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boscia ®: Fresh, Preservative-Free Botanical Skincare From Japan - Healthy Skin That Radiates Beauty For A Lifetime

IRVINE, 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.

Preservative-Free Process
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 opening.

Unique Botanicals
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 skin
  • 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 the pores
    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 treatment benefits.
    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 botanicals work
    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 with Palmitoyl
    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 lines.
    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

special helpers
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 regeneration.
    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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