Over the years I’ve received some lovely feedback from clients & customers, journalists & bloggers. There’s not enough space to share them all here, so I’ve chosen a small selection for you (in no particular order) which I hope represents the overall message. If yours isn’t featured, it’s not because I don’t appreciate it – I am so grateful to each & every one of you.
I always ask permission before I publish testimonials, as I operate with discretion & respect the privacy of all my customers.
Awards & Accolades
Logical Harmony 2018
Having passed the rigorous assessment process, OV is listed on the “go-to” international website for cruelty-free & vegan products.
The Real Beauty Manifesto 2017
OV is recognised as standing for Purity, Compassion, Honesty, Community, Transparency & Sustainabilty
The Beauty Shortlist 2013 - Judges Favourites
"Your Triple Rose oil is exquisite."
"Somerset-based aromatherapist Lucy Stevens hand blends her bespoke-style facial oils in batches, and OV was one brand that definitely caught our attention during the judging of The Beauty Shortlist Awards last month. More specifically, the hero of her collection, the Triple Rose Facial oil which felt like cashmere on our – back then – winter-battered skins!...So if you’re on the lookout for a new facial elixir, and you love a product that’s … 100% natural and over 99% organic, this is a brand to take a look at. Her oils are, quite simply, gorgeous... The OV Naturals philosophy: To keep things simple, reduce synthetic overload, harness the power of nature & in particular, the therapeutic value of essential & plant oils, and actively care for the skin."
The Mark of Positive Living 2012
OV was awarded Positive Luxury’s Trust Mark, awarded to brands & companies that have a positive impact on people & the planet
'Free From' Skincare Awards 2012
Awarded a Commendation for Triple Rose Facial oil
What Journalists & Bloggers Said About OV Skincare, Fragrance & Treatments – a Selection 2011-2019
I am so grateful to Sarah Stacey, eminent Health & Beauty Journalist, who co-authors The Beauty Bible book series, the Beauty Bible online & the Beauty Bible Clinic for the Mail Online with Josephine Fairley. She wrote the Health & Wellbeing page for the Daily Mail YOU Magazine for years. She has championed my treatments & Vital Triple Rose since the beginning. Here are some excerpts:
“Lucy Stevens, in Somerset. She’s a wonderful practitioner (her Ayurvedic-based facial massage is a fab temporary face-lift, and blissfully relaxing).”
Sarah Stacey, Beauty Bible
- “Monthly facials… I’m just off to see the wonderful Lucy Stevens of Orchard View Naturals in Somerset for that very thing…”
Sarah Stacey, Beauty Bible
- “One of the nicest ranges of handmade plant-based products we know is Somerset-based Orchard View.”
Beauty Bible, Sarah Stacey
- “VITAL Triple Rose Botanical Facial Oil (one of Sarah’s all-time favourites).”
Beauty Bible Beauty Clinic & Mail Online, Sarah Stacey
- "Sarah loves…“OV Naturals Triple Rose Organic Facial Oil, a handmade treat from a tiny business in Somerset."
The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible (Book), Everything You Need to Look and Feel Gorgeous for Ever, Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey
- "A favourite is OV Triple Rose Luxury Organic Facial Oil, which really does plump and moisturise dry skin overnight."
YOU magazine, Mail on Sunday, 'Skincare Special: Over-40 fixes' Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey
- “Sarah Loves… "I love rose (as many of you do too, we know) and this nourishing facial oil made my skin instantly soft and velvety feeling, with a visible bloom. You can use night and morning, with night cream for extra moisturising overnight; in the morning, I use it under a tinted moisturiser."
Beauty Bible, Sarah Stacey
- "What would be your desert island beauty buy?" "Facial oil. Currently Triple Rose Luxury Organic Facial oil by a tiny Somerset business called Orchard View Naturals.”
Irish Independent, Sarah Stacey
- "Sarah Loves… “Triple Rose Luxury Organic Facial Oil - "I just love this fragrant, nourishing facial oil from Lucy Stevens, the aromatherapist who launched this fantastic hand-made range in Somerset... You won’t know how you lived without it."
