Marcia Kilgore

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Beauty Uncovered

WrittenbyJennifer Needhamon01/09/2008


Marcia Kilgore

Marcia Kilgore is the founder of Bliss Spa, the Soap and Glory range and revolutionary leg-toning FitFlops and has often been credited with single handedly igniting the day spa boom of the late nineties.

Marcia Kilgore is the founder of Bliss Spa, the Soap and Glory range and revolutionary leg-toning FitFlops

Marcia Kilgore has often been credited with single handedly igniting the day spa boom of the late nineties.

Her philosophy is that ‘you shouldn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to moisturize one’ and is at the heart of her values for Soap and Glory. Whilst a Canadian at heart, Marcia was drawn to the energy of New York where she launched her first salon ‘Let’s Face It’. Marcia, her French husband and two sons Louis and Raphael now live in London with two cats! Marcia is inspired by British pomp and our sense of humour which is the inspiration for ‘Soap and Glory’.


1. What is your favourite ever beauty tip?

SCRUB. Almost daily- as long as your skin isn’t sensitive. Face and body both, with formulations that fit. (A gentle one for the face, and something more robust for your body.) Scrubbing stimulates circulation, which improves the oxygen levels reaching your skin, which makes everything look healthier!


2. What 3 products could you not live without?

Ruby and Millie cheek stain in wine, Biotherm Baume Corps Body Moisturiser and Sexy Sexy Mother Pucker for super glossy plumped lips


3. What is your biggest beauty disaster?

An asymmetrical haircut, circa 1984. I looked like I had a brillo pad attached to the side of my head. (And don’t ask for a picture. I’ve burned them all.) It still makes me cringe.


4. Describe your look 10 years ago

10 years younger!


5. What is your favourite celebrity look/ which celeb do you think has the best make-up?

Cate Blanchet always looks radiant and flawless. My skin tone is very similar to hers and I aspire to have her pale luminous perfection!


6. What's in your make-up bag?

Soap and Glory's Trick or Treatment, Ruby and Millie Cheek colour in Wine, Caudalie hand cream and the ultimate lip gloss Sexy Mother Pucker.


7. If you weren't in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?

I would be a copy writer. Soap and Glory products with names such as ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ and ‘The Scrub Of Your Life’ are testimony to the fact that we are not in cosmetics, we are in the entertainment industry! I have learnt that given the choice people will read anything rather than nothing, and our entertaining claims and puns will keep you smiling all the way home!


8. What do you envisage being the 'next big thing' within beauty?

Multi-tasking products that do two things at once. The popularity of the FitFlop is testimony to this, as women (and men!) with increasingly hectic schedules crave convenient solutions to get fit, stay trim and look good.


9. What's the worst beauty myth you have ever heard and want to put straight?

Chocolate DOES NOT cause spots. It’s just that at the same time your spot-causing hormones are raging, you crave chocolate. So just go ahead, do it! Tanning is not a good treatment for problem skin. It dries out the top of your skin temporarily, then leaves you with skin damage, so later, you’ll not only have spots, you’ll sag.


10. What is your opinion on natural and organic products?

This is definitely one of those ‘each to his or her own’.

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