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Botanica Natural Products is an award-winning, family-owned social enterprise estab-lished in 2009 and located in rural Limpopo, South Africa.

We integrate the use of indigenous plants, traditional knowledge, and science to promote better skin health. We specialise in identifying, producing, and supplying plant extracts, oils, and powders in socially and environmentally sustainable ways for personal care and nutritional applications. These extracts are marketed to cosmetic and nutraceutical producers worldwide.

Our operations include the cultivation of various indigenous and exotic species, as well as wild harvesting indigenous species growing in the bushveld region of South Africa. We have a state-of-the-art processing facility where we process using various technologies and solvents including cold press, drying, aqueous, ethanolic and ethanoic.

BotanicaTIMOLA is one of our aqueous plant extracts derived from Bulbine frutescens that has remarkable soothing and moisturising properties. This extract can easily be incorporated into the water phase of cosmetic formulations. BotanicaLITE is another unique plant extract that is derived from Ceratonia siliqua. This is an ethanolic extract that is a safe and effective solution for cosmetic formulations focused on skin brightening. BotanicaAFRA is a soothing aqueous extract derived from Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra). This extract is suitable for all skin care formulations as it relieves discomfort quickly and expedites the skin recovery process.

Our range of vegetable oils includes Moringa oil, Baobab oil, Kalahari melon seed oil and Marula oil which offer remarkable benefits for the hair and skin. In addition, our variety of Velay clays which are imported from France can be used for skin and hair care, spa and wellness products. Our Baobab fruit powder and Moringa leaf powder are excellent additions to your nutritional regimen, contributing to a healthy mind and body.

Botanica develops products that exceed industry standards for quality and purity. We therefore prioritise quality at all levels, whether for the training of our employees; the cultivation, processing and storage of our plant extracts, oils, and powders; or during the development of skin care products.

Botanica employs staff from the local community in the Blouberg Municipality and provides various social development initiatives to the community. We have partnered with a local school as part of our Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement to ensure that the sale of our products directly benefits local students, teachers, and the community at large.

The company also actively promotes the sustainable use of biodiversity, aiming to reduce its Carbon footprint by planting more than 250,000 Spekboom trees. We also improve the natural environment by upcycling waste products, using water wise irrigation techniques, reducing erosion and implementing certified organic agriculture techniques which are approved by Global Good Agricultural Practice standards.

Our certifications

We have the following certifications:

  • ECOCERT organic certification
  • Global G.A.P
  • Kosher
  • Halaal
  • FDA
  • BABS compliant

We are in the process of obtaining our HACCP certification, as well as others.

Partnerships: GIZ, De Beers, IDC, Old Mutual Foundation, Agri Limpopo, UP


South Africa Winner 2014

The SEED Initiative supports innovative start-up entrepreneurs around the world whose business approaches enable development of local communities and management of resources in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Botanica was recognised for its development of a method of extracting beneficial substances from Bulbine frutescens for the cosmetic industry. The plant is cultivated and processed organically in its indigenous location in rural Limpopo, and its commercial use provides employment opportunities in the marginalised area. The local community further benefits through an Access and Benefit Sharing agreement.


The Social Enterprise

Botanica is proud to offer a stable source of income to 23 full-time staff in a remote rural location with over seventy percent  being the main breadwinners in their families. The broader impact ensures a steady income and higher standard of living for more than 70 local persons.

All Botanica’s employees receive on-the-job training, including first-aid and business development. All employees also receive AIDS awareness training, free access to medical care and family planning support.

We are active in our local community and engage in projects that help transform disadvantage into self-reliance and economic sustainability.

We partner with a local school as part of our Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement to ensure that the sale of our product directly benefits the students and teachers.

We also collaborate with local Eco-Schools to provide educational awareness for the next generation on how to live sustainably.

Sustainable Quality

We prioritise quality at all levels, for the training of our employees, as well as the cultivation, processing and storage of our plant extracts & oils.