Coralie Charriol is the kind of girl that knows a thing or two about travel and fine jewelry (2 things that we are personally very big fans of!). In fact, you might even say it’s in her blood; her father is the former President of Cartier and the founder of Swiss luxury brand Charriol, a company that she now oversees as VP & Creative Director. Born in Hawaii, but raised between Hong Kong, Geneva, Paris and London, she’s been jet-setting for most of her life and clearly it’s paid off because this nomad is fluent in no less than 5 languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish and Japanese)! Here, the self-described ‘travel-pro’ (we can’t argue with that!) chats with us about the beauty products she always packs in her suitcase—including the potion she swears is like ‘botox in a bottle’ (ladies, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one).
Where are you just returning from and where are you off to next?
I just returned from Siem Reap (in Cambodia), Hong Kong, and Bangkok this past Christmas where I spent the holiday, and also visited my jewelry factory. I’ll soon be in Nosara, Costa Rica, for a surf trip…and then back to Switzerland and Paris for my children’s Spring Break vacation.
What is your all-time favorite hotel?
Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok.
Aisle or Window?
Window every time! I need to lean on the wall and I have no problem climbing over someone who is sleeping! I am a ‘pro’ traveler—I bring everything onboard; my own slippers, eye-mask, facial spray, snacks, an extra large scarf, and a hat (to cover up the bad ‘travel-hair’).
What brand of luggage do you use?
Rimowa because it is so durable and lasts forever. I always travel with two large suitcases; one is for clothes and the other is for accessories like shoes, bags, and toiletries.
Where is your favorite restaurant…and what do you order?
The China Club in Hong Kong. I always order the peking duck. I also love to get a ‘tequila on-the-rocks’ from any Soho House I visit.
Destinations still on your bucket-list?
Mongolia, Bhutan, Uganda (to see the gorillas!), Patagonia and Botswana. I also want to visit Nihiwatu, which is Chris Burch’s new five-star resort on a remote island in Indonesia.
I love buying a local piece of jewelry by a local artist! I remember one time at a flea market in Paris (Puces de Vanves) finding an antique gold Torc which truly inspired lots of the design in my new gold jewelry collection called Le Fil d’Or.
What are the must-have beauty products that you can’t travel without?
Well I must admit that it varies depending on whether it’s summer or winter, or if it’s vacation or a business trip. For makeup and skincare I like to pack Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Cream, which is my day and night cream (I don’t believe there is a difference…just make sure there is no SPF)—I personally think it’s especially great for dehydrated skin after long-haul flights. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder is a must because it’s the best when you want to look sun-kissed—my grandmother used it and my mother uses it too. Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Eye Contour Cream is the best eye cream for tired eyes—it even comes with a platinum tool to help with circulation (it’s expensive, but worth it). Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is the foundation that I always use—It’s great to even out skin tone and I like that it has an SPF. BeautyCounter Lip Conditioner is my favorite lip balm and I just love the peppermint flavor, plus it’s good in dry climates (like ski trips). Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is wonderful to keep skin really soft. I like to use Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water to spray on top of my moisturizer when I’m feeling extra dry (it’s also great to use on flights). Eau de Toilette Tourmaline For Women is my favorite perfume because it’s the lightest scent and very floral. Vichy Deodorant—the most organic possible. Clarins Baume Beauté Eclair (it’s called ‘Beauty Flash Balm’ in the USA) is great to use after a long busy day if you don’t want to remove all of your makeup and start over—you can just put this on top of everything and you’ll feel refreshed, and then you can touch up your makeup. Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Mask is perfect after a long flight and easy to pack and Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask is great for brightening tired skin. I like to use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water after a long day in a busy city to get rid of grit and grime. And I also like Clarins Doux Nettoyant Moussant to clean my face—I’ve been using it for years and I love that it’s easy to find if you run out while away from home. I also like to travel with doTERRA Essential Oils; I rub these into my pulse points after a long, busy day, and it helps me to relax and unwind before bed. Oh, and here is the best secret of all; Natura Bisse Inhibit-Tensolift (when you’re away from home and can’t get to your doctor, this is “botox in a bottle!” Expensive but less $$$ than getting injections).
And of course you can’t forget sunscreen (super important!). Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Prtotect Micro Mist SPF 30 is the absolute best SPF for face. It’s organic and so incredibly easy to spray on because it feels light and clean—it’s the only SPF I feel comfortable spraying directly onto my face and it comes in great travel-friendly 2 oz. packaging. I’m outside a lot on holiday and Headhunter Sunscreen is the best for any water sports! I also really like Soleil Toujours 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. It’s amazing for water sports as it’s mineral-based and provides a total block against the sun—great for preventing melasma or hyper-pigmentation.
DayQuil, NyQuil and ZzzQuil are total lifesavers if you start to feel bad once you get to your destination. The ZzzQuil is my version of a sleeping pill to help with major jet lag (like the one I get in Hong Kong!). I get tummy aches when I change food so I always have some Pepto-Bismal on me, and Juice Press Proviotic Capsules—again very important when going to faraway places where the cuisine is foreign to your digestive system. I also keep Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal in my bag (you know, just in case). When you wake up with jet lag and have dry eyes Thera Tears is wonderful. I always a carry a little tube of Arnica in case of bruises (get the gel version, its the best). Alka-Seltzer is a great remedy when you overdo it with food or drink—which is prone to happen while traveling. I always bring some Neosporin for little cuts (that’s the “mom” in me). Glide Floss is naturally a must—easy to use and never gets stuck in your teeth. I always pack my own Q-tips, which are needed for removing makeup in hard-to-remove spots, like under my eyes. A pink-colored Tweezerman Slant, because it’s the most precise, and Sally Hansen Cuticle Cutter is essential in dry climates where nails and hands get dry.
For my hair I never go anywhere without my Remington Pro 1-1/2” Curling Wand. I can make my hair look like I went to the salon in just 15 minutes with this curling iron! It makes getting ready fast and easy because it heats up in 30 seconds, and it lets you make curls with one hand. I also use a Wet Brush detangler—such a great brush for humid climates to avoid frizz. I just started using Oribe Signature Shampoo and its amazing for fine hair. I also bring MoroccanOil Weightless Hydrating Mask with me which is the best mask/conditioner for fine hair (and also great in humid climates).
What about for packing—do you have any tips?
You need to be very organized when traveling. After all of my years of globetrotting, I have it down to a science. I find that the best way to travel smoothly (especially when going to far away places that require special visas or documents) is to have a designated place for everything with the most easy access possible. I pack my Passport and other essential travel documents into my Charriol passport holder. I pack my toiletries in several different cloth “trousse de toilette” bags; one for medicine, one for cosmetics, and one for everything else. I always pack my shampoos and toothpaste is a Ziploc bag, as I have had too many spills in my luggage—I finally got wiser! I pack my jewelry and watches in special pouchettes too. My Charriol watches each go in an individual satin pouch, and my jewelry gets packed into see-through pouchettes, so I know what each are without having to open and look each time. And when I travel for a special occasion, like weddings or parties, I always pack special jewelry like my Forever Bangles (which come in many different colors) and my Zen Bangles. For warm climates with skin baring looks, I like to pack lots of gold jewelry like hoops and big cuffs or special rings. For a business trip I always pack more conservative jewelry.
Coralie Charriol photographed in Porto Vecchio, Corsica.