Beauty Bible, Sarah Stacey
- "Another company we applaud is Orchard View Naturals, ovnaturals.co.uk, run by aromatherapist Lucy Stevens, who says: ‘we ask all our ingredients suppliers for written confirmation that they do not test on animals. This is very important to us.’"
Beauty Bible Beauty Clinic & Mail Online, Sarah Stacey
- The Beauty Bible's Sarah Stacey puts OV Triple Rose Facial Oil in her Top 3: "...created by the wonderful Lucy Stevens in Somerset. You can use it every day, morning and night, or when your skin needs a special treat."
Beauty Bible Beauty Clinic & Mail Online, Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey
Clare Empson of Country Calling is another supporter who I am so grateful to, having featured OV products & treatments several times over the years:
- "(Triple Rose) Total hero product.”
- "This facial, a combination of cleansing, exfoliation, masks and deep moisturising alongside hot stones and continual massage, was the most intensely relaxing beauty treatment I think I've ever experienced. My only thought in a zen-like hour and a quarter was that I might not be able to get off the bed and drive home afterwards."
- "This year armed with bottles of both the Buoyant (with argan, neroli and frankincense) and Vital (with triple rose, hip, otto and absolute) facial oils I can in all honestly say my skin has never been better. Crucially the oils absorb quickly but leave a light sheen initially – a bit like applying a highlighter... My 15 year old daughter also tried the Serene facial oil with the same dramatic effect, her skin, she says, is far softer and more hydrated than usual. The oils are 100% vegan and organic so feel like a good choice for young skin."
- "Then there’s the divine botanical body oil – I tried Supple – which you slather on after a shower. It’s quickly absorbed so you dress and forget about it but once you undress 12 hours later – again, wow factor. That sad looking post-holiday skin? Smoother than it’s been in years."
Clare Empson, Country Calling
“I’d already seen this little video explaining how to add facial oil to your usual moisturiser, so I gave it a go.Game changer. Why have I never thought of this before? The moisturiser itself is wonderfully rich, natural and smoothes on really easily. Adding a couple of drops of the facial oil gave a heady rose fragrance and extra richness. My skin feels very happy after just a couple of days. I’m so glad to have discovered this highly affordable natural skincare (the moisturiser is £15 and the triple rose botanical facial oil costs from £16 and a little goes a long way, so both will last me for ages.)”
Laura Dunkley, From Britain With Love
"The OV Naturals philosophy: To keep things simple, reduce synthetic overload, harness the power of nature & in particular, the therapeutic value of essential & plant oils, and actively care for the skin."
The Beauty Shortlist
"Beautiful brand and your passion for your products is just lovely."
Love Somerset Online
"(Triple Rose) Glow Like a Goddess."
"(Triple Rose) A beauty industry favourite."
"A great product to improve not just the hydration and softness of your skin but the clarity too."
Victoria Dance, The London Luxe
"Triple Rose... a gorgeous product... Super moisturising and makes the skin look radiant."
“It's (Golden EdT) truly a stunning creation and contains a lot of notes I love. It's a very feminine scent with citrus, deep florals and spice notes and is very special indeed.”
Sandra Robinson, Beauty Balm
"I have to say that the attention to detail and customer service I received was outstanding, as Lucy is both friendly and incredibly passionate about the products she creates… this (Golden EdT) is the first fragrance that I’ve had that takes so many twists and turns throughout the day, and really takes your senses on a journey; evolving with you during the day and finally flourishing during the evening. This EDT lasts all day, even during this hot weather, and is the perfect scent for every occasion. The lightness of the fragrance doesn’t overpower, it just lingers enough to give you bursts of scent during the day. It is the perfect EDT for anyone who gets bored of single note fragrances and those who want to experience a perfume and not just wear it. It is understandable that ‘Golden’ took a lengthy 3 years to develop, as it really is as precious as its namesake.”
Emma, Beauty Folio
“It (Vital) feeds my skin, it softens my skin, it firms my skin, and it makes me feel good. Not one, not two, but three rose oils? Yes please! How much more luxurious can a face oil be when it's packed with such beautiful oils and essences? This is such an exquisitely scented oil."
"This (Golden EdT) is an absolute stunner of a perfume."
