Award-winning beauty therapist to the stars of the big screen and to British royalty Deborah Mitchell began her career as a beauty therapist, creating her own all-natural organic product range to accompany her beauty treatments over twenty-five years ago. Her most prominent clients are King Charles III and Queen Consort, Camilla.
Throughout the years, Heaven’s award-winning skincare has amassed a celebrity following for its range of products and treatments, including Victoria Beckham, Cillian Murphy, Dannii Minogue, Emilia Fox, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Now the winner of more than 25 Stevie Awards and patent owner of Bee Venom ‘Abeetoxin®’ products, formulated for any skin type, Deborah has created products that offer the potent power of nature in perfect harmony with the latest breakthroughs in beauty technology.
Deborah is famous for creating her own all-natural organic product range which incorporates the all important and unique ingredient, bee venom.
You are a renowned inspirational speaker. Can you share your journey with us?
I suffered from severe acne as a teenager and struggled to find products that were suitable for my skin. When I left school I did a beauty course at my local college and became a mobile therapist. I used what I learned on the job to start mixing and blending essential oils into various creams for me and then my clients, and Heaven Skincare was born from there
It was important that right from the start my products were not only results-driven but completely natural so I used organic ingredients whenever and wherever I could. Back then, most products contained chemicals but luckily, I have always been able to think outside the box. So long before it was a “thing”, I was one of the few people in the industry trailblazing the move away from nasty chemicals and instead opting for organic formulas. At the time I’m sure many people thought I was crazy!
Tell us about Heaven and how you built your multi-million pound brand from your kitchen table?
I never saw myself on a journey, instead I focused early on my destination. It didn’t happen overnight and I had to make a lot of sacrifices, but it was worth it because I was building a future for my children, and I don’t regret that for a second. I’ve had many challenges, but that’s life and I see them as an obstacle that needs to be tackled to get to a more positive place. Many might have seen my dyslexia as a challenge, but I don’t think I would have achieved everything I have without it – my brain has to work harder than other people’s but this has always helped me see things that others miss. Now I enjoy every bit of my journey, the ups and the downs.
You have amassed a celebrity following. Take us through your luxury skincare products:
It all starts when I know a client who has a specific skin complaint and my first reaction is “how can I fix that.” I’m constantly researching, I see it as my hobby and I love learning new things and gaining new information. But research alone doesn’t help me actually come up with the ideas, it tends to be the other way round. The idea comes first and then I have to work out how to make it a reality. This involves lots of problem solving as sometimes the ingredients I imagined may not work together.
Over the years I have created so many amazing products, but I would say my Bee Venom Masks are my most famous. It may sound funny to most people when I say I had a dream about the bee venom but it’s true. I remember going to bed one night and I dreamt of bees; the next morning I knew just what to do. I started mixing the venom with fresh honey because this had been used for centuries for its healing properties, but it was very sticky to begin with, and that’s why I called it a mask rather than a moisturizer. But with few tweaks to the recipe, I made it more like a face cream and now most of my clients use it as a moisturizer.
Tell us about your new Collagen Body Face Mist?
It’s a top-to-toe spray that works as a skin firmer and refiner, energy booster and make-up setting spray all in one – I’m a great believer in creating products that have a multitude of uses. It contains my exclusive Collagen Drops so you’ll feel a tightening effect when you spritz. There’s also additional hyaluronic acid to leave skin looking radiant, as well as essential neroli oil, known for its antibacterial and rich antioxidants properties.
What is your recipe for success when it comes to skincare?
I’m probably not your average industry boss, I’m very hands-on and I still work on counter and carry out treatments. I have the privilege of meeting my customers day to day and I love seeing how my products or therapies really make life better for someone. My skincare is best known for being innovative and instant, and the fact that I have a long list of celebrity and royal clients is testament to this. I take a holistic approach and combine my facials with visualization and relaxation techniques. Busy lives can make our skin and mind health worse, so I love to help my clients stop the world spinning, even if it’s just for an hour. This can have amazing results on their skin.
Holidays are around the corner, how can we get holiday-ready?
While there’s no doubting that Christmas can be a magical time, all that additional prep can really play havoc with your complexion – from dark circles under the eyes to breakouts. So the sooner you can start prepping your skin the betters as this will give it enough protection ahead of the party season.
TACKLE THOSE UNDER-EYE BAGS: My Nettle Venom Eyes contains NETTATOXIN® which works in the same way as my famous bee venom but uses only vegan-friendly ingredients. When applied around the delicate eye area the body’s natural defence starts to heal; of course there’s no damage or pain but the skin is tricked into thinking there has been. By using it daily, it will tackle those tell-tale dark circles and fine lines that we all get as we age.
BEAT THE BREAKOUTS: Treat unwanted spots with my Willowbee® Mask & Cleanse that not only detoxes your skin, but heals imperfection. It’s the first Heaven product to contain bark from the willow tree, a natural and organic alternative to aspirin. Because of these anti-inflammatory and healing properties it is ideal for those who suffer from acne.
REACH FOR THE SOS: My SOS Oil Serum is designed to balance oil levels, hydrate and feed the skin while its vitamin content can help to repair acne, scars and damaged skin. It is also proven to shrink warts, spots, blackheads and even stretch marks due to its antiviral properties, and can even be used on dry hair and nails to soften and repair.
GIVE YOUR SKIN A BEAUTY BOOST: To rebalance skin, Heaven’s Peppermint Hydrogel minimises oil secretion, balances the PH levels, refines pores and diminish blemishes, leaving your skin feeling fully hydrated. Added to that, it can help remove the shine on the T-Zone, works as a cooling eye gel to alleviate bags and puffiness.
FOR AN INSTANT LIFT: If you don’t have the time to fit in a well-earned spa facial, reach for my Silver Bee Venom Mask. As one of our signature products, it contains revolutionary ABEETOXIN® – renowned as a natural alternative to Botox – that controls facial muscles to tighten, firm and lift, penetrating fine lines and wrinkles. Apply after your cleansing routine, layer on top of your usual moisturiser or combine with a serum.
Can we expect to see any new products this holiday?
I am constantly thinking up new products. I’ve recently launched my Collagen Drops and they have inspired me to create a new range of collagen products so you can expect to see more of those very soon. I’m very excited to be working on a new collagen cleanser – it’s utterly amazing!