Q: Who are you?
A: I’m Ella, founder of Leafology and passionate about creativity, natural living and tea. You can read more about my story here, but in a nutshell: I’m a model and writer who started creating beautiful skincare products using powerful natural ingredients (and the tea plant) and accidentally (albeit with a lot of excitement and hard work) found myself creating a business. I’m proud to say that it’s growing and gaining a loyal and passionate customer base!
Q: Do you make the products yourself?
A: I do! Everything is made in small batches by my own hands – I experimented with the compositions and processes multiple times until I was happy with each recipe, and make them myself (you can sometimes see some ‘behind the scenes’ snapshots on my instagram account!). The website and labels and almost everything else is also done by me – perhaps I’m a control freak! That said, sometimes my wonderful Mum helps me with the practical side of concocting products, when I need the extra pair of hands in the studio!
Q: Are Leafology products organic?
A: Many of the products use organic ingredients, often to a high degree within the overall composition, but the finished products don’t have accredited ‘organic’ status on them (it’s a little bit expensive and Leafology is a small business for now, though I may consider working towards this in the future as I know people find the soil association logos, etc., reassuring). My products are made with quite a few ingredients in each, and many are organic, like all the plant butters and coconut oil, some of the essential oils, while some ingredients are not, simply because they are harder to come by for the more obscure ingredients (even when they are cold-pressed and unrefined). Some of the ingredients, such as salts and natural clays, can’t be labelled organic as there is no agricultural process involved. Overall, Leafology is increasingly organic, and here’s a little secret: often organic ingredients are used even when they are not stated as such on the labels (this is because upgrades to individual ingredients being organic sometimes occurs before the end of a print run is used up)!
Q: Is your background in science, then?
A: Although the creation of these products involves the donning of pipettes, pH strips, double boilers and hair nets, my background is in modelling and creative arts rather than in chemistry. I came to the creation of natural skincare products in a way that I often liken very much to my experience and enjoyment of cooking good food; through my love of natural flavours, scents, quality and the joyful combination of individual ingredients to create something that is nourishing and beautiful to experience. The fact that the products actually work is due to mother nature providing all the tools we need, a lot of research and study on my part in learning about the benefits and uses of various plants in different cultures throughout history, plus some courses (not least in how to create and sell natural skincare products in adherence to local regulations and legalities).
Q: Do you have anything for rosacea?
A: Yes! The 2-in-1 Face Buff & Clay Mask (exfoliating grains that can also be left on to use as a mask) was made with rosacea heavily in mind (since a few people I knew are sufferers). I also happen to know that one customer who suffers from rosacea has found that the Good Face Day Serum and Overnight Face Food are a godsend in combination; in her own words, they ‘soothe, moisturise and calm’ her flare ups (which are more and more infrequent). Like others, she’s had compliments on her skin more than ever before.
Q: Do you have anything for eczema?
A: Yes! Please try the Naked Baby Balm, an unscented blend of organic coconut oil, tea seed, calendula, cottonseed and cocoa butter, which apparently works miracles on eczema even for people who’ve tried everything else without success.
Q: I have dry/oily/combination/acne-prone/sensitive skin… What would you recommend?
A: Leafology products benefit a wide spectrum of skin types due to the fact that the ingredients are all gentle, natural and the overall compositions are generally very balancing. Sometimes (always?) what we need to do less of is using harsh, synthetic ingredients that overstrip, flood or otherwise disrupt our skin’s natural balance, and instead focus on being a bit more gentle so that our skin can find its own way. Our skin is a finely-tuned organ and built to heal itself; our job is to not get in its way. This is something that is nurtured and encouraged with good diet and lifestyle practices as well as using products which can give a helping hand in the right direction. I’ve found that people who would describe themselves as having dry, oily, sensitive or acne-prone skin have equally benefitted from switching to Leafology.
Q: How far up the ‘food chain’ is Leafology plastic-free?
A: An excellent question. The basic answer is that it’s not 100% plastic-free (this is unfortunately very difficult to achieve for now). BUT it is moving in the right direction, which is something to champion at this stage with all of our purchasing choices in general! Here is an encouraging reply from one of my favourite ingredient suppliers when I quizzed them about the packaging I’d received from them in past orders:
‘Do you realise the void fill is made of corn starch and is biodegradable? If you run them under the tap they turn to water. We are moving to more and more paper… however we have been trailing paper bags for the plastic bottles… and they haven’t been doing very well, they tear during transport and then mix with the shredded cardboard we are using. We have some biodegradable bags for the packaging on the way and we are hoping these will work as a compromise between the paper bags and the current bags we are using. Later on this year we will be launching plastic bottles made from vegetable oils, which will be compostable, although these will be comparatively expensive at the beginning, long term we hope to replace everything with these.’
– Don’t you just love companies that are transparent and on the right track?
Q: I’d like to stock your products in my shop / Have you thought about being stocked in this shop I know of? / My local shop would love you!
A: If you’re a stockist, I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have similar values/aesthetics and feel we’d be a good match, so please email and introduce yourself and I can send you the wholesale catalogue and full info about how to collaborate with Leafology. / If you know of a shop local to you in which you can picture Leafology products thriving and delighting customers, you know what to do! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go via the Contact Page.
Do you have a different question? I’m happy to answer and will be adding to this page so do get in touch with your ponderings and queries!