This Iconic Beauty Editor Shares Her Product-Filled Morning Routine
Jean Godfrey-June is the Beauty Director at Goop, the Gwyneth Paltrow-led brand that has revolutionized the clean living sector. In her coveted role, Jean is always testing out the latest and greatest skincare products, to recommend to Goop’s loyal following. She notes that, “most of the people I work with are actually in LA. So I don’t go in to our NYC offices every day. Accordingly, my morning schedule varies dramatically, depending on whether I’m going into our NYC offices (2 days a week), or working at home (3 days a week).” Jean currently resides in Nyack, NY, and has a daughter in college, as well as a son in high school. Wondering what this beauty boss does in the morning? Keep scrolling to find out.
6:30 A.M. I wake up, splash my face with water, mix a few drops of water and a little True Botanicals vitamin C powder in my hands, and smooth it over my skin. And I brush my teeth with Revitin prebiotic toothpaste from the genius holistic dentist Gerry Curatola.
I wake up my son, make him some breakfast, and feed the cat (I am trying to goop the cat by feeding him healthier food, the delivered-fresh-to-your-door Nom Nom Nom; he resists change but is coming around). After a glass of water with lemon juice, a pour-over organic Peets coffee with Sun Potion ashwagandha (only coffee can hide the mind-blowing bitterness of ashwagandha), and unsweetened cashew milk from Elmhurst (the latter is so creamy and delicious I actually PREFER it to cow’s milk. It has to be tried to be believed), I take the new Madame Ovary vitamins from goop, a probiotic, and vitamin d3.
7:10 A.M. My son gets on the bus, and I grab The New York Times and bring it back to the lemon water/coffee. I love to sit and read the paper. I don’t think it makes me smarter, but it is supremely relaxing. I sit in a chair overlooking the river, read the paper, drink my coffee–favorite part of the day.
7:30 A.M. 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation. A huge perk of working at goop is the T. M. training they gave us last summer. I’ve been doing it ever since.
8:00 A.M. If I’m not going into the city, I either do a Jivamukti online yoga class, or a run on the path in the woods by my house. But if I’m going into the city, I get ready: While my shower water heats up, I dry brush with the goop dry brush—I was totally skeptical about dry brushing until the day my boyfriend suggested I start brushing my cat. In less than a day, the cat’s personality completely changed.
I jump in the shower, wash my hair with the new Sangre de Fruta shampoo and conditioner in “Garden of Earthly Delights” (as heavenly as it sounds), wash my face with a Clarisonic and the incredible oil cleanser from Tata Harper, and wash the rest of me with the new G. Day body wash from goop, which is one of my favorite scents on earth: It has black pepper and red ginseng, rosehip, and every other beautiful botanical on earth. Smell it and you instantly realize what you’re missing when you smell a conventional, synthetic scent. People think choosing clean is only about not exposing yourself to toxins, but it’s also about actually coming into contact with and benefitting from real plant extracts instead of synthetic imitations—you know the difference between strawberry-flavored bubble gum and a true, ripe, delicious organic strawberry? That’s what I’m talking about.
Because I’m always cold, I loathe putting on body lotion straight out of the shower, so I love body scrub. The G.Tox one from goop is full of rich oils and rare salts, and I emerge from the shower fully moisturized, not to mention energized/exfoliated.
8:30 A.M. The second I’m out of the shower, I smooth in face oil. I love goop’s, and I’m currently alternating it with the Winter oil from De Mamiel. I wait a few seconds, and layer on some Skin Food from Weleda if I need it (dry skin and/or looking tired/wan/not fabulous constitutes needing it). I let it all sink in, then I put on Dew Skin SPF 20 from Beautycounter, liquid eyeliner (just at the very base of my lashes) mascara from Juice Beauty, and super-sheer hot-pink lip balm from Olio e Osso (the shade is called French Melon and it is flattering on every human I have ever met).
The new scent from Douglas Little, Florgasm, is just the most gorgeous thing ever, so I spritz that on. If my hair needs a little something, I smooth a little texturising cream from Innersense (yes! A clean hair-fixing miracle!) between my hands and smooth it on my ends. I put a little SPF (Ursa Major) on the backs on my hands (focus on older peoples’ hands for a day or two and you will immediately adopt this habit).
9 A.M. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I put it off as long as I can ever since learning about intermittent fasting from Will Cole (author of Ketotarian) on the goop podcast. Of course, 9am is nowhere near the intermittent-fasting breakfast time (noon), but I have the hugest appetite in the world and you have to start somewhere. I make a conglomeration of Simply Elizabeth grain-free granola plus a billion nuts and seeds, freeze-dried strawberries, fresh blueberries, cinnamon, and goat-milk kefir. Or I have eggs with a billion vegetables.
I’ve been testing out the Perfect Attendance nutritional chews we’re coming out with at goop. They’re made with elderberry syrup, which my aunt always gave me for feeling healthy all winter, and they are so good it takes all my willpower not to eat more than the recommended two.
9:15 A.M. I start working as I finish eating if I’m working from home; because goop is in LA, it’s my moment to get everything done before people wake up (the other side to this double-edged sword is I’m often working late at night). If I’m going into the city, I’m out the door to take the bus or drive in, depending. The bus never comes on time, takes forever, and is full of cranky operatives, but I get so much work done on it that it’s kind of a miracle. On the flip side, if I must be on time, fighting traffic, enlarging my carbon footprint, and hoping the parking garage doesn’t fill up is a remarkably more reliable option. The world shouldn’t be this way! If I do have to drive, I listen to Howard Stern or the goop podcast; the combination never fails to make my day.