Lyonsleaf Story

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Lyonsleaf"We are Ben and Vicky Lyons and we run Lyonsleaf from our smallholding on the Mendip Hills. Lyonsleaf originally grew food and herbs, selling produce to local restaurants and herb plants at farmers markets.

In 2010, we had been making skincare products as a hobby for many years so it was a natural progression to sell some products on our market stalls. In a very short time the skincare products took off. We were delighted that people would try a tester wander off and reappear half an hour later to buy. We were also amazed to have many customers telling us it had worked wonders for their eczema and psoriasis. We knew we were onto something good, but to be honest, we didn’t know exactly why at the time.

We were trying for a baby and unfortunately had several failed pregnancies. This led us to do some extensive research regarding nutrition and the effects of artificial chemicals on the body. I (Vicky) also developed super sensitive skin, and started having reactions to products that I had tolerated before. A big turning point came when I had a reaction to a cleanser and had terrible eczema on my face. I used my own moisturiser with calendula to soothe it and it was slowly improving, but doubting my own wisdom, I went to the doctor who gave me a prescription for a mild steroid cream. As soon as I applied it, I knew it was a mistake. It started stinging within a few seconds and my eyes swelled to the point I could hardly see. At that point we knew we could offer a better alternative, and we really started to believe in ourselves. We decided to focus on skincare alone and embarked on some serious research.

Just a few short years later and lot of hard work, Lyonsleaf have a beautiful daughter (18 months old as this is written), a small, but perfectly formed, range of 100% natural products, and our first skincare awards - a silver and gold from the 2014 FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

Now that we really know about ingredients, we know that our water-free approach (the only way to safely create 100% natural products) delivers a huge quantity of beneficial compounds, vitamins and antioxidants. We also know that only choosing cold pressed and unrefined oils and cold blending them maximises those benefits.

Now that we know about skin function, we know that water-free actually is the most effective way to hydrate and protect skin and we have learned how to choose just the right oils to create formulations with just the right fatty acid balance, refining our original recipes to award winning standards.

Recent research is proving our initial instincts were right and turning perceived wisdom on its head. We feel we have arrived in the midst of a real renaissance in skincare and although we may be a relatively young company Lyonsleaf is the shape of things to come."

Last update: Jan 29, 2017

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