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Colleen Bingham Solis, a California native, began developing her first products as a young child, mixing and combining the soaps and perfumes she found in cupboards.
As an adult she discovered that every ingredient had its own story: from where and how it was grown, to when it was harvested. These unique stories taught her that the source and quality of each ingredient was directly linked to her personal health, as well as her impact on the planet. This knowing defined her choices about what she could consciously put both in and on her body.
In 2010, with a passion for organic skin care, Colleen made her first batch of topical products, signed up for her first herbal studies course and began her journey as a product formulator and herbalist. In 2013, her knowledge of whole plant medicine fused with her topical formulations in the resulting product line Poppy Botanicals.
Colleen is now a Certified Herbalist, instructor at The California School of Herbal Studies, contributing writer at the Herbal Academy, and Traditional Medicinals, founder of Poppy Botanicals, and Herb Nerd, and herbal product developer and consultant for wellness brands nationwide.
Every plant based ingredient used in Poppy Botanicals' products is chosen with clear intention to highlight and utilize the innate healing power of plants. Seed, leaf, flower, and root used in our formulas are grown at organic farms in the Pacific Northwest. From seed to bloom, when the time is right, ingredients are hand harvested and extracted into various oils, org. grape alcohol, org. flax glycerine, and essences and then folded into every Poppy Botanicals herbal skin care product. Whether it is steam distillate Hydrosol, local plant-infused glycerine, or botanical oils, almost all of our ingredients are plant based, extra virgin, unrefined, and infused in our skin care lab.
Poppy Botanicals’ signature is that each batch is slightly different in fragrance and properties depending on the season and time of year when herbs and flowers are foraged and collected. We call this seasonal herbalism, like a farmer’s market for natural skincare.
Poppy Botanicals is a holistic health and wellness company that aims to educate and inspire others about the healing intelligence of plants. We use traditional herbal preparations to produce skin care products that allow the skin and body to remember it's most natural state of health and beauty through assimilating raw plant nutrients. All of our handcrafted alternative health products contain 100% non-toxic and all-nourishing ingredients grown, harvested, and extracted with passion and love.
Poppy Botanicals is devoted to a life defined by what we find growing in the soil and fueled by synthesizing these organic compounds into accessible healing potions for humans. In our fast moving, high tech world, Poppy Botanicals offers a simple and real connection to nature.
Poppy Botanicals is named after the beautiful California Poppy flower, which can be found all over the state. Sun-orange "super blooms" cover the hillsides starting in mid march in Southern California’s between Los Angeles and San Diego. The flowers are so bright, it’s possible to see them from space! California poppy flower, leaf, and root was traditionally used medicinally, cosmetically, and in cooking by First Nations Peoples and is now the official state flower of California, where Poppy Botanicals and its founder, were born.
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