Brand Breakdown: Is Botnia a Clean Beauty Brand?

Discover if Botnia is actually a clean beauty brand and if we would recommend them based on their ingredient breakdown.

Background on Botnia

Botnia was founded by Justine Kahn on February 13, 2017. Justine is the creative force, the formulator, and esthetician behind Botnia – a woman of many hats! Her story began about twenty years ago, while working as an esthetician. She discovered the need for individualized skincare solutions, as unique as our fingerprints. This revelation ignited a passion for understanding skin’s complexities and nature’s nurturing secrets. Out of this passion, Botnia was born. 

Is Botnia as clean as they claim to be? We reviewed the brand to find out. 

How we Rank the Brand

Green Heart – We approve of this brand’s products and they contain zero known toxins.

Yellow Heart – We approve of most ingredients in this brand’s products, they might contain some toxins or known allergies. 

Red Heart – We suggest you proceed with caution and limit your exposure and use to this brand’s products as there are toxins present.

Ingredients of Botnia

Botnia states, “Quality and effectiveness are everything. We make 100% of our skincare products in-house in our own lab in Sausalito, CA, following Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards to ensure cleanliness, safety, and quality control. Making our own raw ingredients gives us complete control over quality and purity. We believe that transparency and trust are essential, and we are committed to being honest about what goes into our products and where they come from. Our in-house lab is just one of the many ways we ensure trust. Our products are handcrafted with care and precision.”

Botnia also claims,  “Every ingredient that we use is carefully chosen to illuminate your natural beauty. By harnessing the nourishing power of plants, our products repair and soothe, nurturing the long-term health of your body’s largest organ.”

Below you will see a snapshot of their Gentle Cleanser.


Breaking Down the Ingredients

Botnia overall does an excellent job at maintaining integrity and providing quality ingredients in their products.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a detergent and surfactant and can cause irritation in some. It is used to reduce static in the formulation and condition the skin & hair while increasing the foaming action.  This chemical earned “Allergen of the Year” in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. It’s also a suspected environmental toxin.

Heavy Metals /PFAS

Based on their website, they do not provide any information regarding the testing for heavy metals.

Going Beyond Beauty


Botnia believes in reducing waste and being sustainable. All of their packaging is fully sustainable with 100% plastic-free options. Their boxes are made of end-of-the-line compostable cardboard, and insert cards are printed on recyclable paper. 

Giving Back

At this time it does not look like Botnia gives back through a non-profit or partner with any non-profit organizations. 

Cruelty- Free/ Vegan 

Botnia products are cruelty-free but not vegan. 

Certified Organic

Botnia is not certified organic but use organic ingredients when possible.

Where is it Manufactured

All Botnia products are made in their in-house lab in Sausalito, Ca.

Parent Company

Botnia is not owned by a parent company.

Final Rating:

Botnia is a fantastic brand! A lot of spa and salons on our site use Botnia at they are a holistic powershouse for skincare. Bontia provides wholesale as well as retail which makes it easy for someone who would love to continue their relaxing facial from spa to home. Their ingredients are pure and we love that.

We would recommend this Brand!

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