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Farmacy Skincare Review

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You’ve probably heard of farm to table, but what about farm to skin? That is precisely the idea that founder Mark Veeder wanted to cultivate with Farmacy Skincare. The brand features a heavy emphasis on utilizing natural ingredients to their fullest potential with the aid of scientific principles and research. Today, the result is an extremely popular brand with several products that have gained cult-status within the beauty community. But what’s all the fuss about? In this Farmacy beauty review, we’re having an in-depth look at the brand, their most successful products and the formula behind them, as well as a few reviews from Farmacy customers.

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About Farmacy

It all started with a single flower: Echinacea Greenenvy. After wandering around his farm in Upstate New York, co-founder Mark Veeder came across a green flower. This was in fact the birthplace of Farmacy Skincare. After patenting the ingredient that is now the base for every single product in the Farmacy range, Veeder, along with his team, set out to build a company that did much more than just sell moisturizers.

Today, Farmacy has two farms and a bee barn in New York and Delaware. The caretakers of these sustainable farms are all locals from the area, most of which would have moved away without this work. The Farmacy philosophy continues to center around providing effective products through natural and beneficial means.

Super Star Farmacy Skin Care Products

Looking more closely into the Farmacy products themselves, the line features two different ranges. Thing includes their original range, featuring the key ingredient, Echinacea Greenenvy, as well as their newer range, which predominantly features locally sourced honey. Both ranges aim to provide visual anti-aging results, and several products from both ranges have received praise for the fulfillment of this promise.

Green Clean Cleansing Palm

Balm cleansers have been one of the most popular trends in skincare over the last year. To fill this need in the market, farmacy created a nourish, smooth cleansing balm to help remove makeup, while still containing the skin-loving properties found in the rest of the Echinacea GreenEnvy. As the first step in your cleansing routine, this product is designed to effectively remove makeup, sunscreen and any additional debri that has collected on your skin throughout the day. But, while it is a wash off step, that could potentially be quite simplistic in formulation, the Farmacy brand took this opportunity to add in Echinacea GreenEnvy for it’s anti-aging properties, as well as moringa extract to purify and papaya extract extract to gently exfoliate. All together, the collection of incredibles make for a complex cleansing balm that doesn’t just remove makeup, but asks as a skincare treatment as well.

Honey Mask

The Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask is an award winning hydration mask that offers an innovative way to give your skin that extra dosage of moisture. The product offers a unique, sensory masking experience, as the mask transforms on your skin. Upon application, this product begins as a bright yellow-orange gel. However, as you massage the product gently into your skin, it becomes gradually warmer and richer until you’re left with a thick, white cream. Left on for an additional ten to fifteen minutes, this product has seen substantial success in boosting radiance and skin clarity. In fact, in a consumer study, 100% of women noticed a younger appearance, and increased moisture. Additionally, 97% noted a clearer complexion over a two week period of time.

The Formula

As we mentioned, this skincare range sticks very closely to its roots, literally. After much research and rigorous testing, Veeder found the the root of Echinacea Greenenvy flower contained the highest percentage of cichoric acid, an effective antioxidant that that helps protect your skin against free radicals. Because of this powerhouse ingredient, the original Farmacy line helps to prevent premature signs of aging, as well as gradually even skin tone.

In order to create the most potent formula for these products, the roots are harvested at their peak and immediately sent to the Farmacy lab. From there, they are cold-pressed and the final product is ready to be incorporated with the rest of the paraben, formaldehyde, and artificial coloring free ingredients. This entire process takes a little over three hours, including transport time, so you can feel confident that the products are incredibly fresh.

After the success of their first line, the brand embarked on a journey to create an equally effective secondary range. The result was the Honey Drop collection. These products feature Echinacea Greenenvy as well, but in a slightly different format. The active ingredient in this formula is the Echinacea honey, which combines the best of both worlds. You have all of the benefits from the Echinacea, plus all of the wonderful properties from locally sourced honey. Combined with royal jelly, propolis and a triple hyaluronic acid complex, these products have a number of incredible, skin loving properties that help to boost radiance and hydration.

