Odycea is an international company specializing in the research and production of rare bioactive substances from marine, plant and mineral origin. We believe in taking inspiration from botanical intelligence to reveal skin intelligence. It results in the creation of exceptional active ingredients with proven efficacy for use in dermo-cosmetics field.
An exceptional site
Founded in 2014, the company was established on the picturesque north coast of Brittany (France).
This location gives Odycea access to a breathtaking prehistoric coastline and the oldest rock formations in France. This land of legends was formed 300 million years ago when ancient magma flowed to the surface and the huge pink granite rocks have been shaped by the power of the sea ever since.
Just offshore, the Seven Islands form a wild archipelago which is one of the oldest nature reserves in France. A century of protection has meant that in this untouched paradise, an impressive biodiversity of plants and seaweed species flourishes and the islands have provided an idyllic haven for grey seals and sea birds.
Odycea production laboratory (certified ISO 9001) prides itself on the development processes and technologies in the field of eco-extraction. We harness advanced Green Chemistry principles and use bio-based solvents to produce a wide range of high-quality plant based ingredients.
This unique approach means we can offer potent natural actives the majority of which are COSMOS certified and approved for use in China.
High performance and safety
In our search for the most active plant extracts Odycea works with a network of sustainable local harvesters and farmers to scour the exceptional ecosystems on our doorstep, seeking plants living in extreme environments. We then bring together the best experts in the fields of chemistry, biology and dermatology to investigate new mechanisms of action and new dermatological targets. All Odycea discoveries are validated by rigorous scientific experiments that pave the way for innovation by cosmetics laboratories. In our quest for new actives, safety is our top priority.
Odycea products go through a rigorous assessment process including thorough toxicological testing to ensure product safety.
Traceability and quality
Odycea quality control laboratory adheres to ISO 9001 and thoroughly checks product characteristics throughout the process. We implement the highest standard of control procedures to guarantee the safety, efficacy and consistency of each production batch. We work closely with a number of carefully selected partners to ensure traceability of all our raw materials and finished products.
Organic, sustainable and ethical sourcing
At Odycea, we use our comprehensive understanding of plant species and their lifecycles to harvest seasonally and sustainably. Our harvesting techniques are adapted to each plant ensure good natural regeneration or recolonization of any harvested area. We favor the use of organic algae and plants whenever possible and adhere to all national biodiversity laws, including the Nagoya Protocol. We adhere to strict ethical and solidarity practices for local harvesters, small farmers and cooperatives.
FOUNDER & CEO
Fidji Briand has an extensive background in Cosmetics, Luxury and Management. A graduate of Grenoble Business School, specializing in Design, she collaborated with luxury companies such as LVMH as part of her partnership with Strate College, which ranks among the top French design schools. She completed her master's degree with a Masters of Science in the field of Design and Luxury management. In parallel, she developed her experience in the cosmetics industry by working with raw material suppliers and distributors, cosmetic subcontractors and selective retailers such as Clarins and LancÃ´me in Ireland. This experience allowed her to develop a global vision of the cosmetics industry and its key players.
Inspired by her previous experience and encouraged by her entrepreneurial mindset, she founded ODYCEA in 2014. She preserves a family spirit as part of a second generation of nature experts and is devoted to the development of innovative active ingredients for cosmetics. As part of her philosophy, she attaches great importance to developing high quality and effective active ingredients sourced naturally and/or organically. Her keen eye for art, design and precious materials inspire her daily work to develop new active ingredients.