Alexis and Sophie: Brand interview with Oxana Zhuravkova

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Alexis and Sophie is a vegan skincare brand that combines the beauty of fairytales and natural skincare for an unforgettable experience. Their innovative products are natural, semi-organic, and not tested on animals. Be inspired- forget about your worries and delve into a whole new world with Alexis and Sophie.

1. What inspired you to create Alexis and Sophie?

Basically, LA inspired us. The endless possibilities, the magic of LA palms & sunsets. For the fairytale itself, I was inspired by the second names of my co-founders daughters, which were Alexis & Sophie. I instantly fell in love with both names, the sound of them together and due to my storytelling background I knew this needed to be something very special. So, Alexis the fairy was born. Being bored from fairy island life, she leaves her comfort zone, flies away and discovers the human world at the coast of LA. After some lone discovery, she finally meets Sophie. Sophie is the only human able to see Alexis and together they discover the human world from another perspective. They see how much bad stuff is included in beauty products and decide to make their own, especially as Alexis has a huge knowledge on natural ingredients and their benefits.

2. Can you tell us about the featured ingredients and the brand mission?

We want people to leave their comfort zones & experience life! Our mission is to support people to make the best out of their lives and we help starting with a small aspect being skincare. Our Wanderlust Essence Face Cream is 100% natural, based on rose water and contains a lot of great extracts and oils such as aloe vera, tamanu, shea butter, avocado, almond and algae as well as vitamins C & E. The best way to pamper your skin and take a moment off busy everyday life.

3. What is your favorite Alexis and Sophie product and why?

It’s definitely our Wanderlust Essence Face Cream as we put a lot of thought and work into it! My co-founder Jennifer and I are both frequent travelers and needed something we can rely on in any case. We’re both strong believers in natural skincare and also like to spoil ourselves. So, we wanted a moisturiser which is lightweight and hygienic on the go. That’s why we went for the airless pump tube in a handy 50ml size. Besides it being a face cream, of course we use it for basically anything, be it as a hand cream or for dry patches anywhere. 

4. What beauty essentials do you carry with you on a daily basis?

Besides our Wanderlust Essence Face Cream which goes with me everywhere, I definitely need a lip balm! I have one in almost every hand bag I own. My fav is Lanolips, but I love all lip balms containing lanolin. I feel that’s the only ingredients really hydrating my lips properly. Normally, in a big shopper or when flying, I carry all my essentials in our Travel Makeup bag. It’s transparent which makes it super easy to spot what you’re searching for pretty fast.

5. What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty in general is accepting yourself as you are and feeling comfortable in your own skin. What I also consider beautiful are people who are confident and brave enough to follow their dreams despite other people’s opinions. 

6. What is your morning and evening beauty routine?

Actually, it’s really easy. In the morning, I only wash my face with water, use a toner (right now one by Mario Badescu) and then I apply two pumps of our Wanderlust Essence Face Cream. That’s it. Our cream works great under makeup. 
In the evening, I wash my face preferably with a foam cleanser at home. When on the go, I use a gel (Clean Bee by Farmacy atm). After that I use my toner again and currently I’m testing the Honeymoon Glow by Farmacy which I like a lot so far. Then I like to use a booster before our cream, currently I’m testing the Honey Grail by Farmacy and the Bakuchiol Booster by ByBi. After layering these 3 I like to massage my face with one of our facial massage rollers. This gets the products into deeper layers of the skin, encourages blood flow and lymphatic drainage, relaxes my facial muscles and sets me ready for sleep. I really like to keep it easy as I’ve seen better results this way than layering a lot which caused more breakouts.

7. What’s your best beauty tip?

Not stressing too much! Accepting that there will be good and bad times and that you always should stay positive and believe in yourself. When you’re positive, you’re glowing. Your state of mind plays a big role for your whole body. 

8. What’s next for Alexis and Sophie?

The next steps are getting the word out about our brand and generating some fans who will spread the word as well. We’re very open towards collaborations and love to work with people who are as excited about our brand as we are!

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