Hi, I’m Drew,

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.

For years, I had dealt with a number of skin sensitivities, hormonal acne, and dry patches on my body caused by eczema. It wasn’t until eczema appeared on my face as an adult that I took matters into my own hands. I could cover up my arms and legs, I couldn’t cover up my face. I tried treatment after treatment trying to calm my skin; topical gels, expensive “miracle” lotions, and finally a prescription steroid cream that caused some truly nasty and embarrassing breakouts.

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

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Visiting the lavender fields in Provence, France while learning about natural fragrance formulation at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery.

I started formulating right in my kitchen. First, with easy food-based facial masks then eventually moving to professional-grade facial serums.

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.

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.

Since that first foray into making my own skincare products, I have become an organic skincare formulator, certified aromatherapist through NAHA, and completed coursework in cosmetic chemistry and fragrance formulation from the Grasse Institute of Perfumery.

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.

Relevant Coursework
  • Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation
  • Certified Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
  • Certificate in Natural Fragrance Formulation
  • Completed Coursework in Cosmetic Chemistry
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Our Mission

We want to be your go-to source for holistic beauty at home.

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!