Renee Garacochea &
Dr. Karyn EilberGlissant
Dr. Karyn Eilber (above right) is a urologist at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery; Renee Garacochea (above left) is a beauty industry veteran with extensive experience in clean formulation. Together, they founded Glissant to create clean, high-quality intimate lubricants, as well as other products tailored to women.What drove you to start your own brand? Although I’ve always been a “problem solver,” I’ve definitely not always been an entrepreneur. What drove me to start our brand (I can never take full credit) was the luck of having a close friend in the beauty industry, Renee Garacochea, who was also familiar with the importance of clean, natural ingredients. The prelude to my “aha” moment was the result of many years of treating women for pain and discomfort with sex because of vaginal dryness and repeatedly having them ask me, “What’s a good lube?” Many women told me they actually felt more pain and irritation after using some lubricants, which is probably because of certain chemicals found in many of those products. Knowing these chemicals can cause more harm to a woman than good, I decided to create a natural, chemical-free, truly pH-balanced lubricant that was based on the needs of a woman’s vagina—and that also wasn’t embarrassing to carry around. My real “aha” moment was when I realized that Renee’s experience in the beauty industry working with natural ingredients was the perfect complement to my medical and scientific background. And so Glissant was born. For me personally, I’m going through menopause and experienced a multitude of all the fun side effects that come with this lovely change…hair loss, brain fog, fatigue and now, pain during sex—nothing like getting an “aha” moment when you’re having painful sex. Fun times!
I’ve always been an entrepreneur, starting with the formation of my first company, Fauna, at the age of 23. Hearing the stories my co-founder told me about women not wanting to have sex because of pain and dryness and her frustration with available lubricants at the time, I knew my experience formulating natural beauty products, combined with her scientific knowledge, would result in an amazing lubricant.
I guess you could say I’m a bit obsessed with making products that improve the lives of not just people, but animals, too. (Fauna is Aromatherapy Hair Care for Pets & People, after all.) This will be the third brand I’ve created with the intention of recreating commonly used products, but with clean and natural ingredients.