The Organic Pharmacy
Is an exclusive and completely organic product range that has been requested for a long time. The Organic Pharmacy is extremely selective and chooses every single ingredient in their product. The smallest ingredient should have a maximum caring effect on the skin.
About The Organic Pharmacy
The World Leader in Luxury Organic Health & Beauty Care.
The Organic Pharmacy was founded by husband and wife - Margo and Francesco Marrone. Margo has a background in pharmacy and homeopathy whilst Francesco has a background in design and graphics. It all began when Margo read an article about preservatives in our food and the effects of pesticides on our bodies. She was shocked that a simple, non-organic apple can have as many as 20 different pesticides & herbicides residues and such an array of toxic chemicals on it and that these can make it into our food chain. Margo was amazed. How did she not know about it before? How could it be allowed? Why didn’t someone do something about it? She realised the only person who could make a change was herself. At that time organic food was not widely available and you really had to hunt for it.
“My dream was to open a store where anyone could walk in for health advice using only homeopathy, organic herbs & supplements. The Organic Pharmacy was born. All the beauty products were checked so the average consumer knew what they were buying was safe. At first I thought I was the only fanatic out there but as soon as our doors opened I realised many people were as passionate as I was about all things organic. It was clear people wanted to use pure products, as well as eat healthily”.
First press extract
Just like Olive Oil there are different grades of extracts even within the natural world. We all know that first press extra virgin olive oil is the most potent and active extract. Its colour is a rich golden green which means that it contains a much higher percentages of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. The second and third press results in a less potent and less active extract. In the same way the oils that we use and the floral extracts are always the first extract.
No two extracts are the same:
Just like wine where no two years are identical, plant extracts are exposed to the same variations such as sunlight, rainfall, soil etc. This means that each extract will vary from year to year and because we do not buy in bulk to keep our extracts fresh we are subject to annual variations. This means that each batch will always have slight variations in colour and smell. This is the beauty of organically sourced ingredients.
Many of the raw materials we use are specifically made for us to match the Pharmacopeia standards (standards for medical herbs). However, the standards are elevated to food grade so that the raw materials are actually suitable for consumption, that is the highest standard available. The extraction process is heat free and the raw material is usually from a fresh plant source which is the highest in the active components. So the same tincture that we use in our medicinal herbs are the same standards we use in our cosmetics. The result of this is that our cosmetics have a very high quality and efficacy. We also use vitamins and cosmeceuticals from a natural source which further establishes the activity of our products. We make everything in small batches so every product is fresh and active.
Parts used - Leaves and flowers. Rose is a complex mixture of over 300 compounds, some of which have not yet been identified. It has a unique composition that defies copying. It is important not to dismiss it until you have smelled genuine rose as synthetic rose does not even capture 1 percent of rose’s magical scent.
Its anthocyanins not only protect cells from UV and other free radical damage, but also guard against the breakdown of elastin, making it an excellent ingredient for skincare products. The polyphenols, anthocyanins, carotenoids and quercetin all reduce inflammation and calm irritated skin, as well as promoting cell regeneration. This makes rose fantastic for all types of inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. In the case of radiation burns, research has shown that when rose is applied topically as a cream, it can reduce inflammation and tissue damage. The anthocyanins together with nicotinamide improve circulation and prevent capillary damage, an effect that is very helpful for treating broken capillaries and redness. The tannins act as astringents, which also help to reduce redness on the skin caused by dilated vessels.
Parts used - Seeds. High up in the Andes mountains in Chile grows a remarkable bush: the wild rose plant. Its bright red fruits (hips) contain seeds that are rich in an oil that has remarkable properties. I first came across this oil ten years ago when I received a sample from Chile. From past experience, I was expecting a pale yellow colour and a slightly fishy smell. The sample I received however was a rich orange/red oil with a fresh clean smell. After some research, I realised that the oil I had been sent was virgin cold-pressed, while the previous oils I had encountered were of a poorer quality. I also realised that the fishy smell I remembered was as a result of the oil going rancid. This new, purer quality rose-hip oil was about to amaze me with its wonderful ability to repair the skin.
