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ABOUT THE FOUNDER: AFTER GRADUATE SCHOOL AND ALMOST A DECADE 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 2015. SHE IS COMMITTED TO CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND EXTENSIVELY RESEARCHES SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC SKINCARE INGREDIENTS. LEIGH IS ALSO ENGAGED IN ONGOING STUDY AND PERSONAL PRACTICE OF REIKI, RESTORATIVE YOGA AND TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION. SHE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN NEW YORK WITH TWO OF HER LOVES — HER HUSBAND AND THEIR PUP. 

"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. Having suffered from severe skin barrier dysfunction since birth with many unsuccessful attempts to find safe, effective skinc͟͟a͟͟r͟͟e͟͟, I set out on my own mission to research alternative solutions. 

It wasn’t until I visited magical places like Bali, Morocco and Nepal that my eyes were opened to the power of pure, nutrient-rich wild-harvested organic ingredients that truly care for skin. I was kindly introduced to botanical butters, oils and extracts by knowledgable locals who hand-blended their own simple formulations, creating gentle methods to cleanse and nourish skin. Instantly, I could feel the soothing effects and see the visible benefits. Fascinated and inspired by the efficacy of their formulations, I was in awe at how they were harnessing the power of Mother Earth to deliver real results. My passion for plant-powered skinc͟͟a͟͟r͟͟e͟͟ was born.

Having worked for some of the world’s leading cosmetic brands throughout my undergraduate studies at Art & Design 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 natural 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."