Honey Body Butter Ultra-Hydrating Body Cream
Farmacy’s Honey Body Butter Ultra-Hydrating Body Cream has the makings of a top-notch body moisturizer, but a couple of missteps stop it from reaching its full potential.
We’ll begin with the smart packaging: This is housed in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its beneficial ingredients from light and air. This body butter has a texture that’s creamy and rich, yet not overly thick – it’s easy to spread, and absorbs quickly, leaving dry skin feeling immediately hydrated and softer.
This hydration comes from well-known ingredients like sunflower oil, cocoa butter, honey (as the name implies), and mango butter. These antioxidant-rich ingredients are bolstered by additional antioxidants turmeric and chinaberry extract. All these can restore skin’s moisture barrier and help defend it from environmental assault. There’s even some skin-soothing allantoin to complement the potent anti-inflammatory action of the turmeric.
We wish Farmacy had left the ingredients at that, but they added some iffy inclusions that holds it back. This cream contains fragrance (listed in the ingredients as aroma), the fragrance ingredient limonene, and fragrant bergamot oil. While the scent of this product isn’t strong by any means (it’s a light honey-like smell that dissipates quickly), it’s still best if your skin care is fragrance free, since fragrance poses a risk of irritating skin.
That said, this is still a good body moisturizer, just one that have been great with just a few tweaks.
One note: the bergamot oil can cause a sensitized reaction to sun if skin is left unprotected, so be sure to cover exposed areas with a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher to be safe.
- Creamy texture is richly hydrating without being overly thick or heavy.
- Includes moisturizing and softening sunflower oil, shea & mango butters, and honey.
- Contains antioxidants, including turmeric and chinaberry extracts.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrance + fragrant limonene and bergamot oil, which put skin at risk for irritation.
Our first-ever body cream and the latest addition to our honey collection! This whipped formula is packed with antioxidant-rich honey and a triple butter blend for intense moisture.
Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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