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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with the world’s biggest beauty pioneers. We’re picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.
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Glow Journal Gemma Watts

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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with the world’s biggest beauty pioneers. We’re picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.
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    Lena Korres | Co-Founder of Korres

    Lena Korres | Co-Founder of Korres

    In episode ninety four of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the co-founder of Korres, Lena Korres. 
    Korres began as the oldest herbal apothecary in Athens, Greece. Whilst working there, George Korres began formulating topical cosmetics for his friends and loyal customers of the pharmacy, and word quickly began to spread. Lena Philippou, now Lena Philippou-Korres, a chemical engineer, commenced work at the pharmacy in 1996 and, following consumer demand, the KORRES brand was officially launched. 
    By the turn of the century, George and Lena’s tech-driven, naturally formulated skincare products had been picked up by Henri Bendel in New York and Harvey Nichols in London. Today, despite being a truly global brand, KORRES remains true to its origins and its patented Full Circle sustainable manufacturing processes. 
    In this conversation, Lena shares why she feels there should be more women working in STEM globally, why she has youthful naivety to thank for the brand’s initial launch, and why it’s not enough to rely on consumer demand when it comes to new product ideas. 
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Korres on Instagram @korres and @korres.athens. 
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 48 min
    Joanna Vargas | Founder of Joanna Vargas

    Joanna Vargas | Founder of Joanna Vargas

    In episode ninety three of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Joanna Vargas, Joanna Vargas. 
    Joanna Vargas tells me that caregiving is her love language. 
    Following a number of years working as an esthetician, Joanna had grown tired of seeing clients given the same facials and being sold the same products. Driven by a wish to create her own treatments and be guided by each individual’s needs, Joanna opened her first namesake spa in New York City in 2006. 
    By 2011, having grown her business with little more than word-of-mouth marketing, Joanna had become something of an industry go-to and had accumulated an impressive list of celebrity clientele. Passionate about delivering good nutrition to the skin, and wanting her clients to be able to achieve and maintain spa results from home, she developed her own product line. 
    Despite running a now international skincare brand with 28 SKUs, Joanna still works as a facialist 5 days a week, taking the opportunity to continue learning, to see what modern skin needs, what concerns her clients are looking to treat and, in her words, “formulating from the chair.”
    In this conversation, Joanna shares the ins and outs of finding the right manufacturer, why her early memories of her grandmother have served as the inspiration for her career, and how grateful she is to be her “tattooed Latina self” in the landscape of the beauty industry.
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Joanna Vargas on Instagram @joannavargas and @joannavargasnyc. 
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 49 min
    Natassia Nicolao | Founder and CEO of Conserving Beauty

    Natassia Nicolao | Founder and CEO of Conserving Beauty

    In episode ninety two of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Conserving Beauty, Natassia Nicolao.
    Natassia, 28 years old and a qualified biochemist, spent the first years of her career immersed in the beauty industry, working across brands like Swisse and Elle Macpherson’s WelleCo, counting the latter as a valued mentor. Following her time at Swisse, Natassia was one of only five offered a position at private equity fund The Foundry, a fund that exists to support the next wave of beauty brand founders. Moving to what was, in essence, a startup, was a risk, but Natassia took it upon herself to learn every facet of the business and, in her words, soak up everything she could. 
    By 2021, Natassia had been working in the beauty industry for around 6 years and had began to wonder if there was anything she could contribute to the space that would make both it and the planet as a whole better. She mapped out the lifecycle of a beauty product and realised that there was a water footprint involved in, literally, every step of the supply chain. Knowing that water is a finite resource, and that most beauty products contain between 70 and 90 percent water, she asked herself “If you take water out, what are you left with?”
    As Natassia explains, what you’re left with is “the good stuff.”
    Natassia launched Conserving Beauty, Australia’s first waterless beauty brand, in 2021. Conserving Beauty is the first beauty brand globally to be part of the Water Footprint Network, and the first Australian beauty brand to be backed by both government and impact investment funds. April of this year saw yet another Conserving Beauty innovation reach the public in the form of the brand’s InstaMelt™ technology- a patented fabric technology that has allowed the brand to develop the world’s first dissolving facial wipes and sheet masks, with even more innovation set to hit shelves very soon.
    In this conversation, Natassia shares why she believes taking on every job from the ground up is essential for future brand founders, what it truly means to take on external investment, and precisely how her brand ensures water conservation is considered at every single step of the supply chain. 
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Conserving Beauty on Instagram @conservingbeauty. 
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 1 hr
    BONUS | French Girl Beauty Secrets with Emilie Roberson

