Friday, 26 June 2009

Beauty gives back

Jo recently judged the Clarins/YOU Dynamisante Woman of the Year competition, for the seventh time. It’s open to women who’ve started a charity for children and this year’s winner - pictured here with Clarins’s charming head honcho Olivier Courtin (the son of the founder) - is Julie Perry, who has managed to build a school-and-a-half in a village on the Kenyan coast, through her charity The Indi Project (visit to check it out or even better, to sponsor a child). Nice to see that beauty can ‘give back’ (Julie gets a cheque for £30,000 for her charity), but also nice for us to be reminded what a fabulous summer classic Eau Dynamisante really is, with its awaken-the-senses, upliftingly citrussy notes. (We rather long for a bottle the size of the one Julie’s clutching…)