GIRLS OF YB - OLIVIA - MANAGER AT AROMATICA/ ENTREPRENEUR
How this Seoulite keeps her skincare as clean as her food
Olivia, where were you born? I was born in Bucheon, which is a small town between Incheon and Seoul.
Can you tell us some memories you have of Bucheon? I loved growing up in Gyeonggi because it's really mountainous but also by the sea. I've always thought that kind of variety makes people quite flexible and openminded.
Tell us about what you do here in Seoul. I am the overseas sales manager at Aromatica, which is a cruelty-free Korean skincare brand. We are all about safe ingredients, but they're not boring and medicinal. Without using any artificial fragrances or unsafe chemicals, we make products that smell and feel amazing.
My other job is running my juice business called Earth Lab, which I started last year after I was granted government funding. Earth Lab juices largely use ‘ugly fruit and vegetables’ that are still fresh and incredibly healthy but would otherwise go to waste, because in Korea, retailers only sell the prettiest produce and discard the rest. So, Earth Lab makes delicious and nutritious juice while reducing wastage of precious but ugly produce.
Ooh juice. Can you tell us your favourite juice to make for yourself? I'll do one better - I'll show you. When I am in a rush in the morning, this kale-heavy juice is my favourite to make and is a shorter version of my most popular juice, Dear Mommy. I love it because a few days of drinking this in the morning and my skin GLOWS.
Now on to looking after yourself, what type of skin do you have? I have super duper dry skin.
How do you look after your skin? Well, using clean skincare is really important to me. I always inspect the ingredients lists to make sure I am not putting hazardous chemicals on my body, just like my food.
So for the morning, I usually keep it really simple - I skip cleansing and go straight for the Aromatica rose absolute first serum, which is a hybrid toner/essence. I follow it up with the Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream.
At night, I use the same products but I like to take my makeup off using the Aromatica Coconut Cleansing Oil, because it's so gentle but also foams up nicely. When my skin needs extra hydration, I mix a little bit of the Aromatica Neroli Brightening Oil into my Juicy Cream and do an overnight mask. The next morning, my skin is so plump.
Can you show us a particular skin tip? YES. For all those dryer skinned girls out there or anyone who wants that dewy Korean skin, this is how I like to do it.
Lastly - Seoul. Any tips on how to get an authentically Korean experience? Hmm, I would probably steer away from spending too much time in the usual Myeongdong/tourist area and opt for Yeonnam or Garosugil. There are great cafes there and it's how a lot of Seoulites chill over the weekend. People watching and caffeine.