Founders, Kasturi Sen and Vidhi Dave
In the beginning...
It feels like yesterday when our paths crossed. We would spend hours connecting the dots in our very similar stories. It was quite reassuring honestly, and even refreshing, especially in this pace-crazy world, to meet someone who didn’t believe in rushing through life and its moments. That apart, we were both pursuing alternate therapies not a business idea but more as an approach to life.
You would find us exchanging notes on holistic living, spirituality and also our individual pursuit of our craft. Over many meetings and discussions on experiments with different oils, and deliberating on why and why nots, we were getting more and more determined to share this beautiful world of apothecary with a larger group of people. That was in 2017. That is when we first sowed the seeds of Oleum Cottage.
Over the past few years, OC has grown from five formulations to a robust bouquet of 29 formulations including face cleansers, tonics and creams; treatment oils and lotions; hair oils and serums, men’s grooming, foot care and lip butters. Each formulation is freshly hand-blended using cold pressed vegetable oils, therapeutic grade essential oils and unrefined butters, from a carefully curated and meticulously researched list of over 80 rare ingredients from around the world; each one historically known for its therapeutic benefits.
From a small boutique store in Powai, Mumbai, where we started making fresh, artisanal, apothecary-style skincare to our flagship store in Bandra, Mumbai, it has been a journey of constant unlearning and learning.
There are some things however that we have kept the same, and always will - the intent with which we started Oleum Cottage.
Time - it’s one ingredient that goes into all our formulations, that is the hardest to find. And yet, it’s the one thing that we can’t do without. Because, researching and curating a list of over 80 rare ingredients from across the world takes time. Testing and getting our formulations just right takes time.
Blending cold-pressed oils, therapeutic essential oils and unrefined butters by hand, every time; takes time. Not doing things the easy way, but the right way, takes time.
We’d love to have you over at the cottage and tell you more. We always have time.
Our products are hand-filled in glass bottles. Users who are environment-conscious are encouraged to deposit their empty jars at our cottage, so we can sterilise and reuse them.
We are conscious of what we add to the environment. Our packaging also consists of recycled fabric. We are committed to create a world that is free of plastic and waste, so we employ methods that reduce our carbon footprint starting with glass bottles for all our formulations.