I.Y skin care treatments using fresh foods and juices on multiple platforms. Simplecare utilizes media as an easily-accessible resource for information on ingredients, recipes, tips, and product demonstrations. “I am simplifying homemade skin care for something extra fresh – we’ve even got short and sweet tips for the best ingredients to use on your skin, and a blog + videos teaching how to DIY at home with common pantry ingredients like coconut oil, juice pulp, or banana peels. This is truly simple care, blurring the lines between food and skin care in the best possible way.” Stephanie says.
Stephanie began her culinary career in Dallas, TX in 2009, and has cooked her way west, even working at the 2 Michelin star Cyrus Restaurant run by Top Chef Master Doug Keane. “Cooking is in my blood and it is something I will always do. I use a lot of culinary techniques to make our products without fillers, so as it turns out, crafting these is not much different than making my pastries.”
Some Simplecare Products can be found select Whole Foods Markets, and on UrbanOutfitters.com, and all products are available from their website, http://simplecareproducts.com