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My story

I've always had an interest in skincare products and was fortunate to enjoy good skin for many years. However when I reached my late 30s I started to suffer breakouts which often left noticeable pigmentation. Products on the market for “acne-prone skin” were more geared to oily skin types, which really dried out my skin, compounding the problem. So I started doing research on how to manage these breakouts. I became curious about what was going into the skincare products I was buying and believed that some of these ingredients may have been exacerbating the situation.

I became interested in the effects of plant-based ingredients on the skin, as well as the impact on overall wellbeing. Initially I trialled individual carrier and essential oils, before starting to experiment with combinations of oils as my kitchen turned into an apothecary of active botanicals.

I undertook a series of courses in skin care formulation and the use of essential oils in order to cement my knowledge and ensure that I was using essential oils diligently. After several months, I was highly encouraged with the results of using these oil blends to clean, nourish and protect my skin. I increasingly focussed on blends formulated with lighter, less occlusive oils, therefore minimising the risk of causing breakouts. My skin visibly improved. I started making products for friends and family and was delighted with their feedback. Realising that my products could benefit others too, Apothaka® was born.

Apothaka® today

I'm really passionate about the use of the right ingredients in skincare products and my aim is to ensure that anyone with a desire to look after their skin is able to do so using high quality, simple but effective products. Cleverly and uniquely blended with light ingredients which won't clog pores. Improving the way your skin looks and feels, and making your skincare routine an enjoyable experience: bringing the spa experience into your home! I strongly believes that less is more and that healthy skin can be achieved with just a few simple steps. I'm committed to continuously deepening my knowledge and expertise in order to inform my product development. I recently passed my Level 4 CIBTAC award in Advanced Skin Science which has proved invaluable in understanding the impact of specific ingredients on skin health. As such my focus is on developing core products that maintain a healthy skin barrier.

My products are all handmade in micro batches at home, and I currently focus on just a few key products but each year I expand my collection with carefully chosen formulations. Skincare shouldn't be overwhelming so my aim is to keep things simple for you!

Natasha xo

Natasha Dauncey founder of Apothaka

Natasha Dauncey, Founder of Apothaka®