Who are Botanics?

Botanics Unearths Better. For people & the planet. 

 

Born in the heart of England in 1995 by heritage apothecary Boots, Botanics was created with the pioneering vision of creating natural, plant-powered products that don’t cost the earth. And to protect the earth as we do it. 

 

Fast forward to 2020 and our passion is still plants. They power everything we do. We challenge perceptions of what’s possible, unearthing the most powerful extracts to create natural solutions that really work; to enhance your skin & your wellbeing. All without compromise, to pursue a better tomorrow.

 

Here at Botanics, we believe in “Clear Beauty” and are committed to being fully transparent about our products & business practises. That’s why we will be releasing a full CSR report, every Earth Month in April, to share our progress and steps taken to achieve our CSR goals. We believe in progress not perfection so if we need to do better, we’ll admit it & let you know how. 

 

We’re all on this journey and together, we can Unearth Better.

Where can I buy Botanics products?

Botanics products are sold in the following regions and retailers:

 

• UK: Boots stores nationwide and online at Boots.com
• USA:
• Selected Walgreens stores and online at Walgreens.com
• Selected Target stores and online at Target.com
• Selected Ulta stores and online at Ulta.com
• Thailand: Selected Boots stores and online at www.th.boots.com
• Chile: Selected Farmacias Ahumada stores
• Norway: Selected Boots Apotek stores
• Netherlands: Selected Boots Apotek stores
• The Gulf: Selected Boots stores

 

We are always looking for new partners to make Botanics even more accessible so follow us on Instagram for updates on new launches.
 

Are Botanics product sold in China?

No. At Botanics we’re proud to stand against animal testing and until China changes its stance on this for imported cosmetic and beauty products we will not launch Botanics in China.

Is Botanics cruelty-free?

Botanics are 100% cruelty free and against animal testing. With an impressive list of ethical credentials already under our belt, all of our skincare and beauty products have now been approved under the Cruelty Free International ‘Leaping Bunny’ programme.

 

The ‘Leaping Bunny’ is a globally recognised gold standard for cruelty free beauty products that goes above and beyond legal requirements.

 

It is the only internationally recognised cruelty free license that requires a supplier monitoring system to be implemented by the brand.

 

The supply chain is checked for any sign of animal testing right down to ingredient manufacture level, so our customers are safe in the knowledge that the legitimacy of any cruelty free claim is genuine.

Are Botanics 100% vegan?

All Botanics products are suitable for Vegetarians. However, 5 of our products contain Beeswax and are therefore not suitable for Vegans. Our ambition is to be fully vegan by 2023 and all new product launches from 2020 will be Vegan.

 

The products that are not suitable for Vegans are: 

  • Organic Hydrating Eye Cream
  • Organic Cleansing Balm
  • Organic Super Balm
  • Organic Day Cream
  • Mens Organic Moisturiser

Is your packaging 100% recyclable?

Where possible, we use fully recyclable packaging that has been sustainably sourced. We also use an average of 25% PCR (post-consumer recycled) materials in our packaging to minimise plastic going to landfill and polluting the environment.

We are doing everything we can to improve the sustainability of our packaging including increasing the percentage of PCR materials in our packaging as well as the recyclability. Our ambition is to have 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 but are making progress to achieve this earlier. 

We are in the process of updating our platforms to ensure full transparency on recyclability by product. For queries in the meantime, please contact us directly.

What are Botanics doing to act on minimising plastics?

We already include 25% post-consumer recycled material in our plastic packaging, but we know we need to do more. We are doing everything we can to improve the sustainability of our packaging including increasing the percentage of PCR materials in our packaging as well as the recyclability. Our ambition is to have 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 but are making progress to achieve this earlier.

 

In addition, we do not use any carbon black ink to colour our plastic packaging, as this cannot be detected in the recycling process.

 

All of our paper and board is also 100% responsibly sourced and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
 

What is the Power of Plants?

