I’ve known Michelle since she brought Alpha-H to QVC, some fifteen years ago. She was one of the kindest, funniest most generous ladies I have ever met. Her laughter and kindness was beyond infectious. Michelle often referred to Liquid Gold as the crown jewel of the Alpha-H range, but it was Michelle that was the most magical, rare sacred gem of them all.
Michelle will always be a true inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed.
Michelle founded Alpha-H after battling for over 14 years with chronic acne. She tried everything in an attempt to help it, from prescription medications to even putting toothpaste on each and every spot! Nothing seemed to work and some of the harsher treatments actually made her skin worse. I remember her telling me, her self-esteem was affected as the acne persisted from 14 years of age to nearly 28. Not easy for any young person during formative years. And beginning a career in cosmetics made her feel even more self-conscious, as the focus and results are based on seamless, beautiful skin. Typical of Michelle, forever the unconventional thinker, she wanted to provide a place of haven for people with problem skin, to help them feel more confident with their appearance. She discovered glycolic acid, an ingredient derived from sugar cane that helped clear blemishes by acting as a exfoliator. Many brands use it today, but in the early 90s, it was very much in its infancy.
Michelle and her husband decided to move to the Gold Coast in Australia and launch her own brand Alpha-H, featuring glycolic acid, one of a group of alpha hydroxy acids.
It became a global success.
From her humble garage to a multi-million pound business, loved by so many.
I will be joined by Tom Ogden on Saturday 15th August who will be bringing you the Alpha-H latest Today’s Special Value collection (242298). We will be sprinkling some fairy dust and continuing to share Michelle’s passion for skincare and sharing it with the world.
I will miss her naughty laugh and beautiful smile. She had so many more thoughts and ideas, beyond the world of beauty, that will sadly stay with her. My love and thoughts go out to her beautiful family and dearest friends.
We are never ready to say goodbye,
My beautiful friend