Founder : Bernard Chevilliat
Year : 1983
Country : France
Products : Organic cosmetic
Label : Cosmebio & Ecocert
Number of products : 200
Melvita, organic and natural cosmetic
« A biologist and beekeeper, a lover of nature and beauty, fascinated by traditional wisdom and knowledge, I founded Melvita in 1983, a reference to life and honey, that extraordinary product of flowers that sits at the confluence between the plant and animal worlds.
Faced with the combined assaults of industrial chemistry and parasites, the world of bees was already, in my eyes, a reminder of the world’s increasing fragility, because a world without bees would be a world without flowers, fruit, beauty… This was why, from the outset, I wanted to place “nature at heart” of our approach and of our ecological and humanistic concerns.
Melvita is a pioneer in organic cosmetics and has grown to become one of France’s leading brands of natural and organic cosmetics. Resolutely organic. Because we are convinced that the organic commitment is one of the keys to the future of the planet.
In addition to effectiveness and pleasure of use, I hope you will find here the authenticity, the ethical approach and, above all, the passion that makes us so different today! » Bernard Chevilliat, founder of Melvita.
History of Melvita
Bernard Chevilliat and his brother, both lovers of unspoilt, open countryside, came to the Ardèche in 1977 after studying Biology. They set up in an isolated farm in the middle of the countryside and migrant beekeeping soon became their main activity, with over five hundred hives. They were soon joined by Nûriël, Bernard’s wife, and in 1983 they diversified, founding Melvita and developing their first cosmetic range based on products from the hive.
Their first product was hexagonal soap, now a flagship product. Shampoos, bath products, milks and creams made with natural ingredients, floral waters and plant oils soon followed and the new company, which had started out with only 4 employees, grew steadily and now has over 250 employees. Melvita was in at the beginning of the trend towards natural, organic products and was one of the first companies to obtain the ECOCERT certificate for organic products in 2002.
Having previously served as Chairman, Bernard Chevilliat is now Vice-Chairman of the COSMEBIO inter-professional Association.
Website : www.melvita.fr