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Lust-worthy Luxury skincare from Luzern Laboratories

March 5, 2015


I don’t know where to begin with Luzern Labs. All I can say is, I’m done. This is it for me. Everything about the line is perfection. Please read more about it here.

Luzern’s luxurious products are formulated using the finest, sustainably-harvested, organic Swiss extracts and active ingredients, while eliminating any less-than-attractive additives, synthetics, or chemical preservatives. Whether it’s gentle exfoliation, powerful cleansers, nutrient-rich moisture or any of our remarkable serums, every product is carefully crafted to safely care for healthy, beautiful skin-delivering the ultimate anti-aging results.

Check out the line here.

The to-die-for serums here.

Sun Protection here.


From their website:

the foundation of luzern formulation

We combine the gold standard of certified Bio-Suisse organic anti-aging extracts with
pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients, and then process them using the most innovative
pure processing techniques available for powerful, luxurious results.


pure processing


We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 

pure processing


We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 


We use pharmaceutical-grade actives for their ability to work in synergy with one another by increasing cellular energy and optimizing healthy cell function. With this combination, we’ve created a powerful line of products to repair, detoxify, hydrate, and balance the skin.

the most powerful anti-aging cosmeceuticals

BIODYNE TRF (Tissue Respiratory Factor) assists the skin cells in the uptake of oxygen and reduces the look of wrinkles and other age-related skin damage by improving collagen synthesis, increasing hyaluronic acid synthesis, and promoting outstanding cell renewal for healthy, luminous, younger-looking skin.

COENZYME Q10 is a vitamin-like super antioxidant essential for all cellular activity. It is the “spark” that provides the energy your cells need for collagen and elastin production, nutrient utilization, and to fight free radicals.

SWISS STEM CELLS work to preserve and protect skin’s stem cells. These apple stem cells are rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites, assuring the longevity of skin cells to combat chronological aging while delaying senescence of skin cells, preserving the look of youthful, firm, vibrant skin.

NIACINAMIDE B3 combats aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, sensitivity and rosacea, helping skin cells repair themselves- improving cellular energy, reducing inflammation, increasing the production of lipids and ceramides, improving micro-circulation, and inhibiting substances that break down collagen.

PEPTIDES easily penetrate the skin and are highly efficient at stimulating the healing process, triggering the rebuilding of the dermal matrix (collagen) and protecting cells from damage.

LIPOIC ACID improves cellular energy production and reduces inflammation – a major cause of aging. R-Lipoic Acid also provides your skin with superior antioxidant protection, further activating other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C,Vitamin E and CoQ10.

VITAMIN C stimulates collagen and protects the skin from environmental damage, gently exfoliates, firms, and brightens the skin, imparting the skin with a more even tone and porcelain effect. We use both water-soluble and fat-soluble versions of Vitamin C to ensure the delivery of the most potent and stable form of this powerful antioxidant.

HYALURONIC ACID can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, restoring radiance and youth to aging skin.

ALPHA-HYDROXY ACID gently and effectively refines skin surface texture and promotes smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cellular renewal.

METABIOTICS RESVERATROL targets micro-inflammation and maintain the structural integrity of skin cells through the dermal epidermal junction.

PURE ZERMATT GLACIAL WATER A unique combination of minerals and trace elements moisturize and energize the skin for a radiant, hydrated glow.

bio-suisse actives

Swiss Alpine plants, found at the highest possible altitudes, have been subjected to strong temperature fluctuations and high UV radiation. These high altitude plants contain high concentrations of antioxidants.


Their “protective factor” has been harnessed by Luzern to develop products that protect the skin from the negative impact of the modern environment.

skin perfecting swiss extracts

ANTI-STRESS EDELWEISS is a high-performance antioxidant with free-radical scavenging properties. It provides increased type III collagen protection and inhibits harmful hyaluronidase, 5-lipoxygenase, and elastase activation. Edelweiss EP promotes a soothing effect, ideal for stressed and sensitive skin.

ANTI-OXIDANT ARTEMISIA UMBELLIFORMIS EXTRACT is often compared to Vitamin C for its antioxidative properties. It protects the skin from free radicals and acts as a strong anti-inflammatory.

