Julia Faller, founder of San Francisco-based Benedetta, wonders why so many of us worry about what we put into our bodies, but don’t notice what we slather over our skin. An esthetician whose background boasts 30-plus years in medical aromatherapy, botanical chemistry, homeopathy, quantum physics, ji shin jyutsu, and nutrition, she’s been entrenched deeply in the search for natural cures and alternative solutions her entire career. Rejecting a rote beauty industry with products that teem with toxic ingredients (such as petrochemicals), Faller drew from her years of research to develop a results-driven, totally clean and pure, 100 percent botanical skincare line. “I wanted my clients to have a better, more functional system of care that addressed their skin’s systemic health and behavior, void of synthetics and inert materials,” she says.
Easy-to-use Benedetta utilizes Farm-Sourced® [Benedetta’s coined phrase] living, certified organic, and biodynamic ingredients, gleaned as close to their “earthly source” as possible to allow nature’s healing powers to support the skin. Her broad-spectrum system stimulates the skin’s innate tools to protect, renew, hydrate, and correct. A celebrity favorite, the line is available online (www.benedetta.com ) and at the San Francisco Ferry Building (1 Ferry Building Plaza San Francisco, CA 94111). We spoke to Faller about her astonishing products.