A Short Story of Us
by Kasia, founder of NHL
Have you ever stood in a store in front of a shelf full of cosmetics, thinking that you had nothing to choose from? If yes, you’re not alone. For a really long time this is how I felt. I couldn’t understand why there were so many chemicals in skincare. Why were they there? Were they necessary? Reading the ingredient lists would leave me even more perplexed. On top of that, it seemed that, since I started using skincare, not only did my skin not have gotten better, I have started to develop some new skin problems, like eczema. I noticed that I needed more and more of a cosmetic to do the same job. It started to feel like an addiction.
When I first found out that, despite being tested for safety, some cosmetic ingredients have been linked to cancer and hormonal imbalances, I was shocked. I pledged never to put on my skin anything that wasn’t 100% natural. However, despite finding natural skincare products, I still wasn’t convinced that they were what I was mean to put on my skin. Because, is a cosmetic made out of only 10% active ingredients and 90% water, preservatives, stabilisers and texture enhancers (even if there are of natural origin) really going to be effective?
There must have been a better way! There must have been a simpler way! As luck would have it, I stumbled across a wonderful herbal store. I was fascinated by their collection of plant oils. That day I left with my first couple of oils – Neem Oil and Tamanu Oil. Back home I dove into research and at the same time I experimented with the oils I bought. I was amazed how quickly the oils absorbed. My skin was incredibly soft and first time since at least a decade I did not have to use a face powder every few hours to mattify. This was one of the most exciting times in my life.
Tens of research papers and new oils later, I was creating bespoke oil blends for myself and my friends. The concept was easy – 100% plant based active ingredients and none of the
Kasia at the Vegan Summer Festival in Berlin - the first time we sold to the public.