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Mother Essentials: Justine Kahn

Written by Erin Feher

If you’re a clean beauty convert, today’s Mother Essentials subject is someone who you’re going to want to know. Justine Kahn is the founder of Botnia, a true seed-to-serum botanical beauty line. Justine has long been hand-mixing powerful botanicals for her famous facials at her own Spa Remedy in San Francisco, and for those who wanted to bring a little of that magic home with them, she launched Botnia, a 23-product line made from ingredients grown on her very own Sausalito microfarm. To add even more to her plate, Justine recently teamed up with Katina Connaughton at the celebrated Single Thread Farms in Sonoma to create a custom amenities line for the Michelin starred property. The passionate and knowledgable gardener is also mother to a daughter (Eve, 4), who has already taken to following mama around the garden and learning all about her flowers, herbs, and edibles. Below, Justine shares her must-haves for herself and her mini-me.

Bryr Clogs. “I love these shoes! I have three pairs. My daughter attends a Waldorf-inspired school, and I joke that clogs are part of the dress code for moms.” Bryr Clogs, 2331 Third Street, San Francisco.

Skin Remedy. “This is my spa in San Francisco, where we invented the apothecary-style facial. I’m like the cobbler’s child with no shoes and don’t schedule nearly enough facials for myself, but when I do, I get so relaxed that I float away. It’s so important to do self-care as a mother and business owner!” Skin Remedy, 3638 Sacramento Street, San Francisco.

Kindred Black. “I lust over so many things here, and when I buy, I don’t feel guilty because all their goodies are good for the earth.” Kindred Black.

Equator Coffee. “A certified B-corp (businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose) that serves up ethical coffee and also has the best oat milk latte in town!” Equator Coffee, locations through the Bay Area.

Mint. “I love this gorgeous little grown-up design shop because they often carry super creative and beautiful stuffies for kids.” Mint, 167 B Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 

Well in the West Acupuncture. “Life-changing local acupuncture!” Well in the West Acupuncture, Berkeley.

Grow What You Love. “This is my favorite book on my nightstand right now—it’s full of easy-to-understand gardening knowledge from a local author.” Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life, by Emily Murphy, $15.29, Amazon.

Rare Device. “This is, hands-down, the best shop in San Francisco for unique locally made kids’ gifts.” Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco.

Mercy Vintage. “Buying vintage is good for the planet and keeps me stylish; I love Mercy’s eclectic vision for vintage, and I always find something I’m obsessed with!” Mery Vintage, 4188 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. 

CNL Nursery. “The best place to find California natives and the perfect local Christmas tree farm, because they ethically source their trees.” CNL Native Plant Nursery, 244 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley.

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Anna WallackCynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana HaimRachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Olympian Alysia Montano, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta DoshiOakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doIguehi James, and more!

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