♥ Natural Wisdom Raw Organic Skincare is artisan made in Southampton, Hampshire. UK
Maeve Smith. Founder & Formulator of Natural Wisdom Raw Organic Skincare since 2007.
" I formulate all of my skincare products to be much more than just
'kind' to our skin, because our skin is so much more than just our outer covering. It's
the outside of our inside and although it has evolved
to protect us, our skin is still very sensitive and vulnerable
and constantly under attack and so it also needs Our protection. That's why I make raw organic skincare products that will feed, nourish, protect and love our skin, because that's Natural
Wisdom and that's why we dare to be different". Maeve
Maeve began making natural skincare products in 2007 as a part of her successful Homeopathy and Health Mentoring practice on the Isle of Wight, an island just off the South Coast of England.
A Homeopath and natural health mentor since 2005, Maeve has also studied Pathology and Disease, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine as well as bio-chemistry and natural skincare formulation.
Her background in natural health and her combined passion for Nutrition and Herbal Medicine are the main inspiration behind all her raw, organic skincare recipes.
The background to Natural Wisdom
Maeve has founded her skincare creations on strong eco and ethical values and deeply rooted it in her passion for nutrition & indigenous herbal medicine both of which are behind the inspiration for all her skincare recipes.
Her mission began in 2006 when she traveled with her three children, aged six, nine and eleven to Ecuador in South America for three and a half months.
Maeve didn't want to use conventional, chemical heavy anti-malaria medication, sunscreen and insect repellents, especially as two of their group had very sensitive skin and a history of eczema, so she got to work researching safe alternatives. The research took her six months. What she discovered about the manufacture of conventional skincare made her determined to learn how to make her own.
During her research to find products that would do the job without doing any damage, she concluded that she would have to make her own products if she was going to avoid over 3 months of daily chemical 'skinsults' (skin insults)" she explains.
“I’d studied chemistry, so it was a natural step for me to research active ingredients in greater depth. I had to dig very deep to find out what all these skincare ingredients were, what they were made from, what made them work, their environmental impact and toxicity concerns and then I researched potential and safe alternative ingredients that could offer similar, the same, or better results.”
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
So.. Off they went to South America with Maeve’s skin care products and anti malarial herbs, and they worked. Their kit bag was huge but it turned out to be well worth the extra luggage. Friends they were traveling with who were relying on big brand drugs, sunscreens and repellents fell foul of various illnesses, while Maeve and her family remained healthy on her homemade alternatives.
“By the time we returned to the UK, I was absolutely besotted with everything to do with natural skincare ingredients.” I spent the next two plus years working on my formulations trying out different cold emulsifiers and comparing the different qualities of seed oils available from the many suppliers by testing them against each other rigorously. I was absolutely determined to find a way to make cold blended skincare products using premium food grade ingredients. In the beginning, they were very disappointing, they separated easily or came out feeling and looking like strings of snot and goo but I persevered until I got it just right".
For a long time, Maeve had one setback after another but she say's "I just had to keep working at it". Finally, in 2010 she managed to make her moisturisers look and feel like conventional moisturisers but without any of the nonsense ingredients.
"I didn't want to compromise on the feel factor. Personally, I expect skincare products to look and feel a certain way and so I was determined to get it right. I didn't want my products to look or feel strange.”
In 2012 Maeve had another breakthrough when she changed all her seed oils from cold pressed to CO2 extracted, a unique superior extraction method that produces a whole extract of a plant or seed without heat, air and light.
“The final results are gorgeous skincare products made with pure, raw seed oils and herbal extracts full of antioxidant vitamins and 100% free of the cheap, weak fillers and nonsense ingredients most other brands use to bulk out their products,” she says. That means they won’t clog your skin. All that raw, power can penetrate the epidermis to nourish the dermis below.
Maeve started out creating skincare products initially for herself and her family because she wanted natural organic skincare that offered visible results, that were not full of chemicals and cheap weak fillers, expensive prices and exaggerated marketing.
Maeve goes onto explain that the majority of skincare products contain as much as 95% bulking agents such as water, wax emulsifiers and sunflower oil. These weak, cheap and highly-refined ingredients offer little, if any, benefit to our skin.
It was a simple progression then for the Mission of natural Wisdom, which has been the same since day one, to create the perfect organic skincare to help us meet the challenges of our changing times.... increased environmental pollution and a depleted Ozone layer are just two of the challenges we face today and our children will face tomorrow.
skin is seen my many to be nothing more than an inert outer covering
but our skin is much more than this. It is our bodies largest organ and
secreting gland, our skin is the outside of our inside, it is our external digestion and it has an integral connection to every one of our body systems. This is why I am such a passionate believer in making Skincare that does no harm, made from high potency raw ingredients, because if you protect, nourish and love your skin it will radiate health for you.." Maeve
Customer testimonials for Natural Wisdom Raw Organic Skincare
“Every time I use Natural Wisdom Skincare I feel like I am massaging pure love into my skin. It never fails to make me feel amazing” (Jhelisa Anderson, US Song Writer & Recording Artist)
“Hi Maeve, just to say my skin is looking fabulous - it's the Rosehip & Pomegranate Antioxidant Oil - it's a wonder product! I am passing on miniatures to my friends.” (Carmen Daye, London)
“Hi there, I really like the Rosehip & Pomegranate Antioxidant Treatment Oil, although it's an oil it does not feel greasy and did not block my pores. I have sensitive skin and this is a great moisturising treat I will definitely order some more when it runs out. Thanks very much.” (Christine Covil.)
“I have used the Rosehip & Pomegranate Skin Survival™ Antioxidant Balm for the first time and have found it amazing, the smell alone is a good enough reason to use it. It feels like you are treating your skin so well, I applied as soon as I came out of the shower and could feel it soaking into my cheeks. My skin felt luxurious and I had comments on how well I looked...Separate to this I wanted to tell you about my young niece, she is 2 years old and has very sore eczema at times, this weekend she stayed at my house and had 2 patches of quite angry eczema on her lower back and bottom. Her Mum had not given me anything for this as she wasn't suffering before she came and I wanted to put something on it as she was complaining. Obviously worried about what to use I put the Rosehip and Pomegranate skin survival balm on it, this immediately calmed her itch and she loved the smell, she kept asking for more of my 'special, magic cream!” (Rachel Hardy.)
"Dear Maeve, I have to tell you that on somedays the best part of my day is when I have washed my face and put your night time renewal cream on, its refreshing, nourishing and genuinely feels nurturing. Whether this is in the morning, preparing me for the day or in the evening soothing me from my busy day, it seems to hit the spot for me, so thank you, it really does play a positive part in my world.” (Stephanie Crosby, Former Manager of the Scarlet Spa)