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I've been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to travel all around 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  products, 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-dense, 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, nourish and heal 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 apothecary. I was 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. I was inspired by the simple formulations and how they were harnessing only the power of the Earth, to create highly effective remedies.

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 cosmetics I had been used to.

A passion for 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan high performance skinc͟͟a͟͟r͟͟e͟͟ was born.

Upon returning from my travels to Northern Ireland, my Motherland, I struggled to find earth-conscious, ingredient-conscious and effective animal-friendly options that met the ethical standards of transparency and integrity I was seeking. That’s when I decided to start making 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 results.

By detoxing my entire lifestyle and committing to using only healthy products, I managed to calm my skin — balancing internally, improving my skin's barrier function externally and building up resilience to restore radiance naturally
I founded AHIMSA apothecary as a way to help others do the same.

L e i g h  O ' W a l s h

F o u n d e r / O w n e r

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 went on to complete accredited study in skin science, holistic skincare, cosmetic toxicology, aroma cosmetology, essential oil safety and organic skincare formulation design. After honing her formulating skills, Leigh founded AHIMSA apothecary in 2015 while living in Canada. She now resides in the USA with her husband, Aidan + their pup, Alabama. She continues to study organic cosmetic formulation science. Leigh is also engaged in ongoing study and personal practice of meditation, reiki and yoga.


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