RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- A Reno woman developed her own skin care line. It's called Sorella Apothecary and it's sold in 60 spas stretching from California to Colorado.
Emily Sindlinger created her own line of skin care products, Sorella Apothecary, in her kitchen.
All 27 products were launched in the spring of 2017. They include cleansers, toners, exfoliants, serums, masks, eye cream and moisturizers. This line took about four years to create.
"I was just kind of playing around in the kitchen mixing up ingredients," said Sorella Apothecary creator Emily Sindlinger.
She has used her knowledge as an esthetician to pair many natural ingredients like watermelon and mint. "Mint is actually calming and soothing. A lot of people might think it's stimulating," Sindlinger said.
She says customers can put it in a little spray bottle and use it as a toner. The watermelon causes the skin to contract. Customers put this toner, called the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist, on their faces after washing. It also balances the pH of your skin. Water is a seven. The Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist is between at 4.5 and a 5.5, which is the same as healthy human skin.
"I also added aloe and cucumber to this product to make it extra hydrating and extra nourishing for your skin," Sindlinger said.
The hyaluronic acid and aloe vera balance each other to gently remove dead skin cells and impurities, while adding a fresh layer of cool nourishment to your face.
She also mixed ingredients like poppy seeds with avocado, but through trial and error the product evolved. Sindlinger removed the avocado and added caffeine, bearberry extract, ecobeads, clay and lactic acid.
"With the evolution of the product we now have the Mint Poppy Seed Polish," said Sindlinger.
This polish is used once or twice a week. It exfoliates the skin with the ecobeads and alpha-hydroxy acids. Sindlinger says her Sorella Apothecary line is unique because of the elegant packaging it comes in and the careful way she has paired natural products with science-based ingredients that are potent yet gentle on the skin.
"Every ingredient was hand-picked with a specific function in mind and it's a safe non-toxic really clean line," said Sindlinger.
Cynthia Reed says results keep her coming back to Lime Spa, owned and operated by Sindlinger, at 895 Center Street in Reno. The retired Catherine Dunn Middle School teacher says she spoils herself with treatments at the spa at least twice a year.
"I appreciate the quiet ambiance, just the tranquility and how well I feel when coming out. I feel like I've been transformed," Reed said.
Customers are greeted and taken to a private room where they leave the busy world behind to relax. This is also where the pampering with Sorella Apothecary products takes place.
Victoria Adesegun is one of the estheticians at Lime Spa. "The experience that we really want for our clients at the Lime Spa is one of relaxation," she said.
Sitting only feet away is the Sorella Apothecary line. If you don't know which product is best for you-- don't worry. "That is really targeted to a lot of different skin, especially drier skin types or more sensitive skin, so we do offer consultations on our skin care line," Adesegun said.
This experience is repeated hundreds of times from California to Colorado where Sindlinger sells her products exclusively in spas that meet her strict standard.
Sorella in Italian means sister. Sindlinger gave this name to her line because she created it with her sister. The products sell for about $34 apiece, but Sindlinger says each item lasts three or four months.
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