Supporting local business is not just good for the environment and local economy, but can also be good for your skin! Botanicalbasics—your resource for healthy skin—produces fresh, natural and organic skin care products. Solely owned and operated by sisters Christa Tolson and Erica Burke. Both, progressive mothers and proponents of natural health, have lived in the mountains of WNC for 14 years.
Their draw to Asheville stemmed from the raw beauty of the Appalachians, including the diverse and abundant flora the area offers. After studying under renowned herbalist Peggy Ellis, through North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 1999, their love for growing and mixing botanicals into medicines and potent elixirs soon became an avenue for a business venture. Starting with spring herb markets, botanicalbasics culminated and blossomed into a cottage industry. Their natural health lifestyle helped to direct the focus on pure and safe ingredients, especially when mixing with small children and newborn babies in slings nearby!
In late 2006, they began the development of their professional product line—REAL skin renewal. Standing by their personal and environmental standards, they’ve formulated a brand free of harsh chemicals and unnecessary synthetic fillers that are far too commonly found in mass produced products, even some natural ones.
Upon launch of this premier anti aging product line in June 2008, retail sales began online at www.botanicalbasics. A strong local following of likewise minded health and beauty seekers began through The Water Lily Wellness Salon, as it was the first local spa to offer REAL retail products and professional facials.
Their products have developed a presence throughout the area in spas, salons and even natural health practitioner offices. A few locations you can find REAL products are Luminaj Boutique Spa at Haywood Hotel in downtown Asheville, Michelle Salon in Black Mountain and Lewis Family Health Center off of Biltmore Avenue.
On a national level, REAL skin renewal is gaining distribution and marketing support through Banner Therapy Products.
All of their luscious products are handmade in small batches with a primary focus on quality ingredients. The importance of selecting sustainably sourced ingredients, recycled and recyclable packaging and printing supplies is a primary factor for botanicalbasics. Their small facility is located at Riverside Business Park where all of the manufacturing, bottling, labeling, packaging, shipping, and administrative tasks take place.