The international cosmetics brand, Clarins, has a humble beginning. Founded by a man with a vision to provide his patients (yes, he was first a doctor) spa treatments and beauty products that added as much to a woman's sense of well-being as they did to her outward appearance, it grew into one of the most recognized names in luxury cosmetics today.
To celebrate the brand's 60th anniversary, Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins put together this book of super strategic tips, compiled from both his expertise in women's health and beauty and also from a worldwide base of their devoted beauty bloggers who submitted questions to him deserving of worthy answers. The result is, Doctor, I Want To Be The Fairest Of Them All, a delightful book only just translated from the French into English in time for the new year.
Docteur, Je Veux Etre La Plus Belle
That is the title in French and each chapter offers targeted and practical advice. The foreword, offered by Dr. Courtin-Clarins, states that, "Your face tells it all. What a pleasure it is to see life's contentment harmoniously written there...Over time our faces reflect who we are. They are an expression of ourselves and reveal our personalities."
Providing Beauty Advice Has Always Been Part of The Clarins DNA
Chapters in this little red book of beauty tips include: Killer Legs, A Star Even On The Road, A Flat Stomach A Small Waist And A Great Bottom, A Regal Bearing and Forever Youthful...
There are illustrated pages throughout the book and one of them even teaches you a quick morning massage to really wake you up with a sidebar giving you a recipe for a healthy breakfast. Below, on the same page is a Night Massage to help you sleep well. There is advice to, "from time to time or once a year" do a slimming or firming treatment at the spa.
In short, the book is full of priceless bits of beauty advice and much of it that you can self-administer. And it's all about whole-body beauty, something that has always been at the root of the Clarins philosophy.
This interview below is excerpted from a special interview given by Prisca Courtin-Clarins, the granddaughter of the founder of the cosmetics line, for the ultra-luxurious Spa My Blend by Clarins that you can find at the Royal Monceau in Paris.
Q&A with Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Director of Strategic Projects and Spa Activities (and blogger on the BeautyFlashBlog.com a Clarins blog)
If Clarins Were A Woman
My preferred virtue: Respect
My dominant character trait: Kindness
What character trait I most prefer in a man: Gentleness
What character train I most prefer in women: femininity
My biggest character flaw: Perfectionism
My strongest quality: Listening
What I appreciate most in my friends: Loyalty
My favorite thing to do: Research
My ideal of happiness: The Fountain of Youth
What would be my greatest disappointment: The extinction of biodiversity
*translation from the French by Paige Donner
Book is available online at Clarins.net.