This week on Volume Up by The Tease, we are continuing our mental health in the beauty industry series with Audrey Gruss. Audrey Gruss is the founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), which she established in 2006 in memory of her late mother Hope, who battled clinical depression for decades. HDRF’s mission is to fund pioneering international scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. HDRF distinguishes itself as the only significantly-funded research program, public or private, based on “affective neuroscience”, which integrates the fields of neuroscience (the biology of the brain) and affect (the mind and emotions). In 2017, Audrey Gruss created the Hope Fragrance Collection, a line of fragrances that donates 100% of net profits directly to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.
Audrey joins us on the podcast to talk a bit about her background in science as well as her time in the beauty industry. Audrey gives us all the inside details on HDRF, what they are doing and what they are hoping to accomplish. Then Audrey was able to talk us through Hope Fragrances and all the scents, packaging as well as where every penny of the profit goes.
Join in to educate more on depression as well as how purchasing some fantastic products can help make a difference!
“I know to live with a person who’s got mental illness, it’s a very painful thing. You feel for them. You would do anything for them.”
“Since 1985, when Prozac was introduced, there has been no new category of anti-depressant.”
“I really have had husbands say ‘what is this? I have to get it for my wife’”