Best of: Farmacy Beauty
BEST OF: FARMACY BEAUTY
I was super excited when Farmacy reached out and asked if I wanted to try some of their products. I've obviously seen them everywhere, but I could never decide what to try first as I obviously don't need anything. When you guys saw this PR package I got a lot of requests for a full review so here it is! (this is totally not a sponsored post fyi)
This is definitely more of a first impressions post rather than a proper 'best of' but it's the category that it fit into the best so it's happening!
If you're not familiar with the brand, Farmacy is a 'farm-to-face' skincare brand focused on clean formulas that are 'farmer-cultivated' and 'scientist-activated.' The main ingredient in their products is their Echinacea GreenEnvy complex, a variant of the Echinacea Purpurea. This variant is high in Cichoric Acid, a super antioxidant, and helps skin produce collagen to brighten and firm.
Honey Drop is a gel-cream moisturiser with a light as air texture. I'm actually surprised it's as lightweight as it is considering its rich ingredient list. I think it's perfect for summer because it feels so light but really delivers a deep hydration that leaves my skin feeling super plump.
It obviously contains the Echinacea, but also Cupuaçu Butter Beads which melt once you apply. tbh I don't love beads in my skincare as they just make me think of micro beads and I immediately cringe. These do melt pretty quickly though so it isn't a major deal. Cupuaçu Butter has major antioxidant power, but is also rich in phytosterols, supporting collagen production and getting rid of dry skin.
It also contains hyaluronic acid (my fave) and a plethora of oils, including Fermented Soy, Mistletoe, and Japanese Bloodgrass, Tsubaki, and Meadowfoam Seed Oils. Meadowfoam Seed is a new favourite of mine, my skin seems to respond incredibly well to it. It bolsters your skin's moisture barrier, allowing it to lock moisture in. Primarily composed of long chain fatty acids, it doesn't clog pores but provides deep hydration.
I've found that the super light texture gets soaked up by my skin really quickly, so I don't think it's one I'll reach for in the colder months. But like I said, for the summer when the thought of heavy oils on your skin is absolutely repulsive? Perfect.
This is Farmacy's cult favourite product. It's a hydrating, warming mask that's meant to leave you with glowing skin. Surprisingly, I don't love this mask. I just don't find that it really does anything for me. It feels nice on because of the warming sensation, but I don't find that my skin looks any glowier or more hydrated after use. The texture also makes me think of earwax (Alas, earwax), which freaks me out so much I'm glad that I never purchased the full size. At a whopping $56 it isn't worth it to me. However, many of my insta-skincare babes adore this, so I definitely suggest that you try out a sample before you decide!
This is the product that I actually expected not to like, but contrarily I love it. The Repair Salve is a beautiful, rich, almost sticky balm. It kind of reminds me of a slightly slicker Balm Dot Com. It's great on dry elbows and cuticles, and because you actually get a decent amount, I don't feel bad slathering it on. The texture is quite thick for using on the face, but I have used it on some particularly dry patches and they pretty much disappeared overnight.
It's got Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly, so it's both a humectant (binds water to the skin) and is anti-bacterial. It's high in antioxidants and amino acids, which can act as water-binding agents as well as be reparative for skin. I've heard a lot of people saying that this has worked wonders for their eczema. Personally, it's something that I'd only use at night because it's quite thick and quite sticky, so if you need mega hydration all day, I'd stick to BDC.
Skin Dew claims to be a does it all spray. An essence, a mist, a toner, and a setting spray all rolled up into one. I'm going to start this by telling you that the spray on this is ridiculous. It shoots the product at you with the force of a fire hose. I know it's not just mine, it's just the component. So not something I'd use as a setting spray or even a mid day refresh, but it is beautiful as a final step in my routine.
The first highlighted ingredient is Horsetail Juice, which sounds absolutely horrifying to me. But it's actually just a plant, so don't worry. It tones the skin, and contains silica (not silicone) which strengthens the skin, making it look firmer. Kiwi Fruit Extract, rich in Vitamin E, protects against pollution and free radicals. This does for whatever reason contain peppermint. I'm not personally bothered by it and find it quite refreshing, but it can be a skin irritant especially if you're sensitive. And for the love of god don't spray it in your eyes.
GREEN CLEAN MAKEUP MELTAWAY CLEANSING BALM
Another cult product, this one was actually an Allure Best in Beauty winner! Which is surprising to me because the fifth ingredient is Polyethylene, aka plastic. I'm sure most of you that follow me also follow @theCriticalBabe on Insta, and she addressed this in one of her recent posts. Polyethylene is a pretty popular cosmetic ingredient and is generally used as a binder or a stabilizer. It's just weird to me that it's used by such a 'green' brand considering it's a known environmental hazard. So just be warned!
Anywho, this stuff really does totally melt your makeup away, no doubt about it. In fact, it seems to break down makeup I didn't even know I still had on my face, it's so effective. It has a lovely texture, and is much less thick than traditional cleansing balms.
However, it leaves a horrible oily film over my eyeballs that I cannot stand. I will gladly continue using this for my face makeup because I have it, but I'm avoiding my eyes completely because I'd rather not go blind, thanks. I don't know if it's the addition of plastic that causes this reaction, but none of my other balm or even oil cleansers do this. It's super unfortunate because the product actually performs really well, but isn't something I'd repurchase because of this issue.
In general, Farmacy's products boast awesome ingredients lists, with scary unpronounceable bullshit ingredients left out or at the very bottom of the list. It's definitely a brand that I'm excited to try more from!
I personally think the Green Clean and Honey Potion are a miss, but I'm loving everything else.
Let me know what you'd like to see next!
*Products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. This post is not sponsored and as always, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links are present in this post.
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