Meet the Alchemist Behind Recherche Beauté:Peter Nguyen
The Perks of having girlfriend’s that I consider my sister’s, include the connections we share with one another. My sister’s, Rose Theodora and Rita Ghanime introduced me to Peter Nguyen, founder of the divine natural beauty skin care Recherche Beauté.
It’s been over a month since I received a gorgeous package from Peter with the products, Aura Cleanse Cashmere Cleansing creme, a toner infused with elixer’s, an Aura Radiance Serum and a luxurious lightweight Gold Platinum Copper and Ruby infused Radiance Creme’ for anti aging. I’ve been experiencing radiant results with these products,as my skin feels youthful,and glowing. To add to the inner beauty is the frosted glass seamless packaging. They are beautiful left out on display on my vanity with my Calcite mineral crystal.
Researching the formula’s ingredients gave me a better understanding why they smell so luxe. Made of floral waters such as Jasmine and Neroli, and compounds such as colloidal silver gold and copper, are just a few of reasons why this is the future in unique luxurious holistic skincare.
Get to know the genius behind the beauty of Recherche Beauté Peter Nguyen
Profession: I am USC law school grad turned fashion designer/stylist/entrepreneur, turned yoga & meditation studio owner and health & wellness advocate.
What is the definition of Recherche Beauté? Recherche Beauté, translates to “Research in Beauty” in French, which is the philosphy of the brand. Recherche Beauté is a culmination of over a decade of my personal research in the realm of skin beauty, health and wellness, harmonizing ancient remedies, holistic medicine and modern science to create a uniquely clean, effective and luxurious sensorial experience in skincare.
When was Recherche Beauté launched? Recherche Beauté was 3 years in the making and was officially launched on May 1, 2017. It took some time as I worked closely with experienced chemists and alchemists during that duration, sourcing ingredients from the highest quality, organic and sustainable harvesters and crafters from all around the world, testing the formulas on myself and everyone I know until I could finally deem them as perfect.
Can you tell us a little about your background and when your interest in skincare emerged?I have always been intrigued with the concept of beauty. I was raised in a traditional Vietnamese family where respect, and the beauty and health of your skin were deemed a reflection of your level of self-respect. My grandmother, a renowned Herbalist of Eastern and Traditional Chinese Medicine, whom came from a lineage of Herbalist, instilled within my family the wisdom that the external beauty and condition of your skin, is a reflection of your internal health.
In college, I developed severe cystic acne. It was obviously a traumatizing experience for me, as it is for most people that suffer from severe acne. It caused severe depression as most of my peers had already passed that stage in high school, and being “older” I felt alone in my battle with acne within my sphere.
During that period, I reached a point where I became determined to cure myself of my acne, so I studied vigorously under the guidance of my grandmother in the realm of Traditional Eastern and Chinese Medicine for remedies, as well as endeavored in my own research of Western Holistic Herbalism, Medicine and Science. From that point on, the study of skin health and beauty in both realms of internal health and external application of topical ingredients has been my lifelong passion.
When I opened my Yoga and Meditation studio, Indigo Lab in West Hollywood in 2013, I delved deeper into the realms of Yoga, particularly Kundalini Yoga, Ayurveda, Holistic and Energetic Healing and applying all of those practices to the achieve internal peace and balance to achieve that internal radiance that is reflected through the beauty of your skin. Through my disciplined practice of yoga and meditation, I realized through connecting with myself that I could turn my passion into a tangible creation that I could share with the world, spreading the awareness that internal care and external application goes hand and hand in achieving radiance and beauty that emanates from the inside out.
What was the inspiration behind this beautiful skincare line/brand? I have always been inspired by the heritage & luxury of French beauty brands and the French approach to honoring beauty as a luxurious ritual of self-care and self-honoring. This was instilled within me by the powerful female figures in my life, my grandmother, mother and sister. The beauty and integrity of one’s skin was definitely a virtue, where they would honor themselves in the rituals of such venerable brands as Chanel, Dior and Sisley.
In creating Recherche Beauté, I sought to re-create a luxurious sensorial experience that the aforementioned Parisian heritage brands evoke in their rituals, but with my own unique, modern and relevant interpretation.
