CO-FOUNDER OF FRESH BOWL

Chloe Vichot, 37

Serucell user since May 2019

“I’ve always loved cooking, food was really my passion, and owning a restaurant was my dream. But moving to NYC made me realize there was so much waste. So, I combined my love of food with my desire to find ways to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Chloe grew up in Paris but moved to New York City fourteen years ago to pursue a career in finance. Making Manhattan her new home stuck. The finance career didn’t.

In 2012, Chloe enrolled in the International Culinary Center, earning two diplomas, then followed those up with a degree in Culinary Management from the Institute of Culinary Education. In 2015, Chloe quit her job in finance and went to work at the Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. A year later, she was ready to open her own restaurant, Ancolie, a homey West Village respite with a menu focused on sustainability. Ancolie offered real home cooking, was carbon neutral and reduced the use of disposable packaging by using only glass jars. The restaurant was awarded numerous accolades, including a four-star rating (the highest available) by the Green Restaurant Association. Chloe was also on the Cherry Bomb list of the 100 Inspiring Women in the Food Industry.

In 2018 Chloe co-founded Fresh Bowl, the first plastic-free vending machine selling fresh and healthy food. Earlier this year, Chloe sold Ancolie to focus fulltime on Fresh Bowl. “I’ve always loved cooking, food was really my passion, and owning a restaurant was my dream. But moving to NYC made me realize there was so much waste. So, I combined my love of food with my desire to find ways to reduce our impact on the environment,” Chloe explains.

What she likes about aging

“I have more credibility now than I did in my twenties. And, as someone who owns her own business, being able to project confidence and professionalism is very important."

Why she streamlines her skincare

“I believe in keeping things simple. I want products that are high quality but I don’t want to spend a lot of time putting them on. Also, my skin is quite sensitive, so it is usually better not to overdo it. This is one reason I like Serucell so much. It is only one step and does so much for the skin, but it is also very light and not irritating. When my skin is dryer, I might combine the serum with a light face oil. I think keeping my skin very well-hydrated is important.”

The good advice her mother gave her

“My mother always told us about the importance of using good quality products on our skin. When I was growing up in Paris, we would go to the French Pharmacy and buy the highest-quality, dermatologist-recommended brands, never the cheap products. That has always stuck with me. Having sensitive skin and being prone to allergies has made choosing only good quality products very important to me.”

What she does to her hair (hint: almost nothing)

“My haircare is also very low maintenance. I just use a bar shampoo, then maybe put some oil on the ends for added moisture and to stop frizz. I never use styling products and always airdry.”

How her beauty regimen has changed now that she is closing in on 40

“I’ve tried to cut down on plastic packaging and stopped wearing makeup altogether. My skin feels and looks better now.”

The beauty products she'd hate to live without

“I could not live without moisturizer. My skin starts to crack and become itchy. If I am traveling, it is one product I always have with me.”

Her anti-aging strategy

“Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. A good friend who is in her fifties and has great skin once told to think of hydrated skin like a grape—plump and smooth—while very dry skin will start to look like a shriveled raisin. That made sense to me, and I think of that analogy as I am putting on my Serucell and oils.”

“My mother always told us about the importance of using good quality products on our skin.”