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Our Story

Philosophy // Process // Chemistry 

Botanical Buddha is a range of nature-inspired Trail Perfumes for the contemplative mind. We believe that stepping into the wilderness has an ability to awaken the senses and deepen our connection with nature, and ourselves.

Self and soul care is also deeply intertwined into the philosophy of Botanical Buddha and therefore as an extension of this, we offer meditation oils and a minimalist range of bath and body care items.

To experience the subtle scent of a forest, or the feint wisp of oakmoss on a trail or even the scent of summer rain soaking into the soil, is to experience being awake, alive, content! This is the beauty of subtlety + mindfulness. We try to capture these scents in our oils by first heading off on local trails and letting the chemistry of the wild permeate the senses before settling down to writing recipes and experimenting with notes and accords - it is much like writing a poem or a story.

Botanical Buddha is, in essence, an alchemy of nature and awareness. The products aim to act as prompts for moments of mindfulness, meditation-on-the-go and subtle uplifting reminders or calming messages to ground and re-centre the mind.

Handcrafted in small batches with 100% natural ingredients, each item is nutrient dense, free of synthetic preservatives, parabens and artificial colors and scents. Our products are not (and will never be) tested on animals.


 

Dreamer // Creator // Scent-Seeker
Louise 
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home - Gary Snyder
It feels like I've been in love with nature forever, at least for a very long time. But most notably, I guess, since I was 16 when I started paddling in the rivers of KwaZulu Natal and sinking my hands and feet into the rawness of the outdoors (and dirt!). It was on the Umngeni River that I met the man that would eventually be (and hopefully forever be) my soul mate for life, my husband and now father of our 3 boys. And, almost 18 years later, our lives are still firmly intertwined in the landscapes around us. I firmly believe in the healing tonics of the natural world and I know that is why we feel so content in its company.

I've always been drawn to the sensory palette of scent and so the marriage of nature and scent for me, is an art form...a way to express myself. Botanical Buddha is an extension of this.
Nature is a place you can go to think clearly and just be..it is the easiest and most natural form of meditation one could experience. And that is what we are in love with - the scent and restorative state of nature, the perspective you gain...the freedom you feel there.