SF Examiner: Bay Area Spotlight: Botanic Organic Natural Skincare

Natural and organic products have taken the beauty world by storm.

Some major beauty brands are offering "organic" and "natural" products to their lines. However, how "natural" are they?

That's basically the question Nancy Newsom asked a few years ago and it prompted her to develop her own brand of organic skincare. Newsom knew that eating whole and organic foods was great to put "in your body," but what about what you put "on to your body"?

So, she read books and made a couple of products for her family and friends. From there, her enthusiasm grew and she started taking classes "that taught the art of making lotions, creams, balms, plant extracts, perfumes and hydrosols." However starting out she was skeptical.

"When I began this journey, I have to admit that I didn't believe natural, plant-based skincare products could yield the results I was looking for. I was wrong. I've been amazed and delighted to learn that well designed, artisan-crafted skincare products are not only healthier and more environmentally friendly, but are every bit as effective as mainstream products, and are often even more effective."

After seeing a doctor for some skin concerns, she was noticing none of the products she was given were consistently working. So, she went to work and developed her own products. The results were so significant, her husband took notice.

Newsom is the founder and chief alchemist of Botanic Organic and started the company in 2011 in the Los Altos Hills.

The line consists of cleansers, facial mists, moisturizers for the face and body, sunscreens and even products for babies.

Botanic Organic's cleansers are made to cleanse without "stripping or drying and are integral to creating overall balance for your skin." Newsom stresses the importance of the"double cleansing method."

The first step of the method is "removing the daily residues with one of the cleansing oils" the brand provides.

Those are cleansers are:

Chamomile & Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray: This spray is perfect for uber-sensitive skin types looking for a mild cleanser. The spray makes it perfect for on-the-go as well. This also works as a hydrating spray to refresh and hydrate your skin throughout the day. .

Tangerine & Lemon Facial Cleansing Oil: This oil "combines a revitalizing and deep-cleansing blend of raw and organic oils to dissolve away all traces of daily residues. This unique cleanser rinses away easily leaving skin feeling soft, clean and balanced. Ideal for removing eye makeup and perfect for all skin types."

The second part of the double cleansing method is the line's cleansing grains:

Honey & Licorice Root Daily Cleansing Grains: You can use this alone or as part of the "purifying" portion of your double cleansing method. The coconut milk in this product leaves your skin soft without drying it. Also, "coconut is antioxidant rich, antibacterial and anti-fungal benefiting those who suffer from both acne and/or dry skin." The licorice root helps brighten skin, the oatmeal helps with exfoliation and the honey is perfect ingredient for a non-drying cleanser.

Oats & Goat's Milk Cleansing Grains: This product can be used by itself or as part of thedouble cleansing method as well and is suitable for all skin-types. The oats exfoliates your skin and unclogs pores. The goat's milk contains lactic acid to help reveal vibrancy.

Next in the line are the facial mists. These mists help give skin that fresh and dewy feeling and it a perfect addition to the line's moisturizers. The mists are perfect for on-the-go hydration as well, and one can even be used for babies!

Chamomile & Lavender Baby Spray: The chamomile and lavender have aroma therapeutic benefits that can be used to calm cranky babies (and possibly adults) when sprayed in a room or on a pillow. For babies, this can be an alternative for harsh baby wipes. The calendula hydrosol in this spray makes it anti-bacterial and an antiseptic to kill germs. For skin purposes, the chamomile calms rashes and other skin irritations. Used alongside lavender and aloe vera, this product is perfect for cooling sunburns, and also makes for a good makeup-remover, cleanser and toner.

Cucumber & Calendula Nutrient Mist: This mist is a calming and protective spray for all skin-types, especially those with acne or men looking to soothe skin after shaving. The calendula and green tea soothe inflamed skin and the cucumber cools and refreshes.

Rosemary & Geranium Hydrating Mist: Another mist for all skin types. The rose geranium holds onto moisture, while the rosemary calms skin down. This product also contains witch hazel which is a well-known astringent.

Now that you've double-cleansed and found the mist perfect for you, it's time to moisturize.

The brand stresses the importance of moisturizing and taking care of your skin now to prevent major issues in the future:

Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Oil Serum: "This potent blend of raw, organic oils, rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and beta-carotenes, penetrates deep into tissue layers to provide a uniquely holistic solution for most skin-type problems." Newsom suggests combining this with the cucumber & calendula nutrient mist "to calm and balance a teen's oily or blemished skin; to calm & restore men's skin after shaving; or to restore radiance to mature or photo-aged skin." The oils in this serum protect against premature aging, reduces inflammation and calms UV damage, dehydration and blemishes.

Calendula Blossom & Rose Night Cream: Perfect for repairing skin while you sleep. The licorice root helps even skin tone and the rose and calendula hydrate and soothe. Perfect if you want to wake up like, Beyonce.

Tansy & Rhodiola Eye Cream: This eye cream does everything you'd like an eye cream to do. It softens fine lines, reduces puffiness, firms skin and increases circulation.

Raspberry & Green Tea Daily Defense Moisturizer: No matter that the weather is outside, wearing sunscreen is a must. This moisturizer gives you the soft-supple skin of using a moisturizer all while protecting you from UVA/UVB rays.

Green Tea & Zinc Oxide Sunscreen: "22.5% non-nanoparticle zinc oxide makes the safest UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection ingredient available." 75% of the ingredients in this product are certified organic. The SPF 30+ formula is perfect for everyone.

Once you've found the products for your face, don't forget the rest of your body!

The line has various body, hand and foot lotions to have you glowing from head to toe.

Gardener's Shea Hand Remedy: Even in the description online, the site warns this product is addictive! The shea butter and vitamins helps soothe and protects rough and dry hands. The "plantain herbal oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties, which make it effective for minor cuts, scrapes, rashes, blisters and burns. It is also beneficial in reducing swelling and relieving itching caused by bug bites and stings." Talk about a product for everything.

Lavender & Calendula Soothing Balm: Similar to the Gardener's Shea Hand Remedy, but for those with sensitive skin. This can even be used on newborn babies. Protect, moisturize and heal skin naturally with this deliciously scented balm for even the most sensitive skin.

Peppermint Herbal Foot Cream: Who doesn't love a good soothing foot-cream, especially with peppermint? This product soothes rough patches and reduces irritation.

Lavender & Shea Body Lotion: The shea butter helps protect dry skin and can even speed up the healing process of cracked or chapped skin. This lotion softens skin and keeps it supple.

Verbena & Shea Body Lotion: A moisturizing lotion with a pick-me-up. Another lotion with shea butter and the verbena rejuvenates the senses.

All in all, these products are made from the finest Mother Nature has to provide. Each product is hand-crafted and produced in small batches, which gurantees customers that they're getting a good quality product.

Check out the ingredients page to see exactly what to find in each of the products and check out Botanic Organic online and on Facebook.