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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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Cardamom & Star Anise Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'
Cardamom & Star Anise Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'
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$5.38 USD
Vegan Lip Balm  "Agnes Grey" - Scented with Bergamot
Vegan Lip Balm "Agnes Grey" - Scented with Bergamot
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$5.38 USD
Cloves & Oranges Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'
Cloves & Oranges Vegan Lip Balm - Limited Edition 'Winter Spices'
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$5.38 USD
Vegan Lip Balm 'Nightingale's Rose' - Scented with Rose
Vegan Lip Balm 'Nightingale's Rose' - Scented with Rose
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$5.38 USD
Tea Fragrance Sampler: 'Vanilla Rooibos', 'Green Tea', 'Lapsang Souchong' and 'Earl Grey'
Tea Fragrance Sampler: 'Vanilla Rooibos', 'Green Tea', 'Lapsang Souchong' and 'Earl Grey'
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$14.80 USD
Purity -  Facial Cleanser | Natural Face Wash & Makeup Remover
Purity - Facial Cleanser | Natural Face Wash & Makeup Remover
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$13.46 USD
Organic Muslin Exfoliating Face Cloth
Organic Muslin Exfoliating Face Cloth
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$4.71 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lavender - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lavender - 250 ml
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$10.77 USD
Women's Fragrance Sampler
Women's Fragrance Sampler
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$14.80 USD
Russian Valdai Clay Soap - Soap With Silver-Rich Valdai Clay. Fragrance Free Soap, Handmade Natural Vegan Soap. Palm Oil Free.
Russian Valdai Clay Soap - Soap With Silver-Rich Valdai Clay. Fragrance Free Soap, Handmade Natural Vegan Soap. Palm Oil Free.
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$6.73 USD
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
Oil Perfume Sample - 1 ml. Natural Mini Perfume.
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$4.04 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose. 1 kg pack.
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$26.92 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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$44.41 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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$44.41 USD
Unscented Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
Unscented Beard Oil. Beard Conditioner. Beard Grooming and Care.
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$6.73 USD
French Green Clay Soap. Unscented Vegan Soap.
French Green Clay Soap. Unscented Vegan Soap.
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$6.73 USD
Yoga Gift Box Set - Limited Edition Winter 2018-2019
Yoga Gift Box Set - Limited Edition Winter 2018-2019
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$32.30 USD
Dead Sea Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus
Dead Sea Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus
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$13.46 USD
English Lavender Soap | Vegan Soap
English Lavender Soap | Vegan Soap
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$6.73 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Tea Tree - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Tea Tree - 250 ml
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$10.77 USD
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Egyptian Mint & Eucalyptus. 1 kg pack.
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$26.92 USD
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine. 1 kg pack.
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$26.92 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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$6.73 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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$6.73 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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$44.41 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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$6.73 USD
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine
Bathing Salts - Indian Jasmine
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$17.50 USD
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
Bathing Salts - English Lavender. 1 kg pack.
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$26.92 USD
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lemongrass - 250 ml
Natural Yoga Mat Spray - Lemongrass - 250 ml
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$10.77 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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$44.41 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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$44.41 USD
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
Bathing Salts - Moroccan Rose
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$17.50 USD
Rose Skincare Set - Gift For Her. Moroccan Rose Bathing Salts, English Rose Vegan Soap & Nightingale's Rose Lip Balm.
Rose Skincare Set - Gift For Her. Moroccan Rose Bathing Salts, English Rose Vegan Soap & Nightingale's Rose Lip Balm.
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$24.23 USD
Bath Salt - English Lavender. Soothing, calming, natural bath salt.
Bath Salt - English Lavender. Soothing, calming, natural bath salt.
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$13.46 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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$44.41 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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$44.41 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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$44.41 USD
Kaolin White Clay Soap - Unscented Vegan Soap
Kaolin White Clay Soap - Unscented Vegan Soap
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$6.73 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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$6.73 USD
Custom Mini Soap Favors. Baby Shower Soap Favors. Wedding Soap Favors. Bridesmaids or Groomsmen Package.
Custom Mini Soap Favors. Baby Shower Soap Favors. Wedding Soap Favors. Bridesmaids or Groomsmen Package.
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$33.65 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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$44.41 USD

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