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Our Founder

A WORLD VISIONARY, DENISE LEICESTER HAS SPENT A LIFETIME EXPLORING THE DYNAMICS OF NATURAL HEALING.

Her journey has seen her take on many roles – as a qualified nurse, aroma-therapist, yoga teacher, sound healer, holistic bodyworker and spiritual philosopher. She is likely one of the only women alive to hold such an expansive knowledge of both Eastern and South American healing traditions, many of which might disappear without her.

Denise’s first brand, ila, was named after the Hindu Goddess of Truth and the Sanskrit word for Earth: ila. An ardent fan club soon developed, including the likes of Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Donna Karan, and spas worldwide began to use Ila products and offer especially designed and beautifully executed ila treatments.

 Despite the brands growth, Denise’s vision has remain centred and her core values intact. She has created an infrastructure that functions at the most sustainable and nourishing level possible, and set a new benchmark for business models: one founded on the self-worth and multi-level reconnection of every single member of the ila and ila Apothecary family. 

I want ila’s Apothecary range to be ageless, to offer gorgeous, life-enhancing products that are as relevant to an 18 year-old girl as they are to an 80 year old woman.