I received a wee sample of Farmaesthetics' Nourishing Lavender Milk when I purchased something completely unrelated a couple of weeks ago. The light and subtly scented moisturizer was a welcome respite for my dry winter skin, especially since I had previously, in desperation, uncorked a Christmas-gifted bottle of cheap, "peach"-scented moisturizer that smelled so foul, so synthetic and cloyingly sweet, that I'm positive it has the power to resurrect the dead. Oh, and dredge up long-repressed childhood memories—I felt like I was squished with my cousins in the back of my uncle's air-freshener-infused car again, trying not to toss my cookies all over his fake-leather upholstery. Based in Portsmouth, RI, Farmaesthetics was founded by Brenda Brock, the daughter of a seventh-generation farming family from Texas. Her line of all-natural, 100-percent-chemical-free products is made from organically grown herbs and flowers from small American family farms—everything my uncle's gag-inducing Spring Bouquet car air-freshener isn't, if you will.
Each of Farmaesthetics' products has a certified extended shelf-life of two years without refrigeration, yet no petroleum products or artificial preservative systems are used. You also won't get any of the nasty dyes, fillers, parabens, or other synthetic ingredients you'll usually find in conventional skincare products. My go-to skincare-assessment resource, EWG's Skin Deep, has reviewed only two Farmaesthetics products so far, but they both received ultralow hazard scores of 0.1 and 0.5, respectively.
Environment-wise, Farmaesthetics only uses recyclable, minimal packaging, along with recycled boxes for shipping and cornstarch-based packing materials. The company has even incorporated passive solar heating and natural lighting in its warehouse and office facility.
Hey, anything that doesn't trigger godawful olfactory flashbacks—or cause my nasal passages to wither away in self defense—is A-OK in my book.