For our latest interview we bring you Lucy Vincent Marr; Director of Sans[ceuticals] beauty. We love getting excited about truly gorgeous vegan products, with wonderful ingredients that actually help our skin and that is truly what you get with Sans[ceuticals]. We also must admit we are a sucker for their simplistic packaging and typography! Read on to hear from Lucy from why she started the brand, to what really goes into each product.
Hi Lucy! Tell us a bit about your childhood and background and how you feel that has influenced you today?
I grew up in the Lake District, which was beautiful. My parents sold a hotel and moved up there for a quieter life and we went to a school of only 30 students. I remember loads of family bike rides, hiking and cooking. When I was thirteen I was given a book called The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer, it soon became my bible. It was a 70s-style book on how to grow your own herbs, their nutritional value and medicinal benefits, how to cook and heal with them, and how to make skincare. It is a book that has influenced me profoundly as it is a blend of everything I do today.
When did you decide to start up Sans[ceuticals] and why?
Six years ago I was trying to find products that were active, environmental, yet beautifully designed which was a struggle. I had a friend who was a top biotech scientist who was also a devout beauty junkie and after numerous conversations with her, I decided to develop my own. I had also been working with a number of great dermatologists both locally and internationally and discovered that there was one key ingredient that was their default or go-to: vitamin A. We delved into the research, which was astounding. What it was able to do on a cellular level was amazing and incredible at repairing UV damage, which is great for Antipodeans who are so susceptible. So we started with this ingredient as our foundation. And so the story goes…
Can you tell us a bit more about what sets Sans[ceuticals] apart?
Sans is a culmination of everything I love. It originally started out as an acronym for ‘sustainable and natural skincare’ and also means ‘without’ in French. I started developing Sans with my scientist, we looked into cosmeceutical technology – a term used for products that sit between prescription-only, pharmaceutical-grade formulations and cosmetics, and realised that the active ingredients that could work at a cellular level were usually naturally derived, isolated compounds used at high levels in formulations. We got really excited about this and looked into key ingredients that dermatologists rely on. Vitamin A was one and its research is so impressive. This became the hero of our range.
Why have you chosen to make almost all of your products vegan?
It is a very easy question to answer; I love animals and don’t think they should have to. Anything that goes into your body or outside of your body should be as simple and effective as possible. With that in mind, our range of products offer ingredients that are pure and clean with actives dialled up so it performs at an optimum level. Outside of these natural ingredients, nothing else is needed. Our vegan-friendly collection is really a bi-product of this concept.
What’s your one health tip?
Eat as many greens as possible but don’t forget to live a little!
What’s your best beauty tip?
Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil without a doubt. It does everything! It’s a super serum that packs a punch with high concentrations of Vitamin A. I put a few drops in my face cream at night for an added boost, use it on the ends of my hair as a smoothing and hydrating serum, I shave my legs with it, remove my eye make-up (when I remember) and also use it post-shower as an amazing daily body oil.
Why do you think there has been such a rise in veganism over the last few years?
I think people have become confident enough to ask for what they want now, and it seems they want less: fewer additives, less noise, less clutter, which all result in a healthier lifestyle. People care about what is going into and onto their bodies more than ever. One’s wellness, whether eaten, experienced or topically applied, is part of this holistic movement, dictated by our own values.
What inspires you?
My friends and maintaining my own centre of gravity, which comes from doing what makes you really happy and grounded – family, cooking and gardening, is key for me. Also, meditation but that ain’t easy! I love reading autobiographies for a dose of inspiration, especially those of women who have lived/experienced life and have come out stronger. I love it when people are honest and share their human side.
What’s your average day like? From the time you get up to how you break up your day and when you go to bed.
I have created a habit for myself where I don’t check my emails until I arrive at work, this way I get to wake up with my boys and sit down with them for breakfast. My weekdays are spent in our Sans HQ where I try and be as efficient with my time as possible. Come 3 pm, I usually break the day up with a school pick-up and take the boys to the skate park or for an ice cream. I absolutely love cooking, so the evenings are usually spent with me in the kitchen and the boys watching movies.
Do you think you have a work/life balance?
I’m human, so if I said I exercised regularly and only drank green smoothies I’d be lying. I do yoga twice a week, but also enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir! As a mother, I try to engage my kids in the natural world as much as possible. I think it has a very grounding effect both psychologically and physically. I also like to live in a way that naturally supports our system through nutrition and wellbeing. I view this as a long-term investment.
What’s the best part of your job?
I seriously wake up every morning excited to get to work. I love what I do; it’s a combination of things I am passionate about. Being able to collaborate with some of the most generous and talented women has been a highlight.
What words do you live by?
Love what you do and the rest will come!
What’s next for Sans[ceuticals]?
We are currently heading down working on a very exciting series of projects involving some extremely talented women around the world, Sans is about to launch some new products outside of our collection — the next year is going to be a whopper!
All images via Sans[ceuticals].