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A woman with tenacity, confidence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a distinct point of view when it comes to holistic beauty and wellness. Women that our founder, Jena Covello, admire most.
Sophie Carbonari is one of the most sought after estheticians in both London and Paris. The French skin connoisseur with a knack for facial massage is, of course, concerned about the surface of your complexion, but she dives deeper than the traditional skin expert. Sophie inquires about your current medications, menstrual cycle, and diet to inform how she will heal and remedy your skin. Meet Agent Woman, Sophie Carbonari.
Name: Sophie Carbonari
Beauty Icon: Naomi Campbell.
Favorite city for inspiration: Barcelona.
Introvert or extrovert: Extrovert.
Daily uniform: I’m really eclectic. I never repeat the same style. I like clothes and I like to change it up.
AM ritual: The first thing I do every day when I wake up is I prepare my lemon and ginger tea. After that, I have my breakfast, which is fruit and as a French person, I have my baguette and butter and jam, of course. After, I do my beauty routine, which is simple. I apply rosewater because I double cleanse in the evening, so I only apply rosewater to refresh my skin. After my serum, I use a face oil and an eye cream.
PM wind down: In the evening, Ibrush my teeth and then I start my skincare routine. I cleanse my face and then I massage my skin even more than I did in the morning. I really take time for myself. I put music on and take 3 to 4 minutes to massage and hen I apply my serum and face oil.
Secret skill: I like to do what I call happiness therapy for my friends. I’ll give them some mantras. When they are down or depressed, I’m always there for them. I like to bring positive energy to people who are around me.
Best Advice you’ve ever received: To never give up. Follow my dreams and keep going.
A mistake you’ve learned from: I definitely learned from when I created my first company. I was 20 years old and I didn’t really know what I wanted. I created a simple beauty studio without having a vision for it. I learned a lot because I closed after one year. That was the best lesson of my life. If I didn’t have that experience, I don’t think I would be where I am today.
To your younger self:To do exactly the same thing I did. Follow your instincts. Don’t overthink everything.
A wellness expert who has helped you: The hairdresser, Frederic Fekkai, has helped me significantly. I met him in 2017 in the South of France, where he lives. I saw him from afar, and I wasn’t ready to talk to him, so I put a letter in his mailbox that I’m a big fan of his journey and everything he’s built. When he received that letter, he invited me over and said we could have a chat about your career. So he took the time to talk to me, which gave me the push to do what I wanted. It changed my life in a way. Without him, I wouldn’t be here.
Favorite wellness/beauty book: Ayurvedic Healing: Contemporary Maharishi Ayurveda Medicine by Hari Sharma and Christopher S. Clark. It’s a great introduction to Ayurveda and easy to read.
Three things you’re really into right now:First, I’ve gotten more into meditation. I try to meditate and do breathing exercises to calm me down. I’m also into learning new skin techniques and interacting with people who can teach me new things that I don’t know and can help with my practice. And also, seeing a healer. Working with a healer has really helped me in business and my personal life.
How are you managing anxiety in light of the COVID-19? First I was sleeping a lot. Then I started to interact with my Instagram community. That helped me with anxiety because I had such a positive reaction.
Is there a COVID-19 silver lining for you? I stopped taking as many clients as I did before. I restrict the number of appointments, but now that I’ve started doing that, I like it that way. I take more time with each person.