Review Recap

This brand is no stranger to positive feedback. In fact, it’s been featured by some of the most prominent beauty magazines such as Glamour, Elle and Marie Claire. But it’s not just the media that loves this brand. Their customers have some pretty incredible things to say as well. Of the reviews, one of the most common things that we noticed was how many consumers had sensitive skin. What they found was that these products were incredibility gentle, while still being incredibly effective. Between the two ranges, the most common results from these products were increased radiance, hydration and a reduction in fine lines. As one reviewer put, “It warms and nourishes and leaves the skin so glowy. I have such sensitive skin and this works wonders! The design is Gorgeous and made with such heart. In love…” It’s comments like this and others that have led them to win a number of awards for their products, including the 2017 Allure Best of Beauty Awards.

The only negatives we were able to locate came from those with extremely dry skin. While there were very few individuals who discovered that they had sensitivities to the ingredients with a Farmacy product, there are a couple who felt like it just didn’t do enough for their incredibly dehydrated skin. With that said, this complaint is few and far between, so if extreme moisture is not one of your top concerns, these products could work very well for you.

This brand overall represents a turn in the beauty industry towards locally sourced, naturally derived skin care ingredients. With a consistent commitment to high quality ingredients from natural sources, this entire range is well suited for those who are conscious of the ingredients within their skincare or have noticed sensitivities to other skincare products in the past.  Have you tried this farm to skin favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Farmacy Clean Bee Review

Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser is a daily cleanser formulated with naturally derived ingredients that is said to lift away excess oil, impurities, and makeup while infusing moisture with honey and hyaluronic acid. It has a pH of 5.6 in order to support the skin’s natural pH (typically about 5.5) and preserve the skin’s protective oils. Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser is said to be safe for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. This cleanser contains several mild surfactants, such as decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, and cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine. A surfactant molecule contains one end that is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and one end that is lipophilic (attracted to oil). This allows surfactants to attract and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away, leaving the skin clean.

Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser also includes honey extract, which is an excellent natural skin care ingredient because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Honey’s antibacterial properties are great for those with acne prone skin since excess sebum and bacteria clogging pores is what causes a blemish to form. Since honey is anti-inflammatory, those who suffer with sensitivity or skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea may see a particular improvement. Lastly, honey contains varying concentrations of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants. There are many more botanical extracts in Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser that can help to soothe and protect the skin, such as Aloe vera leaf juice, licorice root extract, turmeric root extract, and Calendula flower extract.

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Farmacy Honey Drop Review

If you’re looking for a moisturizer that offers something different in terms of texture as well as ingredients, you may want to check out the Farmacy Honey Drop. This product was developed to offer a rich, highly moisturizing moisturizer in a lightweight, easy to use gel-cream texture. The formula behind this product, although packed with a proprietary honey blend, a triple hyaluronic acid complex and a variety of plant oils, is entirely non-greasy and sinks into the skin quickly and with ease. In addition to these ingredients, this product also contains golden cupuacu butter beds which melt on contact with the skin, releasing long-lasting moisture and sealing in hydration. Together, these ingredients create a soft, even and plumped complexion that lasts all day and night. Because of this, we’d recommend this product to those who are looking for a more deeply nourishing moisturizer, but have trouble finding the right texture that doesn’t overwhelm or clog the skin. Additionally, to get the most out of this product, the Honey Drop should be applied at the end of your skincare routine, after all other serums and oils have been applied.

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Farmacy Green Clean Review

Within the last few years, cleansing balms have become hugely popular, thanks to the growing trend of double cleansing. Double cleansing involves utilizing a first cleanser, like an oil or balm, to remove makeup, followed by a second cleanser, typically a gel or cream, to cleanse the skin and prepare it for the rest of the products in your skincare routine. But starting your routine off with the right first cleanse is just as important as the second. Because of this, cleansing balms like the Farmacy Green Clean have because cult favorite products for beauty bloggers and skincare junkies alike. The Green Clean balm was designed to offer the best of both worlds, creating a formula that removes makeup and gently exfoliates, while simultaneously hydrating and nourishing the skin as it cleanses. Some of the key ingredients in this formula include sunflower and ginger roots oils to melt away makeup, while papaya enzymes work to very gently exfoliate the skin as you cleanse. The result is clear, nourished skin that is ready for the rest of your skincare routine.

