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7.26.2016

Bottega Organica Delivers The Best Of Farm-To-Face Skincare

Bottega Organica
In a world full of fickle beauty trends, Bottega Organica wants to establish themselves as a classic, and their brand is known for uncompromising quality, meticulous craftmanship and cutting-edge research. They are spearheading the farm-to-face skincare movement by harvesting and processing all their organically-grown ingredients in their farms in Italy and New York, and their products are free of preservatives, fragrances, dyes or petroleum derivatives.

Bottega OrganicaBottega Organica's farms in Italy and New York
[Credit: Bottega Organica]

Their formulations are simple yet sophisticated, with their signature prawn sage extract infused in their Ligurian extra virgin olive oil as the foundation for all their oils, balms and soaps. Every ingredient is chosen to work synergistically for optimal performance, with a high concentration of naturally anti-microbial plants that are beneficial to the skin while maintaining the integrity of the product.  The products are also housed in Miron glass, which preserves the formulas and extends their shelf life. 

I had reviewed some of their bodycare products in an earlier post, but I have been waiting to test their skincare over a longer period of time to determine how well they worked for me. I was gifted the Extra-Nourishing Face Formula by the brand, and later decided to order the Eye Illuminate Cream after reading rave reviews.
Bottega OrganicaExtra-Nourishing Face Formula ($78.00 for 0.5 oz / 15 ml)
The Extra-Nourishing Face Formula is unlike anything I have ever tried before. An interesting hybrid of a moisturizer, a mask and a balm and a face oil, it was featured by Beauty Heroes as an Expert Selection as a multi-purpose anti-aging balm and beauty essential. It sits on a luxurious base of extra virgin olive oil, organic shea butter and fruit oils, bolstered by powerful ingredients like vanilla plaintifolia, carrot root extract, chamomile extract and prawn sage extract that deliver antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

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This product is, as its name suggest, intensely rich and nourishing and you only need about half a pump each time. I personally find the formula a little heavy for daily use over the summer, but I like it as an weekly mask to replenish moisture, and I love how it envelops me in a warm vanilla scent and imparts a dewy glow on my face. I usually have it on for 30 minutes before removing it with a warm damp cloth, but you can also leave it on as an overnight treatment. 

This would be great for people with dry or mature skin, and I imagine it would be perfect for a long-haul flight or as a makeup primer during the colder months.

Ingredients: Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract*, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract*, cera alba (beeswax)*, vanilla planifolia fruit extract *, chamomilla recutita matricaria (chamomile) extract*, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract*, salvia haenkei (prawn sage) extract, salvia officinalis (sage) extract*
 * Certified Organic

Bottega Organica
Eye Illuminate Cream
($145.00 for 0.5 oz / 15 ml)
The Eye Illuminate Cream is admittedly a bit of a splurge, made fresh to order in small batches using traditional crafting methods to ensure its potency and performance. The star ingredients in the cream are cucumber and horse chestnut extracts, which aids in depuffing and revitalizing the eye contour, along with a host of other botanical treats like coneflower, arnica, prawn sage and carrot. 

The cream has a distinctively herbaceous scent and instantly melts into an oil when applied onto the skin, and a little goes a long way. When I am too heavy-handed the product can take a long time to be absorbed into the skin and leave a greasy film, so I suggest sticking to the recommended pea-sized amount and gently massaging it into your eyes with your ring finger.
What I like is that you can also apply this both under or over your makeup and it lends an almost-immediate brightening effect, helping me appear more awake than I feel some days. My eyes love the cream so much that I swear they start twitching if I forget this in my nightly routine!

Ingredients: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) flower/leaf/stem water*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil bo, cera alba (beeswax)*, glycerin*, echinacea purpurea (coneflower) extract bo, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract* , salvia haenkei (prawn sage) extract, daucus carota sativa (carrot) flower/seed extract, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract*, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, pelargoniun graveolens (geranium) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil *, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil* , citronellol eo, citral eo, geraniol eo, limonene eo, linalool eo
 * Certified Organic

Bottega Organica
Bottega Organica stands in a league of its own, with a unique timelessness to their formulations. All their products have also been reviewed by an independent team of investigators to prove both objective and subjective results in skin improvement for over 90% of tested patients, and when you invest in their products, you know that you are paying for unrivalled quality and the most sustainable processes. 


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