For Marine Perrin und Cindy Bringuier, two French sisters, the year 2005 turned their lives upside down. Their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that affects every year 400’000 new patients in France. Marine and Cindy supported their mother during chemotherapy and radiotherapy and got aware for the first time in their lives of the effects of cancer and the difficulties of living with it.
Cancer changed the appearance of their mother. Therefore, the two sisters began looking for special creams, a wig and make-up for her. They started listing all the advice, products and accessories that could help someone undergoing cancer treatment in everyday life. The list kept on doing the rounds, and in 2011, they finally decided to help other women with cancer by launching Oncovia.
The sisters chose a professional approach: they spoke with doctors, met with suppliers, contacted health and beauty Therapists and, most important of all, listened to patients. Moreover, they visited hospitals and orthopaedic centres. Everyone told them the same thing: there are solutions that exist, but they aren’t spread out geographically, so they aren’t easy to access.
Thanks to their previous experience in cosmetics, communication, fashion and e-commerce, the two young French women launched Oncovia, an online store dedicated to the well-being and comfort of women diagnosed with cancer.
PARIS BOUTIQUE ONCOVIA FOR WOMEN WITH CANCER
The online shop features various categories: wigs (natural or synthetic hair), head scarves and turbans, lingerie (post-surgery bra, compression bra, mastectomy swimwear etc.), breast forms (silicone, adhesive, partial breast form, post-operation), skincare, make-up, haircare and eyelashes.
The advice category is very useful, too. It’s similar to a blog with articles on how to put on a wig, how to knot a scarf, how to achieve a healthy glow with make-up, how to do your eyebrows etc.
Oncovia opened its first private boutique and spa in Paris (this page is only available in French). Please note that you have to book an appointment to visit it (phone number 01 76 39 04 99, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). We assume that the team speaks English, too.
Address: 24 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris (Blanch is the nearest metro station)