Farmaesthetics Classic Waters ($24), the most luxurious thing I can offer my skin on a hot summer day (the kind we've had this week). I can spray them on at any time and experience a mist that cools and treats my skin with glycerin, a humectant that improves smoothness and hydration. Farmaesthetics sent me two, Rosewater & Glycerin and Jasmine Water & Glycerin. The day I received them seemed like a birthday. There's also a Grapefruit & Glycerin. They have every base covered.
They came at a fabulous time - right after I accidentally knocked over and broke my Chantecaille Rose Water in its tall glass container (and cleaned a hundred pieces of glass that scattered in my bathroom). Yes, it smelled good, but I wept. Then, voila! I had Rosewater & Glycerin with which to replace it. It was a good sign.
The Classic Waters, housed in apothecary bottles with fine mist sprays and a low center of gravity making them less likely to tumble, are romantically reminiscent of the toiletries of the 1930's - softly fragrant, imparting a dewey finish to the skin. However, their most important aspect is the antiseptic nature of the formula, created to clear the skin of germs, bacteria, and other unhealthy contaminants. All of the "flavors" will purify and hydrate your skin, while restoring a fresh feeling and healthy balance to the complexion. Keep them in a refrigerator, and the quick refresh will feel even better when you are hot, tired, or need a lift.
For years, I have regretted having a bathroom that isn't large enough for a small refrigerator. I think that would be the ultimate luxury. About five years ago, I bought one at Target for my guest bathroom. By an inch, it wouldn't fit in the only nook that I thought would accommodate it. I would love to be able to spray on my Classic Waters, straight from the frig. Unfortunately, walking downstairs to the kitchen refrigerator breaks the spell.
All Farmaesthetics products are 100% natural, contain certified organic ingredients as indicated, are hypo-allergenic, non-irritating, and dermatological tested, with a certified shelf-life of two years from the date of opening. They were created with no animal testing.
That statement, "no animal testing," brings me to the joy I'm feeling about the liberation of research chimpanzees who have been held captive in cages in labs for life. They are now being freed by our government - sent to sanctuaries where they can see the sky, climb trees, and be free for the first time since they were abducted from their natural habitats as babies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is ending most uses of chimpanzees in government, saying humans’ closest relatives “deserve special respect.” They sure do, and I hope the remaining chimps in lab captivity are freed soon.
We don't need to do animal testing. We shouldn't continue the cruelty that was the norm for so many years. I know Farmaesthetics and other cruelty-free companies share my excitement about these special animals. It really brought tears to my eyes as I watched the news last night - seeing the chimps experience freedom for the first time in their lives. Please let your members of Congress know that you care that NIH will have the money it needs to care for the chimps in the sanctuary system.
It wasn't planned, but it seems entirely fitting to feature a cruelty-free company at such joyful times. Every time I think about the images I saw yesterday, I cry tears of joy for those animals and my hope I'll see the day when all animal testing is banned worldwide. There are modern ways of testing drugs and items like cosmetics. Regarding skin care and makeup, why should a rabbit suffer so that I can have longer eyelashes? End of diversion.
Back to these wonderful, refreshing Classic Waters. Pick your favorite fragrance and give one a try, knowing that Farmaesthetics made the moral decision to be a cruelty-free company. The easiest way to find all the Farmaesthetics products is at the company's Web site. Check it out. There's a lot to see.
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