The Vedani Botanicals Story

My name is Mercedes Harris, I formulate and craft Vedani Botanicals skincare and remedies. I have studied and formulated with plant oils and extracts for clients and friends for 20 years. 

My formulations are tailored to the needs of each skin type.  

I discovered lightweight, easily absorbed oils suit oily - normal, combination skin, hence the aptly named LIGHT & SILKY FACE OIL.

I find dry skin also benefits from the light weight textured oils with the addition of rich, protective textured oils, which is why I developed RICH & VELVETY FACE OIL. 

The formulations are tweaked regularly to suit the season and keep up to date with new research on plant oils and extracts for skin health. 

Fresh and Optimal Quality

The plant oils and extracts are chosen for their texture and naturally occurring nutrients, such as essential fatty acids, antioxidants, phytosterols and vitamins known to be of benefit to the skin. 

All oils are sustainably sourced and vegan friendly. I source direct from the grower/distiller/press where possible, to ensure quality and freshness. 


Sourcing the finest quality helichrysum italicum essential oil, grown by Vessel Essential Oils
Photo of myself and Margaret Karlinski in our element with Vasilis Varsamis of Vessel Essential Oils, visiting his helichrysum fields.

Margaret Karlinski is incredibly knowledgable in botanical chemistry, it is so fascinating working with her. Margaret consults and tutors natural and organic skincare formulation and aromatherapy. 

Vessel Essential Oils grow and distill several oils, including helichrysum italicum, an incredible essential oil and hydrolat (floral water), which I use for it’s skin healing properties in my bespoke products and treatments.

Plant extracts can vary in composition, depending on where and how it is grown, how it is harvested and extracted and stored. As helichrysum is such a valuable oil in aromatherapy due to its unique healing properties, I have been searching for a grower and distiller who produces the finest oil with a high content of the active healing constituents for many years.

Vessels helichrysum italicum essential oil has an impressive 12% italidones content and their hydrolat gives astounding results. This is due to Vasilis, the owner who is   passionate and committed to producing the absolute very best and of course the climate & conditions. Margaret and I had to go and visit Vessels fields and distillery in Thessaloniki - what we discovered was a dream come true!

Please do email me to ask any questions you may have about skincare for yourself, I have developed many formulations, only a few are offered on this website.