ABOUT THE FOUNDER: AFTER GRADUATE SCHOOL AND ALMOST 10 YEARS WORKING ACROSS MANY SECTORS OF THE GLOBAL MEDIA INDUSTRY, FEELING UNFULFILLED, LEIGH GATHERED THE COURAGE TO PURSUE HER PASSION. SHE COMMENCED ACCREDITED STUDY IN ORGANIC SKINCARE FORMULATION DESIGN, SKIN SCIENCE, HOLISTIC SKINCARE, COSMETIC TOXICOLOGY, AROMA COSMETOLOGY AND ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY. AFTER HONING HER FORMULATING SKILLS, LEIGH FOUNDED AHIMSA APOTHECA IN 2016. SHE RESIDES IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK WITH HER HUSBAND, AND THEIR LITTLE PUP. LEIGH CONTINUES TO STUDY ORGANIC COSMETIC FORMULATION SCIENCE. SHE IS ALSO ENGAGED IN ONGOING STUDY AND PERSONAL PRACTICE OF REIKI, RESTORATIVE YOGA AND TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION.
"I've been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to explore the world seeking out new experiences, and along the way discovering the most natural ways to care for my skin. After suffering from severely dry, extremely sensitive skin and many unsuccessful attempts to find safe, effective skinc͟͟a͟͟r͟͟e͟͟, I set out on my own mission to research alternative solutions. It wasn’t until I went globetrotting that my eyes were opened to the power of raw, pure and nutrient-rich, wild-harvested organic ingredients in truly caring for skin. On trips to Bali, Morocco and Nepal, I was introduced to botanical butters, oils and extracts, hand-blended by locals using simple, traditional methods to cleanse and nourish skin. Instantly, I could feel the soothing effects and see the visible benefits. It was while exploring the labyrinthine souks of the Medina in Marrakech, the seed was planted in my mind that eventually grew into AHIMSA apotheca. Captured by the magic of traditional apothecaries, sampling precious rose water and pure argan oil for the first time, where they've been being used long before they became buzzwords in the mainstream beauty industry. Fascinated and inspired by the efficacy of these simple formulations, I was in awe at how they were harnessing the power of Mother Earth to deliver real results. My passion for Earth-friendly, ingredient-conscious, plant-powered, cruelty-free and vegan skinc͟͟a͟͟r͟͟e͟͟ was born. Having worked for some of the world’s leading cosmetic brands throughout my undergraduate studies at Art School, and being a self-confessed ‘Beauty Junkie’ for many years, this was a world apart from the harmful single-use plastic containers of watered down, artificially fragranced and synthetically preserved, mass-produced products I had been used to. Upon returning from my travels I struggled to find effective options that met the ethical standards of transparency and integrity I was seeking. That’s when I started to research and eventually went on to study how to create my own. I began by putting ingredient sourcing at the heart of my efforts, searching for the freshest, finest quality, sustainably harvested ingredients for maximum performance. By committing to making healthy choices, I managed to calm my delicate skin. Balancing internally, improving my skin's barrier function externally, building up resilience to restore radiance, naturally. I founded AHIMSA apotheca as a way to help others do the same."