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Hi, I'm Drew.

Hi, I’m Drew, AKA the Curious-Mad-Scientist-meets-Beauty-Addict behind Botaneri.

I’m here to help take the mystery out of DIY beauty and get you excited about leveling up your self-care routine using natural products.

My Story

Since I can remember I’ve always been the kind of person who wanted to know how things worked. Much to the dismay of my mother, I was constantly taking things apart and re-building them to better understand them, usually trying to make them better.

So when I began battling a small but persistent case of eczema, naturally, I took matters into my own hands (pun intended, wink wink). I tried treatment after treatment trying to calm my skin; topical gels, expensive “miracle” lotions, and finally a steroid cream that caused some truly nasty and embarrassing breakouts.

I was at a loss. Nothing was working…until I started formulating my own skincare products.

After a LOT of research and some trial and error, I was able to tame my eczema for the first time in years using my very own line of skincare made from natural products. Honestly, before I had to face my own skin issues, I had no idea there were so many options out there for me to create my own personal beauty routine that fit my exact needs.

Since that first foray into making my own skincare products, I’ve completed coursework in cosmetic chemistry and fragrance formulation, have a certification in organic skincare formulation, and am working towards becoming a certfied aromatherapist.

So, never fear; everything on this site is carefully written and backed up with scientific research, from the more complicated formulations, to the simplest natural ingredient spotlight. I’ve got your back.

I learned it’s possible to bring the best that nature and science has to offer to create effective, personalized, and safe skincare products at home.

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Botaneri's mission

Botaneri was founded to take the mystery out of DIY beauty and get you excited about leveling up your self-care routine using natural products.

I’m guessing many of you, like me, have some skin or other beauty issues that you want to treat naturally. Whether you’re battling a more serious condition, or you’re just curious about making a fun DIY mask, I’m SO glad you’re here! I founded Botaneri because I want to give other people the resource I didn’t have when I first started my natural beauty journey.

Consider Botaneri your official resource for all things DIY beauty! Get started by learning more about why I create my own skincare products.

What you'll find on Botaneri

Botaneri is all about learning what works for YOU when it comes to natural beauty products. You'll find things like:

✓  Easy & fun recipes for DIY face and hair masks

✓  Ingredient spotlights on the benefits of botanical ingredients

✓  Tips and tricks for making your own beauty products

✓  In-depth articles on topics that take the mystery out of natural self-care, like, What is ‘organic’?, formulation for beginners, etc.

✓  Beauty ‘superfoods’ to introduce in your diet

✓  How to easily “level up” your beauty routine

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let us know in the comments what else YOU’d like to see on Botaneri’s site. We’re happy you’re here!

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.

We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau