Healing Island- Dila Weerasinghe
In 2014 Dila Weerasinghe was approached by a friend to join Healing Island a startup operating out of a picturesque cottage in the heart of Colombo focused on creating eco friendly spa and wellness products. For an ardent believer and evangelist of holistic living it was an easy decision for Dila to make. So she joined Healing Island as a part of small team in the product development process and began work crafting natural products that were sustainably sourced, handcrafted, and free of harmful chemicals.
When she heard that potential buyers of the company wanted to let go of this small team to take Healing Island to a mass production level - she knew she had to step in! She knew they hailed from rural communities where they often were the sole breadwinner in their family, she also knew that they were passionate about the products they made and that they were loyal with some employees having worked for over eighteen years at Healing Island, so she bought the
With a background in retail merchandising and art, Dila used all the skills and experience she had to take over Healing Island and help it grow from strength to strength! Her primary goal when she took over the company was to keep manufacturing natural products that consumers could use without having to worry about chemicals and toxins, while also empowering her employees with a safe and enjoyable work environment along with proper healthcare benefits.
Sticking to her goal to provide her customers with nature’s best, Dila goes to great lengths to ensure that Healing Island’s extensive range of products have no fillers, zero chemicals (parabens, sulphates etc) and are made completely from natural ingredients that are ethically sourced locally and internationally! These include everything from natural oil based aromatherapy oils, massage oils, hair oils, incense sticks, face packs, scrubs, bath salts, handmade soaps, scented and unscented candles.
For instance, Healing Island’s line of handmade soaps are free of synthetic glycerin (which is derived from petroleum) and instead use a natural glycerine from the coconut oil that it is created from. This is often a lengthy process where the soap has to sit for a few weeks, during which the excess glycerin is drawn out and forms a covering that has to be removed by hand before it is packaged and ready for purchase.
With no preservatives, synthetic fragrances, colouring or animal fat, these beautiful handmade soaps are suitable for all skin types, including young children and especially great for those with skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
As true nature warriors, Healing Island handcrafts all products in Sri Lanka using recipes formulated by an ayurvedic guru and these recipes have worked for 20 years. These soaps are made in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. Sticking with Dila’s commitment to empower women in rural communities, all packaging and labels used for their products are also either outsourced to small businesses or made in house by the Healing Island team with recyclable materials sourced locally.
Dila’s main focus is not to expand Healing Island to the point that she can’t keep sourcing from these small businesses and the business loses sight of its original mission, but to create awareness on the importance of choosing natural products and slowly, but surely introduce new products that are the natural version of many popular products - the same benefits just minus the toxins!
“Whatever you throw out at the universe, is what comes back to you so focus on throwing out positive vibes!”