About

Mission Statement

Here at Natura Culina we believe in the healing power of plants for the skin. Our unique skincare system appreciates individuality and mirrors the simplicity found in nature. Green, clean, and simple; our 100% natural and non-toxic approach has proven to be an effective alternative to solutions that use artificial ingredients. Natura Culina acknowledges that anything we use on our skin will end up in our body. Rooted in nature, our products use a combination of vitamins and age-defying antioxidants found in plants, eliminating the need for the addition of toxins. Our system aligns with nature allowing your skin to heal. We are here to help guide you in finding your unique skincare solution, illuminating nature’s ability to heal the skin, mind, and body

Interview with Lenka Tenka,
Founder of Natura Culina


Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I grew up in the Czech Republic outside of Carlsbad, which is one of the very old and very beautiful cities in Europe. It is world renown for its famous natural spas so I experienced first hand the powerful effect of nature on people’s health. I was surrounded by beautiful women who still use ancient recipes based on the natural resources found there to maintain their exquisite skin.

Q: Lenka, what inspired you to start Natura Culina?
A: It started during a very trying time in my life. I was going through a dark period, and I so badly wanted to feel loved and cared for again. As I began the healing process, I realized that I needed to start taking care of myself. I had run out of Bridget Jones moments and wore out my copy of Love Actually when I finally decided it was time to get serious about recovering. I started to research the benefits of aromatherapy and healing oils and began to experiment with my own creations. Beautiful aromas have always elevated me into a different world, a world of happiness and health, and I slowly  began to experience peace once again through the use of my work, Natura Culina.

Q: What is your philosophy regarding health and skincare?
A: I have always felt like the more informed we are, the better choices we are able to make. This carries over in to all aspects of our lives: fitness, food, spiritual and emotional health and skincare. I get increasingly frustrated to learn that ingredients in commercial products, which are supposed to be good for us and amazing for our skin can actually be incredibly damaging and harmful. If you don’t know what to look for, or how to find this information, it can be incredibly overwhelming. For that reason, it has always been a priority for me to use all natural, organic ingredients when and where I can. And if I can’t, I will tell you why and exactly what ingredients are being used. There are so many mysteries in life. What we use on our skin should not be one of them!

Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I truly believe that everyone deserves to feel healthy and loved. I think we forget sometimes what stress does to our bodies. If I’m having a difficult time, my anxiety can get away from me, my skin takes a hit ( sometimes my hair) and all of a sudden I am having a hard time getting to sleep. My products were a source of comfort for me during a difficult time and from what my customers have told me, my products have started to make a difference in their lives. I think the fact that I’m able to make my products for others and therefore, create special moments in their lives – telling them to slow down, inhale, and take care of yourself – is the most important part in all of this. I’m in love with the whole process of making my products. Don’t get me wrong-it’s hard work! But when I hear from you about the difference these products have made in your lives, it’s all worth it!

Q: Just for fun, what does your dream bathroom look like?
A: It looks like one big giant bathtub!!

NC Studio Babes

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Angelie

Natura Culina has allowed me to align my personal goals and passions with my career goals. I’ve long admired companies like Patagonia who have made it their mission to set a social and environmental standard in the clothing industry. It’s pretty incredible to be able to pave the same path in the skincare industry. Lenka is the heart and soul of NC and it is such an honor to be on this journey with her. Lenka’s dream has become a dream of my own, I can’t wait to create the change that will set a new standard for ethical business practices in the skincare industry. I am so happy that I’ve found a home at NC.

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Lauren

Beyond lucky to be working for Natura Culina. After graduating from UCSB in 2015 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going but I knew no matter what that I wanted to work for an ethically responsible and socially aware company. Lenka’s entire philosophy behind what she does is rooted in these ideologies and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of her team and helping people with her plant based products. She is such an amazing boss and business woman and has made each day so fun and inspiring.

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Antonya

I’m so grateful to have been welcomed to a place where my interests in self-care can grow through being involved with an environmentally responsible company. Lenka’s pure intentions behind her brand and her dedication to her customers and team have allowed Natura Culina to grow exponentially while staying true to all natural ingredients. The NC family strives to live a conscious and healthy lifestyle. This has created a community around Natura Culina that encourages individuals to embrace natural beauty within themselves and in their surroundings and I’m proud to share in that mission.

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Kaitlyn

Being able to be apart of Nautra Culina team has been a dream. While being relatively new to the Santa Barbara area I feel I have found a truly special place in the NC family. I am currently an SBCC student working towards an Environmental Studies major and am thrilled to work somewhere that promotes the ideology and lifestyle I feel so strongly about and live my life by. From the 100% natural ingredients, the environmentally and animal-friendly philosophy, and the conscientious and sustainability efforts, all of the work and products NC promotes are vital and inspiring. I am very proud to be working for such a beautiful company surrounded by people who push me to grow day in and day out.

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Caitlin

I am blessed to work with strong individuals who are very passionate about providing the power of plants for everyone to witness. I'm currently going to school at SBCC and am pursing a nursing degree to become a holistic nurse. I want to practice the mind-body-soul-emotion approach to traditional nursing and use alternative medicine like herbs. I believe in the power of nature’s cure starting from our skin to our internal bodies. Lenka's commitment to creating quality skincare and staying true to plants is shown through her passion and dedication. The NC family has welcomed me into their strong, loving team that has made me more mindful of embracing my natural roots and watering them everyday.

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Testimonials

“I am loving all of your products that I’ve purchased. They have been so great for me and my skin! The Cayenne Aid has done wonderful things for my migraines and sore muscles. I am a customer for life and tell everyone who will listen about your products. Thank you for all your hard work and great products!”
@mermaid_librarian18

I’m so excited my package arrived!!! I absolutely LOVE your product! 😍😊 My skin has changed so much since I started using your produtc! I ordered more this time and tons of samples because my boyfriend fell in love with your product too and we’re trying to figure out what’s best for his skin!!! Thank you for building such an amazing company with such life-changing products! I can’t thank you enough!!! 😘💕💕
@kdaves

“Ahhh Lenka I’m so happy! I am IN LOVE with the Rose’Berry Mask. I just tried it and my face feels sooo amazing. Usually whenever I do any type of face mask/exfoliant I immediately have to follow up with lotion because my skin gets super dry really fast. It’s been almost 25 minutes since I’ve washed off the mask and it literally feels like I put on lotion! THANK YOU 🙏🌹😘”
@sarabauerr

“The Botanical Face Wash and the Botanical Face Oil with a drop of Chamomile Face Oil thrown in day and night. Then once a week the Rose’Berry Face Mask. I absolutely love it all 💕 this is the first time mother nature has come to visit and my face hasn’t had breakouts everywhere. So thank you soo much for making incredible, natural products ❤️😁”
@_maggieg93

“Hi! I wanted to send you a quick message and let you know I am so happy I found your skin care line. I started off with the rose line but switched to chamomile since I was experiencing PMS breakouts and the rose was irritating my skin…game changer! I’ve never had my skin look so good! The botanical mask is really no joke! I can’t believe how well it works on cystic breakouts. Thank you thank you thank you!!”
@thepapershala

“First time user to your product. Just want to say…my face has never been more happy. And I truly have never been able to communicate with my face’s needs, wants, dislikes, happiness, etc like this before. One a whole new level. Blessed thank you.”
@paeluna

“Good morning! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been using the Botanical Sampler Set sporadically throughout the week and I am so happy with the results I’ve got! I’ve had acne scars for a little while now, and they are slowly starting to reduce in size and in redness . My face has never been smoother or clearer in a while. Thank you so much ❤️😙”
@hjenarine