“Who decided that skincare has to be a white cream in an expensive, scientific-looking tube to really work?” We stan a side of honesty with our skincare! For the uninitiated, Danish company Comme Deux is busy bringing allllll the fragrance-free fun back into skincare and beauty: think minimalist serums, lip oils, and masks co-created with their community. We caught up with Jovan Oberleithner, Head of Comme Deux, for the inside scoop on her beauty MVPs, persevering, and how we can all contribute to change. Let’s go!
HI JOVAN, CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO IN FIVE WORDS?
Remind you that you’re enough.
TIME FOR A LITTLE INSIDER INFORMATION: WHICH COMME DEUX PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
I love them all. Really! But my all-time favourites are Powernap, our overnight hydration bomb. Use it just one time and you honestly feel like you’re a newborn baby the next day. I also love Lipsync in rose, our tinted lip oil that doubles as a gloss. It has Squalene, one of our super ingredients, that makes it really good for your lip skin (and the colour is pretty on all skin tones). Last but not least, The Spritz - our newest product. It’s a refreshing and hydrating face mist with “prEbiotics.” I love the product, but I love explaining what prebiotics are, too, because everyone thinks it’s the stuff in the yoghurt.
LET’S TALK BUSINESS: HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
A lot of bumps, perseverance, and remembering that failure is just one pit stop on the road to success - however you define that. I know it sounds corny, but I really had to learn that! I think remembering that set-backs or things not going as planned (which I have had many, e.g. a previous business that did not work out 100% as I had hoped and a global pandemic) are a fact of life that we cannot always control has helped me keep calm and deal with those situations in a constructive and positive. It’s definitely not easy, but it works for me.
WE LOVE THE COMME DEUX BELIEF THAT ‘BEAUTY HAPPENS WHEN YOU GOT OUT AND LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST’. DOES THIS INFLUENCE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AT COMME DEUX HQ AND HOW YOU ENVISION THE TYPICAL COMME DEUX CUSTOMER?
Yes, it does! We co-create all of our products with our customers, so they play a major role in our product development. But, all of our products have their own personality and, if I may say so, are super cute to look at. I like that they are fun and have hilarious names, because my vision is that they not only make your skin amazing, but make you remember that “you got this, be you” when you use them.
HOW DO YOU ESTABLISH SUCH AN OPEN AND HONEST RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY AROUND POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE TOPICS SUCH AS DIVERSITY?
To me, I like to focus on the fact that we are all just human beings, trying to be our best selves and making a TON of mistakes along the way. I try to not get caught up in being right or making someone feel bad for saying or doing the wrong thing intentionally or even intentionally. That’s partially because I know I am also not perfect - I, for instance, have an immense privilege of simply being born in a rich country, the U.S., with lots of opportunity, that I do not usually acknowledge. So, keeping that in mind, I try to stay focused on the goal of being understood and understanding others. I think it’s important we give ourselves space to not judge each other if we say the stupid things on our minds - both with Comme Deux and personally. It’s through the awkward conversations and mishaps that we learn and understand. It’s through that understanding that we make change.
FINALLY, FROM PODCASTS TO PLAYLISTS, WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED WHILE YOU WORK?
Meditation - I would love to say I do it every morning, but I try to fit it in when I can. It helps me put things in perspective, slow down, and appreciate what I have.
Water - Getting water from the sink makes me move, which gives me energy boosts throughout the day.
Music - anything between house, hip hop and soul.
Thanks, Jovan! Discover Comme Deux's no-fuss playful skincare and makeup here.