I am Kristèle Sun, born in Mauritius and naturalised French. Just like Obelix, I fell into the "magic potion" of the beauty world when I was still a toddler as my mother owns her beauty salon in Mauritius. For me, she has always been embodied beauty with her red lipstick.
However, as a teenager, my interests in Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science totally dismissed my wishes to follow my mother's path, until it hit me one day before starting university for IT Studies in England. My parents almost fell off their chair when I announced that I was going to take up Beauty Therapy with a combined honours in Management! Also fully qualified as Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, I became very passionate about the power of essential oils as well as the healing benefits of working on meridians.
I graduated in England but decided to do another year of studies in Montpellier (South of France) in a private school to learn more about Sales and trained by the most renowned luxurious French brands.
Makeup became a fascination for me and I was taken onboard with the team of makeup artists for the Miss France selection in Monaco. I truly began my international carrier as makeup artist based in Paris with By Terry, followed by International Trainer for Decléor & Carita to finish as International Training Manager at La Colline.
I loved my job as I used to travel non-stop to every corner of the world but my skin's condition (super dry, patchy and itchy) was reflecting the hectic lifestyle and constant jet lags. What I also longed during these travels was some "Me Time" ... time for myself and on my own. In the meantime, I had moved from Paris to London but was still working as a training manager in free-lance and leading this 100 miles/hour lifestyle.
None of the skincare products were improving my skin condition so I turned to my initial love for essential oils. That's when I created the 100% natural multi-purpose balm with one particular essential oil in mind : Neroli Essential Oil, steam-distilled from the flowers of the orange tree, and renowned for its very soothing properties.
Because I had first and foremost developed the balm for myself, Neroli Essential Oil was a must, however expensive it was. The reason is very simple: Neroli (Orange Blossom) takes me back to my childhood in the beautiful island of Mauritius, where I grew up. I remember clearly my mother giving me a spoonful of Orange Blossom water every single night before bedtime as it would induce a peaceful sleep.
Aromatherapy is at the heart of each formulation with a holistic approach. I spend much time finalising the blend of essential oils in each formulation and this can sometimes takes so many trials in order to reach absolute satisfaction.
o.Moi was launched in Denmark and after almost 6 years there, where my two babies were born, we had decided to move back to be closer to family and friends. This decision was taken well before Covid happened. Unfortunately we found ourselves stuck in limbo for 6 months due to Covid before finally reaching Mauritius on the 15th August 2020.
The whole business has been relocated to Mauritius and each product is now lovingly manufactured in Mauritius on a small scale and in small batches to ensure absolute freshness. We work with third-party laboratories for our stability and microbiological tests to validate all the formulations before they are put on the market for sale.
As I know that some sensitive skin cannot tolerate any fragrance and essential oils, I have also developed a range of products which are totally free of any allergens as well as fragrance-free. The formulations of these products are analysed a second time by a certified toxicologist from the Danish organisation, Allergy-Certified, to validate that the formulation of the product is free from any allergens. This fragrance-free and allergy-certified range of products is also ideal for babies, kids and during and after pregnancy.
I hope that our products will help improve your skin as much as they have for me. I would also like to thank you, our fabulous customers worldwide, friends and family, for trusting and believing in o.Moi and what I do so passionately.