Our Story

A word from our Founder, Lenka Tinka

I grew up in Karlovy Vary a centuries old European spa city in the Czech Republic. The city was built around seven natural healing springs. These springs became a world renowned healing destination for people suffering from different ailments. Growing up in a city rich in natural resources made it easy for me to become inspired to learn more about nature’s healing properties. My passion for skincare and the healing power of plants started at a very young age, from learning about and collecting herbs for school projects to shopping for ‘grown up’ creams with my lunch money.

Moving to the United States at age 24, became the ultimate adventure of my lifetime. During a particularly challenging time in my personal life, I found myself returning to my roots. I began experimenting with aromas. The power of aroma always brought me back to a familiar and safe place. Through my experiments in the kitchen, I began to heal and share the healing power of plants with others. Natura Culina, meaning “Nature’s Kitchen” in Latin was derived from these times.

After years of sharing my passion, I realized that it was more than just a hobby. The knowledge I acquired through my extensive research about the toxic ingredients that are commonly used in skincare products became a mind-blowing reality check. These findings left me determined to bring a clean, safe alternative to the skincare industry. I want to empower individuals to challenge the skincare industry in learning to ask the important questions about the products that they are putting on their skin. What are the ingredients? Are they safe to use? After all, what we put on our skin ends up in our body! I’m proud to be able to offer my customers clean and safe products that are a natural solution for their skin issues

 

NC Studio Team

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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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