After the birth of her son, Petit Jovial’s founder Tania Veignat was inspired to create a pure and natural skincare line for babies. She couldn’t find anything gentle enough for his sensitive skin where she lives in Paris, and decided to make her own.

So, the luxury natural skincare collection from Petit Jovial was born!

Time & Leisure Junior spoke with Tania to find out why she went to such great lengths to create the skincare range and what she hopes other families will get from it.

You could win your own bundle of Petit Jovial products. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a link to our competition.

What inspired you to start Petit Jovial? 

I was inspired to create Petit Jovial after the birth of my son. He had sensitive skin and I wasn’t able to find anything gentle enough on the market for his sensitive skin, and so I decided to learn how to formulate natural skincare products and that is how Petit Jovial was born.

What should parents be worried about in commercial products? 

Parents should be conscious about what they are putting on their children’s skin. Many commercial skincare products do not explain in detail what is in their products and yet make misleading claims such as they are children-friendly. I would encourage parents to read the ingredient’s list and research ingredients, which they are unsure of. Parabens, sulfates, artificial colours and fragrances are some of the synthetic ingredients that I would recommend parents should be aware of.

Why are the products made in England? 

The products are made in England as it was easier for us to find manufacturers which were more accommodating and supportive of start up brands.  It also allows us to reduce our environmental footprint as we aren’t regularly shipping from overseas, which is a big plus.

Why are the products made in England? 

The products are made in England as it was easier for us to find manufacturers which were more accommodating and supportive of start up brands.  It also allows us to reduce our environmental footprint as we aren’t regularly shipping from overseas, which is a big plus.

Why is it important that products are made in small batches? 

Petit Jovial products are made in small batches to ensure the freshness of the products. We source the ingredients, as well as the packaging, containers, labeling and everything else in small quantities which is environmentally friendly. Producing in small batches also means that the products are given close attention during the manufacturing process.

How do you balance the environmental impact with the quality of the ingredients? 

There is absolutely never a compromise with the quality of the ingredients. You won’t find any nasty chemicals in any of our products. Wherever there is a chemical ingredient, there is almost always a natural alternative that works just as well, if not better. Big companies often use the chemical because it is a lot cheaper, and bulks out the formula. Here at Petit Jovial, we prefer to invest in high quality natural ingredients, without any suspect additives with safety concerns. We limit our environmental footprint by making the products in England, using Miron Violet glass jars. This specially designed dark purple glass helps keep products fresher for longer, by shielding them from UV light. It’s the perfect packaging for natural skincare, as it preserves the freshness, without needing to use chemical additives. They are recyclable too, to help minimise our impact on the planet. We are also certified Vegan, so we limit our footprint there too.

Which is the one Petit Jovial product that is your must have?

I’d say the ultimate must-have from the collection is the multipurpose Nourishing Balm, which has become our hero product thanks to its versatility. Mothers love using it on their kids’ dry skin, and it has been known to improve eczema and dry skin conditions. It’s also fantastic as a barrier balm for bottoms, and as a relief for nappy rash. Mothers love it for a variety of reasons – they use them as a lip treatment, nipple balm, on their cuticles, on dry skin patches and even to tame flyaways. I personally even use the balm to clean my face in the evenings as a hot cloth cleanser, and carry it with me everywhere I go.

What is the one thing that commercial skincare companies could learn from Petit Jovial?

For me, it’s all about being transparent with ingredients. Parents should know exactly what is going into products that will be used on their children.

Why did you design the products to be used by both adults and children? 

I wanted to create effective skincare products which can be used for all the family, so families can buy less products, and in turn create less waste in packaging. I also believe that the benefits of natural skincare products are universal and not solely relevant for children.

What is the one word that you would use to describe Petit Jovial? 

Impactful. Impactful to the well-being of our shoppers, the environment, and orang-utan conservation, which is a cause extremely close to my heart as my late father was Indonesian and I spent much of my childhood there. As part of our commitment to people and planet, we donate to charities working on orang-utan conservation projects in the country.

What has been you biggest challenge in setting up the business? 

My biggest challenge has been time management. It hasn’t been easy launching and building a brand, while juggling the demands of everyday life. But, I feel so passionate about Petit Jovial and it’s all been worth it to see happy customers who enjoy the products so much.

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