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Apr 18, 2014

by Tanya Kuznetsova

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I’m Tanya Kuznetsova, and I’m the force behind Ravenscourt Apothecary, a small botanical apothecary in London. I’m a yogi, vegan and a global nomad; I’ve lived in Russia, United States, Ireland and the UK. I’m also a portrait photographer, and I regularly blog about creative culture for Ohh Deer, a UK platform for artists and illustrators.

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When I lived in the States, I managed the beauty department in a large pharmacy. I learned so much at that job – from ingredients and fancy skincare to ace customer service, but part of me longed for something more personal, pure and exclusive. 2013 was an incredibly turbulent year, and I moved around a lot. In the middle of it all, I felt the need to connect with nature and myself. The result was Ravenscourt Apothecary, which is truly an expression of what is important to me: simple, local, vegan and vegetarian ingredients; caring for one’s body in the most natural way possible; the quirky literary twist I put on things.

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You are only going to be successful if you know who you are and what makes you unique. I’m a huge language nerd, and my background and formal education in English and literature has really helped me put a creative spin on my products. My love for Victorian novels inspired my line of botanical fragrances, all of which are named after famous literary characters. Mr. Darcy, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Rochester – I really tried to express their spirit through scent.

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I am constantly inspired by the beauty of nature, and I try to live in harmony with all living things. Veganism is a huge part of my life, so it is only natural that my business has evolved with that as a central idea. Animal welfare is extremely important to me, and I regularly donate proceeds from Ravenscourt Apothecary to several animal charities.

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I love the fact that I am able to share my knowledge of raw botanicals, essential oils and mineral clays with other people through my Etsy shop. In the future, I want to continue growing my little apothecary into a seasoned, prosperous business. I also plan to take my photography to new levels and do more fine art portraiture. The same goes for my writing; I can see myself having a permanent column in an online publication about art and culture. Most importantly, I hope that I’m living a happy and interesting life that keeps challenging me.

All photographs by Harry Duns.

