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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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$13.50 USD
Men's Fragrance Sampler. Natural Cologne Samples.
Men's Fragrance Sampler. Natural Cologne Samples.
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$14.85 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
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$17.56 USD
Blood Orange Body Butter
Blood Orange Body Butter
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$13.50 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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$47.27 USD
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
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$27.01 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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$8.78 USD
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
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$5.40 USD
Avocado and Charcoal Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
Avocado and Charcoal Soap | Unscented Vegan Soap - Fragrance Free Handmade Soap. Low Waste Recycled Packaging.
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$8.78 USD
Dead Sea Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus
Dead Sea Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus
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$17.56 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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$12.83 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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$47.27 USD
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
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$27.01 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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$47.27 USD
Beard Oil Gift Set - Vegan Cruelty Free Beard Grooming and Care. Glass Bottles, Plastic Free Shipping And Packaging.
Beard Oil Gift Set - Vegan Cruelty Free Beard Grooming and Care. Glass Bottles, Plastic Free Shipping And Packaging.
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$32.41 USD
Bath Salt - English Lavender. Soothing, calming, natural bath salt.
Bath Salt - English Lavender. Soothing, calming, natural bath salt.
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$17.56 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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$10.80 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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$10.80 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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$47.27 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.
RavensCtApothecary
$47.27 USD
Oil Fragrance 'Alice' - Neroli, Jasmine & Mandarin  Oil Perfume. 10 ml
Oil Fragrance 'Alice' - Neroli, Jasmine & Mandarin Oil Perfume. 10 ml
RavensCtApothecary
$47.27 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.
RavensCtApothecary
$47.27 USD
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine
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$17.56 USD
Green Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
Green Tea Fragrance - Unisex Oil Fragrance, 10 ml. Natural Botanical Perfume.
RavensCtApothecary
$47.27 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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$12.83 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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$47.27 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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$12.83 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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$12.83 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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$47.27 USD
Lavender and Sage Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
Lavender and Sage Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm - Plastic Free, Compostable, Recyclable Herbal Lip Balm
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$12.83 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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$16.21 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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$47.27 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.
RavensCtApothecary
$10.80 USD
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
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$27.01 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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$12.83 USD
Lip Balm "Orange Blossom" - Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm in Plastic Free Packaging
Lip Balm "Orange Blossom" - Zero Waste Vegan Lip Balm in Plastic Free Packaging
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$12.83 USD
Men's Cologne "Mr Rochester" - Pepper, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger & Sage. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
Men's Cologne "Mr Rochester" - Pepper, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger & Sage. Natural Botanical Fragrance For Men. 10 ml
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$47.27 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.
RavensCtApothecary
$47.27 USD
Lip Balm Set 'Spring Blossoms'. Vegan, Plastic Free, ZeroWaste, Compostable Lip Balms.
Lip Balm Set 'Spring Blossoms'. Vegan, Plastic Free, ZeroWaste, Compostable Lip Balms.
RavensCtApothecary
$28.36 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
RavensCtApothecary
$27.01 USD

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