About Us

We love your skin. It’s a simple statement, and it cuts to the core of how we formulate our products for you. Every ingredient that we use is carefully chosen to illuminate your natural beauty. By harnessing the nourishing power of plants, our products repair and soothe, nurturing the long-term health of your body’s largest organ.

Over the many years of working with our beloved clients, we have witnessed firsthand how organic, natural botanicals and extracts can dramatically improve skin’s health. This experience is why we take great care to source the highest quality ingredients as locally as possible. We grow many of our own plants and build relationships with farmers and suppliers. Each product is hand-crafted in our lab in Sausalito, CA, so you can trust that your skincare is designed for your skin’s health from start to finish.

We believe that effective, healthy skincare should be accessible to everyone. We want it to be simple and exciting to choose your personalized collection of products. Our formulations are few in ingredients, and they pack the punch you are looking for. Build your own skincare ritual or connect with one of our spas to get professional input. Either way, we firmly believe that Botnia will suit your unique needs and leave your skin feeling great every day.

You spend time and energy thinking about what to put in and on your body because you care deeply about your health. We’re excited to help make that process more simple for you.

Justine Kahn

Founder and CEO

I am Justine, the founder and CEO of Botnia. I started working as an esthetician in 2002, and after eight years of working in spas, I realized I couldn’t do all that I wanted for my clients’ skin with the ingredients and products available to me. They were marketed as though they were excellent for all skin types, BUT they were made for the masses and not customizable for individual needs.

I started to notice that not only were the ingredients in these products not helping to heal, but they were also causing damage. For example, there were many alcohols that dry out skin, synthetic fragrances that irritate and inflame, and dangerous chemicals used to preserve that are toxic to our bodies and the earth.

Raised by hippies in Vermont, I have always valued organic food and body products, because by nature, they are grown in the sun and are all natural (not filled with chemicals).

I began my mission to help people understand that our skin IS our body. What we put on it will eventually be working its way through our entire system. So, if we want to be healthy, we have to start seeing our skin as part of a larger system.

This motivated me to figure out which ingredients positively impact the skin.

While getting some training in cosmetic chemistry at the Nova Studio in Richmond, CA, I became very clear on this: simple skincare is more effective and healthy. I also understand now that products can be preserved with natural ingredients.

In December 0f 2010, with deep motivation to create something that would truly serve each individual’s needs and desires, I opened Skin Remedy, a luxury spa in San Francisco, CA. Using my new energy and excitement from all that I had learned, I designed the business to be able to customize each client’s experience in the treatment room. This is when I began to develop my signature collection of powerful, raw ingredients that I would use to formulate the perfect remedy for each person’s skin.

Six years later, I expanded on what I’ve been developing and using in the treatment room. I teamed up with an incredible scientist to create a complete line of science-based, truly organic skin care. We craft both retail and spa products that both my clients and my estheticians love and that truly loves your skin.

Sara

Manufacturing and Communications Director

Sara came to Botnia from the publishing industry, where she edited a wide variety of lifestyle books, from cookbooks to gardening books to health and wellness titles. Now she’s our manufacturing specialist communications director. She loves being Botnia’s air traffic controller: balancing our schedules and deadlines and figuring out just what to do and when. Sara’s passion for healthy living, eagerness to learn every side of a growing business, and deep and abiding love of podcasts makes her the perfect partner for Botnia.

Jonathan

Shipping Specialist

Hello friends! My name is Jonathan and I am the shipping specialist here at Botnia. I was lucky enough to join this special team in the summer of 2018, and since then my goal has always been clear: to make sure that you receive your Botnia products in a timely manner, well presented, and above all else, in one piece.

Knowing that you all get to receive these skincare products and that I get to be the one to ship them out to you puts a smile on my face. I have come to love this company, and I’m sure you will, too. So order away, I’ll be waiting!

Rachele

Herbalist, manufacturer, and farm lead

Rachele came to Botnia through sharing a first-year herbalism studies class with Justine, our founder. Rachele brings her deep knowledge of Ayurveda, Permaculture, farming, and herbal studies to Botnia. Rachele works both in our lab and micro-farm, bringing our skincare a full-circle connection to the land.

Jacqueline

Community and Communications Manager

Jacqueline is our community manager; her role at Botnia is to help our community of healers transform how they live, work, learn, and play. Her goal is to provide dynamic support for growth with Botnia that knows no bounds, so all of our wholesale partners feel empowered in their own businesses!

Michelle

Herbalist and manufacturing specialist

Michelle has a background in the fashion industry and after many years of the “corporate grind,” she switched gears in life. She went to school to become a herbalist and completed two years of study. Michelle is also a master gardener and astrology lover. She is one of our manufacturing specialists, and Michelle’s passion for plants paired with her detail-oriented nature makes our skincare truly loved.

Melanie

Cosmetic chemist and Manufacturing specialist

Melanie Is our Cosmetic chemist and manufacturing specialist. She’s a Marin native and holds B.S. in Chemistry. Fun fact, Jonathan, our shipping specialist, and Melanie went to the same high school!

When we hired Melanie, we knew that we were doing something above and beyond most small-batch organic skincare companies. This is what makes Botnia a science-driven organic skincare company, we have herbalists, chemists, estheticians, and farmers working side by side to create the best skincare on earth. Melanie brings her background in chemistry to our lab’s daily operations, bacteria testing each batch of skincare to ensure it’s safe for your use. She works in tandem with Justine, our founder, to formulate new products. Melanie is driven by scientifically-based results and she’s committed to creating skincare that is scientifically evolved.

David

Farmer

David is our farmer. His background in permaculture and farming goes back to his family’s long history of working in farming. He’s a nature lover. He runs our compost and soil management and aids our plants in being the healthiest they could be. When he’s not working with Botnia, he works to bring free vegetables for those in need. David helped build the infrastructure of our farm and works weekly with our plants to ensure their health and vibrance.

Perla

Art Creative and Web Developer

Perla designs and creates 100% of all our graphics, packaging the visual vision for Botnia. She creates all our seasonal hydrosols and develops our deep connection to expressing beauty visually with everything we do. Perla came to Botnia after being one of Justine our founders’ best friends. Perla is from Mexico City and grew up loving vibrant natural color patterns and textures. She brings her unique eye to our design and has a thriving design firm company called Golden Section.

goldnsection@gmail.com

Peonie

Operations and Customer Care

Hi there! I’m Peonie, the operations and customer care at Botnia! Raised by horticulture-loving immigrants in the East Bay, I’ve journeyed on a path through many industries, including retail, bridal, beauty, floral, a bit of tech, and even healthcare. Botnia came into my life at a time when I discovered the importance of health, community, and connecting with the world around us through nature. Since discovering the community that Botnia has built, I absolutely love connecting with our customers and estheticians, sharing my passion for skincare, and paving the way for a new frontier of clean and organic beauty! Have a question about our products? Drop me a note and say hello. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences: the good, the bad, or anything in between. I’m here to listen. 

Clayton

Former Biologist

Who is this scientist who helped me create Botnia? Clayton is a Stanford-trained biologist who worked as a plant biologist at the Carnegie Institution. Before working together, we were friends. Whenever we would hang out together, we would spend our time geeking out about chemistry, biology, and the amazing powers of plants. Six years ago Clayton started joining me in the lab on the weekends. Together we created Botnia’s core retail line and a few of our back bar products, His expertise, and passion for plants laid our foundation. While Clayton no longer works at Botnia, he continues to be a friend and support.

This is what makes Botnia a science-driven organic skincare company--we have herbalists, chemists, estheticians, and farmers working side by side to create the best skin care on earth.

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