'My skin care routine is really just washing my face at night, putting on lots of cream, and that’s it. Like Embryolisse, I’ve been using it for ages; my skin gets really irritated by chemicals and perfumes, and this is the best one really. They have it in all of the Paris pharmacies—I’m fully Italian but I grew up in France. I was with an American girlfriend of mine and we went to a pharmacy, and she said, 'Hi! Do you have Jane Birkin’s cream?' [Laughs] It was that one she was referring to. It was hilarious. I have lots of stuff for the body but not so much for the face—I don’t really wear makeup. There's a super good oil— Goe Oil—it’s from Brazil. I put it on my hair, my hands, my body. And Aesop has made my favorite body cream since I was seventeen—I used to fly to Paris from Italy and go to Colette to get it, before they had stores here. It’s an all-natural line from Australia; I love all their products but especially their body balm. I keep extra bottles of everything, because I don’t like going shopping so I need to have the stuff ready. I don’t like trying new products, unless they’re really natural or Ayurvedic. You wouldn’t see me in a huge store like Sephora.
Ayurvedic is Indian medicine, natural cures—herbal things for massages, beauty products; it’s based on plants. There’s an amazing spa on Greene Street in New York called Pratima; she’s an Indian lady, and she does amazing massages. She makes amazing products as well. They do drops for the face; also I get these drops from Liquiteria in New York, Liver and Kidney Lymph. I’m a big yogi and it’s all related—I’ve been to Sri Lanka for Ayurvedic cures. I’ve been practicing yoga for ten years. I go to Rasa in Montmartre. I take lots of supplements too—probiotics, vitamins, and I’m a raw foodist—vegan. I did a raw cure at a spa once, and I was like, ‘What is this, is this a joke?’ but it really works…after three days you’re like, ‘Whoa’. I cook a lot at home. For example, for breakfast I have sprouted seeds—buckwheat seeds, sunflower seeds—mixed with cinnamon. I eat lots of vegetables and lentils. My parents are quite international so they don’t think it’s strange but my Italian grandmother is like, ‘What is this, bird’s food?’ [Laughs] Lots of people doing yoga are vegan or very conscious of what they are putting into their bodies.
These are Odile Gilbert’s hair pins. She’s a hairdresser and a good friend of mine and she gave me some of them. I use them when I do yoga and all the girls always say, ‘I want one!’ [Laughs] I like strict hair, very neat. I’ve always used Bumble and bumble for the hair, especially the conditioner. I’ve tried using natural things but they just don’t hydrate well, especially because I’m blond. Giorgio at David Mallett colors it. I do my own nails but I love getting pedicures because I have a girl here who is amazing—Marie-Claude at the Ritz. She’s the best pedicure I’ve ever had, I’ve been going to her for five years.
I like beach-y smells and vanilla smells. I really like Serge Lutens Datura Noir, or I mix the Prada perfumes. And I have all these Bach flower essences because I do lots of Reiki, and all the time the woman prescribes me stuff and it’s always changing, so I keep accumulating them. She puts the essences on her hands. Reiki is healing energies, so it’s not really a massage…they just balance your energy—if you’re blocked somewhere, they’ll spend time in that area. It’s in between stress release and body release. I started seeing this woman, Elsa, in Paris when I had a moment of being a bit down. I went there every week, and in a month or two I felt really great.”
—as told to ITG