Our Story

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 Team

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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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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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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.