A Total Heart Immersion with ila

We love ila’s line of luxury organic skincare products and spa treatments not only for their physical benefits, but also for their spiritual ones. Today we chat with founder Denise Leicester on why she started ila, the importance of chakras, and how to experience a ‘”total heart immersion” on Valentine’s Day, no matter your relationship status.


Why did you start ila?


I had a deep desire to bring a drop of change in supporting mother earth and to truly offer women a range of products to nourish and cherish their hearts…as well as support radiant gorgeous skin.


We hear a lot about ila products being helpful in opening up our chakras—what are chakras and how do ila products work with/awaken them?


The chakras are very subtle yet powerful parts our consciousness/mind located in our spine.

They are complex structures that hold memory and direct our consciousness. Their energy is felt first through our delicate hormone system and then through our organs. For example, the earth chakra governs the adrenal glands and our nose, so what we smell can affect how centered and safe we feel. The chakra of our deepest emotions and emotional wellbeing is known as ‘Anahata’ or the heart center: this center governs the thymus gland (immune system) as well as the skin and the hands. The heart is believed to be the seat of ‘Ojas’ (literally ‘vigour’ in Sanskrit)—the subtle radiant essence that is responsible for beauty and youthfulness. It is also believed to be the center of vitality for women.

ila products and treatments are created from this place of understanding, so every ingredient is chosen with great care for its purity and its resonance at the level of the chakras.


A lot of your products include Rose Otto. What does this do?


Rose Otto is the most complex and special of all essential oils—it resonates so powerfully with the heart, nurturing and healing emotionally, uplifting spiritually, as well as rejuvenating and hydrating on a physical level. It stimulates and opens the ‘Ojas,’ radiant energy of the heart, so the skin glows…as well as inspiring love, joy and empathy. I believe Rose Otto is the most precious oil for women.

The poet Kahlil Gibran says ‘Beauty is not in the face. Beauty is a light in the heart’… what I adore about roses is that they have a spiritual quality which nurtures and affirms the light in the heart, as well as physically nourishing the skin and balancing emotions.

Emotionally: The smell and energy of a rose has a magic about it. Rosa Damascena helps heal emotional trauma and disharmony and restore a beautiful inner stillness and balance.

Spiritually: Rose Otto is known to expand the heart and elevate mind and soul to its highest vibration. It also energizes the chakras and strengthens the aura.


Which products would you recommend for someone who has experienced a breakup?


I would recommend a total heart immersion!

Soak in our Inner Peace bath salts…

…add some Glowing Radiance Bath oil (with ila’s Heart of the Earth CD playing)…the combination of rose sandalwood and vetiver are like balms to the heart…

…follow with the Glowing Radiance body cream (tuberose and rose) and Glowing Radiance face oil, not just to the face but also a few drops applied to heart point—the center of the chest, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet.

The ila Orange Blossom candle brings strength and the ila incense is magic.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” —Rumi