Our Story

Orchard View naturals

Est. 2006

Lucy Stevens MFHT BA MA, Somerset, England 

 

Lucy Stevens, Somerset facial therapist, walking in a lavender field.

Welcome to Orchard View naturals skincare.

To introduce myself, I’m Lucy Stevens (pictured), based in the village of Hambridge, between Ilminster & Langport in South Somerset.

A qualified aromatherapist, I specialise in natural, holistic facial treatments & the creation of small-batch, natural skincare products with aromatherapy at the heart.

Hands-on therapies are something that I strongly believe in. As humans we need touch & a nurturing treatment works wonders. Benefits include deep relaxation (like being in a deep sleep, yet fully aware), a reduction of stress & tension through the effects on the brain, nervous system & muscles, some time out where you can just breathe & be yourself. While I no longer offer aromatherapy body massage, my current treatments still have an impact on the body, with some clients reporting decreased pain in their bodies. I focus on the face, neck, shoulders & scalp, treating your whole being & of course, your skin. Natural, cruelty-free skincare is my specialism.

OV naturals aromatherapeutic skincare products have been created since 2009, in response to client requests. I had worked with essential oils in bespoke blends since 2006 for aromatherapy treatments. After experiencing the benefits of the blends in clinic, my clients started asking for products to use at home. This prompted me to start my own artisan skincare brand. I began selling to therapy clients & then opened online. I’ve also created products for spas & bespoke commissions.

As a small business, I don't have big budgets for advertising or a PR agency or any of that. Since I launched the business in 2006, I've relied on word of mouth, social media & editorial features, sometimes offering products to bloggers & journalists in exchange for unbiased reviews. 

Along with a love of botanicals, essential oils & natural extracts, I'm passionate about ethics & sustainability and this is reflected in all aspects of the business. 

Workshops for small groups to get creative & learn more about a natural, aromatic lifestyle, began with a natural Reed Diffuser workshop in February 2020. However since then they have been on hold, due to COVID-19 precautions. We hope to resume these one day.

What's in a name

Why Orchard View naturals? Our first home in Somerset was a Victorian terrace called 'Orchard View' in the village of Shepton Beauchamp, Ilminster, Somerset. The tradition of growing apples here is woven into the fabric of the County. Sitting in the sunshine in the garden, talking through all the possibilities for a name for the business, the name of the house felt like a way of capturing the “golden glow” of Somerset. We are now just a few miles up the road. 

If you'd like to discover more about treatments & products, do get in touch.

Thank you for visiting. Lucy x

Professional Bio

Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapies (MFHT). 

Professional Standards Authority Registered.

Previously worked at Orchard View Treatment Room for a decade & at The Orchard Centre Chard (Orchard Osteopaths), Minster Centre for Natural Therapies Ilminster, Jordans Day Spa, Ilminster & The Therapy Room Hambridge.

Core Training

Aromatherapy Diploma, ITEC, Distinction.

Holistic Massage, Anatomy & Physiology, Professional Conduct & Business Awareness Diploma, ITEC, Distinction.

Continuous Professional Development 

Advanced Aromatherapy (Kolinka Zinovieff, Mill Retreat)

Advanced Natural Perfumery (Marina Barcenilla)

Aromatherapeutic Facials (SEED Institute)

Aromatherapy Product Blending from Creation to Regulation (ITHMA)

Ayurvedic Face Massage (Exeter School of Complementary Health)

Complying with Cosmetic Legal Requirements (Dr Roberto Ciaff)

Education & Training Award, Level 3 (Bridgwater College) 

Essential Oils & the Skin (Tisserand Institute)

Essential Oil Chemistry & Pharmacology (Robert Tisserand)

Japanese Face Massage (Ann Parry)

Natural Skincare & Skin Nutrition (College of Naturopathic Medicine)

Rediscovering Aromatherapy Plants & Their Essential Oils (Dr Vivienne Anthony, ITHMA)