Saskia Havekes, Florist

Florist, perfumer and author, Saskia Havekes has a sixth sense for beautiful things. As her bio so rightfully reads, she ‘does not arrange flowers, she curates them’. The success of Grandiflora  – her one-time passion project come globally hailed flower shop – has blossomed into a career that now also boasts four books and two fragrance launches (in Paris, no less).  Oh, and she’s stunning to boot. With Beauticate being as much in our name as in our nature, we were eager to sit with Saskia and pick her brain on her approach to beauty, who and what influences her creativity and what she really, really can’t stand… 


Saskia prefers a natural approach to beauty.

Saskia prefers a natural approach to beauty.

“I feel most beautiful when I’m in nature…

…sitting under a tree in the sun, or on a bush walk. Nature has always managed to evoke a sense of freedom in me. My daughter, Sunday, is a keen horse rider and I also find being around horses so relaxing. It provides that same sense of freedom. 

 
She takes sanctuary in her Grandiflora store

She takes sanctuary in her Grandiflora store

Flowers in their natural environment are quite magical.

So, I love visiting the growers – we wouldn’t be able to create the beautiful things we do if it weren’t for their hard work. Any time I get to be amongst flowers it's always relaxing – be that in nature or in the Grandiflora shop. I find being at home with my partner Gary and daughters, Ginger and Sunday, relaxing too. Home always provides such a safe, comfortable feeling.

 
Clear skin and a defined eye is Saskia's makeup motto

Clear skin and a defined eye is Saskia's makeup motto

Mum instilled the ideal of simple beauty in me and my sisters from a young age…

…and the politeness of putting a small amount of effort into your appearance daily. She would apply PONDS Cold Cream every morning and evening. And I always remember her applying perfume behind her ears – a little trick I’ve held onto. It allows the fragrance to really warm into the skin. My all time favourite products are YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes and the Sisley Phyto-Kohl Perfect pencil on my eyes – in a deep metallic blue, I like how it intensifies. I would feel quite naked without it. I’ve grown to love the YSL mascara too – I find the brown colour a little less severe.

 
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I get beauty advice from my clients...

…and stick to good recommendations and word of mouth for new products to try. My approach to beauty has become quite simplified. I have an eclectic mix of top of the line products, old favourites found in health food stores, and unique treats fortunately gifted and found on flower adventures around the world. 

 

Nothing works better than a cold splash of water first thing in the morning…

… to wake me up – a little trick my father instilled in me from a young age. I’ve created quite the ritual in that. From there, my routine is quite simple. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum has become a luxurious addition to my mornings. I came across it while doing research for one of the Grandiflora fragrances – I love the story and process behind it. Then Actinia 50+ sunscreen everyday without fail – an essential product that Melanie Grant introduced to me several years ago.

Saskia faces the day fresh-faced

Saskia faces the day fresh-faced

 
Cleansing is a non-negotiable part of her nightly routine.

Cleansing is a non-negotiable part of her nightly routine.

I never go to bed without washing my face.

I’ve found Kiehl’s Centella Cleanser to work well with my skin sensitivities followed by the Sisley Black Rose Face Oil as my nighttime essential – it’s a dry oil and feels light on the skin. I also love Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – it has become a favourite.

 
A few of her favourite things... Saskia keeps it simple with beauty products she knows and trusts

A few of her favourite things... Saskia keeps it simple with beauty products she knows and trusts

I use my fingers to apply everything…

…because brushes have always seemed quite fussy. Lately I’ve been using Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder – this was a special gift from Mia Fenwick when we launched [Grandiflora's] Madagascan Jasmine Fragrance in London at her family’s department store. It is quite light but makes my face look and feel healthy with a very natural finish. On days I feel in need of a perk, my trick is a wash of cheek colour - the YSL Blush Encre de Peau especially. I love the feel of it – no stickiness, blends very well and wears all day.

 
Saskia wears Dress by romance was born

Saskia wears Dress by romance was born

I loathe heavily caked makeup…

…it makes the skin look like it can’t breathe and distorts any natural features. I like a natural look, always. It’s the best way to look fresh and healthy. I keep my makeup routine very simple. Perhaps that’s the trick, not overcomplicating things. Kelly Tapp is the one I ask about makeup tips and tricks – she is my favourite makeup artist. I often use her for photo shoots and events. She knows how to keep me looking and feeling like myself, but a little more glamorous.

 

My hair is my favourite feature.

I always seem to be able to make it work. If my hair is under control, I can make everything else work. I’ve been having a blow-dry once a week for years. Having a sensitive scalp, I’ve found this is the best way to keep my hair and scalp healthy. Diane at KODA Cutters in Bondi does the best blow-dry. She really knows hair, and is a wonderful cutter and colourist. Through her I’ve grown to love Oribe hair products – they smell divine, and don’t irritate my scalp. 

She prioritises caring for her mane attraction

She prioritises caring for her mane attraction

 
Saskia knows the importance of looking after the inside as much as the outside

Saskia knows the importance of looking after the inside as much as the outside

Once a year I detox. 

I like to do the 101 Wellbeing Program prescribed by Dr Liu at TCM in Bondi Junction. It’s a detox for the organs, and great for general health and wellbeing. I’m also a big believer in acupuncture. A visit to Billabong retreat is a real indulgence, too – perfect for a weekend of yoga/meditation and relaxation. 

 
Her on-the-go life keeps her fit and healthy

Her on-the-go life keeps her fit and healthy

Grandiflora is my exercise.

My work allows me to be active all day. On market days, I can be on my feet from 4am until I get home that evening. Throughout the day I am unloading flowers, lifting vases and branches etc. so it is a constant stream of activity. I like to do pilates at Emergy , and go horseriding or bushwalking.”

 
Story by Rikki Hodge-Smith; Interview by Sigourney Cantelo; Styling by Kristin Rawson; Photography by Myles Pritchard .