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Tinted Vegan Lip Balm 'Crimson Petal' - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Tint
Tinted Vegan Lip Balm 'Crimson Petal' - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Tint
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$13.43 USD
Cardamom & Star Anise Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Cardamom & Star Anise Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Moroccan Rhassoul Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Moroccan Rhassoul Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Vegan Lip Balm 'Magnolia Blossom' - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Biodegradable Vegan Lip Balm
Vegan Lip Balm 'Magnolia Blossom' - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Biodegradable Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Purity -  Facial Cleanser | Natural Vegan Face Wash & Makeup Remover - Choose Your Own Scent. Low Waste Skincare.
Purity - Facial Cleanser | Natural Vegan Face Wash & Makeup Remover - Choose Your Own Scent. Low Waste Skincare.
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$19.48 USD
Rosemary and Thyme Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
Rosemary and Thyme Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Lavender and Chocolate Vegan Body Butter - All Natural Body Moisturizer For Dry Skin. Low Waste Skincare: Glass Bottle and Kraft Paper.
Lavender and Chocolate Vegan Body Butter - All Natural Body Moisturizer For Dry Skin. Low Waste Skincare: Glass Bottle and Kraft Paper.
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$13.43 USD
Beard Oil - Sandalwood and Tea Tree. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Beard Oil - Sandalwood and Tea Tree. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$10.75 USD
Rosemary and Clary Sage Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Rosemary and Clary Sage Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$10.75 USD
Blood Orange Body Butter
Blood Orange Body Butter
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$13.43 USD
Beard Oil - Frankincence and Bay Leaf . Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Beard Oil - Frankincence and Bay Leaf . Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$10.75 USD
Beard Oil - Vetiver and Black Pepper. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Beard Oil - Vetiver and Black Pepper. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$10.75 USD
Unscented Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Unscented Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$10.75 USD
Oats&Rosehips Facial Scrub. Unscented Vegan Soap.
Oats&Rosehips Facial Scrub. Unscented Vegan Soap.
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$8.73 USD
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
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$5.37 USD
French Pink Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
French Pink Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Women's Fragrance Sampler
Women's Fragrance Sampler
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$17.46 USD
Vegan Lip Balm  "Agnes Grey" - Scented with Bergamot. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Vegan Lip Balm "Agnes Grey" - Scented with Bergamot. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Coffee & Brown Sugar Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Coffee & Brown Sugar Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Basil, Oregano and Mint Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
Basil, Oregano and Mint Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Dead Sea Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Dead Sea Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Activated Charcoal Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Activated Charcoal Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Vegan Lip Balm 'Nightingale's Rose' - Scented with Rose. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Vegan Lip Balm 'Nightingale's Rose' - Scented with Rose. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Vegan Lip Balm 'Greenwood Tree' - Scented with Spearmint and Lemon. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Vegan Lip Balm 'Greenwood Tree' - Scented with Spearmint and Lemon. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Lapsang Souchong Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
Lapsang Souchong Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
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$47.02 USD
Australian Red Reef Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Australian Red Reef Clay Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Russian Valdai Clay Soap - Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Russian Valdai Clay Soap - Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Unscented Vegan Lip Balm - Fragrance Free Unisex Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Unscented Vegan Lip Balm - Fragrance Free Unisex Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.09 USD
Green Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
Green Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
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$47.02 USD
Vanilla and Cinnamon Vegan Lip Balm - "Winter Spices" Limited Edition. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Vanilla and Cinnamon Vegan Lip Balm - "Winter Spices" Limited Edition. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Men's cologne "Dorian Gray" - Vetiver, Juniper, Bergamot & Lemon. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
Men's cologne "Dorian Gray" - Vetiver, Juniper, Bergamot & Lemon. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
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$47.02 USD
Pack of Three Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balms - Seasonal Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free Gift. Compostable Recyclable Lip Balm Set
Pack of Three Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balms - Seasonal Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free Gift. Compostable Recyclable Lip Balm Set
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$28.21 USD
Cocoa Bean Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Cocoa Bean Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Organic Orange Blossom Water Toner | Floral Mist for Normal to Oily, Sensitive Skin
Organic Orange Blossom Water Toner | Floral Mist for Normal to Oily, Sensitive Skin
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$17.46 USD
Organic Rose Water Toner | Floral Mist for Normal to Dry, Sensitive Skin
Organic Rose Water Toner | Floral Mist for Normal to Dry, Sensitive Skin
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$17.46 USD
Organic Lavender Water Toner | Balancing Floral Mist for All Skin Types
Organic Lavender Water Toner | Balancing Floral Mist for All Skin Types
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$17.46 USD
Lavender Oil Fragrance 'The Secret Garden'. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Women. 10 ml.
Lavender Oil Fragrance 'The Secret Garden'. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Women. 10 ml.
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$47.02 USD
Jane Eyre Oil Fragrance - Rose, Bergamot & Clary Sage. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
Jane Eyre Oil Fragrance - Rose, Bergamot & Clary Sage. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
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$47.02 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lemongrass - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lemongrass - 250 ml
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$12.09 USD
Turmeric Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Turmeric Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
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$26.87 USD
Oil Fragrance 'Elizabeth Bennet' - Basil, Anise, Lemon and Mandarin. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
Oil Fragrance 'Elizabeth Bennet' - Basil, Anise, Lemon and Mandarin. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
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$47.02 USD
Earl Grey Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
Earl Grey Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
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$47.02 USD
Anne Of Avonlea Oil Fragrance - Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Sweet Mandarin. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
Anne Of Avonlea Oil Fragrance - Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Sweet Mandarin. Natural Botanical Perfume For Women. 10 ml.
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$47.02 USD
Vanilla Rooibos Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
Vanilla Rooibos Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
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$47.02 USD
Men's Cologne "Mr Darcy" - Myrrh, Pine Needle, Cedarwood & Tea Tree. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
Men's Cologne "Mr Darcy" - Myrrh, Pine Needle, Cedarwood & Tea Tree. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
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$47.02 USD
Orange and Clove Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
Orange and Clove Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'. Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable, Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm
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$12.76 USD
Rooibos Tea Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Rooibos Tea Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.73 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
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$17.46 USD
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
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$26.87 USD
Yoga and Meditation Oil Blend - Aromatherapy Roller. Calming Essential Oil Blend for Relaxation, Peace and Harmony.
Yoga and Meditation Oil Blend - Aromatherapy Roller. Calming Essential Oil Blend for Relaxation, Peace and Harmony.
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$16.12 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Tea Tree - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Tea Tree - 250 ml
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$12.09 USD
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
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$26.87 USD
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
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$26.87 USD
Men's Cologne 'Heathcliff' - Vetiver, Pine, Bergamot & Peppermint. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
Men's Cologne 'Heathcliff' - Vetiver, Pine, Bergamot & Peppermint. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
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$47.02 USD
Oil Fragrance 'Alice' - Neroli, Jasmine & Mandarin  Oil Perfume. 10 ml
Oil Fragrance 'Alice' - Neroli, Jasmine & Mandarin Oil Perfume. 10 ml
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$47.02 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lavender - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lavender - 250 ml
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$12.09 USD

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