About Us

Orchard View naturals est. 2006

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

Welcome to Orchard View naturals skincare & thank you for visiting our little business.

I’m Lucy Stevens, based in the village of Hambridge, between Ilminster & Langport in South Somerset (pictured in the lavender fields of Provence, 2019).

A qualified aromatherapist, I specialise in natural, holistic facial treatments & the creation of small-batch skincare products with aromatherapy at the heart. You can read testimonials on the facial treatments page & also here.

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. 

FHT
Professional Standards Authority Registered.

Professional Membership & Insurance

I'm a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists which means that I have a strict Code of Ethics & have an obligation to complete a certain amount of Professional Development each year (which isn't a hardship, in fact, I tend to do much more than is required as I love learning & adding to my skillset!). I'm also Professional Standards Authority Registered.

I'm fully insured to practice as a therapist & to sell skincare products to the general public. 

Qualifications

Core Training

Aromatherapy Diploma, ITEC, Distinction.

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

Diploma Fine Art

BA Creative Arts

MA Arts Management

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) 

Product Compliance

Orchard View naturals skincare products are made under strict legal requirements & are compliant with Cosmetic Legislation & registered with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

Experience

I have 15 years experience of working as a therapist, mostly self-employed. I now work from a treatment space in Hambridge. I previously worked at Orchard View which was my home in Shepton Beauchamp for a decade. Other working partnerships have been at The Orchard Centre Chard (Orchard Osteopaths), Minster Centre for Natural Therapies Ilminster, Jordans Day Spa, Ilminster & The Therapy Room Hambridge.

Background

Like many therapists, I started out doing something else. I worked in art galleries at the start of my career & am still drawing, painting & writing when I get the time. 

A little while ago now, I had some aromatherapy treatments which made such a difference to me that I became curious about how they worked. This led me to train as an aromatherapist & once I was on that path, there was so much more to learn. Over time, this evolved & 15 years later, here we are! Natural & holistic facial treatments are now my specialism, along with a small artisan collection of skincare products.

The creative element of running my own small business fulfils my artistic nature & blending aromatic oils is an art in itself. 

What's in a name

Why Orchard View naturals? It’s where the business was founded in 2006 - ‘Orchard View' in the village of Shepton Beauchamp. 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. Over the next decade I slowly & steadily built up a loyal customer base for aromatherapy treatments. 

Hands On - Treatments

For more than a decade, clients visited for body massage, loving the essential oil blends we used in their treatments. These precious botanicals along with the power of touch made a powerful combination. I became more & more interested in different massage techniques & in the use of essential oils for supporting health & wellbeing. Things evolved & now, my treatments are all individually designed facials which also impact the mind & body. 

Branching Out - Artisan Skincare Products

“My clients asked me to make products for them to use at home, so I did.”

Since the beginning I’ve always worked on the face as part of my treatments. When therapy clients saw the difference in their skin, they wanted more - so in 2009, OV naturals skincare was born. Over the years the product range has developed & changed, with “Triple Rose” Facial Oil being our original hero product & still a bestseller today. We are so grateful to Sarah Stacey of the Beauty Bible, for her support of this product in particular, ever since it’s launch. 

Read more about the journey of our small skincare brand here.

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

Thank you for visiting.

Lucy x