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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 is directly linked to her health, and her impact on the planet. This knowing defined her choices around what she could consciously put both in and on her body.
In 2010, she signed up for her first herbal studies class, made her first batch of skin care products, and began her journey as a product formulator and herbalist. Colleen's knowledge of holistic health and wellness fused with her topical formulations resulting in the development of POPPY BOTANICALS.
Colleen is now a Certified Herbalist, instructor at The California School of Herbal Studies, contributing writer at the Herbal Academy, and herbal product developer and consultant for cosmetic companies nationwide.
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 components into accessible healing potions for everyone. 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 from spring to fall. The golden bloom was traditionally used medicinally, cosmetically, and in cooking by Native Americans and is now the official state flower of California, where POPPY BOTANICALS and its founder, were born.
Every plant based ingredient used in POPPY BOTANICALS'S products is chosen with clear intention to highlight and utilize the innate healing power of plants. Therefore, in our products you will never find 'water' as a key ingredient, but rather hydrosol, gentle distillate water, which is produced when steam distilling herbs to produce essential oils. We also load our products with the highest quality organic plant extracts, to further introduce healing & protecting plant properties to the skin.
Herbs and flowers used in formulas are grown at organic farms in Northern California. From seed to bloom, when the time is right ingredients are hand harvested and extracted into various oils, grape alcohol, plant glycerine, and essences and then folded into every POPPY BOTANICALS herbal skin care products.
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.