MARFA MEDICINALS DESERT SALVE
This salve features wild, local creosote harvested by hand in Marfa, TX. It is formulated to soothe high-desert skin irritations including bug bites, cactus scratches, and other shallow cuts and scrapes.
Creosote is a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and insect repelling plant. The antiseptic properties of this salve are enhanced by tea tree and lavender essential oils. Comfrey, calendula, and plantain—all calming, skin-restoring herbs—are infused along with creosote into an emollient base rich in naturally occurring sources of vitamin E.
Relieves pain, itching, and burning. Prevents scarring. Deters insects and infection. Apply as often as desired to affected areas.
**Marfa Medicinals is a collection of streamlined organic skin care. Our formulas are thoughtful and stripped down: we use a minimum of plant-based ingredients to maximum effect, creating products that are as efficient and as easy for the skin to assimilate as possible.
Our aim is to help every skin achieve its own unique balance. We do this by developing products that support rather than interfere with your skin’s natural functioning, which respect its individuality, it’s integrity, and it’s capacity for renewal. Instead of emphasizing cosmetic correction, we work hard to formulate products that equip your skin with the tools it needs to heal itself. We choose our ingredients very carefully for their ability to increase the rate of cellular turnover and decrease inflammation without disrupting the skin’s acid mantle.
Marfa Medicinals products are made without fillers. That means they don’t merely contain active botanicals - they are made up entirely of active botanicals. We develop all of our own formulas, blending and packaging each product by hand in micro-batches to ensure optimal freshness. Even our packaging is hand-stamped and hand folded!
Marfa Medicinals is developed in the high desert of far West Texas. Our approach to skincare is very much influenced by this arid climate- by the unrelenting sun, the biting winds, and withering dryness. In a place where it is nearly impossible to keep skin hydrated, where moisturizer appears to disappear instantly, where fine lines are exaggerated and chapped lips can seem incurable, we started making products tailored particularly to the the rigors of such a rough environment. That’s why you’ll find that our formulations emphasize feeding the skin over stripping it, and why so many of our products are in oil or salve form, as opposed to less nourishing foams and gels. This does not mean that our products are only suitable for desert climates; on the contrary, it means that if our products can keep skin healthy and glowing out here, they can do it anywhere!
Founder and formulator Ylana Frydman has been a Marfa resident since 2002, when she first began researching herbalism and developing her line of natural skin care.