Acne scarring, old or new scars and stretch marks will all benefit from the application of rose hip oil. Perfectly safe during pregnancy, it is an invaluable aid for both reduction and actually treating old stretch marks. Whilst it won’t take them away completely, it does certainly improve their appearance. Its action on sun-damaged skin has been demonstrated beyond doubt. Not only does it reverse sun damage, but actively protects the skin from UVB radiation (however, do not use rose-hip oil as a substitute for a SPF (sun protection factor) sun protection cream. It should be used in conjunction with sun protection products). Once again, its effects on wrinkles and pigmentation caused by sun damage has been clearly demonstrated. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants offer free radical protection also.
Used parts - Flowers. The amazing medicinal effects of calendula or marigold have been well-known for many centuries. It was one of the first herbs I studied while reading homeopathy and its versatility and potency amazed me.
Calendula is a Mediterranean plant that has soft, green leaves, and bright orange/gold flowers, which appear in early summer and continue until the first frosts of winter. It is the dried marigold flowers that are used in topical ointments, gargles, tinctures and compresses to treat a vast spectrum of ailments ranging from mouth infections to insect bites and sunburn. It is also a wonderfully calming balm for sore, cracked skin and cuts and, it is this versatility, that has made it such a fabled herb among homeopathic doctors.
Calendula’s vibrant orange colour – due to the presence of carotenoid pigments and lutein – gives us a clue as to its antioxidant activity. These ingredients help protect the body from free radical damage. An excellent antiseptic, calendula is a fantastic first aid herb. Conditions such as gum disease benefit from calendula used as a mouth wash and the tincture, in its spray form, is excellent for sore throats as well as cuts and sores on the skin. With all its disinfecting, antibacterial and antiviral activity, I could use calendula in nearly every beauty product that I make! Our skin is exposed to the ravages of sun, wind, air-conditioning and the effects of stress, to name but a few of the everyday problems we face. This exposure inadvertently causes damage to the skin. Calendula extract is the perfect ingredient in any skincare regime to reduce inflammation, repair the skin and improve cellular regeneration.
Parts used - Inner leaves. The 4 percent active part of aloe contains an impressive 200 compounds that are delicately and intricately dependant on one another to bring about all the amazing beneficial effects. Since no single ingredient can be extracted in isolation, aloe has been largely ignored by the medical profession. Instead, its reputation has gathered momentum and earned heightened public awareness via the self-medication route. However, there has been some scientific investigation of aloe, which began with Dr Vladimir Filatov (1875-1956), a Russian doctor and ophthalmologist specialising in transplanting tissues. He was the first scientist to discover the therapeutic action of aloe on tissue. Since then, further scientific research has been carried out and now, the reasons for aloe’s amazing effects are better understood. Virtually all skin conditions will benefit from the topical application of aloe, including dry skin, acne, oily skin and dandruff conditions. Aloe also demonstrates the ability to normalise oil production making it useful for oily and dry skin alike.
St. Johns worth
Parts used - Flowers, seeds and pods. One of the most versatile of my star herbs, St John’s worth grows wild in many meadows and gardens, and has truly amazing medicinal properties. It is easily recognized by its distinctive yellow flowers and leaves which contain small perforations (hence its Latin name Hypericum perforatum). Best known for its anti-depressant properties, it is also an invaluable herb for the treatment of skin conditions and has many other important properties too. Rich in flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids. These are renowned for their antioxidant effects, which gives St John’s worth the added bonus of protecting cells from free radical damage as well as having amazing anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.
The use of propolis dates back to the ancient Greeks, who used it to heal sores and the ancient Egyptians who used it in their embalming. Strictly speaking, propolis is not a herb. It is actually a resin produced by certain trees such as poplar, pine, spruce, willow or birch which is collected by bees as it oozes out of the buds and bark of the trees. Once collected, the bees mix it with nectar and beeswax and then use it as a glue to seal the hive and keep out the wind and cold. It also serves the very important purpose of sterilizing the hive thanks to its antiseptic properties. The finished product is a sticky substance that is dark green or brown in colour with a unique and distinctive medicinal taste. I find it an invaluable tool in my arsenal of herbs because it is so useful both as a beauty ingredient and a highly effective but gentle wound-healing antiseptic.
