Farmaesthetics is a curious name for a skincare range. But all becomes clear when it transpires that the entire collection of tinctures, serums, oils and mists (in their chic apothecary-style bottles, first image) is made using whole-herb ingredients sourced from American family farms. The company was named in TIME Magazine’s “Green Style & Design 100: The People and Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Design”. Brenda Brock is the brains behind the brand and her formulations are garnering an increasingly loyal international following, now that they can be bought online and dispatched globally.
Shop by either skin type or category (from body zone to cleanser); the Standard Regimen option is a great place to start. This nine-item collection includes many of Farmaesthetics signature basics including rose-water and glycerin ($26), a fine herbal cleanser ($38) with witch hazel, and the herbal hydration mask ($48) – a refreshing paste designed to lift oils while moisturising the skin with beeswax, shea butter and soybean oil.
Dry and sensitive skin types are particularly well served. Fine facial oils ($58) with evening primrose and sweet cherry-seed oil extracts promise to brighten (and can also be used a primer before applying make-up), while nourishing lavender milk ($38, second image) is light enough to use even on children’s skin. One of the key ingredients in both products is calendula, which repairs skin damaged by sun, severe weather conditions and scarring.
The baby range, and gift sets for men, new mums and jetsetters (from $58) – each including Farmaesthetics favourites in TSA-approved miniature vials are also work checking out.