About us

Our Story

This is the story of a little seed with a lot of power.  It helps care for our skin, the communities who harvest it, and the planet we live on.

The Sacha Inchi plant grows in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.  It is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, and one of the most threatened.  

Seeds from the Sacha Inchi plant have been consumed by the Peruvian Amazonians for thousands of years, but it has only recently been discovered just how good they are for us. These remarkable seeds contain the highest concentration of Omega Oil of any known plant source – in particular Omega 3 – an essential nutrient for brain, heart and skin health that our bodies cannot produce. Sacha Inchi seeds contain 90% Omega Fatty Acids, 54% of which is Omega 3, while also offering high levels of protein and Vitamin E.

After starting her family in 2009, Kristy Cimesa, founder of skincare and spa brand Elemental Herbology was disillusioned with the family skincare offer.

Skincare marketed for families as ‘natural’ was often misleading, containing little more than mineral oil with negligible amounts of botanicals. This felt to Kristy as such a travesty, as Mineral Oil is a synthetic petrochemical (a by-product of petroleum production) and the cheapest skincare filler available on the market. It wraps the skin in a ‘film’ and doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, resulting in impaired skin cell function and irritating the dermis. Certainly Mineral Oil should not appear in the ‘natural’ skincare section, yet it has seemingly slipped under the radar in the guise of a ‘natural’ ingredient.

On the other hand, while 100% natural, plant oil formulations were readily available through premium retailers they were not accessible nor widely available at an affordable price, and certainly not at a price you would consider smothering your child in, day in, day out!

For many years, Kristy had been using Sacha Inchi Seed Oil in Elemental Herbology’s skincare range and was enamoured by the story and efficacy of this oil. Sacha Inchi is indigenous to the Amazon and is the Earth’s richest plant source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 and now the subject of a sustainable and fair-trade program in Peru which directly benefits the farmers of the Peruvian Amazonia. However, it was when Kristy started to use Sacha Inchi on her baby son Noah’s eczema and was so astounded by the immediate improvement she literally had a ‘light bulb’ moment.

Aware of the importance of Omegas on our skin, next to Sacha Inchi oil Kristy added other Omega rich oils such as Argan, Rosehip, Avocado and Olive Oil to create a unique blend with outstanding skin penetration and a beautiful scent. Kristy then set about trialling the oil on her friends and family on everything from dry skin, to sunburn and wrinkles, chicken pox scars, cradle cap and nappy rash and every time, it made astonishing improvements.

Inspired, Kristy partnered with friend Hannah Becker and set about with the aim of launching the most Omega rich, multi-purpose, specialist skincare product on the market and one that was both 100% natural and affordable so it could be used by the whole family.

Two years after launching, Omega Oil is stocked in over 1000 pharmacies, health food stores and supermarkets  across the UK with new stockists joining us daily in our mission to provide the very best natural family skincare on the market.

Our commitment

Ethical and sustainable skincare, 100% free from any nasties and delivering honest and genuine results.

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Our environment

All Botanico Vida products are ethically sourced and sustainable. We know the entire supply chain of every ingredient. We work directly with farming communities that actively nurture the environments where they work, and the people they employ.

Our products are registered with Cruelty Free International and The Vegan Society and we use Fair Trade Association and Eco-certified ingredients.

We use FSC certified card in all our packaging and 100% recyclable PET free plastic bottles. We are moving to Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic in 2020.

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Our customers

We have extensively tested Omega Oil to ensure it does everything it says on the box and is not full of false claims. Omega Oil is a safe, natural, hypo-allergically tested alternative for a huge variety of specialist skincare issues.

Suitable for all skin types, use with babies and children, on sensitive skin and during pregnancy.

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Our product quality

Botanico Vida never uses cheap fillers such as mineral oil and glycols, synthetic fragrance and colours, parabens, PEGs or sulphates.

Everything we produce is a genuinely natural, therapeutic product with authentic and honest claims. 

Why every purchase counts

Every purchase of Omega Oil directly contributes to reforestation of the Amazon and improving the lives of those living in the Peruvian Amazonia.

The Bioactive Sacha Inchi oil in all of Botanico Vida’s products comes from Peru’s OMEGA Project. The OMEGA Project was established in 2001 by the Peruvian government with the aim of respecting the environment and Amazonian farmers’ quality of life.

The project aims to reforest 20,000 hectares of the Amazon with indigenous Sacha Inchi, native trees and indigenous food and medicinal plants. This project will create 8,000 new direct or indirect jobs in farming, industry and services. So far, fifty-five farmers’ associations, twenty-five collection centers and one unit for oil production have been created.

To help this exceptional project achieve their goal every bottle of Botanico Vida's Omega Oil contains 15% of Bioactive Sacha Inchi Oil so that every purchase of Omega Oil directly impacts the viability of the Omega Project and the reforestation of the Amazon. 

Our Ingredients

Brimming with Antioxidants, Essential Amino Acids and nourishing Vitamins, our ingredients include some of the Earth’s richest sources of Omegas 3, 6 and 9, all vital for our bodies to build and renew skin.

Everything in our products is completely natural, and every company we work with adheres to standards of sustainability and ethical production.  We source organic ingredients wherever available and over 70% of our ingredients are organic.

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Bioactive Sacha Inchi 

The Sacha Inchi plant grows in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, and one of the most threatened. Seeds from the Sacha Inchi plant have been consumed by the Peruvian Amazonians for thousands of years, but it has only recently been discovered just how good they are for us. These remarkable seeds contain the highest concentration of Omega Oil of any known plant source – in particular Omega 3 – an essential nutrient for brain, heart and skin health that our bodies cannot produce.

We source our Sacha Inchi oil from the Omega project, in Peru. Sacha Inchi is planted on land destroyed by modern agriculture and is farmed organically and sustainably. The Omega project has helped support the creation of 8000 jobs in the Peruvian Amazonia and contributes to the reforestation of up to 20,000 hectares of land. Every purchase of Omega Oil helps the Omega Project to protect the rainforest and the livelihood of thousands of people living in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Rosehip

The School of Chemistry and Pharmacology in Chile demonstrated that Rosehip Oil effectively reduced and minimised scars and rejuvenated the skin in almost 200 patients who had scars resulting from surgery, burns and other conditions causing premature ageing. Another rich source of Omegas 3 and 6, Rosehip Oil is the only vegetable that contains natural Tretinoin – the acid form of vitamin A that replenishes and rebuilds skin. Rosehip Oil also contains vitamins C and A to help minimise the appearance of wrinkles. Sourced from the Patagonia region of Chile, our Rosehip Oil is cold-pressed, organic and harvested from abundant wild populations of roses that require no fertilisers or pesticides.

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Argan

Native to the semi-desert region of south-western Morocco, Argan trees produce a nutrient-rich seed, the kernel of which is cold pressed to release an oil packed with Omegas 6 and 9, plus nourishing Vitamin E. Our Argan Oil is organic, fair-trade, eco-certified and sustainable. It comes from a women’s cooperative in Morocco which has been instrumental in improving the financial and social position of local Berber women.

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Avocado

In addition to its high Omega content, Avocado Oil is rich in Potassium, Magnesium, Folate and Phytosterols and multiple Antioxidants. Our Organic Soil Association approved Avocado Oil comes from fruits grown in Australia. They’re cold pressed and then naturally refined with a proprietary low-heat process, which protects the nutrients and the delicate Fatty Acids.

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Olive

Our organic Olive Oil is extremely nutrient rich and contains three major Antioxidants – Vitamin E, Polyphenols, and Phytosterols – which help protect the skin from premature ageing and rejuvenate cells after sun damage.

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Sunflower

Our Sunflower Seed Oil is organically grown and cold-pressed. It is high in Omega oils antioxidants like Vitamin E, making it extremely nourishing for the skin while helping to protect against oxidative damage. It also has wonderful emollient properties and absorbs rapidly.

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Coconut

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, antifungal and is intensively moisturising. It can penetrate the skin much faster than other oils and absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue.

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Calendula

Calendula has been used as a healing herb since the time of the ancient Greeks. Anti-inflammatory and extremely soothing for sensitive skin, Calendula helps to accelerate wound healing and tissue regeneration for minor cuts, grazes and burns.

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Mandarin & Grapefruit

High in Vitamin E, Mandarin Oil can help protect the skin from environmental pollution and sun damage, and has excellent moisturising properties. However, it also brings a delicate, fresh citrus aroma to Botanico Vida’s products.

Grapefruit Oil is naturally high in Antioxidants and has antiseptic and astringent properties – helping to balance sebum production and limit bacterial growth in the skin.

Our Partners

We are proud to be affiliated with organisations making a difference around the world, and to call them our partners in creating products that are sustainable, fairly traded and free of cruelty.  

We are also proud that our product and packaging is manufactured in the UK from recyclable materials. 

Our product is 73% organic and the majority of our ingredients are Fair-Trade certified. We source the very best quality ingredients available, with the highest environmental credentials.