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Our Origin Story: As told by CEO, Ada Polla

Alchimie Forever does not exist because one day my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, sat at his desk and decided to start a skincare brand.

Alchimie Forever does not exist because a consultant ran focus groups, identified white space in the market, raised some money, and created a business.

Alchimie Forever exists because my father is a softie and can’t stand to see children suffer.

Alchimie Forever exists because 30+ years ago, my father couldn’t find the perfect product to help heal the skin of his young patients post procedure.

Let me tell you our “origin story.” (Thanks, Marc Ross, for teaching me this terminology.)

My father opened his dermatology practice in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986, and was the first dermatologist to offer pulsed dye laser technology to treat children suffering from Port Wine Stains and hemangiomas. Parents brought their children from near and far to have Dad erase these debilitating birthmarks, an endeavor that required numerous treatments over a period of months, sometimes years.

I was already working with my father back then (at the front desk) and I remember hearing the children crying from the pain, as the laser treatment created heat and discomfort, redness and inflammation, and a burning sensation. And if there is something my father can’t stand, it is a child in pain (he switched his medical specialization from pediatrics to dermatology after realizing he could not handle seeing terminally ill children). He needed a product to help make them feel better – to help heal their skin.

Not finding the right product, he created his own “recipe.” He would send his patients’ parents to a neighborhood pharmacy with a compounding prescription, the pharmacist would whip up a magical product in little white jars right there and then, and the child would stop crying. The prescription was for what is known today as our Kantic® Brightening moisture mask. This compounded product, meant to help heal the kids’ skin post procedure, smelled so good that the mothers ended up also using it, and asking for more at the follow-up appointment: “it makes my skin glow,” they would say. For their convenience, we ended up “pre-making” the product.

One product led to another, and to another, and finally to the brand that became Alchimie Forever.

Alchimie Forever exists because of what is still our hero product, our Kantic® Brightening moisture mask.

Long before this mask had a name, it had a loyal following.

Long before we had a brand, we had skin care solutions.

Long before we had a business, we had a mission. 

 

Our Mission

We believe that your skin is the mirror of your soul, and that taking care of your skin daily, effectively, gently, is essential to your self care. Self care through skin care. 

Building on the heritage of our Swiss medical aesthetic institute and our commitment to pioneering dermatological advances, we create skin care products that provide visible results with a touch of magic. Our Swiss family business stands for excellence in everything we do. Looking good, means feeling good, means doing good. 

Be your beautiful self. 
Every Day. Forever. 

 

 

Our Vision

The origin of Alchimie Forever is based on the need for post-procedure skincare formulated to immediately treat sensitized skin and accentuate anti-aging benefits long term. This conviction directed our brand’s progression as effective yet gentle formulations utilizing the latest in Alchimie Antioxidant Technology, supporting visible results for all skin types, especially sensitive.

Scientific integrity is at the heart of Alchimie Forever. The Polla family’s dedication to the development of anti-aging technologies, research of antioxidants, and the use of lasers in dermatology led to the creation of Alchimie Forever. We firmly believe that healthy, youthful looking skin, can be achieved using safe, effective botanicals, combined with safe, effective synthetics. 

 

Our Commitment

Alchimie Forever is a family owned and operated business devoted to customer service at the highest level. We promise the benefits of a privately owned company blended with the professionalism of a large corporation. It is as simple as giving our partners a personal touch in every experience. We call it the Forever Commitment.