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Conventional beauty wisdom has it that you should use a mask once a week to repair damaged hair. But we have a secret In the bone-dry, hair-parching dead of winter, we treat ourselves to one after every shampoo — and experts say we’re onto something. Masks have much higher concentrations of moisturizers than regular conditioners, so even if you’re short on time, you’ll benefit from using one,w says Cheri McMaster, principal scientist for Pantene.

So pick your poison (or protein or panthenol). A few of our favorites:

  1. Frequent rendezvous with a colorist or trysts with a flatiron leave hair porous. The protein in Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatments

($26) seeps into weakened areas fortifying hair. As with all masks, if your hair is very brittle, coat it from roots to tips; the fine-haired should avoid the crown.

2 & 3 Coarse hair requires a thick, emollient-rich formula. The intense moisturizers in Privé Formula Aux Herbes Intensive Mask ($25) and Skin, An Apothecary French Hair Paste ($25) seal the hair shaft to spin strawlike strands into silk.

  1. When you have the time (and no possibility of a surprise guest), slip on a granny-style plastic shower cap after applying a mask and sit tight for 15 minutes or so. Trapping heat (direct a quick shot from your hair dryer under the cap for a little extra) helps liquefy the conditioners, intensifying the treatment. Each single-dose, panthenol-packed jar of Alberto VO5 Total Hair Recovery ($5.50) comes with Its very own plastic topper (not shown).

Do deep conditioners leave your hair feeling more limp than luxurious? Try Lazartigue Moisturizing Mask ($51). Massage it into damp hair, and let the coconut oil sink In before you shampoo away any residue that could weigh down hair.

From O! The Oprah Magazine, FEB 2006 The Cure for Winter Hair



The crunchy-fabulous Skin, An Apothecary closed about 10 years ago. Now, the original owner’s niece, lris Goldflies, is resurrecting the super-indulgent line. “People hunted us down,” she laughs. “Those were some loyal customers.” All the bestsellers, like the citrus salt glow, are back, as well as new products like Suds – an enormous tub of bubble bath, shampoo, and shaving cream in one.

From Lucky Magazine- May 2005



Skin an Apothecary was featured on Styleite website on May 31st 2010 for our fabulous French Hair Paste:

Produt Junkie: How to repair damaged hair

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DAYTON – Standing at one end of a long metal table, Iris Goldflies mixes up a batch of lavender mint Salt Glow. The 1991 Vandalia-Butler High School graduate adds what appears to be an endless number of cupfuls of salt. She also heaps generous amounts of grape seed oil and ground dried blueberries for color. Goldflies stirs the gritty concoction by hand and then fills 16-ounce jars with the product that is supposed to moisturize skin as it exfoliates. Goldflies is president and chief cook at Skin An Apothecary, a Dayton-based company that serves up personal care products.

Her family recipes are heavyhanded when it comes to salt, sugar and shea butter. It’s one of the reasons her company’s products have caught the entrepreneurial attention of Lucky., a shopping magazine by Conde Nast Publications Inc., and Oprah Winfrey.

Everything at Skin An Apothecary is made by hand, mostly by Goldflies.

“We make everything in batches. We want to keep it fresh,” Goldflies said.

Goldflies doesn’t refer to recipe cards as she mixes up her products. She’s made enough to know the ingredients and the final proportions in each batch will vary depending on temperature, humidity and variations in ingredients that suppliers send.

Goldflies learned the production process from her aunt Candace Goldflies. Before moving to Colorado 20 years ago, Candace was a travel agent with an office on Wayne Avenue.

The inventive woman combined her love of nature and an entrepreneurial spirit to develop a line of natural skin products that she sold from her own boutiques in Aspen and Vail. Her products attracted a growing number of devoted clients.

Iris and her father, Gary, Candice’s brother, relocated the business in 1999 to Dayton after Candice died. They set up shop in the same space on Wayne Avenue that Candice Goldflies had operated The Travel Company.

Iris Goldflies continues to make her aunt’s recipes and has added some of her own so that Skin An Apothecary now carries a line of 26 products that range in price from $7 for peppermint lip gloss to $48 for a 32-ounce container of Moist Body lotion made with jojoba, soy, comfrey, cucumber, wild pansy and ivy. Other products include a soy body whip, St. Johnswort hand cream, comfrey foot balm, an herbal eye cream and Dead Sea mud and honey mask. Some smell good enough to eat, such as the chocolate mint and chocolate covered cherry Sugar Glow. That’s because sugar and cocoa are two of the ingredients.

Suds, a product that can be used as a shampoo, especially on color-treated hair, and as a shaving cream, won “Best New Bath and Body Product” last fall in New York City at the 2004 Extract Show. The cleanser, a blend of shea butter and lanolin, is the texture of whipped butter.

Ashley Dixon, co-owner of the Ashley & Hilary boutique on Third Street, tested Suds before agreeing to be the exclusive retailer of Goldflies’ products. “I have really dry skin. When I tried it as a body wash and to shave my legs I said, ‘Oh my god, I love this,’ ” Ashley Dixon said. “Now I won’t use anything else. It leaves my skin so soft.”

The only other retail outlet for Skin An Apothecary products is their Web site, The remainder of Goldflies’ business is wholesale to spas and boutiques across the country.

Iris Goldflies estimates business has grown by 20 percent in the last year. Her company is gearing up for greater sales with their debut in Lucky. and a pending endorsement by Oprah Winfrey.

Asked how her small company will compete in the burgeoning but highly competitive personal care products market, Goldflies is banking on the quality of her ingredients and personal attention to detail.

“We don’t make a lot of products, so we slave over them,” Goldflies said.


