If you suffer from dry skin, aging skin, or dull skin, more than likely you are going to love Tiossan. Fortified with only natural ingredients, including an unique patented blend Ellativa, which works to heal your skin, this brand is making many waves in the skin care world. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Tiossan’s founder, the woman behind the brand, Magatte Wade. Here is what she had to tell me…
(Q) Hello Magatte. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Tiossan brand…
Hi Sarah! I am doing great. Thank you! In Wolof, the main indigenous language of my home country, Senegal, Tiossan means the “Origins of Culture and Humanity”. Tiossan is my way of sharing the most amazing secret I have been gifted with in my life. With this brand I hope to share with women the key secret I learned from the wise Sufi healers of my beloved Senegal. This is a secret of beauty and happiness, ultimately. That secret is that each one of us is a unique being, who came to this world with her own genius, piece of solution to Humanity. But the only way to uncover that genius is to be yourself, your most authentic being. And ultimately, once you realize you are a unique being with your own treasure, you no longer feel the need to waste time and emotional resources comparing yourself to others, feeling miserable. And we, women, are particularly more prone to that than men. Once you realize that, you become busy creating your life, unstoppable artful masterchief of your life and destiny. And the rest of us have no choice but to be dazzled by and incredibly attracted to you. That deeply rooted belief in Authenticity is the reason why our healers have focused mainly on creating beauty products that help women reveal they original beauty, the original beauty of your skin. All the recipes and products are designed to reveal the true you. So many beauty products are designed to cover up who you are, Tiossan is here to help you shine the true you.
(Q) The products in this brand are amazing. I have to ask, what is the inspiration behind them?
Thank you. It always makes me beam with joy and pride when someone likes our products. Tiossan is inspired by the ancient beauty secrets of Senegal. Where I come from, special attention is given to the skin very early on. Very early on, we are taught a bodycare ritual. As such and as a child, my grandmother nourished my skin each day with the formulations made by our village traditional healer. To this day, as a cosmopolitan woman with a life on three continents, I use the same ancient recipes and natural African botanicals to keep my skin vibrant, healthy and young looking. The Tiossan products are a modernized version of those recipes, with a little twist of Magatte. :)
(Q) You use only natural ingredients in your products. Everything from red grapefruit oil to black seed oil to rice bran oil and more. How are these essential oils good for the skin?
Our Ellativa collection does indeed combine the best, purest and most authentic ingredients Africa has to offer with scientific research. This is a natural and vegan line, always paraben- phthalate – gluten free. Ellativa is our unique healing complex. Its foundation is Black Seed Oil, an ingredient Tiossan is pioneering in the industry. Used for centuries by Senegalese elders and described as “the remedy for everything, except death”, modern science has discovered Black Seed Oil contains intense healing and anti-aging properties. Ellativa combines the powers of Black Seed Oil with the healing benefits of unrefined shea butter, aloe vera, and a unique blend of wild-crafted essential oils. The combination is meant for everyday skin care, suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin looking younger and radiant.
(Q) You have amazing skin and I know this is probably the hardest question I will ask you, but I have to ask Magatte, what are your personal must-haves? What are your favorite Tiossan products?
Awwe! Thank you so much for the compliment. I owe my happy, healthy skin to the ancient recipes, natural African botanicals and the body care rituals and gestures I was taught from very early on. As for my favorite Tiossan products, it’s like asking a mom which of her children is her favorite one. Of course, I’ll tell you I love them all. But the scrub, cream, and soap are my little favorites. Just don’t tell my other two sweeties.
(Q) I love fruity, warm notes more so than those robust floral notes. What Tiossan parfum would you recommend for me and why?
Without hesitation, I would say our Terranga Eau de Parfum! In Wolof, “Terranga” means “Hospitality”. All around the world, Senegalese people are legendarly known for their Terranga. Terranga fragrance is a soothing blend of sweet fruity notes and sophisticated floral tones that invoke a timeless sense of peace and welcoming serenity. The succulent blend of sweet fig, apricot and raspberries will make you want to cocoon, while the delicate notes of Ylang-ylang and rose delight your senses. This is a candlelight dinner in a bottle.Our perfumes are custom crafted in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, by our artisan French perfumer. He selects only the finest, purest ingredients to create these rich aromas.
(Q) What is the Bottle of Ambition project? Tell me a little more about this amazing organization…
The Bottle of Ambition Project is Tiossan’s social mission, the purpose of our profits if you will. 10% of our profits are devoted to the creation of innovative schools in Senegal. We will start with the children of our employees in Senegal. These will be amazing schools designed to foster innovation, creativity, independent thinking and critical thinking in young people. We believe those skills are must-have skills to thrive in the 21st century. And it will be so more and more. To accomplish that, our schools will be Maria-Montessori inspired (which is founded on the natural principles of childhood learning, just as our indigenous education was) with Socratic practice at the heart of it from the curriculum standpoint, and Regio Emilia design principles in terms of functioning of the space and the Nubian Arch architecture style, which is native to our area.
(Q) Do you test on animals? What is your stance on animal testing?
We do not test on animals. I am simply against testing on animals. The only living being we test on is my husband. HAHA!
(Q) For all of those beauty enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Tiossan?
For everyone reading this, I would like for you to know that self confidence is the absolute best beauty recipe. Tiossan plays it part in two ways. One: we help you accomplish a gorgeous, healthy and radiant skin. Because that makes it easier to feel confident, n’est-ce pas? Two: our philosophy and community encourage you to embrace your originality and live an authentic life, free from society’s stupid expectations. What is next for Tiossan: more awesome, cutting-edge products, of course!And then, very soon, Tiossan hopes to host amazing trips to Senegal for our amazing women fans and customers. I want to take you on a journey of magic and discovery. I want to show you everything! And share with you what I love most about my country. I will take you to our gorgeous beaches, go meditate by the majestic baobab trees, dance to entrancing music at night, savor exquisite foods and drinks, visit the Tiossan production facility, meet our little future geniuses in their wonderful school, before learning a few beauty and seduction tricks from their witty moms, Tiossan employees, the ones making the awesome products you have come to rely on to keep you skin healthy, radiant, with a healthy glow.
For more information, visit www.tiossan.com today.