The power of plants is Botanics’ central philosophy that inspires everything we do. We have explored the earth to select the best botanicals & ingredients, for healthier looking skin that’s nurtured by nature.

 

Not only are plants proven to enhance your skin but they have been used by civilisations for millennia to enhance mind, body & soul. That’s why we are committed to using the power of plants in your skincare rituals and beyond to help you achieve a better balance in life.

 

Many of our products are powered by adaptogen & ayurvedic ingredients. Used for thousands of years, these plants have both physical & mental wellbeing benefits that help promote balance in this manic modern world. We use these ancient practises to provide tips, tricks & education to help everyone lead a healthier lifestyle.

 

Most of all, we believe in eco-therapy, spending time outdoors in nature to achieve balance and enhance your physical & mental wellbeing. We inspire everyone to get outdoors and to get green-fingered at home. So we can all have a better tomorrow.

 

Check out our ingredients page to learn more about what our plants can do for your skin, mind & soul. https://www.botanics.co.uk/ingredients

Are plant extracts really that effective?

Absolutely. Our scientific partnership with leading Botanists ensures that the extracts chosen are of the quality expected, contain the correct compounds and are of the right levels to deliver the claims and benefits. All products in the Botanics’ range are tested on humans for efficacy* and we only ever launch products that we love and use ourselves. 

 

* Efficacy: the ability to produce a desired or intended result.

Where does Botanics source their plant extracts from?

Botanics works with world leading Botanists to source extracts that are, powerful, efficient and sustainably sourced. Below are details of each range and its key extract.


• All Bright – Hibiscus: the flowers are sustainably sourced from Africa

• Organic – Rosehip: Harvested from organic, cultivated crops high up in the Andes, Chile

• Hydration Burst – Clary Sage: Sustainably sourced in North Eastern Spain

• Shine Away – Willowbark: Harvested from the cultivated Black Willow tree grown in the Eastern Part of North America

• Radiant Youth – Ginkgo: Harvested from cultivated trees in Northern China’s Mu Shan Reserve

• Triple Age Renewal – Purple Orchid: Grown in Belgium, the extract is obtained using a method that protects endangered species

• Mediterranean Eden – Orange Blossom: Distilled from petals that grow on orange trees in Southern France
 

Does Botanics source its ingredients sustainably?

Botanics are 100% cruelty-free and against animal testing. With an impressive list of ethical credentials already under our belt, all of our skincare and beauty products have now been approved under the Cruelty Free International ‘Leaping Bunny’ programme.

 

The ‘Leaping Bunny’ is a globally recognised gold standard for cruelty free beauty products that goes above and beyond legal requirements. It is the only internationally recognised cruelty free license that requires a supplier monitoring system to be implemented by the brand. The supply chain is checked for any sign of animal testing right down to ingredient manufacture level, so our customers are safe in the knowledge that the legitimacy of any cruelty free claim is genuine.

 

All Botanics products are suitable for vegetarians, with all but five of our products suitable for vegans – these five products contain Organic beeswax. As pioneers of Organic beauty, our Organic franchise uses a minimum of 80% Organic ingredients. The remaining content of non-Organic ingredients are used to keep our products the way you love them.

 

We only use only the highest quality efficacious plant extracts that are sustainably sourced and fully traceable from around the world.

 

Are Botanics’ products ethically sourced?

All of the raw ingredients we use are traceable back to the last country of manufacture, and we are committed to building transparent, trusting relationships with our growers and farmers, ensuring that the quality of our ingredients is as high as possible. Our preferred suppliers are those who deliver consistency, with known origin and proven efficacy. We are passionate about upholding human rights for our workers and suppliers. Due to the transparency and traceability that we demand from our supply chain, we are able to monitor the manufacturing environment so that we can enforce fair working conditions and protect the communities who support us.


