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JUL-AUG 2018

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"The beauty is, Mom," interjects Alexandra, "you're not afraid to ask questions. You've never been inhibited in that way." Since the line debuted in 2003, it has grown to 180 products and attracted a clientele who see quick results and lasting value in its creams, cleansers, and essential oils. "There are no fillers, no synthetics in our products. There isn't even water," says Deborah. "We replace water with hydrosol—a living water we distill from herbs and flowers. That's what makes our solutions so powerful." Relying on botanicals to heal, restore, and revive is an age-old practice, but new appre- ciation of small-batch artisans and a yearning for natural products make the Stones feel that Botaniko's moment is especially ripe. "Now is the time," says Deborah. With a sprawling farm and a burgeoning skin care line, Deborah and Alexandra seem poised to embrace the future. "We complement each other," says Deborah. "Alex is a little more subdued; she helps me stay grounded. She listens, then processes, then comes back with a plan. I'm more of an "Oh, let's forget the plan" kind of person. I break a lot of stuff before I get things right." Together, with talent, brains, and a farm's worth of goodness to pour into each bottle, the Stone women forge ahead. Like a driver in uncharted territory, when the paved road ends they step on the gas and keep going. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A bucolic scene at Stone Hollow Farmstead • A bouquet ready for processing • Botaniko's small-batch approach allows the Stones to make sure every product is exactly right. • Botaniko can be found in retail shops, like this one in Birmingham, or online. • Labels on bottles ready to be filled • Deborah trades garden shears for a white coat to mix product in the farm's lab. OPPOSITE: Alexandra preps geranium leaves for distillation. All Botaniko products are made on the farm. For more information, see Sources, page 84

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