Body Care

  • Our Beauty Favorites

    In honor of our winter Spa Day events, we talked to a few customers, practitioners and staff members about that one beauty, body or hair care item they just can't live without. Here are a few favorites.

    "I love MyChelle's Fabulous Eye Cream--it has plant stem cells and I have seen a decrease in my fine lines around my eyes. So now I use it all over my face!"
    -Kristine, Facebook fan
    I really like Sanitas' Vita C Serum. It really does help restore the skin's tone and eslasticity, and we've found it can even help with acne and hormonal breakouts. And a little bit goes a long way--all you need is a small amount and you can usually see a noticeable difference within a week or two.
    -Cecily, Pharmaca Esthetician
    "I am currently hooked on the John Masters Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. I have super long hair and it keeps it from getting tangled. It smells really good and it keeps it smoother and shinier."
    -Lauren, Pharmaca team member 
    "I really love Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk. It works great, smells great and it's a natural product that's hard to find. But I can always find it at Pharmaca!"
    -Jody, Facebook fan
    My favorite is the Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter. It smells so good and has no nasty chemicals!"
    -Robin, Pharmaca naturopathic doctor
    "Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream. It's very moisturizing without being greasy for our dry Colorado winters. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and it's not expensive!"
    -Deirdre, Facebook fan
    "The number one choice for me is Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel. Customers use it and come back and tell me how much of a difference it made for them for acne, pigmentation, dryness, etc. It's like what you would get in a spa, but it's a natural, certified organic option that still does something for you!"
    -Mina, Pharmaca esthetician
    "I love the Peter Lamas Rice Protein Shampoo. My hair was really dry and kind of limp, and now it's super soft and shiny. It's also really helping with the dry winter scalp."
    -Diane, Pharmaca team member
    "Jurlique Hand Cream, especially in Rose, is the ultimate luxury. It's so moisturizing, and it's the only thing that keeps my hands soft and crack-free during Colorado winters. I gave it to all my female relatives for Christmas last year!"
    -Tiffany, Pharmaca team member
  • Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

    Tea tree oil can be found in almost everything these days. It’s taken from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, native to the northeast coast of Australia, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties.

    What it does
    Tea tree’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a healing tool for everything from acne to sunburn to infections. As such, tea tree oil can be a valuable addition to a summer first aid kit.

    Bonus use
    Tea tree can be an effective household cleaner—simply combine 2 teaspoons oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

    Ways to use it

    • Add to unscented body care (e.g. lotion, shampoo or conditioner) to increase their effectiveness. Tea-tree infused shampoo can even help combat dandruff and head lice.
    • Apply to blemishes several times a day (with a cotton swab) to speed healing
    • Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and inhale to promote respiratory clearing. Can also be added to a vaporizer or to a hot bath.

    Interesting tidbit
    Bees that feed on flowers of the Manuka bush, a close relative of the tea tree plant, produce Manuka honey, also known for its antibacterial properties.

  • Make your own bug spray

    While we love Pharmaca's all-natural bug repellents (check out Badger's Anti-Bug Balm or Quantum's Buzz Away), we also like the idea of making our own insect repellent with a few of our favorite essential oils.

    According to an article in Whole Living, "Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by masking our natural scent." They offer up this recipe for a DIY repellent,  perfect for mixing in one of our My Own Blend bottles:

    5 drops patchouli essential oil
    2 ounces of witch hazel
    8-10 drops of cedarwood essential oil

    Apply frequently on clothes (don't spray on face). Enjoy the outdoors!

    Read more at Bugs-Be-Gone Spray Recipe
  • High praise for mineral sunscreen

    The question just seems to keep coming up--how do I choose which sunscreen is right for me? Are there mineral sunscreens that won't turn my skin white? In a recent article in Boulder's Daily Camera newspaper, Camille Capone, an esthetician at our North Boulder store, helped suss out what's best.

    "Mineral sunscreens actually create a seal on the skin that reflects the sun," Camille said. That means less absorption, better reflection and, unlike chemical sunscreens, you don't have to apply them 30 minutes before being in the sun. She loves Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30.

    The Environmental Working Group has long been preaching about the safety and effectiveness of mineral sunscreens, and the article cites new nanotechnologies that are making minerals lighter and more invisible on the skin.

    So don't be daunted by the white skin--if you haven't tried a mineral sunscreen yet, stop in to Pharmaca to speak with an esthetician about the latest and greatest in mineral sun protection.