    BONUS | French Girl Beauty Secrets with Emilie Roberson

    July 14 is Bastille Day, the national day of France, so to celebrate we’re heroing all things French beauty- and who better to help us than the co-founder of French Beauty Co, Emilie Roberson. 
    French skincare sales, as a category, are reportedly up 25% in the last quarter, and the appetite for hard-to-find French brands and products has never been higher. In this bonus episode of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts discover the secrets to mastering French girl beauty. 
    This episode is sponsored by French Beauty Co, Australia’s only digital destination for lovers of French beauty. To celebrate Bastille Day, French Beauty Co have curated a celebratory French beauty box, filled with best selling products from Bioderma, Nuxe, Embryolisse, Mavala, Klorane and Bachca Paris, available via frenchbeautyco.com.au until July 14. 
    In this conversation, Emilie shares what it is about the French approach to beauty that sets it apart from the rest of the world, why she believes pharmacy skincare is finally having its moment globally, and exactly what French women do (and don’t!) include in their beauty routines. 
    You can shop the French Beauty Co range, including the limited edition French Beauty Box, at frenchbeautyco.com.au.

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    • 27 min
    Susanne Kaufmann | Founder of Susanne Kaufmann

    Susanne Kaufmann | Founder of Susanne Kaufmann

    In episode ninety one of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Susanne Kaufmann, Susanne Kaufmann.
    Beauty has been something of a constant thread woven throughout Susanne Kaufmann’s life. Growing up in the westernmost part of Austria, Susanne’s earliest memories are of the beauty rituals she shared with her grandmother of a weekend as a child. Her family owned a hotel, with Susanne growing to become the fifth generation hotelier to run the retreat, and in the mid 90s she saw an opportunity to bring more guests to the hotel.
    That opportunity lay within the hotel’s spa. 
    Susanne elected to completely redevelop the spa, transforming it into a destination in and of itself. She had loved the ritual of beauty since her early childhood, so she set to work ensuring the hotel’s spa was one of the very best in the world. It was in 2003 that Susanne sought to add yet another point of difference to the spa’s offering by launching a signature line of 24 products, formulated only to be used in-house during spa treatments. Soon thereafter the products garnered international press coverage, with Susanne fielding interest from some of the the world’s biggest beauty retailers. 
    Today, almost 20 years after its launch, the Susanne Kaufmann brand consists of over 80 different products, each crafted from natural ingredients found within the hotel’s surrounds, and is sold everywhere from Harrods and Selfridges in London to Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Mecca here in Australia. 
    In this conversation, Susanne shares why sustainability means so much more to her than just packaging, the importance of listening to one’s body, and what she refers to as “the new luxury.” 
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Susanne Kaufmann on Instagram @susannekaufmann_. 
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 29 min
    Evah Jackson | Co-Founder and Creative Director of Resoré

    Evah Jackson | Co-Founder and Creative Director of Resoré

    In episode ninety of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the co-founder and Creative Director of Resoré, Evah Jackson. 
    With a background in fashion, Evah Jackson has always had a fascination with aesthetics. In 2014, she co-founded Harpers Project, one of the country’s largest online homewares stores and one of the very first to really capitalise on the power of social media. 
    A few years post-launch, Evah and the Harper’s Project team decided to extend their furniture offering into home textiles and began exploring fibre options. It was at this point that they became aware of the amount of bacteria that could be found on our regular face and body towels, and so they started to look into new, antibacterial options. 
    Resoré was launched in 2020 after over two years of development, bridging the gap between beauty and homewares and featuring a blend of fibres that had never been blended before. 
    Before the brand had even launched, they had secured Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to front their very first campaign, and contracted both Rosie and internationally renowned skin specialist Melanie Grant as brand ambassadors. Now, roughly two years in, Resoré can be found in the world’s very biggest beauty retailers- Mecca, locally, as well as Harrods, Bloomingdales, Poosh and Saks Fifth Avenue internationally. 
    In this conversation, Evah shares her tips on how to decide on the right ambassadors for your brand and how to lock them in, the pros and cons of launching tactile businesses online rather than in a bricks and mortar store, and what exactly is living on our regular bath towels. 
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Resoré on Instagram @resorebody. 
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
285 Ratings

285 Ratings

joanie3000 ,

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Great interview with Terri Vinson - I'll be reviewing my skincare routine.
Keep these fab podcasts coming - you're getting me through lockdown/s.

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✨ Informative, Motivating, Interesting ✨

If you love beauty, and you are interested the business side of things - this podcast is for you!

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Gem by name and by nature

I adore Glow Journal for not only the beauty insights but the human stories too. Gemma is authentic, informed and quite simply the best at what she does. Easily one of my favourite podcasts ✨

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