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Girl Talk with biophile Skincare Co-Founders

We’ve been crushing on biophile skincare for a while now, so when we got connected with co-founders Alison Cutlan and Grace Fooden, we jumped at the chance to chat. They’ve created a probiotic and prebiotic-focused skincare line that we love for all skin types, but especially sensitive. It’s gentle, effective and completely innovative. Here’s what they had to say when we sat down to chat. (Pssst: We’ve also got an exciting partnership with them happening this weekend… stay tuned!)

founders of biophile skincare company
Founders of biophile: Grace Fooden, left; Alison Cutlan, right.

What do you get when a biologist with an expertise in green chemistry and clean, bio-based innovations in beauty meets an entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience, who ran her first business in high school? A powerhouse brand that’s making serious waves in the better beauty industry.

Says co-founder Grace Fooden, “I am always looking for the next challenge and when I met Alison and heard what she was developing I knew bringing biophile to market would be an amazing adventure.”

And what exactly was she developing? A new generation of skincare that’s more symbiotic with our bodies and the environment. Merging the ancient process of biofermentation with advanced bio-actives, biophile pioneers a new era of clean, bio-made beauty. 100% active, sustainable and self-preserving systems, these supercharged formulas are designed to activate the skin’s regenerative capabilities and revitalize the microbiome.

We can attest that this is a line like no other we’ve tried. One of our core values at TOG is innovation, especially in ingredients, sustainability and formulation. biophile strikes all of these chords—and it’s effective. Like, mad efficacy right here. Lisa loves the Root Bionic Refining Essence, and flew through it. Nicolle, the team’s resident sensitive skin aficionado, says the three-product line has made her skin clearer and more resilient than any other product line she’s tried.

With that rave review (and more details on what we love about the brand, plus how its biofermentation works, is coming FRIDAY – with a special promotion just for TOG!), let’s catch up with Grace and Alison to learn more about biophile!


What’s your first 30 minutes like every morning?

Grace: I wake up at 4:30 and let the dogs out in yard.

Alison: I wake up, drink some lemon water and then quietly sit with a nice strong cup of coffee while I enjoy the sounds and smells of nature outside my window. This quiet and gentle start to my morning is meditative and grounding.

What’s your morning skincare routine?

G: I’m currently testing the latest version of our next product which is a cleanser and after I use our biophile trio; root refining essence, bio-shroom rejuvenating serum and bio barrier oil.

A: Very simple! After showering (I don’t cleanse my face in the morning), I simply pat on a pump of the biophile Root Essence, then massage in some of the Shroom Serum and then immediately follow with the Barrier Oil to seal it all in.  My skin is glowing, nourished and is the perfect canvas for my tinted moisturizer with SPF. I like to use Suntegrity SPF 30 or or Avene’s tinted SPF 50 moisturizer. I then use a bit of eyeliner, mascara and a swipe of color on my lips and voila!

Do you wear makeup? What’s your #1 go-to makeup product?

G: A MAC Russian Red lip.

A: I do! I’m all about skin first, but love to add drama to my eye or my lip. NARS lipstick in Gypsy never lets me down.

What’s your typical breakfast?

G: Muesli with fresh blueberries.

A: A vitamin-packed smoothie. Spinach, wild blueberries, oat milk, banana, chia seeds, flax powder and some sort of fat like coconut oil or peanut butter.

Vials and a chemistry set sit next to biophile probiotic skincare samples

Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

G: Two cups of coffee with almond milk and collagen in the morning.

A: Coffee in the morning. Tea in the afternoon or evening.

What’s your exercise routine?

G: I’m training for a marathon and recently started working out with a weighted hula hoop as part of an ab circuit.

A: I do HIIT training three times a week and some sort of movement meets yoga on the weekend.

Can you share your playlist?

G: Soultown on SiriusXM.

A: I made a biophile playlist a while back.

What natural deodorant works for you?

