Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on May 23, 2008
Check out all of the awesome things Texas has given us: oil; the evangelical mega-churches of the Bible Belt; “Dallas” the TV show; and the dynasty. No, not the TV show — the Bush dynasty. But it’s not all bad. Texas is also the birthplace of Brenda Brock, daughter of a seventh generation Texan farming family and the brains behind sustainable skin care line Farmaesthetics.
It was after to moving to Rhode Island that Ms. Brocks began making her handmade herbal skin care preparations — all concocted from fresh ingredients grown at her organic farmstead — to the delight of her friends and family. Nine years later, Farmaesthetics is a favorite of beauty editors, posh retailers and luxury spas.
And it’s easy to understand why. What started out as “kitchen chemistry” seamlessly transitioned to “modern cosmetic manufacturing” without compromising the integrity of the products. Everything made on the farm is “free of artificial preservatives, parabens, petroleum products, dyes, filler, fragrances or talc”.
Made from natural lactic acid, combined with crushed herbs and flowers, the Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate effectively restore the skin’s natural glow. Cleopatra would approve. The deliciously scented Sweet Soy Oil made with calendula and orange is super versatile — it can be mixed with a scrub or used in the bath to heal scarring. Brimming with rose and lavender essential oils, the Nourishing Herbal Treatment makes an elegant night cream for those who want to stay that way.
My favorite is the Eyebright Eye Makeup Remover and Treatment Oil. Made from almond oil, grapeseed oil and chamomile, this gentle formula removes make-up and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Brilliant.
From the farm to discerning bathroom cabinets around the world, Farmaesthetics has established itself as tour de force in organic skin care. And as for Texas, considering that it’s home to possibility the coolest city in the World, Austin, all is forgiven.