In December of 2010, with deep motivation to create something that would truly serve each individual’s needs and desires, I opened Skin Remedy, a luxury spa in San Francisco, CA.
I started working as an esthetician in 2002, and after eight years of working in spas, I realized I couldn’t do all that I wanted for my clients’ skin with the ingredients and products available to me. They were marketed as though they were excellent for all skin types, BUT they were made for the masses and not customizable for individual needs.
I began my mission to help people understand that our skin IS our body. What we put on it will eventually be working its way through our entire system. So, if we want to be healthy, we have to start seeing our skin as part of a larger system.
This motivated me to figure out which ingredients positively impact the skin.
While getting some training in cosmetic chemistry at the Nova Studio in Richmond, CA, I became very clear on this: simple skincare is more effective and healthy. I also understand now that products can be preserved with natural ingredients.
Using my new energy and excitement from all that I had learned about cosmetic chemistry, I designed Skin Remedy to be able to customize each client’s experience in the treatment room. This is when I began to develop my signature collection of powerful, raw ingredients that I would use to formulate the perfect remedy for each person’s skin.
My retail products were initially sold only at Skin Remedy, and in 2017, I renamed and expanded the line to launch Botnia as its own brand. I teamed up with an incredible scientist to expand on what I’d been developing and using in the treatment room at Skin Remedy and created Botnia’s professional and retail lines of science-based, truly organic skincare.
My passion is to create retail and spa products that both my clients and my estheticians love and that truly loves your skin.
We focus on healing each person’s individual skin issues and desire to remedy them with 100% custom made products from our own raw ingredients. We begin by listening and we assess with expert knowledge to provide safe and effective solutions in one-of-a-kind services for each client. All ingredients that are available in the U.S. are OTC organic (the highest organic standard) and free of pesticides. We keep up with the latest research on environmental toxins and are always free of phthalates, parabens, carcinogens, and neurotoxins. We use cold pressed oils to ensure potency. Above all, we only use remedies that work. We consistently test ingredients, equipment, .We do not offer any services or products that do not meet our effectiveness standards. We follow and usually exceed the European standard for “natural and organic cosmetics”: Ecocert. Our Stanford trained plant biologist ensures our plants are used to their full benefit. For example, he looks at the biochemistry of the plant and considers the most powerful application to the full spectrum of ingredients we use. All our estheticians go through rigorous training and ongoing education.