We live in a more globalized and consciously concerned world now, so I wanted to integrate my collected wisdom and knowledge in the realms of Traditonal Eastern & Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine and Science, Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine to create a clean, non-toxic, organic and wildcrafted line that is not only active, effective, and clean, but a luxurious ritual of self-care and self-honoring that we all deserve to experience for a moment in today’s fast-paced world that will help the ritualist in all of us connect with the radiance within to emanate through the beauty of our skin.
What are some of the lushest ingredients of the products you feel is important to highlight? The bases of all of my concoctions are concocted with handcrafted distilled floral waters of either handpicked Neroli, Lavender & Jasmine from one of the oldest perfumeries in Grasse, France, and Rose Damascena from a century old family farm in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. The inclusion of these floral waters as a base compounds the density of nutrients in each formulation as well as being anti-inflammatory bases, promoting skin elasticity, stimulating collagen production, increasing micro-circulation, acting as an antibacterial, and strengthening the capillary walls of your skin.
I have also included colloidal silver, gold, copper and platinum in my formulations, which are known as natural antibacterial and antimicrobial helping to balance and calm skin as well as stimulating collagen and elastin formation and active delivery systems that help deliver other key actives into the deeper layers of the skin. mskin as well as stimulating collagen and elastin formation.
A key active ingredient is the stabilized 15-20% Vitamin C complex. It is an important catalyst in stimulation of collagen production, defense against free radicals, and dramatic reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
How are your products considered natural and organic? In the world we live in today, we are bombarded with toxins, and many of the toxins we are exposed to are beyond our control. Skin care should not be one of them. At Recherche Beauté we have carefully curated and crafted our concoctions with natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients sourced from renowned harvesters and crafters from all around the world to ensure supreme quality, effectiveness and safety. We use only non-toxic ingredients that have a function and a purpose.
The result is a luxurious and high performance ritual that does not compromise your health.
Please tell us a bit about your holistic lifestyle? I am an advocate of Balance. My mantra in life revolves around the idea of balance. How I maintain balance is through a disciplined practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with the best Kundalini Yoga Teacher in Los Angeles, Kjord Davis. His advocacy of connecting with the “guru within you”, as unique individuals is truly life changing, empowering and inspiring.
The balance to my internal discipline is through strengthening myself physically and externally through weight training, circuit training and boxing with my personal trainer. As powerful as it is to connect with the peace within myself, it also feels great to unleash on a punching bag at times too.
With my upbringing, I am obviously a proponent of supplementing, maintaining and healing health related issues with Traditional Eastern and Chinese Herbal Medicine. My medicine cabinet is more like a medicine closet, full of Eastern and Chinese herbs and remedies for every concern. You cannot deny thousands of years of wisdom.
Clean eating has never been an issue for me as I was raised eating Vietnamese cuisine, which is one of the top 3 healthiest cuisines in the world, due to the immense inclusion of raw herbs, vegetables, and use of bone broths in a lot of the more liquid-based dishes. With my adoption of a “Yogic” lifestyle, I garnered wisdom of Holistic and Ayurvedic diets. I wholeheartedly believe in being educated in food traceability and knowing where your food comes from. I love all of LA’s farmers’ markets and Erewhon Market, as they carefully curate everything they stock, which saves me a lot of time in personal research. My balance in relation to food is if you crave an In-and-Out burger on those rare occasions, why not allow yourself to indulge? I believe in listening to body and being conscious of what it is asking for you to feed it, but never over indulge. I love my kombucha mocktails, but if I want a cocktail on occasion, I will. To me, Balance is the key to a truly happy, healthy and holistic lifestyle.
What is joyful in your life right now? What I am truly joyful in my life right now is that I am alive and healthy and that all of my loved ones are too. What I am also extremely joyful for right now is witnessing how the manifestation of my dream in the creation of Recherche Beauté is unfolding. I wanted to create concoctions that would help supplement the beautiful radiance that we all innately have, providing a beautiful and luxuriously clean experience for us to honor ourselves in as ritualists. And to see it unfolding exactly as what I have dreamt, but on an even grander scale with the overwhelming positive response and beautiful experiences that have been shared with me reminds me that where I am at is exactly where I am supposed to be right now, and that makes me truly joyful.
Photos by: Sean Hazen