Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Pacific Palisades is a definitive wellness destination that draws a wide range of customers who are looking for advice from pharmacists, health practitioners and beauty consultants, along with myriad product offerings. With the opening of the first store in Boulder, Colorado, in 2000, Pharmaca’s founders effectively established the country’s first chain of integrative pharmacies. Over the years, Pharmaca’s passionate and loyal followers have grown to trust the expertly curated selection and depend on the staff of onsite, knowledgeable professionals. Shopping Pharmaca is a truly pleasurable experience, thanks to its warm and welcoming atmosphere, helpful staff and abundance of quality products.
Inspired by the European model of a pharmacy, Pharmaca offers traditional pharmacy services, where friendly, approachable pharmacists fill regular and compounded prescriptions, but also offer alternative health and wellness options. The impressive team of wellness professionals, including herbalists, nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, wellness counselors and estheticians, work together to ensure that customers’ needs are met. They assist with navigating the depth and breadth of options, including homeopathic medicines, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, vitamins, supplements and natural beauty products. Supplements are organized by function, including stress and anxiety, bone health, digestion, sleep support and skin health.
“We are proud to be a resource for the community,” says Pharmaca’s Southern California Market Manager Mike Banks. “We are truly dedicated to providing each of our customers with personalized care and to guiding them on their journey to optimum health.”
When it comes to organic and natural beauty, cosmetics and skin care products, the options are just as plentiful, including popular brands such as Juice Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, Trilogy, Jane Iredale, Sanitas and Avene. A fabulous array of body care products includes creams and lotions, shower gels and soaps, and natural hair care free of sulfates and parabens. Onsite beauty pros assist in matching the right products to each customer’s needs, and provide skin care advice, makeup applications, color matching and more. Monthly special events include demonstrations and product samplings from vendors.
Adults and children over 12 can also take advantage of traditional and travel immunizations (including Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Yellow Fever), as well as flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Pharmaca also stocks a multitude of enticing gifts and home products—many are fair trade and eco-friendly items—from jewelry, candles and diffusers, to tote bags, gloves, hats and scarves. A therapeutic plush line of products from Sonoma Lavender includes spa robes, neck pillows and rolls, throws, slippers and stuffed animals. Their selection of paper products includes greeting cards for every occasion, journals, gift bags and boxed note cards and stationery, along with a variety of books focusing on health, wellness and nutrition.
Children flock to the large fish tank filled with colorful tropicals and enjoy the thoughtful selection of toys, games, arts and crafts, and puzzles, as well as oversized stuffed animals—penguins, sea turtles, unicorns, dinosaurs and giraffes—from Melissa & Doug.
In addition to the Pacific Palisades location, Pharmaca stores are found in Brentwood and Beverly Hills, as well as 27 other locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
Ask about their shopper loyalty program—Feel Better Rewards—which offers quarterly reward certificates and a birthday gift. Shop online at Pharmaca.com or visit one of their nearby locations: Pharmaca Pacific Palisades, 15150 West Sunset Blvd., 310.454.1345; Pharmaca Brentwood, 12025 San Vicente Blvd., 310.476.1237; and Pharmaca Beverly Hills, 9101 West Olympic Blvd., 310.277.6266.