Scandinavian beauty brand Eleni & Chris is the beauty empire created by Inger Ellen and her daughter Christinah Nicolaisen. Together they have developed a brand new skincare lined derived of the finest of all cosmetics from the purest of Scandinavian ingredients.
Whilst they differ in their background and approach, Inger Ellen and Christinah share an extraordinary level of drive, passion and creativity, rooted in and inspired by their Scandinavian home.
The partnership of these women is founded in mutual respect of the strengths that they each bring to the creation of beauty products embodied by their unique spirit.
Inger Ellen Nicolaisen
Inger Ellen is the founder and owner of Raise Gruppen Holding AS, one of the largest hair and beauty brands in Scandinavia. Born into a farming family, Inger Ellen has become one of the most respected female entrepreneurs in Scandinavia, who developed Eleni and Chris.
Ellen & Chris was born two years ago when Inger Ellen and Christinah decided to create a range of products that came from their native Scandinavia. Ever since her childhood, cloudberries were a much sought-after ingredient and people did whatever they could to obtain what Scandi’s call the "Scandinavian Gold". She remembers how people used to break the rules to get their hands on these precious cloudberries. It was only once her own cloudberry land was robbed two years ago that she and Christinah had the idea of using cloudberries as the main ingredient in a purely Scandinavian cosmetics brand.
Inger Ellen and Christinah submitted cloudberry to a thorough laboratory analysis, which came back with outstanding results. The test results demonstrated that cloudberry seed oil naturally contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as calcium and magnesium, and contains as much as four times more vitamin C than an entire orange.
As well as being a business woman, Inger Ellen also works closely with childrens’ charities around the world. She is dedicated to working with children and started the foundation ‘A Hand to Children’ back in 2000. She is now the mother of 13 children - three biological and 10 adopted from orphanages from around Lithuania.
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Christinah began her career as a 12-year old working her way up through the family business, providing her with a strong grasp of the hair and beauty industry from a young age.
A self-confessed optimist, Christinah takes an open and positive approach to everything she does. A well-rounded and approachable woman, she brings a fashionable flare to everything she does and remains entirely professional in business. She always has her finger on the pulse of current affairs and forthcoming trends.
Christinah studied Business and Fashion at London College of Fashion, Central St Martin and several leading universities from Spain, Mexico and France. Her interest in the fashion and beauty industry has helped her to develop a real passion to create a successful business from the bottom up. She also has a keen interest in retail, technology and trend forecasting.
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