Upon first trying a Botani product, many of you may have noticed that they don’t have a ‘traditional’ appearance, texture or scent. You’re probably use to the white glossy textures of creams and lotions and the foamy suds of body washes and soaps that you’ve tried. But you won’t ever find that with a Botani product … and here’s the reason why!
Natural ingredients, like those listed below, are just that – natural. They aren’t created by Mother Nature to be ‘stark white’, clinical looking or to foam like man-made chemicals. You’ll notice our PhytoBody Wash is dark brown in colour, for instance, as it features medicinal Burdock Root and the coffee coloured tone of our Exfoliating Facial Cream is from the inclusion of Oatmeal and Apricot Seed powder.
Below you’ll find information on some little known herbs and plant actives found in our popular all-natural skincare range. They may not be ‘pretty’ or ‘perfect’ looking, but your skin swears by them … as does Botáni.
We don’t test on animals but we do say yes to is Horsetail Extract! This little known herbal remedy has been used both internally and externally as a powerful anti-inflammatory for centuries, but Botáni utilises the herb for more than just that. It’s inclusion in our products has many effects on the skin.
Featuring in Botáni’s Rescue Acne Cream, Horsetail Extract contains Zinc which treats breakouts, along with other gentle tannins and astringents that clean and cleanse the skin.
The plant extract also contains highly potent levels of mineral silica (otherwise known as natural silicon.) These high the levels of its silicon help nails and skin strengthen and increases skin’s elasticity.
Found in Botáni’s PhytoBody Wash, Burdock Root is an amazing plant extract commonly ingested to clear the stomach and bowel of toxins. However Botáni’s founder Barbara Filokostas discovered the parsnip looking root could powerfully impact the purity of one’s skin when used topically.
A mucilaginous herb, similar in sound to the word ‘mucus’, the herb features tannins which soften the area the herb comes in contract with. Externally, as our PhytoBody Wash does, Burdock Root loosens dead skin cells and softens then skin, whilst internally (sorry everyone with weak stomachs!) it can loosen and help you cough up phlegm from a cough or cold.
Included in Botani’s range for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for those with irritated skin, zinc within the root helps to fight acne and blemishes whilst its silicon content helps the skin regenerate.
Featuring in many products across the Botáni range, giving products like Nourishing Active Eye Cream and Rescue Eye Treatment an earthy brown colour and a sweet, honey-like scent, Licorice Root is used to prevent skin irritation, body odour, fungal infections and psoriasis.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, Licorice Root’s main active is glycyrrhizin – an active contained in the root which gives it incredible anti-inflammatory abilities.
The root works with the skin’s own immune system (that’s right, the skin has an immune system of its own!), with the glycyrrhizin helping to strengthen the skin and draw out impurities. Zinc, contained within the root, also helps to unclog pores and prevent blemishes.
Olive Leaf Extract
If I were you, I’d ‘leaf’ an Olive Leaf Extract capsule in your handbag at all times … You can tell I like the odd pun or two, but something that’s no joke is Olive Leaf Extract. Nature’s antibiotic, Olive Leaf Extract is not only great for use in skincare products like Botani’s, when taken in a liquid or capsule form it’s great for fighting colds, flu and viral infections.
An anti-inflammatory great for calming skin and clearing blemishes, it’s broad spectrum, an anti-oxidant and helps protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are groups of atoms in the atmosphere around us that cause cellular damage and the skin to age prematurely – yikes.
Featuring in the majority of all Botáni skincare products, including Olive Repair Cream, Olive Hand Cream and Olive Soothing Cleanser, it’s well researched that this humble little leaf can perform miracles for all of us both inside and out.