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boscia ®: Fresh, Preservative-Free
Botanical Skincare From Japan - Healthy Skin That Radiates Beauty For
CALIF-Skincare products are supposed to maintain the health of your
skin, reverse damage and prevent against aging, but what you may not
know is that many of the preservatives in the very products that are
supposed to beautify and maintain your skin may actually be working
against it. To effectively stabilize skincare products without the addition
of non-irritating preservatives is a challenging process that has lead
to many unsuccessful attempts, until now.
Fancl, the Japanese leader in preservative-free
skincare and supplements, introduces boscia®, a freshness-dated,
preservative-free skincare line combining the best of nature's botanicals
with the best of science to soothe, regenerate and protect the skin
"Unlike other 'non-irritating" products in the
market, boscia's gentle formulas deliver immediate and visible results
using unique botanicals, and without any irritating preservatives,"
says Caren Conrad, boscia's General Manager. " We set out to create
skincare that would truly allow people to care for and improve their
skin without compromise, and we have."
The unique botanical ingredients in each of boscia's 18
products-from skincare and targeted treatments to nutritional supplements
?such as Organic Jojoba Leaf, Coix Seed Extract and Mannan granules
from the Japanese Konnyaku root, address every skin condition, from
dry/mature to sensitive to oily/acne prone.
To keep boscia preservative-free, Fancl takes extreme precautions in
the line's manufacturing and distribution to ensure its products are
always fresh, effective and safe. boscia is manufactured in Fancl's
state-of-the-art-facility in Chiba, Japan, where rare botanicals and
effective skincare ingredients are blended and packaged in an air-filtered,
human-free "clean room" using a remote-controlled, automated
system to prevent contamination. The clean rooms at Fancl are classified
and certified as ISO/9002 in Class 100, the same level that medical
and pharmaceutical companies maintain- which is very unusual for a cosmetic
and skincare company.
To regulate the effectiveness of every boscia product
after manufacturing, Fancl freshness-dates each product with a "sell
by" date and recommends using each product within six months of
Willowherb, Jojoba Leaf and Coix Seed and Mannan granules are just a
few of the unique botanicals Fancl has incorporated into the boscia
line to produce formulas that are natural, yet effective. Other key
botanicals in boscia's formulas, are:
Willowherb: a unique anti-irritant indigenous to Canada
- stronger than aloe - which prevents sensitivity and soothes tired
Jojoba Leaf: An extremely powerful antioxidant that
calms skin and combats free radical damage, which leads to the signs
of advanced aging
Hydrangea Leaf: Thoroughly, yet gently purifies pores
and controls excess oil secretion
Soybean Extract: Promotes balance against the effects
of hormonal changes
Soapberry Peel: Rich in saponin; cleanses and purifies
Coix Seed: Reduces inflammation and irritation
Peony Root: The root of this flower hydrates and revives
skin damaged by UV rays and free radicals
Natural Mannan granules: The round, spherical granules
of the Konnyaku root, a Japanese edible favorite, gently exfoliate
the skin, without causing microscopic abrasions and tears
boscia's six skincare products in this category cleanse, tone, hydrate,
and protect all skin types-from mature and dry, to youthful and oily-with
each product's unique botanical blends. The basics range includes:
Soothing Cleansing Cream: This gentle, facial cleanser
formulated for normal to dry skin, effectively removes makeup and
impurities from the skin, using a special blend of botanicals that
nourish and hydrate the skin. Chamomile soothes and nourishes; Carrot
Root promotes suppleness and elasticity, while organic Jojoba Leaf
combats free radicals.
4.06 fl oz. $18 SRP
Purifying Cleansing Gel: A refreshing, soap-free makeup
remover and deep cleanser derived from amino acids that do not strip
the skin of protective natural moisture. Hydrangea Leaf purifies and
refines pores, while organic Jojoba Leaf and Green Tea calm and combat
free radical damage, and help prevent the signs of aging.
4.06 fl oz. $18 SRP
Balancing Facial Tonic: This soothing and refreshing
tonic maintains the skin's moisture with Essential Lavender water
and Serine, an amino acid. Jojoba Leaf and a specialized botanical
blend leave the skin balanced, soft and prepped to receive optimum
4.06 fl oz. $16 SRP
Vital Daily Moisture SPF 15: A daytime moisturizer,
rich in Questamide and Rice Bran Oil, it strengthens and provides
essential moisture to the skin. Wine Yeast, Jojoba Leaf and a Marine
Complex combat against environmental damage. UV active ingredients
offer wide spectrum UV protection and prevent premature aging.
1 fl oz. $25 SRP
Oil-free Daily Hydrating SPF 15: Provides fresh, oil-free
hydration and sun protection against UV rays and stress. Wine Yeast,
Jojoba Leaf and a Marine Complex combat against environmental damage.
