We are Ben and Vicky Lyons and we run Lyonsleaf from our small farm on the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.
Lyonsleaf started out as a food and herb business, selling the produce we grew on our farm to local restaurants and at farmers markets. However, we had long been making natural skincare products as a hobby (using home-grown ingredients from our farm) and so in 2010 we started to sell some of our beauty products on our market stalls, too.
Lyonsleaf skincare was an instant hit with our customers, who would wander off with a tester and return half an hour later to buy. We were also amazed to have many customers telling us it had worked wonders for treating their eczema and psoriasis.
At that time, we were trying for a baby and unfortunately had several failed pregnancies. This led us to undertake extensive research into nutrition and the effects of artificial chemicals on the body and we became increasingly interested in taking as natural an approach to life as possible. I (Vicky) also developed very sensitive skin and started having reactions to products that my skin had previously tolerated.
The turning point came when I had a reaction to a cleanser that caused terrible eczema on my face. I used my own natural calendula moisturiser to soothe it and my skin started to improve, 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; within a few seconds my skin started stinging and my eyes swelled so much I could hardly see.
At that point we knew we could offer a better alternative with our natural skincare products and we really started to believe in ourselves. We decided to focus on skincare alone and embarked on some serious research, to create a natural skincare range that provided real results while being kind to the skin.
With a lot of hard work, Lyonsleaf has since developed into becoming the small but perfectly formed range of 100% natural skincare products you see today. We are hugely proud to have since won two awards in the 2014 FreeFrom Skincare Awards and are delighted to now be parents to our beautiful daughter Evie.
Lyonsleaf Ltd • Registered address: Cheddarlea Farm, Cheddar Road, Compton Martin, Bristol. BS40 6LD • Tel: 01761 221 267
Company Number: 09749596