Petra Redmond, Late Skin Party
"Buoyant is designed for mature and combination skin, and brings vibrancy to give a more healthy appearance to the skin. I absolutely love the scent of bergamot and neroli, which for me are the two essential oils at the forefront of Buoyant, and it’s perfect as a morning oil to awaken your senses. The facial oil has a rich texture, which is surprisingly lightweight on the skin and absorbs beautifully without leaving any greasy residue."
Emma, Beauty Folio
“It (Golden EdT) smells utterly delightful, and I had more comments on this in the first couple of hours of wearing it than I have ever had wearing my former favourite, more expensive designer perfume!”
Gemma Lupton, Wellness & Weights
“My skin feels so velvety smooth and soft and super hydrated after applying this (Triple Rose) oil, and over the months it has improved not only in softness but in texture, clarity and tone too."
Red Head Beauty Diaries
What You Said About Lucy’s Treatments – a Selection 2011-2019
"More than a facial. The moment you step through the door and inhale the botanical smells that fill the air, Lucy’s calm, kind and professional approach has you feeling like you’ve stepped into another world. As Lucy starts to massage my face I feel myself entering a trance like state.
The feel of the cool jade sliding across my skin is deeply relaxing.
As is the rose quartz wand that Lucy uses in different ways to target points that she feels need particular attention.
And there in lies the key to why Lucy’s treatment leaves me feeling like I’ve attended a holistic retreat. Tailoring each treatment according to what my skin is crying out for. Using the crystals and massage in different ways each time. I love this, as I can never anticipate what’s to come.
When, all too soon, my time is up I leave not only with my skin glowing, but with my mind and body revived and rejuvenated ready to take on the world for the next 3 weeks till my next treatment.
Friends tell me that my skin looks fresh and youthful. I’ve even had strangers comment on how good my skin looks.
I can’t recommend crystal massage enough. It really is life changing!"
I recently had a facial with Lucy and loved every minute of it. What I like about Lucy's facials is that she tailors the facial to meet whatever skin problems you may have. Mine is usually a dry skin so she uses products to compliment my skin and then uses massage techniques which make my skin glow making my mature skin look younger. That night I slept very soundly which is unusual for me as I have a tendency towards insomnia at times. Lucy is one of the best Facialists that I am fortunate to know. If I was having such a specific facial in a city I know from experience that I would be paying a great deal more and there would be pressure on buying the products afterwards. With Lucy you don't get this, what she gives you, if you ask, is her advice and wealth of knowledge based on the skin products which she has used or what her customer's have used and like. I would thoroughly her recommend Lucy and love going to visit her."
L.P., Lyme Regis
Had the most AMAZING facial last week. Lucy is just brilliant, genuinely cares about your skin, she chose the oils based on my skin type, felt totally spoilt! I also use the fabulous OV oils, revived and supple are my favourites. Thank you ❤" Debbie Domoney
"Having tried many facials over the years in many different salons, I can promise you that Lucy's facials are like no other… By the end, not only are you experiencing an incredible sense of calm and wellbeing, but your face is left looking youthful and glowing - it's a win-win combination!"
Sam Cornelius Light
"The face massage has so many benefits. Your skin feels and looks amazing, even more so the next day, and is the most relaxing treatment I have ever had."
Jenny Johnson, Somerset
“Lucy at OV naturals is an absolute gem. If you haven’t had one of her treatments, quite honestly you really don’t know what you are missing! The back, neck & shoulder massage is just the best ever… putting on Vital at night is just lovely, it soaks into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky and you have the bonus of the most gorgeous scent to drift off to sleep with.”
“I had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful Ayurvedic Face Massage from Lucy last week. Just wanted to say that the experience & results were both truly impressive... so much so, I would actually rebrand it as the ‘OV OMG FACELIFT!’ A wonderfully relaxing hour with virtually no product used, just a smidge of oil so a nice natural treatment using pressure points & soft massage (perfect for my sensitive skin). It left me glowing & totally rejuvenated.”