  • Do you know Jurlique? Indulge now...and take 20% off!

    Jurlique has been perfecting plant-based skin care for more than 25 years. Based in Australia, Jurlique has always placed an emphasis on connecting with the earth and hand-crafting specialized formulas from nature’s most perfect ingredients. From biodynamically farmed herbs and flowers—grown on their own 153-acre farm—to Australian superfruits, nothing but the best ingredients go in each Jurlique product.

    And, in the month of July you can save 20% on Jurlique’s entire line of skin care, both in our stores and online! This rare event is the perfect time to try their Herbal Recovery line, a cult classic that customers love for its potent blend of age-defying antioxidants and precious plant oils.

    Here at the Pharmaca office, we’re addicted to their Rose Hand Cream, an ultra-rich smoothing cream that makes your hands softer than you could ever dream (try all four amazing scents with this Hand Cream sampler—perfect for gift-giving).

    We also love their Calendula Cream, a practitioner-recommended treatment that’s ideal for soothing wind- and sunburnt skin, especially good during the summer. The Calendula Cream also packs in macadamia and avocado oils, aloe vera and herbs specially selected for their healing and toning properties.

    If you haven’t discovered the utter luxury of Jurlique yet, take advantage of our July sale to treat yourself to something wonderful. Read more about the Jurlique story...

  • Product Spotlight: Dr. Hauschka

    If you've never tried this luxurious German line of skin care, you should know that it's one of Pharmaca's top-sellers. Hauschka offers the best in botanical ingredients in everything from shampoos to hand creams to cosmetics.

    The majority of ingredients in Dr. Hauschka's products are grown either biodynamically or organically, and all with a great deal of thought and consideration for the earth's natural growing processes. Their ingredient philosophy is a perfect fit on Pharmaca's beauty shelves.

    Dr. Hauschka skin care has been available in the US since 1972, and its popularity has grown as people have discovered the simple efficacy of their products. People love the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream, especially great when followed by another customer favorite, the Rose Day Cream. Hauschka even offers homeopathic remedies to create a complete wellness regimen for your skin and body.

    Because it's one of our best-sellers, Pharmaca offers a lot of great sales on the whole Dr. Hauschka line. This month? The entire line is 20% off. Check back for different Gift with Purchase offers, too—they're the perfect way to discover Hauschka!

    Already love Hauschka? Write a review of your favorite product and tell us why!

  • FDA announces new sunscreen labeling rules

    The Food & Drug Administration revised its 33-year-old rules on sunscreen labeling this week, mandating that sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB radiation before they can be labeled "broad spectrum."

    The new regulations also state that only sunblocks with an SPF rating of 15 or higher can claim that they help prevent sunburn or skin cancer. Finally, sunscreens can no longer be labeled waterproof or sweatproof, and instead will need to state the minutes for which the product is "water-resistant."

    A New York Times article about the new rules explained that the FDA is also undertaking further testing of the safety of current sunscreen ingredients and seeking further comment about the necessity and efficacy of SPFs over 50.

    Want more important information about the dos and don'ts of sunscreen? Join our Practice Safe Sun Campaign on Facebook.

  • Just say no to white legs

    A few months ago, jane iredale came out with a new self-tanner that works to make skin tanner in just a few days: Tantasia. We here at the Pharmaca offices have fallen in love with this good-smelling, non-streaky bronzer that really does add a few shades to our skin (that's still pale from covering up during this long spring).

    Grab a tube, then follow directions straight from iredale's youtube channel:

  • New hope for naturally repelling bugs

    Red Grapefruit Half


    A recent story on NPR profiled a new project being conducted by the CDC to find a natural, non-toxic bug repellant. The good news: Scientists are honing in on a chemical called nootkatone, basically a natural essential oil found in the Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit like grapefruit.

    Nootkatone apparently smells citrusy, and as an already-approved food additive (like citrus beverages), it's officially classed as "Generally Considered Safe." And it's super effective at repelling ticks and mosquitoes. According to the article, one scientist rubbed some on his hand, stuck it in a jar of hungry mosquitoes and after 5 minutes still had no bites.

    The chemical is also being engineered as an insecticide, which also offers hope for an effective pest killer that's also biodegradable. The CDC owns patents on the chemical, but has licensed them to two companies that are working on bringing the products to the market.

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