We are proud to say that we are constantly working to improve our impact on the environment. Waste reduction and climate action are of utmost importance to us and wherever possible, we endeavour to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment at every step of the product journey.

Do Botanics products contain fragrances?

We add fragrance to some of our formulations to enhance the overall experience and contribute to a more mindful skincare regime. These however are added at very low levels to avoid any skin irritations. Below are the fragrances in each of our ranges as well as a list of products that are fragrance free:

 

Organic 

An essential oil blend made of a blend of lemon, bergamot and geranium. 

The 100% Organic Overnight Facial Oil has a calming essential oil blend of lavender, geranium and chamomile.  

Fragrance-free:

  • Toning Spritz
  • Hydrating Eye Cream
  • Super Balm

 

All Bright

Fragranced with synthetic hibiscus 

Fragrance-free: 

  • Cleansing Facial Wipes
  • Soothing Eye Make-up Remover
  • Refreshing Eye Roll-on
  • Cleansing Toner
  • Micellar Cleansing Solution

 
Simply Calm

An essential oil blend of mandarin orange peel, lavender and rosemary

The Overnight Mask has a unique essential oil blend including lavender, mandarin, rosemary and clove

 

Mens 

Normal & Oily Skin products fragranced with synthetic willow bark 

Organic Moisturiser is fragranced with cedarwood essential oil

Sensitive Moisturiser is fragrance-free

 

Shine Away

Synthetically fragranced

Fragrance-free:

  • Ionic Clay Mask
  • Cleansing Toner

 

Hydration Burst

Synthetically fragranced

Fragrance-free:

  • 3-in-1 Micellar Cleanser

 
Radiant Youth

An essential oil blend of tagetes flower & Chinese weeping cypress

Fragrance-free:

  • The Refining Microdermabrasion Polish 

 
Triple Age Renewal

Synthetically fragranced

Fragrance-free:

  • Eye Correction Serum

Are Botanics products suitable for all skin types?

We formulate our ranges to be suitable for all skin types where possible, and select our ingredients to target specific skin conditions so that healthier looking skin is achievable for all.

 

All Bright
Skin type: Normal*
Skin condition: Dull 
Powered by hibiscus to brighten dull skin and supercharge your glow
*Hibiscus contains naturally-derived AHAs which can cause irritation if you have extremely dry or sensitive skin. Always work up to daily use and use daily SPF to minimise sun damage.

 

Organic
Skin type: All
Skin condition: Dry 
Powered by rosehip to deeply nourish dry & dehydrated skin

 

Simply Calm 
Skin type: All
Skin condition: Stressed 
Powered by cannabis sativa seed oil to help calm stressed skin

 

Mens
Our Mens skincare range contains moisturisers for normal, oily, dry and sensitive skin. 

Are Botanics products safe?

We champion clean beauty and are 100% transparent with the sourcing of the ingredients that we use, and all raw products are traceable back to the last country of manufacture. This means that at any step along the product journey, we can be confident that not only the quality of ingredients meets our high standards, but we can also closely monitor our environmental and social impact.


Any chemicals used in Botanics products are clearly displayed on our packaging and meet the requirements of our parent company’s (Walgreens Boots Alliance) global Restricted Substances List. Boots and Walgreens have the safety of their consumers and the environment at the heart of everything that they do. Both have grown from a pharmaceutical heritage and have long-established expertise in retailing, while Boots also adds unrivalled manufacturing expertise. Our HQ’s chemicals experts use these multi-sector credentials to clearly identify and understand the safety impact that some chemicals may have and keep exceptionally close control of those that are used in our products.

Are Botanics products organic?

Our Organic range, with products such as cleansers, toners and moisturisers, contains a minimum of 80% certified organic ingredients. Some products like our facial oils are 100% Organic. You can find the exact percentage of organic content and ingredients detailed on our product pages. 

Are Botanics products in the Organic Range 100% organic?

There are two products within the Organic Range which are 100% Organic. The Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz and Botanics Facial Oil.