Burdock Root, Silica Powder and other effective ingredients refine
pores and help control oil. UV active ingredients offer wide spectrum
UV protection and prevent premature aging.
1 fl oz. $25 SRP
Recharging Night Moisture: A concentration of Oriental
overnight to nourish and revitalize the skin. Encapsulated Ampelopsis
Grossedenata absorb deeply to strengthen the skin and diminish the
appearance of wrinkles; phytoglycogen helps restore vitality to damaged
cells; hydrolyzed Yeast accelerates new cell production; and Soybean
promotes balance against hormonal changes.
1 fl oz. $30 SRP
These potent treatments target areas such as the skin around the eyes
and hands, or problem conditions-such as too dry, oily or dull skin-with
powerful ingredient blends:
Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment: This silky cream
is infused with amino acids, anti-inflammatory Coix Seed, Vitamin
E and other botanicals to hydrate, revitalize, de-puff and un-circle
the delicate eye area.
0.5 fl oz $30 SRP
Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C: A potent cocktail
of Vitamin C, Parsley and Jojoba Leaf fights blemishes and helps prevent
and repair the appearance of aging skin. Peony Root and Licorice hydrate
and revive UV-damaged skin. Complexion is clearer, brighter and younger-looking.
1 fl oz $38 SRP
Restorative Amino-3P Firming Treatment: This advanced,
age-defying treatment improves the skin's elasticity and suppleness
Penta-Peptide, an effective combined amino acid that helps prevent
damage and accelerates collagen production, and encapsulated Vitamin
A, to refine the skin's texture and diminish the appearance of fine
1 fl oz. $38 SRP
Willow Bark Breakout Treatment: Botanical Willow Bark
gently treats eruptions, Willowherb calms inflammation, and Soapberry
peel, cleans and purifies. Antioxidant vitamins A and C, join with
Jojoba Leaf to help prevent and repair free radical damage.
0.5 fl oz $18 SRP
Unique, all-natural "helpers" to freshen every complexion:
Clarifying Detox Mask: The Philodendron Bark and Kaolin
Clay in this deep-cleansing clay mask absorb impurities, control excess
oil, detoxify and renew the skin. The addition of Lavender and Peppermint
purify and refine the pores.
2.8 oz. $20 SRP
Moisture Replenishing Mask: Osmotic pressure from
Sea Salt and Malitol (derived from corn) in this refreshing, moisture-rich
mask, hydrates and revitalizes tired and dry skin. Green Tea and Jojoba
Leaf soothe and combat free radical damage.
2.8 oz. $20 SRP
Smoothing Facial Polish: Smooth Mannan granules gently
polish away dull, dead skin, while Medicinal Carbon absorbs imbedded
dirt and oil. Jujube Fruit promotes circulation and accelerates cell
2.8 oz. $20 SRP
Daily Hand Revival Therapy SPF 15: This intensive,
yet light hand treatment hydrates, protects and revitalizes the hands
and cuticles with a combination of Jojoba Leaf, Questamide and Wine
Yeast. Mulberry Fruit Extract lightens sun spot pigmentation. UV-active
ingredients prevent against further UV damage.
2.8 oz. $12 SRP
Fresh Blotting Linens: 100 percent natural Abaca leaf
fibers absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup.
100 sheets $6 SRP
dietary beauty supplements
boscia's three specially formulated and advanced nutritional supplements
reinforce the Japanese philosophy of achieving "beauty from the
inside out." Super-functioning vegetables and herbs have been carefully
selected and blended in these three formulas to balance dry and oily
skin types, and provide nourishment for all skin types.
Antioxidant Vegetable Therapy: 15 super-functioning
vegetables and herbs
such as Young Barley Leaves, Soy Fiber, Kale and Tomato have been
combined in this formula to help boost vitality and the body's ability
to protect itself from cell destruction caused by free radicals.
300 tablets $13 SRP
Moisture Replenishing Therapy: Hydrates and nourishes
dry dehydrated skin from within with Ceramide, Hyalurinic Acid and
beneficial amino acids derived from silk. Texture and circulation
are also improved.
120 tablets $28 SRP
Clear Complexion Therapy: Rich in four types of Vitamin
B and C, as well as other natural ingredients essential for healthy,
beautiful skin. Oily skin is more balanced, smooth and clear.
180 tablets $14 SRP
boscia® products are available at Henri Bendel, select
Nordstrom, Sephora, Bath & Bodyworks Flagship Apothecaries, nordstrombeauty.com,
sephora.com, and select spas, salons and boutiques in the U.S. For more
information, please visit www.boscia.net,
or call 1-866-267-2421.
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