Our Laboratory

We would like to introduce you to the lab that is developing our products. The US Botanical Safety Lab in collaboration with Bent Creek Institute is located in Candler, North Carolina. It is nestled in the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains, just south of Asheville. USBSL is a non-profit botanical ingredient testing laboratory. Bent Creek Institute is a collaborator of the North Carolina Arboretum and an affiliate of the University of North Carolina.

A year and a half ago Amanda Vickers, the Director of the lab, welcomed us to the lab and institute. She also introduced us to the Executive Director of the North Carolina Arboretum, George Briggs, who greeted us with our own slogan, “Think Like a Tree.”  We met together in an office overlooking the Pisgah National Forest while he shared the history and goals of the arboretum with us.

Don Decker is our lead chemist and has developed our Ultra Rich Moisturizing Cream and is working on an SPF 30 sunscreen. Morgan Tompkins is Quality Manager and works on fragrance development. We are excited about fragrance development as we have some Thanaka ideas for fragrance!

We are delighted with this partnership and look forward to developing new products together.