The Alchemist 7

Our new favorite guilty pleasure in Berkley.

There are those things in life that we like to call a guilty pleasure. For some of my friends, it’s a massage, for others, it’s shopping. For me, it was getting my nails done. Those days are over since learning a valuable lesson of why you should NEVER peel gel nail polish off (I’ll let your imagination fill in the gaps why).

With that being said, I needed a new pampering treatment. When I heard Alchemy Face Bar opened up their second location in Denver, specifically in one of my favorite hoods Berkley, I made an appointment, and I opted for dermaplaning + facial. I had heard about dermaplaning from celebrities who frequent the treatment, including local celeb Lauren Bushnell from the Bachelorette, who happens to be a regular at Alchemy. After miraculously turning my dry skin to baby smooth, I met with Bre Ortola Morris, the owner of the business, and got a chance to find a bit more about this pampering dreamland and even the secret to great skin.

What’s Alchemy’s concept?

Alchemy Face Bar is based on affordable luxury services for all things face. We provide fast, effective, no nonsense services to make you look and feel your best. Our face bar is in an open room where you have a more community-based experience where you can get services from makeup, skin care, lash extensions and facial waxing. Our makeup is our own custom brand featuring all natural products as well as a selection of makeup for film and photography. In our quick service facials, we use the highest quality and organic ingredients to help your skin in this harsh Colorado climate that is inexpensive and also in a timeframe that is convenient from 30-45 minutes in and out the door! 

How’d you find such an amazing squad?

The girls (Alchemists as I call them!) are all part of the team because of connections from friends or meeting them from past careers. I have been so grateful for the girls we have; they are like family to me. Working with these ladies is honestly like going to work with your close friends every day. Gossip doesn’t exist within our stores, and that is one of the most important parts of this career. We prefer to build women up and leave the negativity elsewhere. 

Tell us a bit about the new shops aesthetic?

The aesthetic that I have gone for while creating Alchemy is a clean, inviting and organic look. I want people to walk and instantly feel comfortable with good energy. My favorite colors are gold and white; you will know this when you walk into either shop! 

My goal while doing the build out was to create an environment where people walk in and never want to leave because it’s that inviting. I feel that way, so I hope others are loving it as much as I do!

What’s the secret to glowing and flawless skin?

Food & Water intake:

Eating foods with high sodium will cause retention of fluid around the eyes, which leads to swelling (aka puffy eyes). Avoid or limit high sodium foods just a few days before a big event. Also, remember to hydrate! Lack of water cuts down on blood circulation leaving the skin dry, tight and flaky.

Mask it:

A hydrating mask (like our delicious strawberry rhubarb mask) a few days before a special event will deliver water directly into skin cells, leaving you with that desired radiant and dewy look. 

Dermaplaning:

If you are not already doing this, you should be! This non-surgical service gives your skin immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week and requires zero downtime.
Lastly, don’t forget to get plenty of rest. They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing!