Why is Dr. Andrea Alimonti’s science different?
All “serious” science, including anti-aging science, stems from international collaborative efforts that involve the best laboratories at key universities around the world: true advances in anti-aging science are published by peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Andrea Alimonti is the leading scientist on the cutting edge of anti-aging medicine. While many skincare companies promote scientific evidence for their anti-aging claims, the truth is that the research done by the cosmetic industry is texture and fragrance related, based on “trade secrets” with no scientific weight, rarely going beyond well-conceived marketing gimmicks.
What are Natural Inhibitors of Senescence (NIS)?
Dr. Andrea Alimonti discovered that certain plant extracts, named Natural Inhibitors of Senescence (NIS), can prolong the lifespan of human cells by inhibiting cellular senescence. In other words, these plants and their extracts significantly slow the aging process. Active principles are extracted from plants with 100% natural methods—by infusion in organic extra-virgin olive oil, extraction in 100% vegetable organic glycerin, and through steam extraction.
The most powerful among all NIS is the extract of salvia haenkei, also known as prawn sage, a key patented ingredient present in all Bottega Organica products.
Why is it important to use natural/organic skincare products?
Over 60% of what we apply to our skin is potentially absorbed into the bloodstream. This is why at Bottega Organica we absolutely avoid all synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients in our products. Anything you apply to your skin enters your body, and year after year, the harmful substances will damage your organs, including your skin. Most people are careful about what they eat – there is a natural tendency towards organic food, avoiding synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients, such as preservatives, artificial flavoring and coloring agents, and of course foods contaminated with pesticides – now we know we must be just as careful about what we put on our skin. The January 28, 2015 PLOS ONE article on the effects of additives commonly used by the cosmetic industry showed that these ingredients induce early menopause: in a tragic paradox women are sold anti-aging products that not only don’t work but instead actually accelerate aging, with all of the related health consequences. While no one should unnecessarily be exposed to toxins, this elementary precaution is even more relevant for expecting and nursing mothers.
How do I use Bottega Organica products?
Although the general preference is to use serums and mists during the day and oils or balms at night, all products can be used day or night and layered, lighter products first. We recommend you to wash with warm water and our cleansing oil, hydrate with a mist, give yourself an anti-aging boost with a serum, and finally, nourish your skin with a facial oil or face formula. If you have any specific questions about usage, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All our products are suitable for all skin types.
Are your facial oils suitable for oily skin?
Absolutely. Facial oils help cleanse and then regulate pore-clogging sebum, the skin congesting opponent to clear skin. Our oil-based products (oils, balms, scrubs) deliver moisture and radiance without residue, giving the skin that lit-from-within warmth and radiant glow.
Why is olive oil good for my skin?
Aside from effectively and safely delivering Natural Inhibitors of Senescence, olive oil is extremely rich in unique anti-aging ingredients (such as polyphenols, alpha-tocopherols, oleocanthal) and can immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Olive oil has been used for skincare for thousands of years, until adulterated industrial olive oils, ineffective and potentially damaging for the skin, invaded global markets. While a very rare find, pure Ligurian olive oil from Monocultivar Taggiasca is the most effective rejuvenating skincare oil. At Bottega Organica, we produce our own olive oil to ensure its absolute purity.
Can you explain the price point of your products?
The high price point is related to two main aspects: 1) A very rigorous production process that involves top quality ingredients, many sourced from our farms and formulated in the absolute absence of synthetic additives or preservatives and 2) The ongoing collaborative top-notch university-level research that ensures state-of-the-art anti-aging natural activity in every product.
What makes Bottega Organica different from other organic product lines?
- Our 100% natural formulas are made with the purest ingredients enriched with Natural Inhibitors of Senescence (NIS). Increasing skin exposure to NIS increases the cellular lifespan and maintains the skin in a youthful state: serums, oils, balms, mists and scrubs all contain NIS.
- We choose to limit the number of ingredients in our products, favoring science, effectiveness and natural purity. All listed ingredients are harvested in our Bottega Organica or upstate New York farm, certified organic from known growers, or are natural components of organic essential oils.
- Our products are free from synthetic fragrances, dyes, flavors or preservatives. Our products are 100% vegetarian and organic. We never use synthetic ingredients.
Do any of your products provide sun protection?
Our products do not contain sunscreen ingredients. Our products are best used to help your cells repair the skin from damages produced by environmental factors, including UVA and UVB rays. Seek the shade during those warm hours!
What if I have a reaction to a product?
There may be occasional cases of intolerance or true allergy to any of the ingredients, including plants, fruits and the essential oil components. In our experience, reactions have occurred in less than 1% of users and all have been mild and resolved completely without treatment. Always check the ingredient list beforehand to see if there are any plants or fruits that you may be allergic to, as you would do before eating the same ingredients. If you have an allergic reaction, wash off the product with water and call your doctor if symptoms don’t go away.
Because you don’t use preservatives, how do you keep the products fresh?
For all our products, we choose our ingredients very carefully in order to achieve optimal performance, ideally on several different levels. The products have a high concentration of anti-microbial plants that both help the skin and maintain the integrity of the product. For example, rosemary, lavender, and prawn sage are excellent ingredients for supporting and rejuvenating the skin, but they are also a fantastic natural preservative. Olive oil is also a wonderful natural preservative, very rich in antioxidants. We also decided to house the products in MIRON glass, which preserves the formulas and extends their shelf life.
Some of your products contain linalool, citronellol, citral, geraniol, and limonene – can you explain these ingredients?
These ingredients are not added to our products — they are naturally contained in steam-extracted essential oils. They are listed among the ingredients in compliance with international regulations on the listing of cosmetic ingredients (INCI). They are natural allergens and may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
What is the shelf life of your products?
We are serious about our "100% natural" concept. 100% natural, to us, means that our ingredients come *directly* from nature and are extracted only through our Ligurian farm-grown olive oil, organic plant glycerin, or through steam.
Because of our commitment to nature and purity, the shelf life of our products is often shorter than most beauty products on the market. The reason is simple: our products are truly natural and do not contain any synthetic ingredients.
Shelf life, unopened:
For oils, balms, scrubs - 3 years
For serums, mists, dual actions, creams - 2 years
Shelf life, after opening (PAO):
For oils, balms, scrubs - 12 months
For serums, mists, dual actions, creams - 2 months
Do you test on animals?
Are your products vegan?
Oils, serums and mists are 100% vegan: they are made only from plants and fruits.
Creams, balms and scrubs contain ethically harvested and organic beeswax, in addition to plants and fruits, and therefore, these products are vegetarian, but are not vegan.
Are your products gluten-free?
Where do you source your ingredients?
We produce olive oil from our own olives. We personally tend to the cultivation of prawn sage and other key medicinal herbs. Many of the key medicinal herbs in our formulas grow wild on the uncontaminated land of our Ligurian (Italy) and Chatham (New York) farms. All harvesting is done without synthetic pesticides and without synthetic fertilizers.
All plant ingredients that do not come from our farm are sourced from Italian, French or US farms that abide by our same strict rules and are certified organic. We carefully research and personally meet all ingredient providers: that is why we tend to source from providers not too far from our production sites, in Italy and New York. The sourcing for each ingredient for all products is specified on the ingredient list printed on the product box.
Where do you source your packaging?
Glass containers are made in Holland. The very dark violet glass is crucial for complete sunlight block, allowing improved natural preservation of our 100% natural ingredients.
The paper for boxes and brochures is up-cycled from orange peel, while the 100% vegetable ink is made from soybeans.