Monday, August 11, 2014

LifeRide with Chris Salgardo

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the kick off for the 5th Annual LifeRide for amfAR event, which took place at the Michigan Avenue Kiehl's store. For those of you unfamiliar, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment and education. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. In honor of amfAR, Kiehl's is offering a Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. One hundred percent of proceeds from the sale of this limited edition product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR and its efforts. Not only did I try this amazing product, which has now become my new morning go-to, but I also got to chat with the President of Kiehl's himself, Mr. Chris Salgardo.

LD: So how about that ride in?! Name that movie! Just kidding, Chris. Honestly though, how has the ride been for you so far?

CS: Hahaha! That’s amazing, and it’s amazing. First we were in Milwaukee to kick of the 5th annual LifeRide with Harley Davidson, who is actually our amazing sponsor this year, so for anyone who is a motorcycle enthusiast this is like the mecca of events. A lot of us have been doing this together for years now, so it’s all about coming together, having a great time and ultimately supporting amFAR and the fight against HIV.

LD: How did you originally get involved with amFAR and come up with the idea of LifeRide?

CS: We {Kiehl’s} have three pillar causes: HIV/AIDS, the environment and children’s charities. I really want to combine my love for our products with my passion for motorcycle riding; thus the Kiehl’s amFAR 7-day charity ride was born!

LD: What is your favorite part about being the President of Kiehl’s?

CS: That I can make people look better! I was a Kiehl’s customer 25 years ago - someone had turned me on to the shave cream (when I use to shave!). That was the first product, then I found another, I just kept going, and then I found out that all of the products were made in America. I was sold!

LD: Would you say that the shave cream is still your favorite product?

CS: Oh my goodness, if you looked in my medicine cabinet right now it would look like this store! I use everything. I would say my favorite right now is our midnight recovery. It’s a really interesting formula made with very high potent botanical extracts that has almost no water in it. You just notice a difference in your skin no matter what age you are.

LD: At a quick glance, what would you recommend for my skin?

CS: I would put you in our new calendula gel cleanser. It goes with one of our most successful products, which is our calendula toner, that’s made with marigold flowers - someone actually pours the petals into the bottle. It will help the spots where you’re dryer, but tighten you up where you may be a bit oily. I would also recommend our ultra facial moisturizer that just feels great.

LD: I better go grab that shopping basket over there then and get started, haha! And last question, Chris. If you could do one thing in Chicago while you were here what would it be?

CS: You know, I really just want pizza! Everyone talks about the pizza here. I just want a deep dish, Chicago style pizza, but eat it by myself so that I can just dive into it, have the cheese all over my beard, and just indulge!

Photos by: Colleen Cullen

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