Rodin, a former model turned fashion editor turned in-demand stylist, was already worshipped in style circles for her easy elegance—all upswept snowy hair, perfectly colored lip (often red or berry), and impeccable denim. Her path to beauty entrepreneur came when she noticed a hole in the market for simple, easy-to-use skincare. She spent a year developing her facial blend, using the oils she had come to know and love over time.
“I discovered argan oil in Morocco and evening primrose when I was young and had rashes,” she says, referring to two ingredients in the magic golden elixir. “I never made the oil with the idea of selling it or creating a business; the aha moment was the fact that friends and people I worked with, as a stylist, couldn’t get enough.” Their overwhelming enthusiasm meant that Rodin was working in her apartment to meet the demand, crafting 500 bottles (three at a time) one weekend in 2007.
The face oil was soon followed by oils for body and hair (the latter developed with legendary hairstylist Bob Recine), along with items such as lip balm, perfume, and five pigment-rich lipsticks. “I decide what to make according to what I personally need or want,” says Rodin of her development process. “I don’t like to spend a lot of time getting out the door.”
What is the atmosphere of your bedroom?
My bedroom is my sanctuary. For me it is like being at the seaside. White floors. Pale, pale aqua walls. Cabinets of seashells I’ve collected. And about 50 thriving plants.
Please describe your bed and your favorite thing about it.
My bed is quite elevated. I’ve always been “The Princess and the Pea.” I have a white linen spread from John Derian. The top is taut, and the skirt is ruched and cascades forever. On the wall above my bed is an oil portrait of my mother from 1940. It is exquisite, and she watches over me.
What time do you wake up?
I wake up between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., although I’d like to sleep until noon.
How many hours of sleep do you require?
Any bedside beauty essentials?
Do you drink coffee or tea, eat breakfast?
I wake up and take Winky (my poodle) out for a morning walk and get my cappuccino at a wonderful local bakery on the way.
Do you work out in the a.m.?
I never work out. I am not one who exercises. It’s never agreed with me.
What is your morning skincare regimen?
What makeup and products do you use on a daily basis?
What’s your hair situation in the a.m.?
Easy. I always wear my hair up, so that takes five minutes.
What’s the first thing you read each morning?
My emails and the New York Times.
What business do you conduct before 10:00 a.m.?
I always respond to the more pertinent emails. Then I try to write a list of things I need to do today and I weigh them by importance and plan my day around that.
What time do you head to your office?
I have a home office, so I’m in and out all day long. I try to close the door but that doesn’t deter the children [laughs].