Formulation

Why You Won’t See Vitamin C in Botnia Skincare

We might be the only skincare company that won’t tell you that you need a vitamin C product in your skincare regime. Curious why we take this stance? Read on for our somewhat contrarian take on topical vitamin C products!  In the beauty industry, vitamin C is touted as the “must-have” product in your skincare …

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The Science Behind Jojoba Oil in Botnia Skincare

We’re scrupulous when it comes to the ingredients we use in our skincare, especially when it comes to jojoba oil. Our jojoba oil comes from a small farm located on the border of California and Arizona and our farmer has been growing jojoba with his parents since the late 80s starting from seed. Did you …

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The Non-dermotoxic Essential Oils in Botnia Skincare

Essential oils have become all the rage in the wellness space. And while we love a good aromatherapy sesh, EOs can be more harmful to your body than you might think, especially if taken internally. Plants are powerful! At Botnia, we’ve formulated most of our products to have very little essential oils in them since …

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Why We Don’t Use Retinol in Botnia Skincare

“Should I be using a retinol?”  We get asked this question all the time, so we thought we’d share a little bit more on this popular skincare ingredient. Our goal is to help you understand the side effects of using active ingredients (like retinoids) in your skincare routine, and give you all the facts so …

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Botnia Key Ingredients – Gotu Kola, Our Newest Plant Crush!

How fitting that our newest plant crush, Gotu Kola, comes in the shape of a heart! When formulating our Wisdom Oil, we found this mystical herb used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine for its incredible skin healing properties. “In herbalism, Gotu Kola is often referred to as a Rasayana, a general tonic, that promotes …

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EOs: A little goes a long way

Open up your skincare and take a whiff…Smell that? If there’s a strong scent in your skincare, there’s a good chance there might be some essential oils in the mix. While we love how good smelling things are, EOs can be toxic (more on that below). At Botnia, we’ve done our due diligence to research …

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Hyaluronic Acid, I Love You . . . But What the Heck Are You?!

At Botnia we proudly make organic, plant-based skincare by hand in our Sausalito lab and micro-farm. But you might inspect some of our ingredient lists, see “hyaluronic acid,” and wonder . . . what plant is this mysterious ingredient? And is it really an acid?! Like, the burn-your-face-off kind of acid? I’m asked questions on …

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