Growing up on a farm in central Alabama instilled in me, an inescapable love of nature. As a child in the country, I had space to roam and explore. Each season left its mark with me, indelible sensory memories. Spring air filled with the fleeting aroma of southern honeysuckles. Floating, aromatic rose petals downstream after a hard spring rain. Summer memories filled with the scent of freshly mowed grass. And the most favored season of all, Autumn, when tree filled areas of the farm transformed from various shades of green to every color imaginable. And then there was old man Winter. This glorious season filled our home with the aroma of spent fires and pine. The fireplace blazed on cold winter nights as we gathered in the den to cuddle up, family style, after a delicious, southern supper."
It seemed once I turned 40, I longed for these times past. I purchased the farm and began the rediscovery of nature. Scent memories are powerful, lasting and have provided direction on so many levels of my return to the good life.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Alexandra Stone is co-founder and creative director of Botanikō Skin and Botanikō Lifestyle Studio. In 2006-2008 Alexandra accepted an internship with Tina Earnshaw, Academy Award winning artist and key artist for The Titanic, Spider Man and Mama Mia. In 2007 she was accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Southern California. After completing her studies in Beauty, Product Development she went on to finish up her studies at Samford University in Graphic Design.
Accepting a position in the family business, she worked as marketing and public relations manager and re-branded Botaniko, a clinical skin care line which recently launched its flagship store in Birmingham, Alabama. Alexandra served on the board of Alabama Forever and currently is a member of Young Professionals of Birmingham.