Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Bottega Organica from my good friend and fellow blogger Alexa of Super Food Super Life. She was visiting NYC and asked if I wanted to join her in spending time at the gorgeous West Village store with Mary Ahern, the founding partner and head of products formulation as well as Lin Chen, the marketing and sales director. Of course I jumped on the opportunity! Their two year pop-up at the Christoper street store was a true oasis away from hectic NYC life. Soft lighting, built with reclaimed wood and organic materials, lined with shelves of innovative products in stunning glass bottles, I wanted to spend all day there lost in the mix of beauty and science. They have since moved to Hudson, NY where their farm is located right outside of the city. I can't wait to make a trip there and experience the products surrounded by nature. The line ranges from oils, lotions, serums and mists to soaps, scrubs and more. The innovative ingredient in the Bottega Organica products is called Prawn Sage (or Salvia Haenkei) discovered by one of the brand's founders, Dr. Andrea Alimonti while he was studying the aging process as a means for cancer-fighting therapies. This ingredient has the ability to significantly slow down the natural aging of cells and when mixed with their plant-based and wild-crafted ingredients is the perfect combination of pure, organic, all-natural and scientifically-proven products.
Almost all of the ingredients in the Bottega Organica line are grown on the farm in Upstate NY or at the family farm in Italy. This is also where the organic olive oil is produced, which is used both in the skincare products as well as the well-known organic NYC restaurant Quartino Bottega Organica. I am completely enamored with this connection to both food and beauty as well as science and nature.
I loved listening to Mary discuss her farm Upstate, the love and passion that goes into each ingredient. From the oil she personally infuses to the creativity skincare creations spark, much like her love for painting. Her glow as we chatted about the products, many of which are her creations was contagious. As we walked through the store trying products and hearing how they came to be, I became a fan right from the start.
These products are so unbelievably fresh that they are only good for two months after opening, the sign when we first walked in shared they had just got a fresh batch in - talk about farm to skin!
I have since been using the products every day and can say with 100% certainty that Bottega Organica is by far the most luxurious natural beauty brand I have had the pleasure of experiencing. From the packaging to application, it is the most beautiful experience and act of self-love within itself.
Two of my favorite products have been the the Body Contour Formula Peppermint & Chili Pepper as well as the Anti-Blemish Face Mist in Rose. As shared on their website, the body contour formula is made with pure, organic chili peppers which assist in circulation and increases blood flow to cellulite prone areas. The peppermint stimulates, energizes and refreshes the skin. With the addition of prawn sage and natural vitamins from carrots and apricots you can feel it going to work the minute it touches your skin. With a slightly tingling sensation (which I happen to love!) and immediate feeling of tightness, it has become a new favorite product I am applying to my skin every day post-shower.
The Anti-Blemish Face Mist in Rose is another favorite which I used all Summer and now into Fall/Winter. The rose petals are anti-inflammatory and moisturizing while the chamomile and high mallow are soothing to the skin. These ingredients are blended with golden sage and prawn sage to create an anti-aging product that significantly calms skin and helps to get rid of any redness. Lin recommended that I keep it in the fridge which was genius! Post workout I walk in, put my bags down and immediately walked to the fridge to give my face a few spritzes.
I am thrilled to be able to watch Bottega Organica grow and share the magic they create. This is a company that is changing the natural beauty game and I can't recommend these products enough!