Leanna Doolin is the co-founder and creative force behind Pure Thoughts, which is a mindfully created collection of meditation candles and natural skincare which encourage you to find pause in your day; a moment to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect.
Created in 2004 when the calling for a more holistic life led Leanna and her partner Michael to escape the everyday bustle and relocate to a remote old Derbyshire cottage. Surrounded by nature and endless silence inspired a period of soul searching and discovery. In one of those quiet, reflective moments the idea for Pure Thoughts was born.
Having a deep rooted belief in natural alternatives, a growing knowledge of raw ingredients and a love for essential oils that she'd nurtured since her teens, Leanna was inspired to create a small collection of natural soap bars. Her firm belief that this could be achieved without the need for unnecessary additives and preservatives, built the foundation for Pure Thoughts. From those very first batches, she was committed to creating skincare from genuine natural ingredients that held the power to nourish the mind and body.
"Our natural ingredients and slow unhurried methods help us to mindfully bring our products to life. At the heart of each one lies a blend of essential oils consciously created to help connect your mind, body and spirit"
Today, over a decade later Leanna and Pure Thoughts have evolved together but those founding beliefs remain unchanged. "Being only in my twenties when Pure Thoughts was born means that we've had the honour of growing up together. It's been an incredible journey and I wake up full of gratitude every day because I have the privilege of living my dream and inspiring women to find pause in their days to recharge and reconnect. It's a message that comes from the heart; practicing daily meditation and yoga has had a deep impact on how I live and run my business and I want to encourage more women to consciously create space in their day for themselves.
"We believe that the power to live a more conscious and mindful life lies in the ability to slow down; to breathe deeply and still your mind"
"Looking back it's hard to believe that it's been over a decade since we started out. The time has flown. While our tiny cottage is a distant memory, our products are all still made by hand in our Derbyshire workshop. Its sounds so clichéd to say that I never create anything that I don't love but it really is true. Of course, I have a few products that I reach for more often than others. I have a real love for textured soap bars and so I'm never without a bar of Eucalyptus and Rosehip Soap. I love its balancing blend of essential oils and the way it exfoliates while I wash. Straight out of the shower I follow that up with our Grapefruit and Black Pepper body oil, it's such a feel good blend and it helps to tackle my particularly dry skin.
On my face, I cleanse daily with our Charcoal & Shea Butter natural soap which removes the light amount of make-up that I wear. Being a natural red head with very pale skin, I’ve always found it hard to find the right make up. Many years ago I discovered the mineral brand, Lily Lolo and have used their products ever since.
I take great comfort in routine and so I finish every evening by lighting one of our soy wax mediation candles while I practise yoga and meditate on the day. I tend to intuitively reach for the one that suits my mood but my love for patchouli oil does see me reaching for our Trust meditation candle a little more often than the rest!