Category Archives: SUNSCREEN


August 23, 2013

COOLA Mineral Cucumber Essence
COOLA Mineral Face Matte Tint

OBESSED:  COOLA’s Mineral SPF 30 Unscented Matte TintMineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint and Mineral SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish.  $36

Flawless skin – stunning.

Naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen. Offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB plus environmental protection, this lightly tinted, unscented formula gives skin an immediate line-smoothing finish. Made with organic Rose Hip Oil, rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C; and organic calming Evening Primrose, delivering abundant Omega-3 and Gamma-Linolenic Acid to improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture. Organic Shea Butter smoothes and hydrates while the phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates skin.

  • Ideal for normal or oily skin
  • Lightly tinted
  • Preservative free formula
  • Infused with Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

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THE ORGANIC PHARMACY – organic, natural, high potency, pure, homeopathic

August 12, 2013



I was thrilled to revisit The Organic Pharmacy on Beverly Drive, since having checked it out years ago.  Wow, have I been missing out!  Walk in and you're immediately intoxicated  by a wave of heavenly scents. These organic oils and concoctions are so pure and delicious the smell literally stopped me in my tracks for a serious "oh my goddddddd" moment that lasted a good two minutes. 

The facial treatment list is founded upon their principles: organic, natural, high potency, pure, homeopathic.

I had a fantastic signature facial from the manager Kerry Wall, a sublimely talented aesthetician and all around organic skin guru who has been with The Organic Pharmacy for ten years.

Their facial treatments have been designed to use massage techniques, lymphatic drainage and acupressure massage to support the skin’s ability to heal itself. Lymphatic drainage reduces puffiness an the high potency organic ingredients enable the skin to repair and regenerate.  Masks, extractions, massage – my skin was exquisite aftewards.  GLOWING. 


    Address: 453 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone:(310) 272-7275



    A few highlights from the Organic Pharmacy PhilosophyFrom Founder, Margo Marrone  

    Whilst studying homeopathy I became aware of Organic and what it meant. Shocked that I had been unaware of the level of poisonous pesticides used in our food and the questionable ingredients used in cosmetics, I decided to use my herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical knowledge to create a shopping haven free from chemicals found in other stores, a place where expert knowledge on well being, herbs and homeopathic remedies were readily available. My principles were very simple, the best organic ingredients, honest expert advice, quality service, incredibly effective products and a caring environment. I took the idea to my husband Franco whose design skills and vision turned The Organic Pharmacy into a modern day health and beauty centre.

    Our first store opened in 2002 on Chelsea’s trendy Kings Road and very soon we had complete synergy with our customers many of whom are still with us today. More London stores followed and in 2008 we opened our first store in Los Angeles. We still stick with our strong principles and pride ourselves on the passion that we share for quality, efficacy and above all a dedication to you.

    To this end we strive to give you as much information as possible. Whether you suffer from breast cancer, skin allergies and sensitivities or you want to optimise your skin and health, an informed, honest choice is your right, we encourage all our customers to ask as many questions as they need to and we are there to support you every step of the way.

    Our aim is to bring you the best products, advice and treatments free from all the toxic ingredients commonly found in mainstream cosmetics and health products. ­From our herbal and homeopathic dispensary we custom blend herbs and homeopathic remedies to suit your needs.  Expert advice from our qualified professional team means you are able to fulfill all your health and beauty needs.

    We believe that through informed choice, you the consumer should be empowered by knowledge so that you can decide what products to buy. We hope that we have shown the world it is possible to choose an organic product that is beautiful to look at, luxurious to use and more effective than its synthetic counterparts without compromising your health or beauty. 


    Pure, real, organic products don't mess around. This is the real thing, peeps. 


    Murad’s double punch

    October 15, 2012


    I generally chalk up being told my skin is "good" to genetics.  My grandmother turned 100 a week ago this Sunday (yes 100!) and her skin is still porcelain white.  I would be lying if I said I totally abandoned a skincare regimen however.  I have tried and tried it all!  As a result of my research: the basics work best for me: cleanse, protect (spf), treat (as needed), and moisturize. 
    Upon receiving my Murad samples I had some initial anxiety related to the cleanser – anything with the label AHA/BHA screams "ABRASIVE!!" and tends to leave my skin irritated and closer to rose than peaches and cream.  But, after using these products that fear slipped away. 
    My recipe consited of:
    Cleanser: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – $35

    SPF Day Cream: Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30  – $47

    Infused with Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids the Cleanser: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser helps to brighten, clarify and improve cell-turnover by dissolving dead skin cell buildup. The package recommended I use this bad boy 2-3 times a week.  I want to cheat and use it daily!  Alas, I will maintain some shred of self control :) 

    Next up:  Murad's Perfecting Day Cream Spf 30 This moisturizer provides hydration and an spf of 30 to fight against free radical damage.  Additionally, essentially fatty acids in the cream provide hydration and soy flour increases skin's elasticity.  This cream went on like butter!  Usually moisturizers sink in leaving a bit of a residue (ie. oil slick) afterwards.  After using this cream my skin felt supple, clean and smooth and a great base to apply before my sheer foundation.
    xo Lacee