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Bernard Chevilliat, founder of Melvita, moved with his brother to the Ardèche in 1977 after studying Biology. They set up a small farm after being attracted to the area by the vast unspoilt landscapes and open countryside. As they worked the land they became interested in migrant beekeeping, particularly the valuable role bees play in nature as a whole, and soon built up over five hundred hives.

Nûriël, Bernard’s wife, then joined the farm. They founded Melvita in 1983 developing their own natural and organic beauty products designed for people to use everyday without the need for harsh chemicals. Their first product was the iconic hexagonal soap made with honey from their hives. Delicate moisturisers and lotions, shampoos and bath products soon followed and the company, which started out with just 4 employees, grew to over 250 people.

MELVITA was quietly formulating natural beauty products before the trend for natural and organic cosmetics took hold, and was one of the first to gain the ECOCERT certificate for organic products in 2002.

Melvita is based in a beautiful ecological location deep in the countryside of southern France, near Lagorce in the Ardèche Gorges. Originally a bee farm the site has been carefully managed as Melvita has grown preserving every aspect of the environment.
The eco-factory site now covers over 2 hectares and provides a sustainable work place for over 250 local people. In 2009, an ambitious eco-construction project will double its size and capacity. Our eco-factory houses all of our production teams and head office staff.
The new Melvita eco-factory has everything from solar-voltaic panels to provide sustainable energy for power and water heating, to a living ‘green' roof helping the site blend into the natural landscape: proof that, even on an industrial scale, we can still work together to look after the planet.


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