Now recognised as much for her lifestyle choices as her acting career, Gwyneth Paltrow, is the current face of Hugo Boss’ latest scent, Boss Nuit.
Over breakfast at the decadent Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia Hotel, London, a honed and toned Gwyneth, sporting super skinny leather trousers, semi-sheer black top and silver-heeled stilettos discussed her love of fragrance, exercise and the importance of ‘golden time’. . .
Despite being the face of Boss Nuit, a sensual but subtle scent which combines hints of violet, jasmine and white peach, Paltrow actually owns a whole wardrobe of fragrances. “When choosing a fragrance it depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing. But I think that fragrance is innately a feminine thing. I have a cupboard with around 50 perfumes – some I’ve never worn, I just like the bottles, and some I wear all the time.”
Her first foray into perfumes started with an addiction to “Anaïs Anaïs when I was like 14, and then I went through a Coco Chanel phase. Now I wear Hugo Boss a lot. I guess the scents have gotten more complex as I’ve gotten older,” says Gwyneth. And aside from an aversion to heavily fragranced things during her pregnancies, ” I couldn’t even stomach the smell of orange juice from across the room, let alone flowers or fragrance,” Gwyneth now ensures that her home is full of fresh white flowers. And whilst her daughter Apple “sprays herself head to toe,” she prefers to “spray a little on my left arm, press it against my right arm and then dab behind my ears,” as a less-is-more approach to fragrance application.
As could be expected, from her Tracy Anderson-honed body, glowing skin and the clean-living content on her lifestyle site Goop.com, when it comes to Gwyneth’s beauty routine, “exercise is key, as is staying healthy. I try to get a lot of sleep and avoid processed food.”
She confides that she’s “not great at doing my own make-up” and when pressed for what she uses on her skin she simply says,”I just stick to a really, really thick moisturiser, particularly when I’m flying. And I love face oils, especially at night.”
For Paltrow, the “golden time after I drop the kids off at school” is vital for her sense of well-being and is when she’s “usually working on my website and answering emails, but I try once a week to do something like have a facial, massage or see an osteopath. Something to bring myself back into my body.”
“When I turned 40 I thought, ‘I really need to make sure I have some time to myself’. I realised how overwhelming it was to take care of other people, and always give. So I made a commitment to myself to do something every week which would help me check in and regroup. It’s important, and stops emotions taking over you. If I try to do too much, I find it really stressful. So I build a cushion around what I have to do, even if it’s just five minutes to breath. I only recently understood how taking time for yourself is so important, even if it’s a walk with my dog on the heath, reading something interesting after bed.”
Paltrow may be one of the ones who knows her fashion and fragrance style, but she says if you really want confidence, “know yourself. It’s the key ingredient to empowering yourself; know your voice and be really, really true to yourself. That’s key to how I want to live the second half of my life. Part of a beauty regime is about knowing how you feel and checking in with your inner self. I try to meditate, too. If you can have some time for yourself then your emotions don’t take you over as much.”
When it comes to fashion the always immaculate Paltrow says, “I’m a real blue jeans girl. I wear jeans and blazers all the time. I also have a couple of couture things that I bought before I had children and a mortgage – I have this beautiful Chanel minidress that I’ve had forever – there are certain things I just think are beautiful and timeless and I value them a lot.”
“I think my days of trying outrageous things are over. I’m not looking for trends; I just want to be the best version of myself. I don’t have a lot of time to put outfits together – I’m a creature of habit, so I go toward what works for me and what’s comfortable. I grew up on the upper east side, wearing uniform every day, so preppy is a part of my DNA. We were allowed to choose out shoes so I wore Doc Marten’s with it and men’s boxer shorts underneath my short skirts. I was expressing myself. I’ve always had a preppy, classic thing with an edge.”
Boss Nuit Pour Femme Eau de Parfum is available now from £34, nationwide.