Apoth3cary by radha
Artistic Alchemy for Modern Beauty
Apoth3cary is my love letter to Mother Nature. It is the idea of changing the garden to table movement to “garden to skin”. I am in love with plants, whether they are flowers, vegetables, herbs, or weeds. They are each so unique with incredible healing and beautifying properties. So beautiful in fact, I can’t seem to choose just one or two. So, Apoth3cary becomes my artistic expression. Using the Alchemy of plants to achieve synergistic blends to create beautiful glowing skin.
I love growing a plant in the garden, extracting or distilling it to then add to a skincare or haircare product. But, part of the joy of using these plants is the freshness of the ingredients. Just as you don’t want to have food packed with preservatives, I don’t want to lose the freshness of these ingredients by packing them with preservatives. So, I only use Ecocert preservatives, and attempt to use them in smaller amounts, leaving the products with shorter shelf lives. Apoth3cary products are not meant to sit on the shelf of a drugstore for years on end. These are products that are meant to be used, preferably in less than 3 months. Thus I make them on demand and in smaller packages than you would traditionally find. The other thing that is unique about Apoth3cary is that the ingredients have a seasonal nature to them. Whatever plants grew well that year will be the ones that get distilled and extracted. Once that runs out, it will be time to move on to something else. For example, I have the most delightful Magnolia trees, but they didn’t bloom well this year, so my stock of Magnolia Hydrosol is rather limited.
Obviously, not all the ingredients can be sourced from my garden. So, I use only organic and Ecocert ingredients to supplement the things I grow. This planet has been blessed with thousands and thousands of amazing plants that produce a wide variety of oils and butters that can be used as bases in skincare. I love to experiment with them all and I do believe our skin is happiest when we feed it a wide variety of ingredients. It isn’t necessary to find a single face wash and use it for years on end. So, I mix it up. A bi-phase cleanser may always be the same basic makeup of oils and hydrosols, but sometimes your skin might enjoy a rose hydrosol and other times a lavender hydrosol. Just as we often get stuck in a rut with our food choices, we can get stuck in a rut with our skin routine.
Now, while I love growing things in my garden and using those ingredients, I also love high-powered super extracted anti-aging ingredients. So, I work with the top suppliers of the most carefully curated graceful aging ingredients that can be found on the market. These are often ingredients that can only be found in incredibly expensive skincare products. But, because of the small scale nature of Apoth3cary, I can pack my products with a wide range of incredible ingredients, and still make the products affordable.
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