Outwitting Mother Nature

A Longmont scientist and farmer puts her biochemistry background to work creating natural skin-care products.


Photo by Cassandra Stiltner

Biochemist, herbalist, farmer, skincare Einstein. Colorado Aromatics CEO and founder Dr. Cindy Jones is all of those things.

When the Longmont resident started noticing changes in her skin from time spent outdoors hiking and gardening, she decided to do something about it. “The sun and climate here do nasty things, like cause premature aging,” she says. “I have a background in biochemistry and a really deep interest in herbs and agriculture, so I started playing around with herbs and came up with some sophisticated skin products.” That led her to launch Colorado Aromatics in 2009, and a Longmont storefront followed in 2014.

Jones had worked as a product consultant for natural cosmetic companies, so it’s not surprising that when she mixed antioxidant-rich herbs and natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, she got products that worked. “Recently, a health-care provider called to order products because she had just seen one of her regular patients, whose skin looked so good she thought she’d had surgical work done,” Jones says.

Where does Jones get her herbs? She grows them—at the certified organic farm she and her husband, George Wahl, own. Many of the herbs in the lip balms, soaps, moisturizers, body scrubs, masks and more are picked by the same hands that put the products together in what Jones calls the “farm-to-skin movement.” The farm, which Jones works on roughly five hours a day during the summer, sits at 5,000 feet, so the plants have to work harder to survive and create more “active components” for products, according to the company website.

“One of the things I do with herbs is distill them to make aromatic water to spritz on the skin,” Jones says. “These herbal waters have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as aromatherapy benefits. We have a lavender spritzer for the face, for example, that smells delightful and has anti-anxiety properties. It helps to tone and bring back the proper pH of the skin. And our mint spritz is great to use mid-afternoon if you’re at your computer and need some energy.”

But the most important thing to do in the Colorado climate: “Have a really good moisturizer. I like our Springtide Gold face cream.”

Schedule a one-on-one skincare phone consultation, email consultation or “Colorado facial” at Colorado Aromatics’ storefront online.
340 Lashley St., Longmont

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