In the awards autumn series of blog posts, we get to know the brands behind the nominee products of the Nordic Natural Beauty Awards 2023. In this post, we are proud to share more about the Finnish natural cosmetics brand Botanica Nordica, as told by the brand:
“Botanica Nordica was founded by Marika Salonen, an adventurous organic skincare formulator who enjoys travelling, gardening, long walks in the nature, knitting and challenging herself.
Marika has a background in organic farming and she says: ‘We have been thinking about what we eat for a longer time already. It was high time to think what we feed our skin with. We really saw how our organic farm produced beautiful, tasty berries full of flavor and aroma. The realization that nature can also provide us everything we need for a healthy, glowing skin was one of the triggers behind founding Botanica Nordica.’
Botanica Nordica was created most importantly because of Marika’s passion to work with something she enjoys and believes in! ‘All our products have gone through a long development cycle and I enjoy every step of it. Besides healthier skin, using our products brings me real joy and pleasure’, she says. The word ‘natural’ is used with all kinds of skincare today but when we say natural we mean ethically sourced, safe and healthy plant-based ingredients with minimal refining.
The brand’s formulations are based on research and science. Each ingredient in the formulation should be there for a reason that benefits the user of our product. Marika believes in tapping the power of nature for the benefit of your skin. In our minds organic skincare should be every bit as effective as and even better than conventional, clinical skincare.
‘The quality of our ingredients is something that we take pride in. When you cook in your kitchen with fresh and tasty organic ingredients you get beautiful, tasty food. We believe that the same applies to skincare as well. We put a lot of effort in finding the highest quality ingredients and it is important for us to ensure their freshness as well. For the same reason we manufacture our products in smaller batches.’
Marika, the founder of Botanica Nordica, has also studied perfumery and hence scents and aromas are really close to her heart. ‘We believe that using our products should be an uplifting moment of luxury during your day. Nature around us provides such rich and beautiful colours and scents and that is something we want to incorporate into our products. We never use artificial or synthetic perfumes in our products. All the beautiful scent of our products comes from minimally refined organic ingredients.
While I don’t want to exclude anyone I would say that Botanica Nordica is a brand for consumers who value sustainability and transparency, while also requiring results and a touch of luxury from their skincare. Most of our products are born to fill a certain need and our product range covers different skin types and can assist in treating various skin issues.’
I’m Authentic Silky Facial Elixir contains a carefully crafted blend of high quality organic oils, vitamin-rich extracts and unique actives such as bakuchiol and coenzyme Q10. These ingredients work synergistically to hydrate and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple, and radiant.
Bakuchiol has been shown to deliver similar results to retinol without the photosensitivity and irritation. It stimulates collagen production and regenerates skin cells improving the appearance of signs of aging. Together with coenzyme Q10 they form a powerful duo that is especially beneficial for aging and acne-prone skin.
Biocompatible squalane in combination with aromatic organic plum oil gives the elixir its rich yet easy-absorbing texture. The beautiful uplifting aroma originates mainly from the versatile cardamom extract and the organic plum oil.
Gentle and suitable for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Suitable for vegans. Botanica Nordica manufactures the elixir in small batches to ensure the quality and the freshness. Everything is made with care in Finland.
‘The year 2023 is an exciting year for us, not only because we will be introducing several new amazing products, but also because we’ll be able to move into new premises designed for our production and development.
We try to be very available and supportive: if you have any questions about our products or specific skin issues, we will happily tell you more or suggest you products that could be helpful. Just contact us on Instagram, Facebook, or by email’.“