ANTI-OZONE BUDDLEJA DAVIDII EXTRACT protects the skin cells from UV damage and toxic radicals like ozone produced photochemically in smog. It reduces the DNA fragmentation of the keratinocytes induced by UVB radiation. It is DNA-protective and an antioxidant as well.

ANTI-ACNE EPILOBIUM FLEISCHERI EXTRACT a rare alpine plant extract, clinically proven to reduce sebum production 56% over 66 days, ultimately, reducing oily skin without dehydration.

ANTI-WRINKLE PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA LEAF EXTRACT stimulates collagen synthesis, thereby thickening the extracellular matrix. The flavenoids and tannins yield anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and act as hyaluronidase inhibitors.

BRIGHTENING ALPINE COMPLEX combines seven Swiss Alpine extracts in a synergistic ratio to inhibit tyrosinase production for a brighter skin tone and a reduction in the look of hyper-pigmentation.

toxic 12 free

Chemical irritants and toxins found in much of today’s skincare can trigger inflammation that increases skin sensitivity and even accelerate the visible signs of aging. This inflammatory response stresses the skin’s natural repair process, damages its protective barrier and breaks down collagen, hastening the appearance of lines and wrinkles and undermining the healthy function of the skin.

1. Toxic PreservativesParabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) – Used as preservatives in almost all skincare products, and have been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens, as xenoestrogens (hormone disruptors), may contribute to sterility in male mice and humans. Estrogen-like activity causes hormone imbalance in females and early puberty.

DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): Just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, aggravate coughs and colds.

Triclosan: Synthetic “antibacterial” ingredient with chemical structure similar to Agent Orange! The EPA registers it as a pesticide, posing risks to human health and environment, suspected of causing cancer in humans and creating ‘super bugs’ it cannot kill.

Phenoxyethanol: A preservative often found natural skin care as an alternative to parabens, but actually presents its own health risks. There are several animal studies that demonstrate that it is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system. The FDA has warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

2. Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol and Benzyl Alcohol: Found in many skin care products, including natural brands. Even in small amounts these types of alcohol can be extremely drying and irritating, and have been shown to generate free radical damage and disrupt skin’s protective barrier.

3. Synthetic Color and Dyes: Synthetic colors from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin, causing skin sensitivity/irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen. Animal studies show almost all are carcinogenic.

4. Propylene Glycol and Pegs (Polyethylene glycol): Propylene Glycol (PG) is a petroleum-based wetting agent and solvent. PG penetrates the skin so quickly the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PEGs are made by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol. Dangerous levels of dioxin have been found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process.

5. Phthalates: Xenoestrogens are commonly found in many products, usually not listed on labels. Health effects include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls and boys.

6. Benzoyl Peroxide: Frequently used in acne products, the MSDS states, “Facilitates action of known carcinogens…Possible tumor promoter. May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells in some concentrations. Also, toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.”

7. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine): This foam booster is a skin/eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis. Easily absorbed through skin to accumulate in body organs, even the brain. Repeated use resulted in major increases of liver and kidney cancer.

8. Sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and 90% of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation – even death. SLS may also damage skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate, inflame and age.

9. Chemical Sunscreens: avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, and PABA are commonly-used ingredients that are known free radical generators and are believed to damage DNA or lead to cancers.

10. Mineral Oil and Petrolatum: Petroleum products that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne.

11. Sodium Hydroxide: Commonly used in skin care, including natural products, to adjust the pH, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) is a highly caustic, toxic and reactive inorganic base. It is classed as a poison to humans and animals. Cumulative or prolonged contact with skin can cause serious irritation, has a destructive effect upon tissue and skin cells and is known to aggravate pre-existing skin disorders. Make sure it’s not in any of your skincare!

12. Synthetic Fragrance: May contain Phthalates and any of over 200 other synthetic ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say “Fragrance.” Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation and skin irritation.

no animal testing

Luzern is proud to say that we do not engage in animal testing or use animal-derived ingredients in our products. We prefer to rely on our deep knowledge of botanical extracts and cosmeceuticals and to use our technical expertise to make great skin care products.

We employ an independent company that uses only in vivo and vitro tests, never animal testing, to ensure our products are safe and effective.


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