Guide to Plant Based Skincare


The world of synthetic skincare can be confusing and complex, and it can be impossible to know what ingredients are being lathered onto your skin. So, when you think about BOTA ™’s natural skincare products, we want you to think of two words: simple and effective. BOTA™ skincare products are made without artificial fragrances or synthetic preservatives. Plant-based products contain a blend of plant resins, waxes, essential oils, and other skin-friendly compounds. 1


Did you know the use of natural botanicals to keep the skin looking and feeling healthy dates back more than 6,000 years ago? Before manufactured skincare products were easily accessible, people wanting to nourish, protect, and improve the appearance of their skin relied on plant extracts, oils, and other natural botanicals.

Historians tell us that Ancient Egyptians kept their skin clean with a paste of olive oil and natural clay. They preserved their youthful appearance with sesame and moringa oils, removed unwanted hair with a mixture of honey and sugar, and indulged in the skin-soothing properties of aloe vera, frankincense, and myrrh.2

In ancient Greece and Rome, sea salt was used for exfoliation. The skin was protected with a blend of figs, bananas, oats, and rosewater. Ancient Greeks and Romans are believed to have devoted entire days to nurturing their skin with plant extracts imported from countries thousands of miles away.3

In Central America, the Mayans and Aztecs were known to keep their skin soft and supple with a mixture of oats, honey, and a bit of steam.

As we can see, the ancient wisdom of plant-based beauty was a commonality, no matter what country or culture you belonged to. And this all makes sense! Natural formulations to soften skin, calm irritation, and renew skin damage have been documented throughout recorded history, and are still celebrated today.

Since the same botanicals used centuries ago are still popular with modern consumers, many of the synthetic compounds included in skincare products are actually formulated to mimic the properties of natural plant elements. In numerous cases, these labs generated artificial substitutes are not any more effective than their natural counterparts. What synthetic products do is simplify the manufacturing process, increase profit margins, and add hundreds of chemicals to your products along the way.


If we travel from ancient times in Africa, Europe, and Central America, we’ll find that the new era of branded skincare began emerging in the early 20th century. With intelligent technology and the ability to mass-produce, the world of synthetic, chemical-based skincare was born.

In the new mass-production era, product testing hasn’t been required, and to this day, isn’t regulated thoroughly. Many of these new products are marketed as safe, yet still contain mercury, lead, and arsenic. Although these chemicals are dangerous, what can be scarier is knowing it can take decades to determine the long-term consequences of synthetic ingredients and environmental toxins.

Luckily as consumers learn more about the potential consequences of synthetic chemicals in personal care products, the demand for natural skin products has increased. Consumers want safe, natural products that won’t compromise their health, contaminate the environment, or disrupt their skin’s natural abilities. That’s where BOTA™ comes in.

We’re excited to share with you our plant-based skincare products, all of which are infused with CBD hemp-derived oil for its skin benefits!


You’ve probably heard that your skin acts as a protective barrier to the outside world, but what’s not shared is that skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier. Your skin absorbs about 60 percent of the products you apply each day.

If you’re using chemical-based, modern-day skincare products, you’re likely exposing your skin to an average of 130 chemicals daily. Although consumers are told that the chemicals used in health and beauty products are harmless, nearly 90 percent have never been evaluated for safety4. This means that consumers are believed to be using products of the highest quality, but are actually using skincare brands that are causing harm to their skin.

You can reduce your exposure to numerous potentially detrimental chemicals by embracing natural and effective alternatives like organic skincare products free from parabens and other chemicals that should not be exposed to your skin.

Plant-Based Skincare Ingredients You Should Know

Today, a considerable number of the chemicals added to skincare products are developed to mimic the effects of natural ingredients used throughout time. Many people don’t realize that science has confirmed what our ancestors discovered long ago: plant oils, extracts, and other botanicals can nurture and protect troubled skin, balance oil production, and reduce the appearance of aging4. Just a few of the many natural, skin-friendly botanicals that could easily replace products you might currently be using include:

