We founded our company because we are passionate about the power & efficacy of genuine natural skin care, particularly for sensitive skin.
Margaret began making skin care from natural ingredients over 30 years ago. ‘Conventional’ cosmetics didn’t suit her allergy-prone skin and she was desperate to find a remedy for her family’s eczema problems. She felt there must be a healthier, more effective way to make skin care than using petroleum and artificial additives. So, armed with qualifications in herbal medicine and aromatherapy, and a passion for the genius of nature, she set about creating truly effective formulations, based only on organic herbs, plant oils and natural active ingredients that were compatible with the most sensitive skin.
The result was Essential Care (recently renamed Odylique – which means ‘power of nature’) that she launched as a company with her daughter Abi and husband Colin in 2003.
We are still a family-owned company run by Abi and Margaret (in the picture on the right) and supported by a wonderful team.
Odylique, formulated by Margaret, is hand-made in our Suffolk workshop – not outsourced to a factory. This is quite unusual in skin care manufacturing and it ensures you the highest level of product quality and freshness.
Our philosophy is simple: All ingredients must have therapeutic value, and the product must be a joy to use. This means we use actives - herbs and essential oils - in therapeutic concentrations for optimum benefit. Plant oils must be virgin and cold-pressed so that they have their full antioxidant vitamin-content intact, so as to actively nourish the skin and protect it from premature ageing.
Odylique and Essential Care products are free from synthetic chemicals and are all certified to strict Soil Association organic standards. We were one of the first companies to create certified organic cosmetics and follow the precautionary principle to formulate the purest cosmetics possible.
Our 30-year focus on sensitive skin means that we also have a unique position on potential allergens. We avoid all synthetic chemical irritants and possible allergens like artificial fragrance. In addition, we exclude lanolin, wheat, dairy and soya derivatives, salicylic acid, peanut oil, common allergen tree nut oils, and more...
Our products are tested on a panel of human volunteers who have sensitive and allergy-prone skin. We NEVER test on animals. We ensure that our raw materials suppliers and all our distributors follow the same policy.
Although our company is growing, as a practitioner based, family-run organisation personal customer service is our priority - from friendly, caring, professional advice to prompt order dispatch. Please get in touch if you would like further information about our products and which ones are right for you. We would love to hear from you.
Read about Abi & Margaret's interview for the Organic Heroes series on the Soil Association website.