Cedric Casanova was an acrobat in Cirque Du Soleil, Francois Clerc a product designer – they now collaborate with small local producers in Sicily and supply some of the best restaurants in Paris and London with the finest Sicilian products. The line “Casanova & me” is a new range of haircare products made of olive oil, designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. The shampoo bars are made in London by Francois.
Casanova & Me offers two types of olive oil shampoo bars. The first combines orange peel powder, honey and chamomile essential oil. The second, nettle powder and rosemary essential oil. How to choose and what are their characteristics?
… These ingredients made us hungry. Are you a follower of the principle that most of the substances we put on our skin should be edible?
Orange peel & honey shampoo bar for blond hair is handmade in London by Casanova & me. These shampoo bars not only keep your hair clean, but also help you to reduce single use plastic in your household.
We know that you started developing the shampoo bars 3 years ago. What was the main reason you wanted to make your own shampoo?
My goal with this shampoo bar project is to reduce our impact on the environment. We don’t need plastic bottles; using a plastic bottle with 450 years lifespan for a few shampoos just doesn’t make sense. So let’s go back to basics, no packaging and good ingredients - simple! And my hair has never been nicer!
As a designer I also wanted to improve the design of the shampoo bar. Classic shampoo bars look like soap and they end-up in a soggy soap dish! I wanted something with its own identity and I wanted to improve the functionality. This shampoo bar will dry properly without a soap dish.
Cédric, as a circus artist must have travelled all around the world, today is he living in Sicily, where you are producing or in London or Paris where you have restaurants and shops?
Cédric spends half of the year in Sicily where he is in charge of production and the other half in Paris where he has a grocery and supplies lots of restaurants.
I have a little garden in London with 3 hens, lots of rhubarb to make jam and a fig tree to remind me of the South of France :)
A lot of people have started growing their own vegetables and herbs during the COVID19 outbreak. Sometimes it can be a bit challenging - do you have any tips for beginners (e.g the plants you can’t go wrong with)?
Do you have any advice to share for being more sustainable in our everyday life?
Tricky one… we all want to live in a better environment but we all have different views on the way to do it. I really wish we could stop using single use plastic bottles, it’s an easy one.
Casanova & Daughters is most of all a wine bar and source for great ingredients from Sicily. It’s a hidden gem in Paris, London and Tokyo. Once the restaurants are open again, do stop by and discover yourself. We definitely have found our new favourite.
Photos by Casanova & Daughters