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MEET | ROMAIN GAILLARD
Featured 5.7-5.13.18 | It's no secret that clean beauty is the biggest thing to hit the industry since Oil of Olay. But how often is it being served up by a super cute Frenchman who started his career in the tech industry and literally fell into the beauty biz to help a friend in need? The answer is, not very. Enter Romain Gaillard, a welcome addition to the bunch, because, let's face it: French accent. All kidding aside, though, Romain made the decision to go green somewhat accidentally in 2008 when he helped launch the totally preservative-free skincare line, Odacité, with close friend and breast cancer survivor, Valerie Grandury. But what started out as a side hustle, quickly turned into a thriving business, and two years later when he saw an opening in the market, he took it, and set up his first pop-up in Venice Beach. The Detox Market is now one of the largest purveyors of green, with shops in LA and Toronto and soon, NYC. And while it might seem surprising that this Parisian-born, beach-loving globetrotter (he has family across 4 continents and has traveled to Morocco 50+ times) has found himself at home in LA, doing very LA things, we're glad he did. Because France's loss, is our gain. Bienvenue à Romain's week.
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Romain Gaillard was raised in Paris, France by parents who embodied the green living movement they were exposed to in San Francisco in the late ‘70s. After graduating from EDHEC Business School and the London School of Economics, Romain began his career in technology, working in web advertising, security software and social networks. When close family friend Valérie Grandury beat breast cancer and transformed her lifestyle, Romain took a leap of faith to switch career paths and become her business partner in 2008 to launch the skincare range Odacité. Completely unprecedented at the time, the organic skin care line is prepared fresh to ensure efficacy without preservatives. Odacité is now a leading green skincare brand, currently shipping products to over 22 countries worldwide.
In 2010, realizing the need in the community for healthier self-care and wellness options, Romain opened The Detox Marketin Venice, CA as a collaborative, short-term pop-up shop, aimed at providing education regarding the benefits of green beauty while also exposing consumers to hard to find, eco-friendly brands. After the positive response and success of several more pop-up shops around North America, in 2011 the doors were opened on the West Hollywood flagship location of The Detox Market. Since then, the brand has expanded with two retail locations in Los Angeles, three locations in Toronto, as well as a partnership with Café Gratitude, curating the Beauty Corner retail sections at the plant-based restaurants California. The demand for the best in green beauty has also made the e-commerce shop www.thedetoxmarket.com an ever-growing platform, shipping worldwide.
Considered a pioneer in the green beauty and wellness space, Romain has become a sought-after leader featured in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, Vogue, Well and Good or WWD. He also speaks regularly on expert panels including Beauty Industry West, Cosmetic Executive Women, Cosmoprof, and IBE. Romain now focuses on working to innovate and reinforce The Detox Market’s commitment to consumer education and their mission to provide the highest quality, non-toxic beauty and wellness products for a healthy lifestyle. He lives in West Hollywood with his wife and two small children. He always makes time for cooking his family creative meals and enjoying the beach.