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Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Review

If you’re looking for a chemical exfoliant that doesn’t aggravate the skin, you may want to check out the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow. As the newest release from the brand, the Honeymoon Glow has already been a huge success, and for good reason. Unlike some others on the market, this exfoliating product features a range of chemical exfoliants including AHA like lactic and glycolic, natural salicylic acid from willow bark, citric acid and a variety of fruit acids to deliver a well rounded exfoliation. While this may sound intense, the formulation is actually designed to be relatively mild. At around 14% in total, this product offers a more mild option for those who aren’t comfortable with a weekly treatment of 25% or higher. Another aspect that makes this product even more skin friendly is how many moisturizing ingredients have been included. Plant oils like argan oil, jojoba, safflower and sunflower help to buffer the chemical exfoliants to create a much gentler application. While you may experience a slight tingle, the formula as a whole is relatively mild, giving you all the glowing benefits of a chemical exfoliant, without any of the drawbacks.

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Farmacy Sleep Tight Review

Balm-type skincare products have been coming back in a big way over the last year. One of the front runners in this category of products has been Farmacy skincare. This farm-to-face skincare brand specializes in honey-based skin, which they produce themselves. One of their most anticipated releases of the last year has been the Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm. This intensely nourishing balm was designed to reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier while simultaneously firming and lifting the skin. While this product can technically be used in place of a night cream, the texture of this product differs quite a bit. Although this product is called a balm, the creators of this product knew that balms can often feel heavy and too rich on the skin. So this particular product maintains all of the best elements of a skin balm, while also creating a more oil to gel like consistency. Like almost all of the products in the Farmacy range, this product contains Echinacea GreenEnvy, which is a variant of echinacea purpurea that contains a high percentage of cichoric acid. This active helps to create a more youthful looking appearance by firming the skin. This acid is also incredibly antioxidant rich, which helps to support the skin’s protective functions as well as reduce redness in the skin.

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Farmacy Dew It All Review

Finding the right eye cream can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge. Since the under eye area is so sensitive, both to dryness, as well as skin conditions like milia, it's important to find the right texture and formula that works well with your skin and addresses your specific skin concerns. One of the great options out there that suits many different people is the Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream. This product was designed to firm the skin is well as reduce signs of aging and fatigue. This includes everything from sagging skin to fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and general puffiness under the eye. The formula behind this product contains Echinacea GreenEnvy, which is a patented variant of echinacea purpurea that has been shown to contain high percentages of cichoric acid. This acid helps to protect the skin from damage, as well as helps promote skin firming and collagen synthesis. In addition to this star ingredient, the formula behind this product also contains nourishing oils and butters, as well as antioxidant rich botanical extracts in order to further protect the skin as well as reduce redness and soothe the skin.

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Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil Review

Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil is an antioxidant-rich, fast-absorbing face oil that is said to revitalize skin and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This oil can be used alone or mixed in with your favorite moisturizer or foundation. One of the key ingredients in this face oil is buckwheat honey. Buckwheat honey comes from the flower of buckwheat grain. It is known for its powerful antioxidant activity, as well as skin-soothing and humectant properties. Buckwheat honey also has antibacterial activity. Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil also contains royal jelly extract and propolis extract. Royal jelly is a honey bee secretion that nourishes the skin with vitamins, proteins, and amino acids. Propolis is a natural resinous mixture produced by honey bees from substances collected from parts of plants. When applied to the skin, propolis will assist in balancing, healing, and soothing problematic skin.

Another key ingredient in the Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil is Hippophae Rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil. Sea buckthorn oil contains unique unsaturated fatty acids, such as palmitoleic acid (omega-7) and gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6), which give this oil skin regeneration and repair properties. In addition, sea buckthorn oil easily penetrates through the epidermis (top layer of skin), where it improves blood circulation and facilitates oxygenation of the skin. Lastly, Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil features a 5-flower oil blend (crambe, evening primrose, sunflower, hibiscus, and rosehip) that provides the skin with omega fatty acids to nourish, hydrate, and maintain a healthy skin barrier.

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