 

The rest of our Organic franchise have a minimum of 80% Organic ingredients.

What is the difference between organic and natural?

Organic materials are produced in a way that minimises impact on the environment and maximises the essential nature of the source. Plants are grown with controlled use of a limited number of pesticides and fertilisers, using natural ones where possible. Post cultivation, materials are processed to the minimum extent necessary to their intended purpose, using traditional techniques where possible.


Natural ingredients are cosmetic ingredients obtained only from plants, animals, microbiological, or mineral origin. Natural materials occur in nature, but unlike organic ones are not necessarily manufactured and handled in accordance with the methods above.
 

Do Botanics use any toxic ingredients?

All raw ingredients are approved for cosmetics use and all products have been assessed by safety experts to ensure they’re safe and suitable for their intended application.

Are Botanics products dermatologically* tested?

Yes, all products are dermatologically tested.

*Dermatologically tested means that the products have been tested on human skin

Are Botanics products suitable for people with nut allergies?

Some Botanics products may contain Almond Oil, however this will be clearly marked on the packaging. We cannot guarantee that our products have not come into contact with nuts they are not manufactured in a nut free factory. As allergies vary from person to person we recommend that customers speak to their General Practitioner (GP) first if they have any concerns.

Do Botanics products contain alcohol?

Yes, some of our products do contain alcohol. Alcohol acts as a product protectant in order to avoid adding additional preservatives.

 

Products that do contain alcohol are listed below:

 

All Bright

  • Hydrating Day Cream
  • Cleansing Toner

Organic

  • Softening Cleanser
  • Hydrating Day Cream
  • Hydrating Eye Cream
  • Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz

Shine Away

  • Cleansing Toner – US & ROW only
  • Mattifying Day Cream SPF15 – US & ROW only
  • Invigorating Face Scrub – US & ROW only

Triple Age Renewal

  • Soothing Facial Oil – US only

Do any Botanics products contain parabens?

No, all Botanics products are formulated without parabens, however Botanics does use other proven, effective preservation systems to ensure product preservation and efficacy.
 

Preservatives are essential in safeguarding the quality and safety of cosmetic products. Without them, bacteria, "germs" and other harmful organisms could develop in products leading to product deterioration and serious safety issues. Without preservatives, many cosmetic products would quickly deteriorate or spoil after opening and would be unsafe for our customers while they are being used.
 

Are there any silicone ingredients in the Botanics products?

We use silicones in a few of our products as they are used to improve the feel, appearance and performance of skincare products.

Is petroleum used in any of the Botanics products?

No. Botanics products have been formulated without mineral and oil derivatives, instead we use suitable alternative ingredients.

Do Botanics products contain palm oil? If so where is it sourced from?

We do not use palm oil as an ingredient in any of our formulations, however our products may contain ingredients that are derived from palm oil.

 

Botanics is proud to use only certified sustainable palm oil ingredients that meet the environmental and social criteria set by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) with the target to increasingly move to physical Supply Chain Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (SCCSPO) in the future.

Are wipes biodegradable?

Yes our All Bright wipes are made with biodegradable fibres, but should not ever be flushed.

Is packaging for wipes recyclable?

At the moment Wipes packaging isn’t recyclable in the UK but we are looking into a way to help overcome this.

Why doesn’t Botanics offer a family of products for sensitive skin?

Unfortunately there are no guarantees that products within our range will be suitable for everyone. However, it’s dry or dehydrated skin that can most often feel sensitive. That’s why we’ve formulated our Hydration Burst to particularly soothe, dry and dehydrated sensitive skin. The formula of the range is extremely light weight so it can also be used on normal or oil skin types.

Are Botanics products safe to use in pregnancy?

All Botanics products have been tested and assessed to ensure that they are safe for their intended use, however we have not carried out any testing on pregnant women. If you have any specific questions we would recommend that you speak to your midwife or GP.