Ecological, organic and natural cosmetics since 1983

Bernard Chevilliat and his brother, both lovers of unspoilt, open countryside, came to the Ardèche in 1977 after studying Biology. They set up in an isolated farm in the middle of the countryside and migrant beekeeping soon became their main activity, with over five hundred hives. They were soon joined by Nûriël, Bernard’s wife, and in 1983 they diversified, founding MELVITA and developing their first cosmetic range based on products from the hive.


Their first product was a hexagonal soap, now a flagship product. Shampoos, bath products, milks and creams made with natural ingredients, floral waters and plant oils soon followed and the new company, which had started out with only 4 employees, grew steadily and now has over 250 employees. MELVITA was in at the beginning of the trend towards natural, organic products and was one of the first companies to obtain the ECOCERT certificate for organic products in 2002.


Having previously served as Chairman, Bernard Chevilliat is now Vice-Chairman of the COSMEBIO inter-professional Association.