Welcome to our new series for May: International Beauty Code. As part of this month’s theme, Byrd’s Eye View, we’ll be talking to women the world over to find out what typical beauty routines are like in their countries. Yes, we love French pharmacy buys, and Scandi trends are very much on our radar, but alongside these destinations, we’ll be shining a light on some of the lesser-known beauty cultures—unearthing the beauty ideals, go-to looks and skincare routines in these places too. First up, we spoke to Coralie Jouhier, a 29-year-old model, foodie, and restaurant owner of Paris’s coolest Afro-vegan restaurant.
Name: Coralie Jouhier
City and country of residence: Paris for eight years
Your beauty icons: Frida, Kathleen Cleaver, and Solange
The five skincare products you can’t live without:
The five hair products you can’t live without:
I like SheaMoisture. I use the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo (£11) and the Coconut and Hibiscus Mask (£13). I use a lot of pure shea butter that people bring me from Africa. I use castor oil too. I braid my hair, put a lot of oil or shea butter in my hair, and leave it in for days.
The five makeup products you can’t live without:
I don’t put on too much makeup. I like wearing MAC red lipstick sometimes—I’ll just put on lipstick and nothing else. In the winter, I always put a little bit of blush on to have a better look. I wear MAC Blush Peaches (£20). I don’t put on foundation powder because it hides my freckles.
What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty, and why?
I love the hair, art and culture in Africa—the creativity, the form, and the crown is amazing.
The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:
I think Parisian girls are really naturally beautiful without having to wear a lot of makeup. You’ll maybe see women wearing a good lipstick, and that’s it!
Favorite traditional beauty secret from your country:
Shea butter and castor oil.
Where you buy beauty products:
It depends on which products. For my hair, I go to an area called Chateau d’Eau in Paris. For my skin, I go to organic shops or to a pharmacy where you can buy Topicrème and Bioderma.
What does “healthy living” mean to you?
A healthy life is paying attention to one’s body and mind. You should take time to stretch and do exercises. Take the time to learn about how your body works and what you should eat. Take the time to make yourself a good, healthy, and balanced meal. You also have to be able to sit down, relax, breathe, and meditate. And drink a lot of water to hydrate your body.
How do you practise “self-care”?
Take time for yourself. Be sure to eat well, stretch, relax, massage your body by yourself or go and get a massage.Take a bath, if you have one, with natural essences.
What’s your favorite way to stay active and why?
I love biking. In Paris, I only move with my bike. I got a Brompton bicycle. It’s really nice for practising and easy to ride. I like to walk too. I walk a lot when it’s summer in Paris.
What’s your favorite healthy meal?
For the summer, I like raw meals. I like raw rolls with creamy peanut and coconut sauce. Or I like salad boats with crunchy romaine lettuce and a lot of different veggies inside with a tahini avocado sauce. In the winter, I love soup. I like minestrone or vegan harira with a lot of cilantro and a squeeze of lemon. I like Afro-Caribbean meals too because it's where I come from. I die for a Mafé (peanut Senegalese stew) or an Ital stew with lots of veggies, okra, and plantain banana. To eat well, you can come to my vegan place, Jah Jah by Le Tricycle 11 Rue des Petites Écuries or Le Tricycle 51 Rue de Paradis.
What are the most popular wellness trends in your country right now?
We have a lot of hammams (steam baths) in Paris. It’s really good way to purify your body. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have to. For sports, everyone talks about Dynamo in Paris, which is indoor cycling. Or you can go to the park Buttes Chaumont to exercise.
Stay tuned as we travel far and beyond to bring you a Byrd’s Eye View on global beauty this month.