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Curious about the brands we carry? Here's some information about each one of them. They're all so wonderful that it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few sentences.
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
This fantastic British company, founded by a homeopathic pharmacist, opened its first shop in London in 2002. Founder Margo Marrone was one of Ayla’s first fans, and we can’t say enough great things about this dynamo and her incredibly effective, clean-as-a-whistle products.
The Organic Pharmacy’s commitment to sourcing and using organic extracts has been one of their founding principles. The majority of their products are between 95-99.9% organic; they source from local farmers whenever possible; and they absolutely prohibit the use of artificial preservatives, fragrances and colorants. Instead, they preserve their products with natural extracts that pass rigorous tests necessary for safety. From skincare products to supplements, all of The Organic Pharmacy’s offerings are handmade in small batches in their laboratory using cold-pressed oils, botanical extracts, and aromatherapy oils of the highest quality.
We’ve been addicted to Luzern’s products for several years. Since 1999, founders Jennifer Herbert-Coste and Ralph Herbert have successfully combined powerful, cosmeceutical-level active ingredients with certified organic ingredients in pure, safe, and clean formulas that truly make a difference in the condition of your skin.
Luzern Labs has spared no expense in formulating with the most effective anti-aging ingredients available: they use the highest percentages possible for the best results and emphasize organic extracts from Switzerland, proven to offer even greater antioxidant protection. Luzern also avoids the most commonly used additives (parabens, petrochemicals, formaldehydes, and synthetic preservatives, colors and fragrances), which can help you avoid irritation, breakouts and premature aging.
KIMBERLY PARRY ORGANICS
Kimberly Parry, a master gardener and mompreneur in California, started crafting her small-batch, ultra-pure products in 2007. Kimberly Parry Organics is available primarily through high-end spas (the list includes The Four Seasons, the Plaza Athenee, and the Setai Club), but when we tried these products, we immediately knew that we had to have them on aylabeauty.com. Many of us can only get to those spas in our dreams, but we all deserve skincare this pure.
Kimberly Parry Organics formulates to the highest USDA organic certification standards; sources ingredients from small, USDA certified organic farms; and hand-blends each product at their USDA certified organic San Clemente, CA manufacturing facility. The company’s products receive some of the highest safety ratings on the EWG’s Skin Deep Database, which has led it to achieve EWG Champion Status. Kimberly Parry Organics uses minimal packaging and recyclable PET plastic and amber glass to preserve its formulas’ active botanicals in an environmentally friendly way.
S5 was created in 2012 by Laura Rudoe, the award-winning product development expert behind Nude Skincare and Evolve Beauty. This collection of innovative products is the first line of organic cosmeceuticals designed to address chronic skin stress. While Skyn Iceland focuses on the effect that internal stress has on the skin, S5 focuses on the effect of external, environmental stressors on the skin: exposure to chemicals, pollution, and ultraviolet rays. This type of stress is a leading cause of premature aging — and a common culprit behind redness, sensitivity, and adult acne.
All of S5’s products are certified organic by Ecocert and feature light, hypoallergenic, phthalate-free fragrances. They address 5 specific stress-related skin conditions – redness and sensitivity, acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration – with a unique set of powerful, clinically proven ingredients including Antarctic Glycoproteins, Sea Mayweed, and Amazonian Bioactives. All have been sustainably sourced from the most extreme ecosystems on the planet and boast results equal to, or better than, synthetic ingredients found in conventional “clinical” skincare products. We’re excited to be the exclusive US distributor of these amazing products.
We were searching for products designed specifically for rosacea, eczema, and sensitized skin, and we couldn’t have been happier to discover Elave. This brand was created by Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, an Irish company that has specialized in sensitive skin solutions since 1934, and since 2004, Elave has been the top-selling dry, sensitive skincare range in Ireland. We’re betting the Irish know what they’re doing when it comes to sensitive skin care, and the results we’ve seen from our testers and customers have been luminous (in the best way possible).
What we love about Elave is that the company has dedicated itself to redefining safer sensitive skincare without harsh chemical ingredients that are linked to flare-ups in sensitive skin. Its entire range is free from parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, soap, alcohol, peanut ingredients, colorants, phthalates, triclosan, formaldehyde and lanolin, ensuring gentle, irritation-free use.
Naturopathica is a 15-year-old company, based in East Hampton, NY, that we love for two major reasons. Not only are Naturopathica’s products beautifully formulated, but founder Barbara Close was also an early adopter of a holistic approach to beauty, emphasizing the effect of diet, herbal remedies, and mind/body techniques on the enhancement of beauty from the inside out.
Naturopathica combines certified natural and organic ingredients with state-of-the-art skincare technology, without the use of harmful synthetics. All of its products are allergy tested and free of potentially toxic or irritating ingredients. Its products have gone through a rigorous review process by ECOCERT, one of the oldest and most respected natural and organic certification bodies, and its products are packaged in bottles and tubes made from 100% post-consumer plastics and milk bottles.
PETER THOMAS ROTH
Peter Thomas Roth launched his line in 1993, primarily due to his quest to find effective products to treat his own personal skin care concerns. His interests eventually grew into a desire to find the best tools to combat acne and the many signs of aging, as well as to protect the skin from sun damage.
Spas often carry Peter Thomas Roth’s products because they merge his family’s background in spa treatments (using ingredients like thermal spring mud and minerals) with modern skincare ingredients. We’ve been longtime fans of his acne, anti-aging, and sun products because, simply put, they work remarkably well. Anyone who’s tried the products we’ve picked out from his line has become a believer.
Katharine Phillips L’Heureux started Kahina in 2009 after a trip to Morocco, where she discovered her personal Holy Grail of simple, effective, and organic skincare: argan oil. This oil—rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids—can plump skin, calm irritation and give skin a lovely, natural glow.
Kahina’s 100% organic Argan Oil is, hands down, the best we’ve found (and we’ve searched far and wide). It’s so light and silky that any skin type can benefit from it, and Kahina’s other argan oil-infused products are also beautifully rejuvenating. Then there are the additional Kahina benefits: 25% of profits support the radiant Berber women who harvest the oil; its beautiful packaging materials are recycled and recyclable, and, of course, all the ingredients are as pure as pure can be.
Holocuren is the second company founded by Robert Heiman, creator of the Epicuren Discovery skincare line. Since 2010, Holocuren has focused on natural and organic products for everyday living that are innovative, highly effective, and as pure as possible. Holocuren’s hero product, Miracle Lips, is a doctor recommended treatment for persistent dry, chapped, cracked lips that we’ve found to be the most healing treatment we’ve ever tried.
Founded in 2008 by world-renowned skin cancer authorities, MDSolarSciences is the first physician-developed and physician-driven primary skin cancer prevention and protection company. But what we love about this company is that they clearly understand what will encourage real people to regularly use sunscreen: ultra lightweight, super effective, non-greasy, and non-irritating formulas that you’ll actually look forward to using.
MDSolarSciences is committed to using the safest ingredients in its products. For instance, their patent-pending sunscreens contain no water, and therefore require no preservatives. They also do not contain common actives, such as octinoxate, thought to harm coral reefs. The zinc- and titanium-based, non-comedogenic mineral sunscreens we carry from this brand are suitable for all customers — even those with sensitive skin, rosacea, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. And finally, they’re water-resistant and won’t leave a white cast on your skin. It’s no wonder they’re best sellers.