"Cannot recommend Lucy and her products enough! Every time I go to Lucy for a massage I always leave feeling super relaxed and pampered! Her products are truly amazing and a definite must try as they leave my skin feeling so soft and nourished"
"Lucy is a very knowledgeable and talented therapist and someone I have been lucky to know for many years. Her Ayurvedic “Natural face lift” massage is just soo relaxing, it takes away the stresses and tensions, always leaving my face feeling rejuvenated and lifted ... my daughter says I look younger and more shiny! Always a bonus! Can’t recommend enough."
"I've known Lucy for many years, and her treatments are simply amazing. She has a holistic approach with all her customers which means you come out feeling fantastic every time. Kind, knowledgeable and highly skilled. I can't recommend her enough."
"Lucy offers so much more than a traditional Aromatherapy treatment. Each visit is tailored totally to your needs and how you are feeling at the time. First through a detailed selection of the right essential oils (I was always fascinated how my selection of oils would change dependant on what my body/mind needed). Whether a body or facial treatment, no session was identical, as Lucy is able to tailor the treatment to your physical and emotional needs at the time. She may teach you visualisation techniques or controlled deep breathing to totally relax and balance - all of which I use in my own time when needed. You never fail to leave feeling so relaxed and re energised, it really is a total mind and body reboot."
"From the moment you’re welcomed by Lucy into the therapy room, with subdued lighting, gentle music and the aroma of essential oils, you know you’re about to have a wonderful experience. The Ayurvedic Face Massage is so relaxing I felt as though I was floating. It really did ‘lift’ my face and my skin was glowing."
Sandra Harvey, Somerset
"The ultimate in attention. I do not think this facial treatment could have been bettered. I felt utterly spoilt and shall certainly be back for another. The time went all too quickly!"
Mary, Ilminster, Somerset
"Your gorgeous OV Aromatherapeutic Facial (is my favourite treatment) - my skin looks and feels glowing and vibrant after the treatment. A regular Natural Facelift Massage has worked wonders on my face.”
Sally Ferry, Somerset
“I love everything about the therapies and the products but my biggest love is the holistic approach. You have an expert understanding of the skin and the internal and external factors which affect the skin. Every time I visit I always leave with a little tip, whether that be related to diet, lifestyle or the application of the products... Each facial is different because you take time to listen to what my needs are each time I visit; as a result the facial is always bespoke, the products used are personalised and from the moment I walk through the door, I can completely escape!”
"Lucy is a very caring and intuitive therapist and her therapies are second to none. Massage is always relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time and the 24hr face lift really works and makes a very noticeable difference. This week I experienced Lucy's 'Hot stone massage' which was the best treatment I have ever had, super relaxing, I almost felt as though I was in a meditative state and I just didn't want it to end - Sublime!”
Diana Wright, Somerset
“Lucy makes you feel totally at ease and happy to tailor anything to suit. I like that there are little changes every time, perhaps some hot stones or a different product. I leave feeling completely rejuvenated.”
"I had a 75 minute luxury face massage... It was so relaxing and I loved being given a neck, shoulder and scalp massage while the face pack was left to work. The ultimate in attention...I do not think this facial treatment could have been bettered.”
"Lucy provides a thoroughly professional yet warm, caring and safe environment. I particularly appreciate the way she tailors each treatment session to my specific needs.”
Lucy B, Somerset
"Lucy is professional, caring and attentive and has a good knowledge of the essential oils she uses and I like the fact she has organic and good quality oils. The room is comforting and relaxing with different music each time I visit. The towels are cosy and warm and the treatment couch is very comfortable (I have been on many that are not!) Overall a wonderful, relaxing and positive experience!"
"Lucy is so kind, gentle and very understanding of the entire holistic approach. She works with much compassion."
Angie Huskisson, Somerset
"OV is completely holistic, grounded and sincere in its practice and it is appreciated."
What You Said About OV Skincare & Fragrance – a Selection 2011-2019
"This facial oil is MAGIC" Samantha-French-Blackwell
"Absolutely love my Serene facial oil! It smells gorgeous too!" Tatty Embroidery (Instagram)
"I am truly delighted with my face and skin oils! The (Vital Triple Rose) facial oil is like a tonic to my (dry) skin. I have never had such a ‘wow’ effect before."
