URB APOTHECARY 101
Have you ever tried to read or pronounce that certain ingredient or chemical that you once saw on the periodic table but is now on the back of your favorite beauty product? Don’t let those fancy words or labels keep you from knowing exactly what you’re putting on your face and body. To help eliminate the fear, we sat down with Santa Cruz native Leyna Allred, creator and founder of URB Apothecary. Leyna takes pride creating skin care products that reflect the need and desire to reconnect with simple chemical-free ingredients. URB Apothecary only uses the highest quality organic ingredients in every product that they create. Each oil, body scrub, mask or even lip balm reflects Leyna’s good intentions, love for design and art, and deep rooted fascination with healing powers of herbs and plants.
To better understand how Leyna creates some of URB Apothecary’s best sellers at DISPLAY: California, we had an URB 101 crash course from the creator herself. Leyna gave us insight on how her Herbal Soaks, Face Masks, Hair Pomade, Infused Oils, and Baby Balms work and how they were created to give you that natural daily glow.
Herbal Soaks– When I was formulating these herbal salt soaks I knew that I wanted them to accomplish three things: first, to aid in replenishing minerals,especially magnesium, and many of these are best absorbed through the skin. Secondly, I wanted to add botanicals and herbs that would infuse the bath water with their healing and medicinal properties. Lastly, everyone needs time to take a breathe and unwind. I wanted these salt soaks to entice people to slowdown and just relax. You do not need to run a huge bath to experience the benefits of these salt soaks, you can just fill a basin of really warm water, some of these salts, and simply soak your feet.
Face Masks– Clay based masks are really amazing at drawing out toxins from the skin. If you were ever stung on the foot by a bee, your mom may have found some mud to put on it and draw the bee sting out, these mask work on the same principle, except they are clearing out pores. The LAVENDER MATCHA MASK contains kaolin clay which is one of the most-gentle clays and is perfect for people with more sensitive skin, plus ground lavender flowers and Matcha green tea powder provide some major anti-oxidants. Both the Lavender Matcha Mask and theCharcoal Clay Mask help tighten and encourage the flow of fresh blood to the skin, also minimizing the appearance of pores. You can use the Charcoal Clay Mask as a spot treatment for zits, bee stings, and even to help draw and dry out poison oak! The Cacao Mousse Mask is one of my favorites because it is already to go and when it dries I literally see the gunk that it pulled from my pores!
Hair Pomade– After no luck shopping with my boyfriend for a chemical-free pomade, I decided to formulate one! I infused hair loving and nourishing oils, like coconut and camellia seed oil, with rosemary, horsetail,sage, and bay laurel to create not only a styling wax but also balm that would be healing to the scalp and hair follicle. The Hair Pomade is best applied to damp hair. This can be used on dry hands, feet, and lips too, making it the perfect travel all-in-one.
Infused Oils– I personally no longer use lotion and have a love affair with body oils. What better way to boost the healing power of oils than to infuse them with medicinal herbs? Each body oil is infused with herbs for at least 5 weeks before being strained out and essential oils added. My favorite time to apply the body oils is right after the shower or after a day at the beach or river,your skin literally just drinks it in. The Rose hip Body Oil can be used on your face too!
Baby Balms– Herbs have amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties, and I wanted to make a clean baby-safe balm. Too many diaper rash creams out on the market are petroleum-jelly based and only suffocate the skin, not truly healing the issue. Sunflower oil is great for sensitive skin a wonderful moisturizer and after being infused with lavender flowers, hops, chamomile flowers, and calendula flowers, the balm can help heal diaper rash, cradle cap, and chapped skin!
You have now completed URB Apothecary 101 as a reward, DISPLAY will be offering 10% off all URB Apothecary products, purchase 4 or more URB Apothecary products and receive 20% off. You can find these products and more at DISPLAY: California‘s latest retail installment DISPLAY: Bodega. DISPLAY is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and proud to offer California’s top local designers, artisanal foods, modern home décor, organic apothecary, jewelry and so much more.