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August 08, 2014

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What is a Hydrosol?

And why is it good for my skin?

When I explain to my customers how we make our hydrating mists, I usually start by asking them if they know what a hydrosol/plant distillate is. I don't recall anyone ever replying "yes" to this question and I've asked it countless times. So here's the scoop …

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June 30, 2014

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Benefits of Green Tea in Sun Care

Like me, you may have switched to drinking more green tea and less coffee over time. Not only is it a delicious and stimulating drink, but in recent years it’s become touted as a health food that may help to prevent a variety of conditions, from heart and gum disease to cancer, weight loss and even skin aging. The medicinal properties of this tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins (CAT-a-kins) and one of the most notable catechins in green tea known to have benefits for skin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Yes, quite a mouthful to pronounce, let's stick to it’s acronym.

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April 21, 2014

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MINDFUL PACKAGING: why we choose to package our products the way we do

Have you ever wondered why Botanic Organic bottles are amber colored, and why almost all of our products contain closures that are either pumps, sprays or disc caps? Let me start by saying that we understand how it it can be a lovely sensory experience to open a jar of cream, dip your fingers into it and retrieve exactly the amount of product that you wish to use. It can also be very gratifying to scrape out every tiny, last bit of cream from the container.

You might then ask why we use bottles with serum pumps, sprayers and disc caps rather than open screw cap jars. The answer certainly is not because they're easier for us to produce and fill. It also isn't because we can't live without the look of our round, amber bottles - although we certainly don’t mind this look. And it's most definitely not because pumps and sprayers are less expensive to buy, or because they never have any issues with dispensing product.

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Licorice Root For Uneven Skin Tones, Rosacea, Sun Damage and Acne

Most of us when we think of licorice conjure images of that chewy, black candy from childhood days. Licorice root however, has benefits that go far beyond a sweet flavoring for candy. In addition to its many internal health benefits, it has some pretty exciting topical applications for skin. Did you know that licorice root can help to brighten and even skin tones,  soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and that it has anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties? Let’s look at some of the compounds in licorice root that can help brighten, repair and soothe our skin.

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December 01, 2013

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Web Site 3.0

Welcome to the third iteration of the Botanic Organic website. We've created an entirely new site, with easier navigation, new images, groupings of products into collections, clearer shipping instructions, new payment options, and a secure checkout process.

Also be sure to check out the ingredients page. Some of the ingredients link to pages with more information on the ingredient, and a listing of all the products that include that ingredient.

Be sure to sign up for our new newsletter. A signup form is on the bottom of every page. Or opt-in to receive our newsletter when you go through the checkout process.

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August 12, 2012

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Calendula

Calendula or calendula officinalis, more easily recognized as the marigold plant, is one of the oldest herbs on record used for skincare. Calendula extract is fabulous for most inflamed or irritated skin conditions and scientific studies have found that extracts of calendula with its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-septic qualities can speed the healing of skin wounds and burns.

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July 26, 2012

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Why Use a Hydrating Mist?

Many people seem slightly confused about the value of using a toner or hydrating mist in their skin care regime. Contrary to popular belief, toners do not make your pores smaller, because your pores do not open and close. Hydrating mists can however, deliver beneficial ingredients to your skin and help to balance its pH which may have been disrupted after cleansing. Your skin normally has a slight level of acidity which acts as a barrier to keep out bacteria. This is why it’s best to avoid alkaline, soap based cleansers that will upset the pH balance of the skin and cause possible irritation.

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