Ila – Natural beauty from earth to skin
As I get a little older, looking after my body, my health and my world go hand in hand. No longer do I look for quick fixes that resolve one issue in detriment of the others, now I look for solutions that address all of my needs. And that goes for beauty products especially.
Since understanding more about the vast array of dubious synthetic ingredients which are contained in many regular beauty products, how they are produced and how they can adversely affect my health and the environment, sourcing beauty products which contain only the finest, natural, organic ingredients is now a must.
That’s why I was really interested to hear about Ila, a range of pure luxurious organic skincare, spa products and treatments which are not only free from synthetic ingredients but are created in complete harmony with nature to ensure that they contain high levels of natural energy.
Created by Denise Leicester a lifelong expert in natural healing, Ila, which is named after the Hindu Goddess of Truth and the Sanskrit word for Earth, source all of their ingredients from some of the most ethical international farmers and growers in the world, cultivating and harvesting them in harmony with nature to ensure they contain the highest levels of natural, healing energy.
In doing so, Ila create deluxe organic skincare products, including Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, Vital Energy Body Oil, and Energising & Detoxifying Body Scrub, that work to improve natural beauty through the health and vitality of our skin, to increase well-being through the transforming effects of energy healing, and to connect to a greater sense of inner serenity.
From the sourcing of these raw ingredients around the world to their spas, Ila ensures ‘purity’ and respect for our earth is of utmost importance. Blended in the peaceful surroundings of their rural English countryside barn picturesquely situated between the rolling Cotswold hills and green fields of Oxfordshire, Ila combine natural ingredients, with ancient traditions and ethical processes to harness natural healing vibrations in each and every product.
So what are these high-energy ingredients and what do they do:
Grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rose Damascene petals are picked at dawn to harness optimum vitality then promptly distilled in copper vats, using water drawn by solar energy and heated by burning cow dung. To complete the natural, centuries old cycle the spent petals are fed to the cows. The end result is a distillate of Rose Otto with a depth, richness of scent and purity of vibration that exceeds any Ila have encountered anywhere else in the world.
Berber people have prized the native Moroccan argan tree for centuries, grinding its kernels to produce fragrant oil rich in omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants, and revered for its health-giving and anti-ageing properties.
Ila sources their argan oil from a women’s co-operative in Morocco, whose skills have been passed down over generations of Berbers. The kernels are crushed, filtered and cold-pressed in the way they always have been, using many hands and just a few simple mechanical aids.
In a rough, rugged region of Eastern Pakistan, at the point where it enters Kashmir, the ancient pink rock salt crystals hewn from the ground are considered to be the purest, most mineral-rich in the world.
Containing the same 84 essential trace minerals as our blood, these incredible crystals hold over 250 million years of healing energy. During scrubs or bathing, the salt’s mineral ions penetrate the skin, balancing bio-energetic weak points, stimulating regeneration, and inducing deep relaxation – healing qualities known to the Kashmiri miners and their communities for centuries (and shared with Ila since 2007).
As Denise says herself, it’s only by embracing the utmost ethical integrity that we can harness the earth’s highest natural vibrations: vibrations with the power to reach beyond the physical to nourish emotional and spiritual well-being too.