  • Shea Butter
    Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of a tree native to South Africa, the karate, or shea tree. Once reserved for African royalty, shea butter is an excellent source of the hydrating vitamins A and E, which means shea butter has a significant impact on skin elasticity.5
  • Honeysuckle
    The use of honeysuckle for its health and wellness potential dates back more than 1,400 years to traditional Chinese medicine. When used in natural skincare products, honeysuckle extract is shown to soothe skin irritation and balance skin tone.6
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
    Apricot Kernel oil provides numerous skin benefits and is often used in natural skincare creams, serums, and scrubs. This emollient is high in vitamins E, A, and C, which explains the oil’s considerable hydrating properties. Apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed and beneficial for all skin types, even sensitive skin.7
  • Achiote Seed Extract
    The achiote tree is a tropical shrub native to Central and South America. The extracted oil has a floral aroma and mild, pepper-like flavor. High in carotenoids, achiote seed extract is an excellent emollient with considerable antioxidant properties. When added to skincare products, achiote seed extract can calm troubled skin.8
  • Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil is a rich emollient with significant hydrating properties. The antibacterial components of the medium-chain fatty acids combined with the anti-inflammatory properties make coconut oil a natural choice for a considerable number of skin concerns.9
  • Lavender Oil
    Lavender oil is well-known for its soothing aroma and calming effects. This natural plant oil also provides a considerable number of skin benefits. When applied topically, lavender oil can soothe dry skin, tone the skin, and protect skin from free radicals. This multi-purpose plant extract is also said to be excellent to soothe skin irritation.10
  • Hemp-Derived CBD
    Industrial hemp has been used for centuries for numerous skin concerns. While our ancient ancestors may not have understood the nature of the plant’s potential health and wellness benefits, today we know that hemp extract contains a considerable amount of a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD).11


For us at BOTA™, it’s helpful to know the science behind what our ancestors around the world observed long ago. Consider the value of the following evidence-based observations:

For us at BOTA™, it’s helpful to know the science behind what our ancestors around the world observed long ago. Consider the value of the following evidence-based observations:

Plant-based botanicals contain vitamins like vitamin C, antioxidants, proteins, plant terpenes, and other bioactive compounds.12

Several plant extracts, including ginseng and asiatica, are shown to promote the synthesis of collagen, which can keep skin firm, smooth, and supple.13

Natural plant oils, including olive oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil, have emollient properties that restore hydration and protect skin from moisture loss.14

If you’re not convinced by science, we also love these benefits that accompany plant-based skincare products:

Less Risk of Irritation

Since natural skincare products are made without synthetic chemicals, dyes, and perfumes, there is less risk of causing skin irritation.

Peace of Mind

Cosmetic companies are not required to seek FDA approval before using newly created chemicals in skincare products. Since it can take years, even decades, to understand the health implications of synthetic compounds, using a natural skincare routine can give you significant peace of mind.

Better for the Planet  

Many of the ingredients used in conventional skincare products are detrimental to the environment. Since many of the toxins in cosmetics can’t break down, they eventually end up in our water supply, killing fish and other aquatic life.15


Switching to plant-based skincare products can refresh your skincare routine. You may even find you need fewer products to achieve better results.

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid naturally found in cannabis. The natural benefits of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) create an ideal pairing with a variety of botanicals to help you look and feel your best. All skin types can benefit from the calming and nourishing properties of CBD.

5 Best Plant-Based Skincare Products


Of course, when trying anything new, most people have a lot of questions. We can help. Here are the answers to the most common questions asked by people starting a CBD skincare routine:

#1 – Can I Put CBD Oil on My Skin?

Our CBD oil is a called a tincture, a blend of hemp extract, and carrier oil. You can put your CBD tincture on your skin or mix your tincture (or CBD isolate) with your favorite natural lotion. Still, most people prefer using CBD products formulated specifically for their skincare needs.

#2 – Do CBD Skin Care Products Work?

When selecting CBD health and beauty products, many factors play into the overall equation, including the purity and potency of the CBD products. Many CBD skincare products contain too little CBD to have any significant impact on your skin. To protect yourself from a potentially disappointing purchase, be sure to select a natural skincare product and verify the CBD content by viewing the third-party test results.

#3- Do All Hemp Oil Skincare Products Contain CBD?

Although hemp oil and CBD are often used interchangeably, it’s essential to know that there are two different types of hemp oil. CBD is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of industrial hemp plants. If your skin care product is made with hemp seed oil, you are not likely to achieve your desired results. Although hemp seed oil is often used in skincare products, the oil, cold-pressed from the seeds of the plant, does not contain CBD.


  1. Research Gate. M Emerald et al. (2016 April) Perspective of Natural Products in Skin Care.
  2. CNN. (2019 June 03) How Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics Influenced Our Beauty Rituals.
  3. Cosmetics (2018 August 19) The Uses of Plants in Skin-Care Products, Cosmetics and Fragrances: Past and Present.
  4. Treehugger. (2014 June 23) Everything You Need to Know About Natural Skin Care.
  5. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2013) Skin Aging: Natural Weapons and Strategies.
  6. Cosmetics. (2015 April 10) Main Benefits and Applicability of Plant Extracts In Skin Care Products.
  7. Molecular Science. (2018 January 19) Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils.
  8. Mademoiselle Organic (2019 December 14) Dirty Secrets About the Environmental Impacts of the Cosmetic and Skincare Industries.


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