Bottega Organica's all-natural skincare concept was born in 2013 from Dr. Alimonti’s pivotal scientific discovery. Dr. Andrea Alimonti, a world-renowned geneticist, screened thousands of different plants for their ability to maintain human cells in a youthful state. He was ultimately able to identify a handful of plant extracts with intense anti-aging action: prawn sage was by far the most active extract and is the basis for our skincare line. Dr. Alimonti’s research on salvia haenkei is published in the December 2016 issue of the US scientific journal Aging: "Identification of Salvia haenkei as gerosuppressant agent by using an integrated senescence‐screening assay".
Everything that goes into our products is well-researched and meticulously crafted. All Bottega Organica ingredients are harvested and processed naturally from our farms in Italy and upstate NY – straight from farm to bottle. You won’t find any preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial fragrances, colors or synthetics of any kind.
Our scientific research and approach
Dr. Alimonti's story sparked the concept for Bottega Organica: a revolutionary line of skincare products for people who want to prolong skin youth, but want to use only pure, 100% natural ingredients.
Dr. Alimonti's breakthrough in the fight against aging skin
While studying the aging process as a means for cancer-fighting therapies, molecular geneticist Dr. Andrea Alimonti identified a handful of plant extracts that prolong the lifespan of human cells by inhibiting cellular senescence. In other words, he found the key to natural substances that slow the aging process.
After thousands of screening procedures, Dr. Alimonti showed how selected plant extracts, known as Natural Inhibitors of Senescence (NIS), can rejuvenate human cells. When the skin ages, its cells stain blue: more blue color means aging cells. After exposure to NIS, there are many more young cells, as proven by significantly less blue staining - Patent n. EP14153316.6. Prawn sage is by far the most active among all NIS.
A minimum of 10% of all profits from Bottega Organica sales will be donated to organizations involved in cancer cure and prevention.
Prawn sage and Natural Inhibitors of Senescence: the secret to Bottega Organica
Under Dr. Alimonti's guidance, Bottega Organica blends selected plant extracts––prawn sage and other Natural Inhibitors of Senescence––100% organic extra-virgin olive oil, pure spring water, and organic oil-free serum. The result? Powerful rejuvenating formulas that are pure, all-natural and scientifically proven to prolong the lifespan of human cells.
Clinically proven to improve the youthful appearance of skin
Our products were clinically tested by a team of independent investigators under the direction of Massimiliano Ferri MD, a specialist in cosmetic surgery at the University Tor Vergata in Rome, Italy, with overwhelmingly positive results: the clinical trial results showed objective and subjective improvement in wrinkle burden, skin glow, skin texture and elasticity in more than 90% of tested patients.
Chief Scientist: Andrea Alimonti MD Scientific Advisory Board*: Marco Pappagallo MD, Marco Gentilucci MD, Giovanni Giordano MD, Sady Ribeiro MD, Dana Tarcatu MD, Paolo Manfredi MD
*Members of our Scientific Advisory Board have trained and worked as clinicians and researchers in the most prestigious US medical schools including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cornell University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and The University of Texas.
Our 100% natural commitment
We use pure extra-virgin olive oil from our Ligurian farm as the base for most of our products because it is the single most effective natural carrier for anti-aging plant extracts (learn some extra-virgin olive oil facts here). Our olive oil is pure and natural and contains powerful youth-preserving ingredients such as alpha-tocopherol, polyphenols and oleocanthal. The best olive oil is obtained only through same day cold-pressing of handpicked organically-grown olives, otherwise many of its benefits are lost. We proudly stand behind the whole production process ensuring proper handling at every step of the way, unlike many unscrupulous olive oil producers.
Clean. Pure. 100% natural
While many skincare companies claim to offer natural products, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of skincare products are loaded with synthetic compounds. Day after day, synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers and fragrances penetrate the skin, reach the bloodstream and spread throughout the body with harmful effects. This is why we rely on the simplicity and safety of pure olive oil, organic vegan serum and spring water extraction.
Our products contain the purest ingredients from our farms in Liguria and upstate New York
We farm several acres of pristine, uncontaminated land in the coastal regions of Liguria, Italy, and upstate NY where rare herbs and fruits with anti-aging properties grow wild and are cultivated without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, following a family tradition of many generations.
In our Ligurian farm, situated in the hills that surround the medieval town of Pieve di Teco, we grow medicinal herbs and olive trees and then instill their rejuvenating powers into 100% pure formulas. Here, olives are handpicked and cold-pressed on the same day to create the luxurious golden base enriched with prawn sage for all our skincare oils, balms and scrubs. In our farm we now harvest from the largest field of prawn sage in the world. For our signature floral mists and pure essential oils, we use steam extraction from plants rich in anti-aging molecules.
In addition to the Ligurian farm, Bottega Organica also runs Nettleton farm. Located in the pristine Spencertown Hills of Columbia County, New York, this 80-acre farm is naturally rich in vital anti-aging plants, including wild carrots, sage, coneflower, and yarrow. Mary Ahern, the operating partner heading Bottega Organica's product formulation in New York, is fully dedicated to the purity of all ingredients and uses only natural methods to extract unique qualities from each plant. All plants are wildcrafted or organically grown and then processed in accordance with 100% natural and traditional methods directly onsite, in the farm’s apothecary.
Our commitment to nature
• No synthetic ingredients ever: no preservatives, fragrances, dyes or petroleum derivatives of any kind
• All skincare oils, serums, and mists are 100% vegan
• Thoroughly tested under strict safety parameters with no animal testing
• We use only certified organic ingredients and ingredients produced in our farms in Liguria and upstate NY from wild plants and plants cultivated without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers: only 100% organically grown and processed ingredients
• All paper packaging is recycled, plant-derived and printed with vegetable ink
• Our New York store is entirely built with reclaimed materials including wood for furniture, flooring and shelves, concrete counters and organic fabrics, made by Recycled Brooklyn