The Demonizing Of Essential Oils: How A Skincare Launch Started A Witch Hunt Against Natural Beauty
Angelina Umansky, a fourth-generation facialist and skincare specialist who owns San Francisco's Spa Radiance, is unique in that her spa refuses to take sides when it comes to the natural vs. synthetic argument. "Every client's skin is different," Umansky said. "Why would I limit myself and my estheticians to just one toolbox when they can have all of the best tools?" Umansky went on to explain that both brands and clients have expressed surprise that cosmeceutical brands like Biologique Recherche, Valmont, and Skinceuticals share shelf space with natural brands like Vintner's Daughter, Patyka, and Marie Veronique. "I get that many of my clients feel strongly one way or the other [when it comes to naturals vs. synthetics] but that’s not my concern. My concern is the health of their skin - I'm going to suggest the best regimen whether it be all-natural, all-synthetic or a mix of both. I rep the client not the brand."