Gisou announces the expansion of its global footprint into mega-retailer Sephora in the United States on August 18th. Founded by macro influencer Negin Mirsalehi in 2015, the comprehensive haircare collection is currently sold in 30+ countries worldwide. On August 18th, Gisou will expand its US distribution with its debut into Sephora.
Negin Mirsalehi’s six-generation family business of beekeeping has grown Gisou to a bestselling brand in under 5 years; continuing her family’s story by threading together her skills and knowledge as a beekeeper alongside her father, a renowned beekeeper in the Netherlands, and her mother’s love of hairdressing and DIY haircare. The key ingredient in Gisou’s care line is honey derived from the Mirsalehi-family bee garden, which contains a blend of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants which is infused into the entire product collection as the powerhouse ingredient.
Prior to Gisou, Negin began her career as a top influencer, awarded Revolve’s Influencer of the Year three consecutive years and a recipient of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018. Through her content creation, she began sharing trips to the family bee farm and hair tutorials via Instagram and saw a huge spike in engagement, which garnered constant questions surrounding her haircare routine, and Gisou was born. Negin first introduced Gisou in 2015 with a focus on honey-infused haircare products comprised of conscious formulations, locally-sourced and prestige ingredients to appeal to a wide range of hair types. Today, the line has 11 core SKUs, including a line for honey-infused care-based products and a propolis-infused care line of styling products.
“When we first launched Gisou five years ago, launching at Sephora was something we dreamed of one day achieving, so we’re really excited and proud our dream has come true, to say the least,” says Founder Negin Mirsalehi. “It means so much to us as a small brand, and even more so to me and my family as Gisou is based so much on our storied heritage.”
Gisou will soon expand into new categories, including tools, and has continued to grow awareness for the hero of the collection, the Honey Infused Hair Oil, as a direct result of consumer feedback and demand. Gisou is committed to a sustainable and cruelty-free production method that puts the Mirsalehi Honey Bees first, not only for the sake of the bees, but the greater ecosystem as well. In the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, Gisou lets nature take its course, allowing the bees to reproduce naturally without interfering with artificial means. In the next chapter of the brand’s growth, Gisou will be expanding its beekeeping support to more cities in both financial support and providing supplies.
Jennifer Lucchese, VP of Merchandising, Hair at Sephora, adds, “Gisou products are luxurious and effective and we love that they prioritize hair health – which we know our clients are looking for in their haircare routine. What’s interesting about Gisou is its totally unique and authentic ingredient story along with a powerful founder behind it. Our clients are conscious of the ingredients in their products now more than ever, and this is a key consideration when shopping for beauty. Gisou’s utilization of vitamin and mineral packed honey and propolis in its products allows clients to feel confident that the products will maintain their hair health.”
Shop Gisou at Sephora (Canada and U.S. only) from August 18th 2020 and in-store from September 1st in selected Sephora stores.