Tell us about how your business got started:
My father, Switzerland’s top dermatologist, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, was the first physician to treat the skin with lasers back in the mid 1980s. Following the treatments, he always gave his patients prescriptions for compounded creams that he had created, to help their skin heal post-treatment. That’s how it all began - with these compounded creams that we then expanded to a full line of anti-aging products delivering visible results in clean formulations, ideal for even the most sensitive or sensitized skin type. Thank you Dad!
Where are you guys located?
We are headquartered in Washington, DC - right in Georgetown. I fell in love with that neighborhood while in business school there, and never wanted to leave! We also have offices in Geneva, Switzerland - where Alchimie was “born,” and where we still do most of our research and new product development.
Tell us about your work space, studio or shop?.
Our Georgetown office features an open work space (no closed door offices), and is filled with our brand colors. We have a small outdoor space as well, a side year if you will, where I sometimes like to take calls or write. The fresh air is good for my creativity! Our Geneva office is located within Forever Institut (www.forever-beauty.com), the medical spa that my father opened many years ago.
What Inspires You?
Making people feel better about themselves inspires me… our company tag line is “Looking good, means feeling good, means doing good.” I love the idea that the perfect cream is one of the reasons someone is having a great day - her skin looks great, which makes her feel good, which in turn makes her smile more and be kinder to those around her. That’s why I get up every day! I am also inspired by beauty everywhere - the beauty of nature and of the outdoors, the beauty of buildings and architecture, beautiful people… And finally, other entrepreneurs inspire me - from my group of best friends who all run their one businesses to industry legends such as Marcia Kilgore and Estee Lauder. Their determination and success inspire me to always do better.
What is your favorite product?
This is an impossible question! I have to admit the answer changes frequently… today my two favorites are our Gentle refining scrub, which brightens my skin immediately, and our Pigment lightening serum. Our Gentle refining scrub is to be used on dry skin, and features double exfoliation technology - physical (jojoba and cranberry pearls) and enzymatic (papain). I massage it into my skin for a minute or so, like a European gommage, to get immediate results - clearer pores and a brighter complexion. Our Pigment lightening serum is amazing for brown spots, which have begun to appear on my skin. I love the cocktail of non-hydroquinone lightening ingredients, and the hyaluronic acid that makes the texture of this serum light and creamy at the same time. But ask me tomorrow, and my answer might change…
What is your best selling product?
Our top seller has always been our Kantic brightening moisture mask. It has been called a “cult favorite,” the best “pre-party mask,” and Sarah Brown (former beauty Editor of Vogue Magazine) has admitted to “netflix-binging” in this mask. It is creamy, packed with antioxidants, soothing, brightening, and anti-aging - a miracle mask indeed! Every skin type will benefit from it - whether you leave it on 5 minutes or overnight.
CEO, Alchimie Forever