Botnia Skincare was created in a spa in San Francisco, designing each product around what our founder, Justine was seeing on the treatment table. What she realized is that modern skincare was well-intentioned but approached the skin from the ideology of changing it using harsh chemicals. These chemicals don’t work with your body’s natural rhythms, so she was seeing client after client with inflammation and irritation. Armed with decades of hands-on experience, she crafted Botnia around the central philosophy that using organic whole ingredients will aid your skin in becoming its best self. With this approach, we have seen dramatic and long-lasting results. Better yet, we grow some of our botanicals and hand-make all our skincare in our own laboratory in Sausalito, CA, ensuring the ultimate quality to match the results.
Our founder Justine works with Sam, our lead manufacturing specialist, and Isabella, our in-house herbalist, manufacturing skincare. We hand-make each and every one of our products in our small but mighty laboratory in Sausalito.
We create our products in small batches. The coolest thing about the way our lab operates is that it’s by demand. Every day we review the new orders and decide what to make next based on need. So your skincare is always fresh – revolutionizing organic skincare!
All of our products are handcrafted daily by our manufacturing specialists. We also make our own hydrosols using a copper alembic still. What’s so powerful about this tool is that this technology hasn’t changed because it’s so effective at extracting specific flavonoids and terpenes from plants. Some people use stills to distill alcohol and they use grain or potatoes to distill. In our case, we’re distilling the immune system of plants to apply that to our own skin’s immune system. Making our own hydrosols and extracts ensure that the raw ingredients we use in our skincare come to your face fresh and ready to heal, nourish, and ultimately contribute to your overall health and well-being. We try to distill as many hydrosols as possible and run the still every week in our micro-farm in Sausalito.
It starts with our agriculture and the quality of our botanicals. When we look to other farms for our raw ingredients, we want to work within our values of supporting our community to source products from places that have the same organic farming practices we use on our own land. We make our own hydrosols and extracts with our plants to ensure that the raw ingredients we use in our skincare come to your face fresh and ready to heal, nourish, and ultimately contribute to your overall health and well-being. After processing our key ingredients, it moves to our lab where we manufacture and handcraft each product in small batches. Next, it’s biologically tested for safety before being hand-labeled and individually wrapped to ensure against breakage during shipping. In the end, our hope is that you can feel the artisan handcrafted nature and care that we put into our skincare!