It's less about us than about him. Savon Stories was born from the wisdom and character of our grandfather, above, who lived a fulfilling 115 years.
Tall, generous and mild-tempered, he lived on a simple farmer's diet of fresh, raw foods, in small portions. It was this combination of genuine character and minimal consumption that we believe was his secret to a long life. The family call it “raw minimalism”: to nurture the best of good green earth and be rich with less than more.
Convinced that the skin is a second stomach, his granddaughter, whom he raised on the family farm, took this ethos to handcrafting organic remedies for enduring health & beauty: rich & raw botanicals, kept as close to their natural state to retain their nutrition, purity and trueness.
We believe that healthy eating, clean air, and gentle character is the best start to genuine wellbeing. Take care of the inside, and the outside should care for itself.
This was at least true in our family's clean, rural origins. But our environments no longer provide the optimal conditions to make this easily achievable. Poor soil, pulluted air and stress leave our bodies unbalanced. Our craft offers reliable and effective helping hands againt these inevitable inconveniences. Having the body and hair you want begins with respecting its natural beauty, and nothing can nurture that better than nature itself.
Our grandfather often communicated life lessons through storytelling, fables that brought the elements of the natural world alive - talking trees, mountains and animals. It’s influenced how we see the world, and our craft. Nature is not an ingredient for us; it’s a language.
Everyone bears the marks of their upbringing. Just as good stories nourish the imagination, your body behaves according to the chemical information it receives from what you feed it - inside and out. The chemical information in an organic plant oil, for instance, is like a "story" that connects you to a part of the natural world where that plant came from - the soil from which it grew, the quality of the air it breathed, the environment around it, the minerals it was fed. All these come to shape the character and quality of that plant, and ultimately how it will speak to your body. Nature is more than an ingredient; it’s a language. We’ve closely followed the life story of all the natural elements we use to ensure that our recipes have a wonderful story to tell your skin. We know them intimately, and so will you.
Savon Stories is a small team of family and helpful friends from Surrey, England.
Moute is the founder of Savon Stories and formulator of the recipes. Inspired by her grandfather’s storytelling, she took a History degree and learned to pay attention to detail and always trace things to their source. Moute suffers from a form of eczema that strikes suddenly and severely, sometimes causing complete hair loss. If you’ve got sensitive skin, rest assured you’re in good hands with her recipes. But, she believes, healthy skincare is only complete together with healthy eating, mood and character.
Ray, her husband, is co-founder and company director. He met Moute whilst also studying history at University. Raised in rugged and rural West Africa, he acquired an early appreciation for ancient traditions. After working as a historical researcher for television, he took his learning to clothe Moute's craft into a business - a homage to her inspiring grandfather and a heritage they hope to pass on to their future generations.
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