Natural and Sustainable Skincare
How the Brand Started
The founder Micaela Nisbet, is a touring live sound engineer who tired of the hectic lifestyle on the road and retrained in skincare. Now she ‘engineers’ natural skincare instead.
Micaela was born and raised on the serene beaches of Australia and New Zealand, where natural oils and herbal remedies were common place. After moving to London to pursue her music career, by her mid-twenties the touring lifestyle of late nights, partying and constant travel made her skin dull and lacklustre.
Keen to regain the sunny glow, Micaela began researching and educating herself about the ingredients and benefits behind the products she coveted. She began blending her own face oils using cold-pressed plant oils and selective essential oils and the results were immediate.
To complement her home-grown techniques, she studied Organic Skincare Formulation between tours, and founded Neighbourhood Botanicals as a creative outlet side hustle. The brand has grown organically as the range has expanded over the years.
Neighbourhood Botanicals is formulator-led. This means that skincare products are completely from the mind and hands of the founder Micaela. It differs from the common practice in skincare brands of buying a formula off-the-shelf and designing some flashy packaging to put it in.
Carbon Negative, Climate Positive
As a small and nimble company, Neighbourhood Botanicals puts sustainability at the core of all decisions. The company pledges to be as environmentally responsible and ethical as possible within its limited framework. In January 2021 after an extensive company audit, Neighbourhood Botanicals became carbon-negative, climate positive, leading the charge in this respect.
You can purchase biodegradable refills for the brand’s bestsellers. They protect 5 trees with every order on their online store, because protecting old growth sequesters much more carbon than planting new trees.
A lot of factors are weighed up when choosing packaging. There is no silver bullet, so that’s why founder Micaela has been working on a side hustle company for the last 2+ years, making a biodegradable refill packaging solution for Neighbourhood Botanicals and other brands. Refilling is the ultimate eco option.
The company uses glass, aluminium and 100% PCR plastic (from post consumer recycled waste) bottles when plastic is required. Plastic products are refillable and still recyclable.
Find out more on how to recycle Neighbourhood’s packaging and participate in a circular economy on the company’s website.