Meet Julia Uttley from Ochre Body & Skin


Julia-uttley-beauty-productsInspired by the invigorating and skin-conditioning effects of swimming in the sea off the British coast, Julia Uttley has combined her interest in natural health and well-being with her previous business background in Telecoms and IT services to launch her own brand Ochre Body & Skin.We have tried these products for ourselves and found them to be a pleasure to use. They smell divine, make your skin feel amazingly soft and are a pleasure to use. Let us know what you think! Browse the Ochre Body & Skin collection here.


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Q. Please describe what you do, and tell us what’s special about it

An idea came to me after a late afternoon swim in the sea near to home in early Spring. As well as leaving me feeling totally rejuvenated, my skin felt so amazingly soft.

That made me think: “Wouldn’t it be great if a range of skin care could lift spirits and work wonders on your skin too?” So that sums up why I started on a plan to create a natural skin care brand.

It was important to me that the formulations contain benefits of the sea and, after researching more about seaweed and algae, I realised just how abundant they are in skin-enriching nutrients, helping to de-toxify, revitalise, invigorate and renew skin.

No wonder I felt so good after my swim!

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Q. Please describe what you do, and tell us what’s special about it

An idea came to me after a late afternoon swim in the sea near to home in early Spring. As well as leaving me feeling totally rejuvenated, my skin felt so amazingly soft.

That made me think: “Wouldn’t it be great if a range of skin care could lift spirits and work wonders on your skin too?” So that sums up why I started on a plan to create a natural skin care brand.

It was important to me that the formulations contain benefits of the sea and, after researching more about seaweed and algae, I realised just how abundant they are in skin-enriching nutrients, helping to de-toxify, revitalise, invigorate and renew skin.

No wonder I felt so good after my swim!

Q. What’s your favourite way to start the day and when do you start work?

I’ve always been an early riser and now as I’m lucky enough to live near the coast, I like to head out for a brisk walk along the lovely cliff garden paths in Southend. There’s quite a hilly coastline here, so I pep-up my walk with a couple of quick sprints up and down the flights of steps that link the cliff-top promenade with the sea front esplanade.

After that, shower and get ready for work.

Q. Can you sum up your ethos and what inspires you?

I think good health is all about promoting wellness rather than preventing illness. I do believe it’s about everything in moderation too, and although that may be a rather unfashionable word at the moment, I quite like this quote:

“Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a ‘sound mind in a sound body’.”
Jostein Gaardner, Sophie’s World.

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Q. Favourite British design icon?

That has to be Matthew Hilton, for his amazing furniture designs. Although contemporary, he achieves a timeless elegance with his craftsmanship.

I think Kevin McCloud deserves a mention in any such list too. He’s done such a great job in challenging how we all think about the design and architecture that surrounds us in our homes.

Q. What keeps you going through the day?

Quite honestly, I love what I do and the time just flies by! I will admit to being a bit of a list-maker though, so at the start of the week I generally plan out what I want to achieve and how to do it. That generally keeps me focussed and it’s a great feeling when Friday afternoon arrives and I can say I’ve done most of what I set out to do.

Q. What are you most proud of?

The sensational fragrances in each of the collections. I wanted to avoid the use of synthetic fragrance and instead use essential oil blends, but I was still amazed at how lovely they actually were when I received the samples from my chemist.

Q. How important is sourcing British/local to you – and why?

I’m very proud that I’m manufacturing my products in the UK. We have such a great tradition for innovation and industry from leading-edge research and scientific discoveries through to high quality workmanship and manufacturing. But, I share the view of many people that in recent years we may have moved away just a little too far from this heritage.

I think it’s important to foster and support the growing entrepreneurial spirit in the UK. Small businesses are critical to the success of the UK economy and its fantastic if the successful ones go on to greater things too.  No matter the size of the business, we should not underestimate the contribution we’re making.

Q. What’s your newest/most exciting creation?

My brand and whole range is new! The exciting part for me now is talking to interesting retailers like From Britain with Love who are keen to stock our products and to help create wider brand awareness for Ochre Body & Skin

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Q. What’s your favourite place to spend time in the British Isles?

A very special place for me is Portmerion in North Wales. It’s located on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, near to Porthmadog and the charming narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway. Staying in the Italianate village is an almost other-worldly experience and the views over the estuary are exquisite. It benefits from the warming effects of the Gulf-Stream and a sheltered location at the foot of the Snowdonia, which I definitely enjoyed one March weekend a few years ago, when we had almost summer-like weather there, but the rest of the country was cold and wet.

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Q. What’s your favourite local find?

I haven’t lived in Essex that long, only about 4 years. Despite the generally accepted stereotypical view of the county, I love just how many remote, wild places there actually are here, especially along the coastline. I particularly love going for a blustery walk along a beach on Mersea Island and then heading to a fantastic fish restaurant called Mehala’s.  It’s based in quite simple and modest surroundings, but the food is wonderful!

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Q. Best piece of advice you could share?

Quite simply, if you’ve and idea about something that you’d really like to do and it just won’t go away, then definitely act on it.

While nothing is every easy – Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say – it’s so rewarding to follow your dream!

Q. What are you listening to/reading right now?

Rather bizarrely, I am reading a book by Maggie O’Farrell called “Instructions for a Heatwave” about a family that is brought closer together through rather unusual circumstances. The title is so out of context with this extreme windy and rainy weather we’ve been experiencing! It’s set in the summer of 1976, rather infamously known as the year of punk and a time of major change in the UK. Maybe our current weather is heralding a similar change for us all . . . who knows?

Photos: courtesy of Adrian Lourie and Julia Uttley

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