Day on a Plate: Gaëlle Calvès, Trilogy Global Marketing Manager

Healthy Q&A's

Trilogy is one of my favourite certified natural brands – a truly beautiful and thoughtful skincare range that cares about the environment, the integrity of ingredients and your skin! So thrilled to feature Gaëlle, Trilogy’s Global Marketing Manager, on today’s Day on a Plate – giving us an inside look into the skincare routine and daily eats of one of Trilogy’s own! Read on to find out more…


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.


I am the Global Marketing Manager for Trilogy Natural Products and our sister brand Goodness Natural Beauty Lab. I look after the full marketing mix for these two brands, from NPD and research to advertising campaigns, PR and consumer activations. Our headquarters are based in Auckland, New Zealand and from there we set up the global strategy for our overseas markets. We have a small and tight marketing team based in Auckland.


On a personal level, I am French and moved to New Zealand over 5 years ago to discover the country, after a few years in Canada and the US. I fell in love with the country and never left


  1. What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get in to the organic beauty world?


I discovered natural skincare a bit by accident. Years ago I was working on product development for the leader in small domestic appliances. While conducting focus groups we discovered that more and more women in Europe were creating their own skincare at home as they were more and more wary of all the nasties you could find in the current product offering. A year later we launched a small appliance allowing you to create your own natural skincare at home! During the product development process I spent most of my time in the lab with a formula expert and meeting with natural ingredients suppliers. When I moved to NZ I worked for 3 years for a Beauty Giant, in the skincare category. At the time Trilogy was still relatively small and experiencing amazing growth. A few years later, after being diagnosed with IBS I decided to change a bit my food habits. I stopped eating gluten and workwise also changed side and am now working for the #1 natural skincare brand in New Zealand.


  1. What does your morning beauty routine consist of?


I try to keep it quick and simple in the morning, as I don’t have much time (and love my beauty sleep).


I cleanse every morning with our Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, I like it especially in the morning as it has a very gentle formula and is unscented. I follow up with a few drops of Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +, our new Rosapene™ Radiance Serum and an SPF15 lotion. Then ready for make-up! I also always add a few drops of Certified Organic Rosehip Oil to the tips of my hair, it’s great heat protection when you straighten your hair often.




  1. The one product you swear by?


Not easy to pick one!


Love our new Pure Plant Body Oil. It is a great blend of rosehip, sweet almond and apricot oil. It is unscented and smoothing. Otherwise I cannot live without a great serum. I am a huge fan of silky textures and Rosapene™ Radiance Serum certainly delivers!





  1. What are your beauty non-negotiables?


Sunscreen and SPFs – so important when you live on this side of the world – and a great moisturiser.   I’m currently using Trilogy’s Vital Moisturising Cream SPF15.




  1. Talk us through a typical day on your plate…


I am not really a morning person so try to get up as late as possible… Usually around 7am, and then I get ready in record time! I always start with breakfast. For me it is the most important meal of the day and I really enjoy my quiet time. I also use this time to clear the emails I got overnight from our overseas markets. It is usually egg whites with a piece of fruit and a herbal tea. Or some gluten-free toasts with French jam or Manuka Honey.


Then shower, hair and make-up and off to work. I am quite lucky to live only 20min from work. I don’t drink coffee so when I am on the go I will grab a fruit smoothie to keep me running.


I am usually in the office between 8.15 and 9 (on a bad day). My days are packed with meetings, team catch ups and briefings. I have a team of eight and we work across several countries (mainly NZ, AU, USA, UK and Asia). Every day is quite different with lots deadlines, so constant adrenaline. I sip on still water and chamomile tea throughout the day and snack on 1 or 2 piece of fruit or nuts during the day. I am constantly jumping up from my desk to chat to visitors or brainstorm ideas with my team, so I never sit still for too long.


I have to admit lunch is a bit hectic, I’ll grab a salad or a sandwich for lunch and try to clear my inbox during that time. Or go to another meeting.

After 5pm things usually calm down a bit and I really enjoy working in the office a bit later at night when nobody is around and I can complete tasks uninterrupted. As I am a bit of a late bird I get much more done at night than in the morning.


For dinner, we discovered 2 years ago delivery food boxes and it literally saved us! I know that when I am back from a long day that we have all the necessary ingredients for a healthy dinner. My husband and I take turns depending on who is home first. We really enjoy that time together when we can talk about our day and relax. Usually we watch a TV show or movie together before heading to bed around 10.30/11pm.


  1. What is your indulgence of choice? Food or otherwise!


Hard to choose as according to my husband I am a food snob. But if I had to pick one I would have to say cheese! I love them all (soft, hard, non-pasteurised, blue…).

Otherwise non-food related, I would take a stack of books to a desert island. I am a big reader and can read a book a day when I am on holiday.


  1. What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?


I am not a big snacker. I think it is because I grew up in France where we are focusing a lot on meal time, with 3 key meals a day (breakfast, lunch which is usually an hour even when you work, and dinner which is the family dinner). So during the day I try to only snack on fruits and nuts. But I have to admit that sometimes the afternoon sweet craving kicks in and I enjoy every now and then some chocolate or lollies.


  1. Three things you can’t live without?


My phone (unfortunately), yummy food and a book!


  1. … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey and wanting to include more organic products in their routine?


Believe in yourself and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

Don’t beat yourself up for the things you don’t do well or could improve. Every step on the journey counts!

I have to admit I could really do with more exercise but I have found a great skincare routine that works for me, and I am not doing too bad food-wise. I think it is a good start!


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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

With kindest regards Samantha

I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.


Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.