Supple Apothecary in Orleans, WHICH OPENED LAST JUNE, is a cozy retreat, with shelves of skincare products interspersed by candles, loungewear, jewelry, and art by Melissa Averinos of West Barnstable. Nearby is the treatment room, where facials are offered. Owner Alison Supple Evans started her skincare business in Berkeley, California, an operation that is currently run by a friend. Today Evans carries skin treatments by the homeopathic Dr. Hauschka, as well as lines by Ren and Arcona and the more scientific Skinceuticals products. She also offers hair care and makeup products.
“I’ve listened to countless customers talk about purchasing products like Dr. Hauschka at stores, but they were pretty much on their own and really guessing in terms of what might be right for their skin,” Evans says. At Supple, she explains, a professional esthetician evaluates each customer’s skin, asks necessary questions, and gets the client on the right track.
The best first step? “In my opinion,” Evans says, “getting a facial is the best way to determine how your skin reacts to certain products and ingredients and also a great time to start a new home care regiment with a clean slate.”
82 Route 6A, Orleans
Cape Cod Lavender Farm
Cape Cod Lavender Farm is a delight for the senses. One of the largest lavender farms on the East Coast, the farm has been flourishing with beautiful lavender for almost 20 years. Cynthia and Matthew Sutphin have owned the property since its inception, growing the plants on 12 woodsy acres in Harwich, including an “enchanted garden,” which appeals to visitors of all ages. The Sutphins also harvest lavender to concoct special products, including a body care line. In their farm’s shop, shelves are lined with hand lotion, body wash, and bath salts. Lavender Lather Soaps are made locally at Bethany Seasons in Brewster. The Sutphins’ best-selling item is the lavender-scented Skin Quencher made with aloe gel and lavender oil.
Visitors are encouraged to come and explore the farm, open March through Columbus Day, and visit the shop run by Cynthia’s daughter Anna Ramsay. Cynthia Sutphin estimates that she and her family host more than 10,000 visitors a year, including tourists, photographers, artists, and writers.
Cape Cod Lavender Farm,
off Weston Woods Road (off Route 124), Harwich