That’s what the February 2009 edition of 0, The Oprah Magazine confesses about Dayton-produced French Hair Paste, a product made by Skin, An Apothecary.

Iris Goldflies, a 1991 Vandalia Butler High School graduate, is president and chief cook at Skin, An Apothecary. Goldflies and her family make a line of skin and beauty products in the Wayne Avenue building, where her aunt Candace used to operate a travel agency.

Candace Goldflies was also. the inspiration for the skin-care, business that now. produces a host of products, including sugar and salt glows, massage and bath oils creams, shampoos and French Hair Paste, a waterless conditioner for hair.

With an unusual·blend of grape seed, mallow, chamomile and castor oil French Hair Paste is apparently good enough to be listed on the select menu of items that Oprah Winfrey loves.


From the Dayton Daily News, Wed. February 8, 2006


Kiss & Makeup: Beauty Neighbours – Jolie in NYC discovers French Hair Paste

Skin, An Apothecary was pleased to be featured in: Kiss and Makeup- a fashion blog.

Possibly the most famous of all beauty bloggers, this week Jolie NYC mentioned a conditioner from a beauty company I’d never heard of (always exciting!). French Hair Paste, from Skin An Apothecary is unique because it contains no water – or aqua as ingredients lists often refer to H20 – meaning every last drop is going towards conditioning your hair, and according to Jolie NYC, leaving it detangled, moisturized, softened and smoothed. Priced at US$25, they’ll also deliver internationally, hurrah!

Unfortunately, Jolie NYC site isn’t finding the original link anymore. We’ll have to send Jolie a reminder of how much she likes our French Paste.

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These SKIN AN APOTHECARY products smell and feel so good, they make me dream of lying down in a field of poppies, or at least a bathtub full! They’ve totally won me over with their Soy Body Wash in the addicting Poppy fragrance ($15/16oz). And, being the scrubbing junkie that I am, the Poppy Sugar Glow ($21/16oz) takes front and center in my shower this week. It’s full of wonderful hydrating oils and when you use both of these, don’t be surprised if you find it difficult to get out of the shower! But the Poppy Body Whip ($25/16oz) should help you jump out.

When you can still smell a fragrance in your bathroom at the end of the day, you know it’s a keeper. I’m addicted, so I guess I’ll have to try their many other fragrances. All @ ~Lisa

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Skin, An Apothecary was featured in the Dayton Jewish Observer July 2009

It began with a quirky, inventive, nature-loving entrepreneur in a little travel agency on Wayne Avenue.

About 25 years ago, Candace Goldflies headed to Colorado and opened skin-care boutiques that boasted “natural” ingredients before that idea was even fashionable.

Her niece, Iris, went out west after college in 1995 to work with her aunt. By then, Candace was running shops in Aspen, Vail and Avon. Iris learned not just how to run a business, but how to mix and perfect family recipes with pride.

Skin, An Apothecary became a favorite not only to locals and people on ski vacations who began doing a “ton of mail order,” but also with celebrities.

“While I was working, Anne Archer came in one day, and it was not uncommon for celebrities such as Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and others to stop by and shop,” Iris says.

“I remember when Candace told my grandparents she was going to open an all-natural skin-care business. She had European lines and then she felt she could do it better, so she started experimenting.”

I also remember that announcement — very well. Candace Goldflies was a hoot. She was one of my husband Bruce’s best friends and thank goodness she was as adventurous as she was. She would go with him on long, harrowing bike rides. When we went skiing in Colorado, she took the pressure off of me and skiied with him on the neck-breaking runs, leaving me to do my own thing, all in one piece.

Candace was predictable in her unpredictability. We thought we were immune to being shocked by anything she did. Even so, when she got into the skin business, it came as quite a surprise.

We were absolutely in awe the first time we walked into her Vail boutique. It looked and smelled exactly the way you would picture an English apothecary: all dark and woody, lots of tempting little jars and bottles.

The aromas were amazing. My favorites were the giant slabs of soaps that she made into small bars with her giant carving knife. She was truly —astonishingly — in her element. Who knew?

When Candace got sick, she undertook chemotherapy and radiation. The three Colorado businesses were in limbo. She eventually passed away in September 1999.

Iris and her father, Gary Goldflies, decided to bring the business back to where the original idea had been born, to the little travel company space in Dayton, now the manufacturing headquarters of Skin, An Apothecary.

In December 1999, Iris was working at Standard Register. She would come down to the travel space and make the product at night.

By April of 2000, she left her job and worked the “Skin” business full time.

Iris and Gary, with help from friend and businesswoman Nicole Gianuglou, who would go on to open Preen in Oakwood, revamped the “Skin” line and set up the online Web site ( and mail order business.

The family recipes are made by hand, in batches, to keep them fresh. Iris uses Candace’s recipes as well as her own.

“I’m sure she’s up there going, ‘No! Do it this way!’” Iris says.

With products in her “pantry” such as Soy Body Whip, Sugar Glow, French Hair Paste, Slip Gloss and ingredients such as Vitamin E and C, soy, coconut, lavender mint, chamomile, chocolate, plum, and mango, Iris has received awards and recognition in publications including Lucky Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

She juggles her time between her family business and home life, which includes daughters Lola, 6 and Ava, 3.

“When Lola comes home from JCC camp, she loves to come to work and help,” Iris says.

She mixes products for local retailers such as Preen and Michael’s Salon and Spa, which sell products and use them in certain services.

Iris sends products to retail spaces all over the country, including a private line in California.

“Donatella Versace is one of my latest clients. She was buying our products in California and she wanted to know where she could get them in New York. I ship them to her and her daughter.”

The little family business continues to grow and build on the wisdom passed down from Aunt Candace, mixing by hand the high-quality products for which “Skin” has become synonymous.