Michelle Shaw (Facebook)
"This (Vital Triple Rose) is the most divine facial oil. Thank you to all my recent clients that have loved my pre make up facials that have said how much they loved it." (Instagram)
"I would like to say as a rose oil user for many years and trying many different brands, I would always go back to one well-known brand. That was until I tried yours. Your rose oil will now be the one that I will never be without. It is without doubt the best I have used. Superb, amazing and precious. Well done, my skin looks smooth, fresh and glowy. Thank you."
“My skin gets so dry at this time of year and this (Vital Triple Rose) product saves it.”
Felicity on the Farm (Instagram)
"When I bought your Triple Rose Oil the other day I didn’t realise I was buying liquid gold. It looks like liquid gold, feels like liquid gold and my neck and chest are already shimmering like they haven’t for 20 years! Thankyou."
"I have been using the triple rose for the past few days and have to say I am very impressed! My acne scars have definitely appeared less red and angry and generally my skin looks radiant!"
Charley, Plumberry Beauty
"Your rose oil is liquid sunshine. Joy in a bottle. My face has never been so happy!!!!! And so beautifully wrapped. What a wonderful product. :)"
"Wow! This (Lustrous) smells divine. It's like an expensive perfume, multi-faceted and oozing luxury, quality ingredients. It has a beautiful scent and you know it's going to be great for the skin! The oil is easily absorbed and feels rich without being greasy. It smooths lines and wrinkles and reduces pores. My redness is improved."
C Jones, Cornwall.
"I really like the (Lustrous) effect on my skin - rich but easily absorbed, felt lovely and looked kinda 'glowy'!"
Carole, North Yorkshire
“I’m currently enjoying Buoyant it smells utterly divine & I swear its making me sleep better!”
Kate Forbes (Facebook)
"AMAZING!!!! (Buoyant) A WONDERFUL ANTI-AGING FIX. Instantly noticeable the next morning after applying the night before, even from the very first application. Takes years off my skin!!"
Emma Lynn, N.Ireland (Facebook)
“(Buoyant) Feels rich on the skin, earthy, fresh, gorgeous!”
Carol Bell OBE, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
“I have been using this (Serene) oil since its inception and not only do I love the fragrance but I also love the way it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. 5 stars.”
“I love this (Serene) facial oil. It leaves my face soft and hydrated. My skin feel much healthier since I started using this oil and I would highly recommend it.”
"I think 'Serene' is my new favourite facial oil! The most beautiful natural rose scent it is calming and uplifting and helped me feel connected to my heart. It gave my skin a soft dewy glow."
Melanie Ward, Somerset.
"(Serene) Absorbed well, didn't feel at all heavy or greasy on the skin. Made me feel uplifted and refreshed."
"Wow...I received my tester of ‘Golden’ yesterday-what a treat-a beautiful package and it smells DIVINE ...I’m ordering more immediately before it sells out! Love it... thank you Lucy-and well done, it’s very special xx"
Susanna Mount (Facebook)
“Lucy, you have worked your magic. ’Golden' is exquisite. Joyful and uplifting, then mellows over time. Long lasting, too. Very special.”
“Lucy 'Golden' arrived, amazing yes 1st pepper/grapefruit/bergamot then rose/neroli/tuberose and now frankincense ~ lovely.”
“It (Golden EdT) is beautiful and absolutely unique. Natural essences versus synthetic... for me, Mother Nature wins every time. Thank you Lucy for a very special fragrance.”
“I am a bit of a skeptic with body oils and I can say that you have totally converted me! I absolutely love the fragrance of the supple oil and I love how it makes my skin feel after a long bath or hot shower after a run.”
“Lucy has recently created a fabulous Body Polish to add to her collection. I have tried many over the years, but this ones (Revived) worth a try. If you use the botanical body oil afterwards, you will be amazed how your skin looks, feels and smells. Just Delicious!”
“...I absolutely love them! I just wish they came in bottomless pots. The (Uplifted) oil smells lovely and moisturises my skin perfectly without feeling greasy. The sugar scrub (Relaxed) exfoliates beautifully without being scratchy and leaves my skin soft and velvety.”
C. Jones, Cornwall