An Interview with Cat Tatman of Intelligent Elixirs

Hello friends! I'm so excited to jump into today's blog to tell you about an amazing product line that's new at i {heart} skin as well as introduce you to one of its creators! As you've probably gathered by now, I'm a bit of a product junkie. I'm constantly testing out new lines, brands and formulas to find the best products for my clients (And for myself, not gonna lie.) You might have also noticed that I love supporting other local brands and businesses. So when I was approached by Intelligent Elixirs to try their skin care line, I was super excited to put a Denver-based brand to the test.

From the get-go, I fell in love with the formulas Intelligent Elixirs has created using only the purest ingredients, backed by only the best science. I recently had the opportunity to receive hands-on product training with one of the line's founders, Cat Tatman. Throughout our training session, Tatman was able to show me numerous studies supporting specific ingredients and speak to why they were chosen for her products. That kind of attention to detail and dedication to a clean product, is what really sets Intelligent Elixirs apart.

Another thing I love about the line is that it is simple, yet effective. While other skin care lines I work with have an overwhelming number of options, Intelligent Elixirs is able to accomplish a lot using only a small handful of impactful products. Most of the products appropriate for all skin types, making it easy for me to build a routine for my clients, that is also easy for them to follow. If you are someone who likes a minimal routine, Intelligent Elixirs is perfect for that. And while I don't necessarily love simplicity for my own routine (Remember, I said I love products!) I do use these products daily and love what they've done for my skin.

But enough about what I love about Intelligent Elixirs. Cat Tatman was recently kind enough to answer some interview questions for me, about her line, her process creating it and some great skin care tips. (My questions are in bold. Her answers are in italics.) Read on for all the juicy details!

How did you get first get involved in skin care and what inspired you to create Intelligent Elixirs?

I first ventured into skincare in the late 90’s with a high-end natural spa line out of San Francisco. That company ultimately sold and I found my way back to Colorado and began creating clinical products for the professional market place; plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians. This is also when I began working with my fellow Co-founder Mary Butler. Our goal when developing Intelligent Elixirs was to formulate products free of toxic ingredients to improve skin health and overall appearance. Additionally, we wanted to offer a line of products with a reasonable price point. Professional products are very expensive, with 36+ years of experience between us we knew we could create high quality products at an affordable price point.

What is your philosophy when it comes to choosing ingredients for a product? We believe in ’tried and true’ ingredients like L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) combined with cutting edge, clinically proven ingredients. All of our formulations contain a cocktail of ingredients clinically proven to protect, restore and repair the skin.

What are your favorite ingredients for the skin?

L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Using a topical Vitamin C daily is the foundation for healthy skin; your skin cannot create collagen without it. It also brightens, protects and repairs your skin. Note: that is has to be L-ascorbic acid, derivative forms cannot penetrate and promote collagen synthesis.

I have also fallen in love with Squalane Oil. It is my favorite oil for the skin by far because is absorbs so well, but is so moisturizing – while promoting cellular turnover. Also, it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores, which I think is something people are concerned about when putting oil on their face.

Intelligent Elixirs was developed here in Denver, what (if any) impact does out Colorado climate have, when it comes to formulating and designing products?

Our products are of course formulated to care for the skin in any region. However, when you live in Colorado it’s hard to ignore the altitude, the sun and the outdoor lifestyle that ultimately takes a toll on our skin. I think it has given us a heightened awareness of protecting and caring for our skin. This goes back to supplementing all our products with a host of ingredients that protect, restore and repair the skin.

What are your top three favorite Intelligent Elixirs products? And why?

15% Anti-aging Vitamin C Serum- for all the reasons I mentioned above, it just doesn’t get better than Vitamin C if you are looking to address the visible signs of aging and overall skin health.

Pure Squalane – also for the reasons mentioned above, it’s an incredibly effective product great for all skin types. It is also really versatile, it can be used on its own or you can combine it with or on top of your moisturizer for a more enhanced moisturizing treatment. The absorption is exceptional and leaves skin so soft and hydrated!

Broad Spectrum Tinted SPF – I love any multi-tasking product. The color and coverage our Tinted SPF provides is so sheer and natural. It evens out the skin perfectly and can easily be worn on its own or under makeup…we tell people ‘it plays nice with makeup’. Most importantly, it provides exceptional protection.

What is your favorite skin care tip?

When applying Vitamin C, apply it from the back of the hand as our hands age too. Put a few drops of the serum on the back of your hand and then swipe to apply to half of the face and then do the same thing with the other hand and half of the face.

Anything else you would like to share?

It’s never too late to care for your skin. Find a regimen that works for you. I also think consulting with an aesthetician is a great idea because they can help you analyze your skin and select the products and ingredients to best fit your particular needs.


My thanks to Cat, for taking the time to answer my questions and telling us all about Intelligent Elixirs! To learn even more, book a facial with me and you'll get to experience some of my favorite products like the vitamin c serum, hydrating serum and citrus facial scrub and maybe even grab a few samples. You can shop the line at i {heart} skin or visit my online store to peruse all the products. Questions? Email me a jenny @

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About the blog:

This is a blog about everyday skin health. As an esthetician I strive to provide comprehensive skin care advice and knowledge to anyone who wants to know more.

Read on and please don't hesitate to reach out! I love educating people about their skin and am always happy to respond to questions.

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