Karen Mabon on Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Her Love for ELEMIS

9th March 2018

British accessories designer, Karen Mabon, isn’t only the ultimate cool girl; she also happens to be a brilliant businesswoman and a kind-hearted, charity-minded person. We knew that she’d be the perfect fit to design our NEW Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 100ml to benefit Women for Women International.


Karen recently stopped by our New York headquarters for a chat, some chocolates and a cup of tea.

ELEMIS: Can you explain how our collaboration came about?

Karen: My aim as a designer is always to tell a unique story, and to make things of absolutely impeccable quality, things that you can treasure forever. ELEMIS has the same commitment to aesthetics and luxury. I love ELEMIS products. I have sensitive skin, and this is one of the only brands I’ve found that keeps my skin looking clear and amazing. I also love all the textures and aromas. I have so many favourites! Especially Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. When ELEMIS reached out to me last year to create the design, I was so excited, because this was actually the very first design that I’d created that wasn’t a textile, something meant to be worn. Also, the life-changing work that Women for Women International does around the world is so inspiring. I am proud to help in supporting this very worthy cause.

ELEMIS: Where did you find inspiration for the design of the Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream packaging and keepsake box?

Karen: First I really started with colour. I tend to create quite colourful designs, so this was interesting, because we decided to pare things down and focus on a much simpler color palette, inspired by Pro-Collagen’s iconic teal. I then looked at a lot of vintage drawings and botanical artwork, particularly of seaweed. I also looked at Pop Art from the 1950’s and 1960’s, as well as Warhol. I love designing patterns, and I’m so proud of how beautifully everything came together. I just moved into a new apartment in London, and I’ve been going a little mad with pinning inspirations on Pinterest. I can’t wait to put the box on a lovely little vignette in my living room.

ELEMIS: Can you tell us about the diver on the box?

Karen: Oh, I just love the diver. She was a sort of throwback to Esther Williams and the Old Hollywood glamour that you’d see in Busby Berkeley films from the 1930’s.

ELEMIS: What was your creative process like in designing the packaging?

Karen: After we nailed down the colour palette, I started drawing patterns and painting watercolors. I went back and forth for over a month sending in different designs. It was so fascinating for me, because changing the design to accommodate the curves in the jar, for instance, was something that I’d never done before, since I’m typically designing in 2D. There was a tremendous amount of detail that went into the design. I really hope that everyone loves it!

ELEMIS: Do you have an entrepreneurial tips for young designers?

Karen: When I started out, I really just said yes to almost everything. I never worried about the money. I did projects that I loved and worked really hard. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. For instance, I would ask friends if I could design their wedding invitations. Try collaborating with friends. Do skill swaps. For instance, trade designing a logo for photography. Things like that. And just never give up.

ELEMIS: Can you describe the design for the Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in 3 words?

Karen: Great question. Hmm… I’d say classic, fun and whimsical.




Our No.1 bestselling moisturiser, clinically proven* to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 14 days, improve hydration and leave skin feeling firmer and looking more radiant. Padina Pavonica has been blended with Ginkgo Biloba, Chlorella and precious Rose and Mimosa absolutes to moisturise the skin and visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, while supporting a feeling of suppleness, firmness and elasticity. This is the ultimate anti-ageing cream from ELEMIS. Now in 100ml Supersize to benefit Women for Women International.


A highly concentrated blend of deeply nourishing and hydrating plant-based superfoods that feed the skin with anti-oxidants and omegas for a healthy, radiant glow. Contains rich ingredients like Macadamia Nut oil, Broccoli Seed oil and Rosehip oil. 96% agreed this facial oil enhances skin radiance.**


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