G: Schmidt’s Jasmine Tea.

A: Haven’t been wowed by anything yet. I just ordered Corpus Santalum Deo. I’ll let you know how I do with it!

Favorite podcast(s)?

G: Michelle Obama.

A: News: The Daily—The top stories of the day @ NYTimes; On the Media—Thoughtful storytelling, interviews and analysis for key issues of our time.

Science: Radiolab—Always clever and inquisitive storytelling; Ologies—witty humorist and science writer, Alie Ward interviews scientists that study cool stuff.

Business: Sway—tech and business understanding with razor sharp Kara Swisher; Pivot—Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway on tech, economic and social bs realities that I want to understand more about… like cryptocurrency?!

What’s a book that’s rocked your world?

G: A Promised Land by Barack Obama.

A: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen. It forever changed the way I understood our food systems and the massive consequences these broken systems have on the earth. It not only changed the way I eat, consume in general, and how I want to be a part of the solution—creating products using regenerative and sustainable practices.

What’s been the hardest part about entrepreneurship?

G: Launching during a pandemic.

A: Being a small startup, I’ve got to wear many hats and always feel like I’m on a steep learning curve. It’s stressful to manage many things at once and not feel like I’m doing the best job of it.

Favorite health resource(/IG/blog/pod)?

G: @welltrainedbody.

A: I don’t really have one! My scientific training has made me more of a researcher when it comes to health. So I will do deep dives into the literature and different online articles, but these change all the time depending on the subject.

Favorite or go-to healthy dinner recipe?

G: I eat meat or fish and veggies 5 days a week.

A: Grilled salmon and sautéed broccoli rabe.

What’s one product that everyone needs to try? (can be anything skincare or not)

G: Vital Proteins collagen.

A: You need to have apple cider vinegar (ACV) in your life. Internally and externally it can support your biome… it is the Swiss army knife of ingredients! You can ingest it, clean your house with it, use it as a hair or body rinse. It is safe and supportive.

What’s your evening skincare routine? 

G: Same as my morning routine.

A: I wash my face with the biophile cleanser that I am developing. It is a unique oil-based cleanser that is a one-step cleanse that removes makeup and gently cleanses the skin while building a stronger barrier and supporting your biome. I then apply the biophile Essence, Serum and then finish with the Oil. Sometimes I will skip the Essence at night and just use the serum and the Oil. If it is really dry and cold out, I may use a night cream on top of the oil.

Devices: 4-5 nights a week, I use a RED LED light therapy mask when I get into bed. This runs for around 20 minutes and often I will listen to a meditation at this time as well. There is so much great research on LED light therapy, I am a true believer in it.

After this I apply my favorite topical CBD product to the inside of my elbows and on my wrists and I’m ready for sleep!

A brunette woman mixes ingredients in a lab.
Alison Cutlan, co-founder of biophile, working in her lab.

Do you have a favorite skincare ingredient?

G: Chaga Mushrooms.

A: It’s so hard to pick just one. Besides ferments as a category of really powerful and helpful ingredients for everyone, I think niacinamide is an undeniable superstar for all skin types. From barrier enhancement, to its improvement on skin texture, radiance, pores and its antioxidant protection. New research has also shown niacinamide to fight acne by stimulating selective anti-microbial peptides from the skins microbiome.

What’s on your nightstand?

G: Water, Chamomile tea and photo of me & my dad, and two books: Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichi and Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstien.

A: A stack of books, a huge chunk of rose quartz, a lamp and my favorite CBD topical product that I use every night before bed.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

G: Blueberry pancakes with bacon.

A: Crusty baguette, butter and some funky soft cheese.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten or given?

G: Never give up!

A: Cultivating love, happiness (and making positive change in this world) with others can only happen when we learn to accept, love and show up for ourselves.

Thanks for sharing, Grace + Alison! And don’t forget—come back on Friday, June 25, for a special promotion just for TOG readers!

Xo, lisa