Entrepreneur overcomes health scare to launch natural skincare business

Torbay Weekly

After struggling terribly with a severe health condition, Sue Khela is now full of life and enthusiasm for her natural skincare business in Babbacombe.

A former Chemistry teacher at Exeter College, Sue suffered many years from a life-threatening lung condition, at times preventing her from working. But, following a drastic change in her diet, - excluding all processed foods, dairy and gluten, she has bounced back to health with renewed vigour and energy.

“The transformation to my health by simply excluding some foods has been life-changing,” she said. “My food journey made me reflect on what I was putting on my skin, our biggest organ, as we absorb everything we put on it.

“Reading ingredients on most shop bought products reveals a scary combination of chemicals which I want to avoid. This led me to making my own skincare products using only high-end, natural, organic ingredients and essential oils.

“After originally giving them as gifts to friends, their enthusiastic feedback encouraged me to start my skin care business. Being my own boss is something I had wanted to do for a very long time, so I grabbed the opportunity.”

Sue is truly inspirational, she gave up a regular salary to work full-time renovating The Vegan Organic Skincare Company on Babbacombe Road in readiness for opening last November.

“Initially, selling online and at vegan craft fairs the opportunity to acquire my own retail premises in Babbacombe has just been the icing on the cake for me. Having taught Chemistry to A’ level for over 20 years, I decided it was time to hang up one lab coat in exchange for my new VOS Devon apron.”

Sue is also running regular workshops so she can share the love and creative art of soap making with anyone interested in learning the many processes involved.

Sue’s personal experiences have informed and guided her to become the positive role model she is. Pop along to her shop at 72 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 3SW (open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-5.00pm) for an individual shopping experience.

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