The La-Eva universe is an intimate one, infused with warmth, loyalty and passion. A diverse group of doers and creatives, our shared values bridge differences with a love of simple luxuries, ethics and aesthetics in the every day.
2014 - Gentle beginnings
La-Eva is the organic evolution of an artisan cold process soap studio set up in 2014 by founder and former Clinical Psychologist Louisa Canham.
Having completed her doctoral training at Oxford and specialised in complex adolescent mental health, Louisa spent over a decade working in schools, hospitals and prisons before discovering the gentle, creative pass time of traditional soap making - a therapeutic antidote to the everyday. Cold process soap provides a unique platform for exploring palettes of scents, the potential of natural raw ingredients, and the care and attention it takes to create something truly beautiful.
Over the course of time a rustic soap studio on the edge of a sawmill manifests. We begin to pop up at festivals, local independent shops and markets, including the iconic London Spitalfields. Slowly but steadily, the studio establishes a small, faithful customer base and close relationships with suppliers.
2017 - La-Eva Opens Doors
La-Eva begins taking more sophisticated form and the brand opens doors with a wash, a lotion, much passion and little expectation. Over time, more products are added to the collection thoughtfully and slowly, with a commitment to a less-is-more philosophy.
2020 - Now
Against the odds, and by word-of-mouth, La-Eva comes to nurture an aspirational selection of partners across the UK and Europe which continues to expand organically. We work with settings that celebrate natural beauty, foster a slower pace and deliver the purest of produce to their guests.
The La-Eva Setting
Our premises are nestled within a cluster of old farm dwellings on the edge of Thame in South Oxfordshire, with rolling views across the horizon and a woodland on the doorstep. This serene setting fosters a sense of connectedness with the earth and the elements, and is in harmony with the creation of pure, aromatic products for self-care.
Our barn and studio are beehives of logistics. In the barn, products come together in their amber glass bottles. This is where they are carefully prepared, packed and sent off to our partners and customers. In our studio ideas are generated, scent blends are created, artwork is sketched out, words are scribbled down.
Louisa Canham, Founder & Creative Director
"My years as a Clinical Psychologist afforded me precious front line experience of the continuum of wellbeing. Many of the ideas that we explore and our products embody have come together alongside reflections and learnings from the past.
La-Eva has been sewn together with a spirit of joie de vivre and is about wellbeing in the every day. About small, pure pleasures. What we wash the day off and what we nurture our skin with - the delicate film between our external and internal worlds. About fragrances that open the doors to our emotions and memories through complex neural pathways. About self regulation and harmony across the layers. Base notes. Heart notes. Top notes.
Wellbeing thrives on balance and movement. On mind and body being able to pause and root to the ground. On feeling feelings, and connecting. On eagle views and experiences that transport us between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Somewhere within the loops of these ideas and intentions lies the core of what La-Eva has become."
Christine Michaelis, Senior Product Manager
Christine has worked for 15 years in the Beauty industry, first at L’Oréal in Paris in Marketing and International Product Development for Vichy and Lancôme and later as Brand Director for H2O+ in Chicago. She is a passionate advocate of ethical, respectful and mindful beauty. Christine now works on the development of the La-Eva product range alongside Louisa.
Victor Rinaldi, Operations Manager
Victor spent many years in Asia working in the most exquisite, exclusive spa environments and brings his operational expertise to the daily running of La-Eva. Having previously held prestigious positions including as Director of Spa and Director of Experiences in a number of Amān properties including Amān Tokyo, and Amanpulo, Victor brings a wealth of insights and unique expertise to the experiential offerings of La-Eva and is passionate about the evolution of the wellness industry.
Katherine Maunder, Product Development & Sustainability Consultant
Katherine is a creative entrepreneur with over 20 years' experience as a Senior Fashion Designer and multi-disciplinary advocate for ethical fashion. Katherine’s experience includes sourcing and developing commercial products across global sustainable supply chains with an emphasis on craft production and circular economies. Katherine has led on the creation of our first textile products, tapping into meaningful, collaborative partnerships across a network of indigenous Artisans in Nepal, Myanmar, and India that she has built and nurtured over many years with her brand Thread Tales. By supporting their ancestral craftsmanship traditions, we are collectively able to create precious, low-impact accessories in harmony with nature, inspired by the raw beauty of source materials.
Nina Carrington, Holistic Therapist and Ceremonialist
Nina is a holistic therapist, a Shamanic Cacao Ceremonialist and floral milliner. She holds healing space and offers heart-centred therapeutic experiences in her bohemian studio in West Oxfordshire, sewing together age-old wisdom, healing practices and beautiful sensorial rituals such as earth altar creation. Nina is involved in the creative La-Eva process, helping with planning and hosting immersive La-Eva events, photoshoots and styling.
Tara Donovan, Non-Executive Director
Tara is a lawyer by training. A former partner of London law firm Denton Hall, she joined client Jamie Oliver in 2003, initially as Head of Business Affairs and ultimately as CEO of his Media Group of Companies. Tara makes connections, shares experiences and nurtures the organic growth of La-Eva as a Non-Executive Director.