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ABOUT


 

OUR PRODUCTS

We see ethical integrity as an essential ingredient in the creation of beautiful self-care products and strive to meet the highest of ethical standards without compromising on function.

All our products have a minimum of 70% organic content, are cruelty-free, ocean friendly and come in glass apothecary bottles which we will soon be able to offer refill services for. The LA-EVA skincare range is certified organic by the Soil Association and vegan friendly. 

Our products are made on a family-run farm in central England.

Our washes, lotions and oil are for use on the face, hands, and body alike, as we think of skin as one, unitary organ and believe in treating every part of ourselves with equal care. Developing products for the face means that they are inherently light and gently nourishing, making the range suitable for sensitive skin, wherever this may be. Our products draw on the natural properties of their pure raw elements and deliver simply and beautifully, without unnecessary fuss or statements.

 

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THE BRAND

Located on the edge of a saw mill in Oxfordshire, LA-EVA comes as the evolution of an artisan studio specialising in cold process soap making. For us, traditional handmade soap provided a unique platform for exploring palettes of scents, the potential of natural raw ingredients, and the care and attention it takes to create something truly beautiful. In our light, fragrant studio space, for a handful of years we cooked, cut, edged and packaged batches, blocks and bars of soap. Over time we worked on recipes and formulations for other products too, and popped up at festivals, local independent shops and markets, including the iconic London Spitalfields. We established a small, faithful customer base and close working relationships with farms, suppliers and the Soil Association.

A while ago there came a sense that it was time to pull together some of the best elements of our work and share them more broadly. New individuals organically joined our journey along the way, such as Rose-Marie Caldecott, a fine artist whose studio is located opposite ours, and whose etherial textures of paintings now decorate our amber glass bottles. Nowadays our studio has evolved into a space of broader inspiration and collaboration, a lived in environment where creativity is fostered and ideas are generated. We regularly host get-togethers including art exhibitions, yoga practices, botanical installation workshops and talks. Against this backdrop, a small, carefully curated range of products has come together, units of wellbeing inspired by sensory experiences and a love of beauty. 

LA-EVA can now be found in select retailers and hotels across the UK and Europe.

 

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THE FOUNDER

Louisa Canham started her career as a clinical psychologist, gaining an Oxford Doctorate in her early twenties and specialising in the field of adolescent mental health.  She worked for over a decade in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and prisons before deciding to take an open ended break from psychology when her children were young. Having discovered the art of making cold process soap several years earlier, Louisa came to open an artisan soap studio in 2014 alongside a close friend. LA-EVA has organically evolved from there into a unique brand that eclectically draws on threads of inspiration and knowledge acquired on this unconventional - left of centre - personal journey.