Mary Oppel

I've always believed that there is no substitution for healthy skin. Skincare is an investment in health. But, after investing time and hard-earned money in skincare products, I was disappointed with the results. In fact, my investment in clean beauty and organic skincare resulted in the opposite effect of its beauty claims. When I was in my mid-thirties, I developed sensitized skin. I was not born with sensitive skin. It happened over time from using a cocktail of ingredients found in my beauty products. Yet, I was in denial that my clean and organic skincare products were the culprit of my condition. After seeing my dermatologist for treatment, I was placed on a restrictive skincare diet consisting of minimal products with minimal ingredients, and I was warned to avoid beauty products with essential oils, which can irritate the skin and worsen my condition. At the suggestion of my dermatologist, I kept a journal of products, and recorded the ingredients in each product. From hair care to beauty products, I was shocked to discover I was using over 500 chemicals – both natural and synthetic- on a regular basis. Then, as I started looking for products with minimal ingredients, without essential oils, I quickly discovered how hard it was to find this type of skincare. When it came to organic skincare, I found it made heavy use of essential oils that can cause agitation and sensitization. However, the most alarming realization was when I found that many clean beauty products contained a ton additives, in addition to irritating essential oils. That’s when I had my aha moment. I wanted to formulate differently so products would be less cluttered with additive ingredients and allergens. Consuming anything regularly can accumulate, for better or for worse, which is how my skin became sensitized in the first place.

Coming from a family of scientists, I enlisted the help of my mom, an analytical biochemist.  Having worked on products for global beauty brands, we knew most products are composed of up to 70% to 90% water. Not only does this formulation dilute the active ingredients and diminishes the potency of a product, but it also relies heavily on additives like emulsifiers, texturizers, thickeners and preservatives. We discovered Arlington by focusing on creating minimally processed skincare. By eliminating or reducing the water content, our products are efficacious and contains little to no additives, which is great news for all skin types, but especially for those with sensitive and sensitized skin.

Angela Parisi

Meet mom. With degrees in biology and chemistry, Angela has over four decades of experience in research and development (R&D) in cosmetics, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. She has also been a trusted partner for some of the most renown global companies, assisting them with international product regulatory compliance and product quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC).  Angela uses her expertise in biochemistry to formulate skincare products differently, using more ingredients that actively deliver nutrition to the skin, while eliminating excessive use of additives and irritating essential oils that commonly clutter most skincare formulations.

Our Mantra

"Every ingredient matters."

Both active and inactive ingredients have an impact body.

For this reason, we carefully and thoughtfully select all ingredients when formulating, prioritizing ingredients for its usefulness in the formulation to first benefit the skin, and then to support the integrity of the formula, as necessary.

Commonly used additives and allergens in cosmetics, such as texturizers, dyes, colorants, fragrances, heavy metals, and more, are not used in our skincare products because it does not support skin health. The result of our formulation approach, provides a more consistent selection of quality, skin-healthy ingredients from beginning to end of our ingredient list.