Organic Skincare Formulation | The OV naturals Heart & Soul Collection
How we Make your Organic Face & Body Oils
SKIN — AROMATICS — ENERGETICS
Learn about our approach to formulation of your botanical oils in the Heart & Soul Collection, our organic face & body oils.
- Botanically active
- Easily absorbed
- Scientifically researched
- 100% Vegan
- 100% Natural
- 84% - 99% Organic
- Responsibly sourced
- Professional & compliant
- Made in England in small batches
The Heart & Soul Collection of Face & Body Oils was formulated by professional aromatherapist Lucy Stevens MFHT. They are professionally produced by Lucy in small batches. GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is followed. All formulas are compliant with EU Cosmetic Law, stringently assessed by a qualified Cosmetic Scientist.
Lucy’s bespoke-style products were born from addressing clients' needs in her aromatherapy clinics. Her products & best-selling Triple Rose Luxury Organic Facial Oil have featured in the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, The Mail online, YOU magazine (Mail on Sunday), the Beauty Bible, the Beauty Shortlist, The London Luxe, Prediction Magazine, the Irish Independent, Sublime Magazine, Country Calling, Somerset Living, Love Somerset Online, From Britain with Love & numerous green beauty blogs.
Lucy’s unique 3 point formulation system focuses not just on the skin but also on how you will feel through the olfactory system & also through the energetic properties of the ingredients.
Key ingredients have been chosen for their ability to work wonders for the skin, through clinically-proven benefits, the test of time in traditional use & Lucy Stevens’ first-hand experience of using oils in her therapy clinics & talking one-to-one with her customers.
Cold-pressed plant oils contain essential fatty acids (Linoleic & Linolenic / Omega 3 & 6) & non-essential fatty acids such as Oleic (Omega 9). These soften the stratum corneum, our skin’s “window” to the outside world. They calm, protect & help prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). High Linoleic (Omega 6) oils are predominant in the Heart & Soul collection as these are fast absorbing & non-comedogenic, leaving no greasy residue, just silky smooth skin, whatever the skin type. Organic essential oils & absolutes are chosen predominantly for their skincare benefits.
Note about advertising standards: As these are cosmetic products, we are very limited in what we are able to ‘claim’ about our formulas, without getting into trouble! Although within aromatherapy clinics we are able to ‘prescribe’, for a cosmetic product no medicinal claims are allowable. Therefore, we cannot make any direct claims to be able to help acne, eczema, scarring, stretch marks & so on. However there is both anecdotal & scientific research into oils which you can seek online. We have records of all the research references that we made when formulating these products for specific skin concerns & conditions.
The next aspect of creation is aromatics. The natural aromas have been carefully balanced to create multi-layered, aromatherapeutic blends & are informed by the aromas which Lucy’s customers respond to most positively via the olfactory response. The heart is said to be the ‘home of the mind’ & the impact that aromas have on our brains is extremely powerful. And of course, we all like to smell beautiful.
You will detect a hint of nuttiness or fruitiness from the fixed oils (nut, seed, vegetable oils), amongst the divine elements of the naturally fragrant essential oils. Designing purely natural, organic formulas has great challenges, due to the highly pungent nature of many fixed oils which would be off-putting to the consumer. OV ingredients have been chosen carefully after many hours of testing, to balance the needs of the skin with a pleasurable experience. Every fixed oil within in the collection is in its natural form except for our Argan oil, which is deodorised in order to make it pleasurable for the consumer. This does not affect its nutritional content. Because of the natural element, our batches, while adhering to the same strict weights in each registered formula, sometimes appear slightly different or have a marginally different aroma.
A vital element of the collection, which is carefully considered during formulation, is the “energetic” aspect of essential oils. Essential oils are vital, botanical extracts that radiate a life force, which in aromatherapy is considered to have a profound effect on the heart & soul as well as physiologically. In many cultures, essential oils are attributed energetic aspects. Some essential oils are considered light & bright, others deep & heavy. Some have an affinity with the heart, others with the mind; some are cooling, others warming, and so on. In Lucy’s aromatherapy clinics, she would ask her customers how they would like to feel after their treatment. She would then select essential oils which will help address these needs. These desired feelings are an inspiration for the OV Heart & Soul Collection, alongside the different skin concerns.
Each formula in the Heart & Soul collection has this triple aspect in its desired effect – to positively impact the skin, the brain & the mind/heart/soul.
The result of this multi-faceted approach? Unique, effective, original, multi-dimensional skincare products.