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Interview

Aging Audaciously with Valerie Grandury of Odacité

There’s two sides to every story, and the story of Odacité begins with a personal challenge that would change Valerie Grandury’s life and career.

A little audacity, a little Odacité. A little bit of French skincare, a little bit of California green living. And finally, a little sunny Los Angeles, a little cosmopolitan Paris. There’s two sides to every story, and Valerie’s skincare story begins with a personal challenge that would change her life and career.

After discovering she had breast cancer, Valerie encountered new concerns about her lifestyle. Her response? Change. Lots of it. In fact, she quit her job, returned to school and became a health and wellness coach. In reckoning with a world full of harmful toxins, Valerie developed a very deep and personal stake in discovering pure and effective skincare. When you can no longer look at an ingredients label and find a product you trust, you really only have one option left. You make your own products.

And she did! In the misty and mystical Topanga Canyon nestled between Los Angeles and Malibu, Odacité was born. Join us as we sit down with Valerie Grandury to learn how to face life’s challenges with audacity.

YOUR BEAUTY

A product that is always in your handbag…

Aventurine Kiss Lip Serum. It’s powered with vitamin C and CoQ10 in a base of baobab and moringa oil to address those vertical lines of the lip area. Love the aventurine roll on applicator; it’s the good luck crystal. I roll it on under lipstick or top with chapstick during those super dry days.

Your signature scent…

Anything with jasmine as the key note.

Your beauty icon…

Jane Goodall, beautiful inside and outside. She is such a source of inspiration and a voice for this planet.

Your skincare savior…

Facial oils – nothing works as fast to deliver results. At Odacité, we created 18 different ones, each targeted to a specific skin concern. Our Pimple Serum Concentrate is our number one best seller.

Your favorite beauty trend, past or present…

Dewy, fresh skin.

YOUR LIFESTYLE

How you take your coffee in the morning…

I don’t :-) My source of caffeine comes from matcha!

How you stay active…

Lots of hikes with my dogs and yoga.

Your guilty pleasure…

Dark chocolate… Currently obsessed with Alain Ducasse dark chocolate ganache infused with lime zest and juice.

Your wellness regimen…

Meditation at least five minutes every day, and three-day green juice cleanses every change of season (except for winter, when I do a three-day warm vegetable broth instead).

YOUR CAREER

Best advice you’ve ever received…

Never stop learning.

Where you see yourself in 5-10 years…

Not knowing where I will be in five years is awesome! 2020 has proven to us that predictions are more than uncertain. I stay flexible and open. I listen to the world, welcome surprises, and learn from challenges. The magic is believing in yourself, trusting your journey, and knowing you can make anything happen.

What you would say to your younger self…

Don’t worry!

How you see the place of women in society today…

Women are playing an essential role in rebuilding this world in a more sustainable way and creating a better future for their children and for the generations to come.

Teresa Deely

Teresa Deely is a graduate from Columbia University with majors in English and Creative Writing. She is a freelance writer and marketing assistant working for clients in the wellness, jewelry, creative, and sports industries. She believes that one’s skin is yet another canvas and vehicle for art, and has loved styling her hair and applying makeup from a young age. Spending much of her time in educating youth and leading enrichment programs for children, she is highly motivated in discovering new ways to care for herself and sharing them with others.

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