Kiehl's Personalizes Your Skincare with Apothecary Preparations

There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to health, fitness, or... skincare!

It has taken me years to perfect my simple-but-effective regimen. I have tried everything from harsh scrubs and crazy chemicals to gentle, natural routines that have included all but burning incense in the name of the skin spirits.

After years (years!) of dealing with redness and skin congestion, I am often finding myself being complemented on the appearance of my skin by complete strangers. I have my skincare guru, Kristina Holey and her Marie Veronique 
formulation recommendations to thank for my current glow. 

After several years of using the entire Marie Veronique skincare line to pamper my skin, I kept an eye on the industry in case other brands might come up with their own effective oil formulation. 

As someone who is an absolute skincare nerd, I am a fan of therapeutic oils and their ability to simultaneously protect the skin from damage and impart a healthy glow. I was so excited to learn that Kiehl's has launched a new in-store-only service, Apothecary Preparations, that addresses unique skin concerns through a personalized facial concentrate. 

I was taken through a personal skincare evaluation by skincare guru, John.

 This evaluation addressed several facets of my skin's health, including hydration, oiliness, texture, redness, and wrinkles. I was pretty embarrassed that my skin hydration was low (thanks, Halloween parties) and proceeded to sip (chug) water for the remainder of the appointment.

After being educated on the integrity of the ingredients in the formulation, John then created a unique oil formula specifically designed for my skin's needs. 

Here are the ingredients in the skin-strengthening concentrate, the base to which your personalized concentrates are added:

Squalane: A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid derived from the
Olive fruit that is highly compatible with the naturals oils present in skin. Within the formula, the Squalane present at a 35% level is approximately 13 times higher than its natural level found in sebum. This ingredient is used for its protecting capacity on skin’s barrier as well as for its safety and stability profile. Squalane has emollient characteristics as well, coating the surface of the skin and helping it maintain moisture. It also has an essential ability to soften and smooth skin without irritation and is free of greasy residues.

Skin Lipid Complex: Also included in Kiehl’s Skin-Strengthening Concentrate is the complementary Skin Lipid Complex, containing a blend of botanical oils (including apricot, coriander, black currant, and echium oils) that are rich in unsaturated fatty acids to offer essential emolliency, skin replenishment and hydration. This highly efficacious concentrate ensures that skin is stronger and more resistant to damage. 

John then opened this massive encyclopedia of skincare, punched in some fancy numbers on his iPad, and combined my personalized formula using this super rad test tube holder situation. 

After printing a fancy label reminiscent of a prescription bottle, I was sent on my way to test out my new, personalized formula. 

After a few weeks of use, I am still loving my personalized face oil. It feels light, nourishing, and absorbs quickly into my skin. There are no perfumey smells or extra unnecessary ingredients. I also love that my particular formula contained Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against sun damage. 

The price of the personalized service is $95 and includes the consultation, diagnosis, one bottle of the Skin-Strengthening Concentrate plus two small tubes of Targeted Complexes that address your top two concerns. This service is only available in-store however once you create your formula it will be coded into the Kiehl’s system and easily accessible to re-order. To find out if Apothecary Preparations is in your city click HERE. // defined

Art vs. Science


The arts and sciences have always competed for equal spots in my heart and to this very day, are sharing a seat.  I felt pressure, of course, to choose a single passion, and often disguised my involvement with the other as a hobby.  As I grew more comfortable in my own skin, I realized that I had a unique set of talents, that I identified with neither the left brained crowd nor the right. I spent the longest time debating what.. exactly.. I should put in that empty space underneath my name on my business cards.


The movement was born out of the realization that science does not have to be lacking in creativity - which, by the way is defined as: 

c r e a t i v i t y  (n.) [kree-ey-tiv-i-tee] //  the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.

Wow. New ideas? Meaningful methods? If we take a good look at medicine, sport science, athletic training, fitness... each perfectly embodies the core component of creativity, yet the industry has fooled us into believing that we can only trust cold, regimented protocols and strict rules. Just as each of our bodies is different, so should be our approach to our individual health. will present the latest in science, nutrition, fitness, and psychology in an artistic, entertaining, and scientifically accurate voice. It will feature articles that will encourage you to embrace your most healthy, most creative, and most uniquely beautiful you

Please allow me to introduce the philosophy: 

p u s h.

In order to see growth, you must first put in work. This rings true in all areas of life, but especially fitness. You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them. 

p l a y.        

Few things are sustainable that do not bring happiness. Take time out of your day to play! People who cultivate a positive mindset perform better in the face of a challenge; without play, there is no push. 

p u s h . p l a y .  

All of the goals you may have placed on temporary pause, now is the time to take steps towards making them a reality. Push play on your life.


I look forward to sharing the latest in health and fitness research from my perspective as a PhD Researcher, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, EMT, artist, actress, musician, and modern woman.