A great anti-ageing ingredient, it is excellent to add to topical creams for eczema, psoriasis and any open wound. Propolis is a rich source of nutrients and amino acids all of which contribute to its actions on tissue repair. Not only does it reduce inflammation and therefore make it easier for the skin to regenerate itself, but it also strengthens blood vessels and promotes the formation of collagen thereby making it an excellent healer. Due to its tissue regenerating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action and its collagen boosting effect, propolis makes a fantastic anti-ageing ingredient.
Usage of The Organic Pharmacy products
Since we use only the purest and highest grade of natural and organic ingredients, a little goes a long way. We handmake everything in small batches to ensure you always get the best. Every Organic Pharmacy product has a shelf life of two years unopened. To help maintain the freshness of the products we recommend the following:
Face products should be used within three to six months of opening.
Products should not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat. They should be kept cool but not cold.
Please use clean fingers to remove products from the jar or use a spatula to minimise introduction of bacteria.
The products are highly active and concentrated so you will only need to use a little. Always replace the cap and keep water out.
The Organic Pharmacy daily four step beauty programme
1. Cleanse - Beautiful radiant skin begins with a gentle but thorough cleanse. Cleansing removes impurities, dirt, make-up and pollution allowing moisturisers and treatments to penetrate. To achieve the perfect cleanse put a small amount of cleanser in the palm of your hand. Rub together once and massage over dry skin, working the cleanser into the skin for at least one minute. Remove cleanser with a muslin cloth soaked in hand-hot water.
2. Hydrate - Our toners are the first step in hydration. The skin contains large amounts of water and our vitamin and nutrient rich toners hydrate the skin for a smooth dewy complexion. After cleansing, hold your toner at arms length and spritz with your eyes closed.
3. Repair - Every day our skin is bombarded with celldamaging toxins and environmental aggressors. We need to actively protect and repair our skin on a daily basis for optimum results. To do this we need antioxidants, essential fatty acids and cell regenerating plant extracts.
After hydration, apply Antioxidant Gel followed by Antioxidant Serum. Developed using cutting edge research; the Gel and Serum mop up free radicals, help reverse sun damage, lift and tone the skin and help reduce wrinkles.
4. Moisturise - During the day our skin is subject to lose moisture and hydration through sun, wind, air conditioning, pollution and damage through other environmental elements. It is vital to protect the skin with a moisturiser. The Organic Pharmacy moisturisers have been developed to restore elasticity, boost collagen production, protect and enrich, resulting in a beautiful radiant skin.
At night we do not recommend the use of any creams, because they interfere with the ability of the skin to breath and eliminate toxins resulting in congestion, blemishes and puffiness. At night your routine finishes with step 3.Antioxidant Gel and Serum continue to work hard repairing the damage from the day, resulting in fabulous skin each morning.
Organic Promise & Fair Trade
We are a Soil Association approved manufacturer and the majority of our products are between 95-99% organic. We source from local farmers whenever possible and are proud to say organic standards cover a whole host of issues. These include strict standards for animal welfare, energy efficiency, sustainability, fair trade, no child labour, farmer welfare - particularly in the Third World and of course strict guidelines as to how the soil is treated and the avoidance of chemical poisons such as pesticides and herbicides which not only are poisonous to us, but also the wildlife and the environment. Organic ingredients also go through strict Non GMO provisions.
Organic farming is the most energy efficient form of farming. Not only does it utilise less energy but also produces less waste. As 95% of our ingredients are sourced from organic farming we heavily support and of course do not damage the environment. We are utilising recycled paper in our packaging and brochures and are moving to use compostable plastic bags.
It is dangerous and irresponsible not to preserve a cosmetic product. We all accept this. However there are major concerns about some of the preservatives currently in use in cosmetics. The two main groups of concern are the preservatives call the parabens and formaldehyde releasing preservatives. I will discuss this in the next section in more depth. We show that it is possible to preserve our products very well using our natural combination. Every single one of our products is sent for preservative challenge tests to meet stringent industry standards.