Our team is passionate about our ideas and we feel that our stores inspire women not only to lead healthier lifes, but also to be freer and stronger.
- Who creates all the product recipes?
Jovita: We create and manufacture everything ourselves, however, before bringing the products into the market, we perform all the tests and safety assessments in the Lithuanian and UK laboratories.
Lena: We also test-try the products ourselves for an extensive period of time: the new products are tested by our team and family members, and believe us, - these guys are the strictest critics we could hope for. Only after the products have been vetted, improved and approved, do they make their way onto the shop shelves.
- In 2015 a part of your products received a „Soil Association COSMOS Natural“ certificate. What does that mean to you?
Lena: It is a big win and a step forward for our company. The certificate confirms that our products are natural and our manufacturing processes are eco-friendly. This assessment was the result of our 5-year hard work.
- Five years went by, what inspires you to go forward?
Jovita: First of all, it’s because we do what we truly like and believe in. Also, it’s the feedback from our clients and our team members who appreciate what we do. We have a lot of permanent customers who share their positive emotions and findings with us. This makes us feel the benefits of our hard work first hand and pushes us even harder to make progress and deliver better and fresher products going forward.
Lena: I am utterly fascinated by the fact that our products not only became a hit in Lithuania, but we also managed to inspire some women to try and make natural cosmetics at home. That’s really fantastic. It’s also great to remember our achievements along the way, which were indicators that we were progressing in the right direction: we were awarded numerous prizes for the best Lithuanian products during cosmetics exhibitions in the country, The Ministry of Economy chose us as the most successful young company in Lithuania in 2012, and we also got an award in the ‘Women Entrepreneur’ category in 2013. I hope it’s just the beginning! (Smiles)
- Is “Uoga Uoga” still a family business?
Lena: Yes, definitely. Even though we have grown as a business and we are one of the leading producers of natural cosmetics in Lithuania at the moment, we still produce all of our products by hand and in small batches, so that all the products reach our customers fresh. We still create all of the formulas, aromas and designs ourselves. Our husbands help us with our stands and shop furniture, give lots of advice and sometimes even create the poems for our make-up products.
Jovita: We take “Uoga Uoga” very personally, and that is probably why it is so special. And we still use fresh berries!