With clientele like the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, it's no wonder that Deborah Mitchell and her Heaven skincare products made with bee venom are making a buzz in the beauty world
With clientele like the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, it's no wonder that Deborah Mitchell is making a buzz in the beauty world. Her Heaven skincare products are famously made with bee venom – the strongest anti-ageing substance and patent ingredient that she dreamed up of herself.
Word of mouth spreads fast and Deborah, who has been treating the royals for years, can also count Dannii Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Simon Cowell, Tess Daly and Robert Downey Jr. among her fans. She has also recently sent products to Michelle Obama, and is currently in the US to promote her beauty products stateside.
Chatting exclusively to HELLO! Online, Deborah opened up about her celebrity clients and who she enjoys working with the most.
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The Duchess of Cambridge uses the age defiance cream and the black bee venom mask
Her connection with the British royal family started with Prince Charles' wife Camilla, who Deborah says is one of her favourite clients and the "kindest, kindest person". Deborah believes that a royal aide came down to her central London clinic to try out her bee venom facial and report back on the experience.
"Someone that knew Camilla tried the treatment and then after that, I was asked to go to the palace," said Deborah. "It was really nice. The funny thing is, I don't get blown over by treating famous people. It was nice but a bit surreal really. I felt like I was walking in a dream so I appeared really cool. Sometimes now I still think, actually I should really pinch myself."
The Duchess of Cornwall, who introduced Kate to the products, uses the gold bee venom mask and age defiance cream
Camilla then recommended the products and facials to Duchess Kate, who used it before her wedding to Prince William in 2011. Deborah, who was invited to the royal nuptials, has been treating the Duchesses since.
"Kate is absolutely gorgeous and remarkably on the quiet side," said Deborah. "She's so sweet though and she hasn't got many spots. I've seen Kate and William together and they're just wonderful." Prince Harry, who is yet to request a treatment, is "wonderful too," she said.
Both Camilla, 67, and Kate, 32, use the bee venom mask in black and gold, which cleans and tightens skin and acts as a natural face-lift. Giving their royal seal of approval to Deborah's line of products, the pair are also fans of the age defiance cream and the silk skin BB cream, while Camilla also uses the orange flower cell renewal hydrogel.
Dannii Minogue, who Deborah calls 'wonderful', is a fan of the whole Heaven line
Deborah also considers Australian singer Dannii, 43, as a good friend and loyal customer. "She is probably my super favourite client," she said, adding that the "wonderful" pop star has been "so good" to her family and teenage son throughout the years.
Deborah also regularly sends products to Victoria Beckham, who was recommended the brand by her best friend and make-up artist Maria-Louise Featherstone.
"Victoria's been using Heaven for years and years," said Deborah. "She used the age defiance cream first and then the bee venom came along and she used that. We sent off six bottles at one time."
Victoria Beckham keeps young with the Ellajane wipes and the orange flower cell renewal hydrogel
The former Spice Girl, 40, is also a keen user of the new edition cleanser, the Ellajane wipes and the orange flower cell renewal hydrogel.
As for the rest of her famous clients, Simon Cowell she described as having "a very enigmatic personality," Robert Downey Jr. as "really clever and really nice," and Tess Daly as being another favourite person to treat, whose number she has stored on her phone.
For more information on Deborah and her Heaven products, see www.heavenskincare.com.