Beauty Q&A with Sarah Gibbs, Trilogy

Catherine de Groot, Sarah Gibbs3Founded in 2002, New Zealand-based Trilogy is the brainchild of sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot (pictured, left), who stumbled upon a fantastic item—certified organic rosehip oil—and made it the key ingredient in most of their skin and hair care products. Sarah calls it “pure plant goodness,” and it works for every skin type to balance, nourish, and hydrate the skin.

The company is committed to natural skincare and has a passion for the environment; they work to create exquisite products that have a maximum effect on your skin and a minimum effect on the environment.

Beautorium: Tell us a little bit about your journey as a beauty expert. How did you get into natural skincare? What inspired you to create Trilogy?

Sarah Gibbs: I used to run a manufacturing business…and we discovered the Rosehip Oil. We’d always wanted to work together. We wanted to keep it really simple: Products that not only are good for your skin but make you feel great. We still apply those principles strongly.

B: What Trilogy product are you most proud of?

SG: Vital moisturizer. [It has] significant amounts of [certified organic] rosehip oil. I always recommend vital moisturizer. It also smells amazing.

B: You mentioned the magical Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, which is the key ingredient in most Trilogy products—what makes it so effective?

SG: When I started manufacturing it, we started using it ourselves. It has fantastic moisturization qualities. Now we’ve scientifically verified its functionality. We have the technology to produce it in this really pure form. It’s a happy little natural product.Picture 2

B: Trilogy was the first carbon neutral beauty company in New Zealand. Why was that important to you? How does it support your philosophy?

SG: It does fall into our philosophy [to have a minimum effect on the environment]. I think we’ve been carbon neutral for three, four years now. It was sort of like a no-brainer from Trilogy. Needless to say we’re an international company, so we travel a lot. We need to be mindful of our impact on the environment.

B: Is there a Trilogy product that you can’t get enough of right now?

SG: There’s one at the moment I’m addicted to, the Firming Serum. I’ve got a bit of a thing going with the toner as well.

B: What’s the process of creating new products like for Trilogy?

SG: It’s mainly customer-driven. We get a lot of feedback from customers—directly from customers. The Everything Balm is a good example of that. Our customers would ask, “Is there anything I can use on the whole family? Anything I can talk my husband into trying?” That’s where the Everything Balm came from. Seriously, it’s used from babies on up.

B: What’s the latest project you’re working on?

SG: Well, I’ve got some breaking news. We have a big initiative going on around orangutan welfare. Some of the orangutans at our local zoo get very dry hands and cheeks, so they’re using the Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. And they’re getting great results—once we stopped them from eating it!

Tmisc BOS + rosehip(Note from Beautorium: This orangutan welfare program is pretty groundbreaking! Orangutans’ natural habitat is quickly being destroyed, and the orangutans are headed toward extinction. Beginning in September, as part of the company’s commitment to animal welfare—they have always committed to never testing their products on animals—will kick off a campaign to donate $1 from the sale of each specially-marked box of Certified Organic Rosehip Oil sold in New Zealand, Australia, and the U.K. to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, the world’s largest orangutan rescue sanctuary. For more information about the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, visit

B: It’s great to see a company really take a stand to work towards the principles it stands for.

SG: We’re about responsibility. We’re doing everything we can. That’s really what Trilogy means.

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-Aleigh Acerni


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