|A small overwiew of Ravenscourt Apothecary products (source: Ravenscourt Apothecary)|
Ravenscourt Apothecary is the brainchild of Tanya Kuznetsova. Being quite the globe-trotter, she had a rather eclectic path before setting up her own botanical shop. An English literature major, she also has a solid experience in the beauty industry (she managed a beauty department store in a large company in America). She first started making soaps and following the demand, she went on to concoct her own perfumes and other body products. With her husband Harry, they manage everything from A to Z. A fruitful collaboration, since everything is so tastefully done, from the sleek design to the quality fabrication. If you have a look at her products, you’ll notice the lovely literary references. They’re reminiscent of her English major background, but also add a nice edgy touch. The best has yet to come though! (for all the green people out there 🙂
|My purchases: Russian Valdai clay + fragrance’s sample kit. Tanya kindly added two samples of her soaps|
My parcel arrived pretty quickly : the soaps were beautifully wrapped in a recycable brown paper packaging, and were sealed with the shop’s own red seal.
I ordered the Russian Valdai clay out of curiosity (living dangerously ;). I had never heard of this type of clay before, but after a little bit of researches, I’ve learned that it has healing and rejuvenating properties. It’s used for minor blemishes, and also improves the skin’s tone and elasticity. The soap is both colorant and fragrance free, but you can smell the delicate aroma of coconut and sweet almond oil. The blue color comes from the clay itself. I haven’t used it as a facial soap yet, but as a body soap, I have to say that I’m impressed by this Russian clay. It’s particularly soothing and moisturizing, and it got rid of several spots that I had. I experienced no redness and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
Price: £4.00 Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, organic unrefined shea butter, pure cold pressed unrefined avocado oil, sweet almond oil, Valdai Blue clay, lye, water.
more thorough review of the perfumes will follow up – as I’m preparing a specific post about natural fragrances – but I’ll just give you a hint…they smell incredible!Aside from soaps and fragrances, Ravescourt Apothecary offers a range of bath salts, salves, lip balms, and body butters, all cruelty-free and handmade in the UK.
The little touch of Victorian literature adds to the shop it’s charm and uniqueness, which I particularly enjoy, since I’m a book worm. For a little green blogger like me, Ravenscourt Apothecary has become one of my go-to shops. The products are pure, made with simple ingredients, affordable and eco-friendly. Also Tanya is very friendly and attentive to customer’s enquiries. Therefore, I had to share this little gem! I had a great pleasure chatting with someone as eco-conscious and passionate as Tanya and I can only recommend having a look at Ravenscourt Apothecary. You can order through the Etsy shop (click) or via the website (click).