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Abi and Margaret

Odylique & Our Story

Based in Suffolk, England, we are a small family team headed by Margaret, Colin and daughter Abi (see picture, from left to right: Abi & Margaret). Since establishing the Essential Care brand as a trademark and mail order company in 2003, we have been on a mission to make the purest skincare on earth.

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I've discovered Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser which is the ultimate - I can't live without it!
Denise Van Outen Actress
Calendula stops my nose from getting red and raw - I love it.
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Essential Care are the best products; they leave my skin refreshed, clean and bright!! Love them!
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Are Organic Cosmetics Effective at Anti-ageing? - Odylique Blog

Are Organic Cosmetics Effective at Anti-ageing?

The key to protecting the skin from ageing is anti-oxidants which plants just happen to contain in abundance.
Your favourite organic moisturiser may be kind to your skin, but can it boast to be anti-aging just like the latest wonder ingredient from a hi-tech laboratory? It certainly can - and depending on the plant ingredients used, possibly more so! Here’s why...
Bio-Available, Natural Antioxidants in Plant Oils
The key to protecting the skin from ageing is anti-oxidants which plants just happen to contain in abundance.
Antioxidants neutralise the damaging effects of 'free radicals' generated on our skin by exposure to sunlight and airborne pollutants. Unchecked, these free radicals cause a chain reaction of injury resulting in sun damage, pigmentation and premature ageing.
We have long recognised that the skin needs the valuable protection of these potent antioxidants and by incorporating them in their natural bio-available form into our organic cosmetics, we can harness the power of nature to full effect.
Virgin & Cold-Pressed

Vitamins A and E are great antioxidants and high levels of vitamin E and other nutrients are found in the first cold-pressings of plant oils and butters. We choose only those precious vitamin-rich oils such as extra virgin olive, sunflower and avocado oils and unrefined shea butter for Odylique products for that very reason.

Not Refined

Highly refined oils on the other hand contain low levels of anti-oxidants and the technical oils like paraffin and mineral oils used widely in mainstream skin-care formulations contain no protective nutrients at all.

Powerful Polyphenols & More

Other potent anti-oxidants found in plants include beta-carotene in calendula petals and sea buckthorn berries, polyphenols in rose, pomegranate, rosemary and cocoa butter and so on, all of which can be found in Odylique products. It is no coincidence that these plants are also reknowned for their healing and cell regenerating qualities.

More vitamins in organic

Fans of organic cosmetics now take note! Studies (see below) are increasingly showing that organically grown plants have more antioxidants than those grown ‘conventionally’. Why? As a study just published by the University of Barcelona explains: “Organic farming doesn’t use nitrogenous fertilisers; as a result, plants respond by activating their own defence mechanisms, increasing the levels of all antioxidants.” In other words, organically grown plants instigate their own fight for survival as in the wild and produce more protective antioxidants.

So be assured, nature has its own store of anti-aging 'miracles'. In fact current research is taking on board the current demand for safe, natural skincare and unearthing some amazing little gems, which being backed by clinical trials, can carry specific claims. There is even a natural non-invasive version of Botox! So as we say, watch this space....


Vallverdú-Queralt A, Jáuregui O, Medina-Remón A, Lamuela-Raventós R. Evaluation of a method to characterize the phenolic profile of organic and conventional tomatoes. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 03/2012; 60(13):3373-80.

Brandt K, Leifert C, Sanderson R, Seal CJ. Agroecosystem management and nutritional quality of plant foods: The case of organic fruits and vegetables. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 2011, 30(1), 177-197.

Amodio M and Kader A. (2007), University of California and Fauriel J, Bellon S, Pienet D, and Amiot MJ (2007), ‘On-farm influence of production patterns on total polyphenol content in peach

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