As an innovative producer of plant extracts, Botanica is continuously expanding its range of products. A vast pool of interesting plants is available for use in cosmetics. We process these plants further in a way that preserves their beneficial properties and we have a range of extraction methods at our disposal for doing this.
Plant extracts as natural products are multi-component mixtures and contain a range of substances. To date, little research has been carried out in the botanical world regarding the actual substances that plants contain. We already know of the primary marker compounds or substance groups in some plants. From this knowledge, Botanica has developed the Extractive® range of plant extracts, in each of which a substance group or marker compound is specified.
Botanica has developed a gentle process by which extracts can be provided in the form of concentrates. We use ten times the quantity of plant material compared with “standard extracts” to produce the ‘C’ G concentrates. This provides the following benefits:
- Higher substance concentration
- A more attractive price/performance ratio
- Less packaging
- Lower transport costs
- Lower storage volumes
- Easy to incorporate the liquid extract
Botanica has developed an interesting range of extracts based on water as carrier material. Known as water distillates, these are obtained using a gentle distillation method. Sodium benzoate, a substance approved for use in natural cosmetics, is used as a preservative. The INCI name given is fruit water or leaf water, depending on the plant component that is used.
Switzerland, known as the ‘water tower’ of Europe, boasts a large number of interesting bodies of water, thanks to its extraordinary geology. Freshly tapped from the source, we process it into one of our exclusive plant extracts, or provide it to you as pure water. There are some very different histories behind each of our bodies of water and their origins are as varied as Switzerland itself.
The global environmental crisis and economic constraints call for a rethinking of the collection, treatment and recovery of waste and by-products. Smart traceability helps consumers reduce waste. New equipment is being developed to better balance needs and respectful consumption. Co-raw materials are those raw materials which for various reasons are secondary raw materials of our suppliers and are recycled by Botanica.
The region of Entlebuch lies in central Switzerland between Bern and Lucerne. Since 2001, this region has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and has featured a regional nature park since 2008. Botanica has commenced a partnership with a herb growers’ cooperative consisting of 15 local producers and farmers, and the crops are grown in the mountainous areas of the Entlebuch region. The various herbal tea leaves are grown and dried in a way that protects the crops as much as possible while reproducing their natural environment, which guarantees high quality. Botanica processes the herbs into various extracts.
Botanica has developed a new product list with extracts which Botanica calls “completed”. In each case, several parts of a plant (e.g., leaf, flower, root, juice, etc.) are used for extraction. This produces extracts in which the various ingredients of a plant are reunited.
Flavonoids are members of the polyphenol group (secondary plant substances) and also include anthocyanins (natural colours). Flavonoids are widespread in the plant kingdom and therefore also occur in foodstuffs. Among other things they possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A number of flavonoid-rich plants are also used in medicine. Flavonoids are predominantly water soluble and therefore undetectable in oil soluble carrier materials.
Mushrooms are so-called "eukaryotic" organisms and in addition to plants and animals form an independent kingdom. Botanica has compiled a new list of raw materials with different mushrooms, which can be ordered with different carriers.
Milks & emulsions
Milky products of animal origin are called milk, other products are called emulsions. Milk is a white, turbid mixture of proteins, lactose and milk fat in water. Emulsions are based, for example, on lecithin, an emulsifier that helps to mix insoluble liquids such as water and oil. Milky mixtures reflect light and scatter in all directions. Our eye perceives these reflexes as white.