Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve
Farmacy’s Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve is a very good, but not quite great, all-purpose balm capable of soothing and smoothing dry, cracked skin.
This salve’s thick, emollient texture (think Vaseline or original Aquaphor) comes in a squeeze tube. Unlike Vaseline or Aquaphor, Honey Savior doesn’t contain petrolatum; instead it’s texture is created by non-fragrant plant oils and waxes, which serve admirably as skin protectants and antioxidants—although for the record petrolatum is a research-proven dry skin savior in its own right. Honey Savior does a good job soothing dry, cracked areas of skin without an overly greasy feel (it sinks in to skin relatively quickly).
One note: this can have a somewhat grainy texture when it first comes out of the tube, but it’s not from of any added particles (like exfoliating beads, for example). Instead, it’s the result of the honey ingredients, including honey extract and propolis extract, experiencing slight crystallization in certain temperatures. As this product “warms” to skin, that graininess goes away.
The only true drawback to this salve is that it contains fragrance (flavor). It’s the last ingredient and is barely detectable to the nose, but still has the potential to cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive or already-aggravated skin (which the product is recommended to treat).
That aside, this is a good balm for spot-treating dryness, especially in areas where it’s persistent.
- Contains skin-protecting plant oils and waxes.
- Many of the moisturizing ingredients also have antioxidant properties.
- Soothes skin without a greasy feel.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrance (flavor), which isn’t the best for skin.
Save dry skin head-to-toe with this multipurpose honey salve! It’s made with our special, locally sourced honey to gently repair extra-dry skin and help soothe minor irritations. Hands, cuticles, lips, elbows, legs, feet need some TLC? Honey Savior to the rescue! It even calms sunburns, tames flyaways + mixes with makeup for a glossy glow.
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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