Acquaintances always complimented Krishna Tamalia Vora for her lush hair, and she would attribute it to her mother’s and grandmother’s home remedy made with black sesame seeds.
But as she grew older, she realised that the potent family recipe not only worked for her, but for others too. Deciding to spread the goodness far and wide, the former lawyer launched Mom’s Therapy, her all-natural herbal remedies label, in 2016. And she’s now on a very different journey.
The second of four children, Krishna was born in Surendranagar, Gujarat. With a lawyer father, who still practises at Gujarat High Court, and a mother who taught Sanskrit and English, studies were an important part of her growing-up years.
The little girl also often spent time at their grandparents’ large farms, playing in the open fields and watching the dairy workers at work.
After completing her BA from Saurashtra University, Krishna went on to do her LLB, becoming the first lady lawyer from her father’s Rabari community. She practised briefly but there were not too many cases to take up in the small town. So, in her early 20s, she took up a job as a legal advisor in a firm.
The next few years of her life were straight out of a Bollywood film: she fell in love with her boss, Rajesh Vora, who is 22 years older than her. He met with an accident, and Krishna had to manage his business with almost 70 employees while he was bedridden.
He did get better after a couple of years, but both their families were against the match. Despite all odds, however, the couple went ahead with their relationship. Though her father didn’t speak to her for months, he acquiesced eventually
In 2009, Krishna moved to Mumbai. Unwilling to practice law, she instead started making small bottles of herbal oils using her grandmother’s old recipe.
She used first-cold-press black sesame oil of the highest quality and natural herbs along with floral extracts and Ayurvedic ingredients, which came from plants grown on the family farms in Gujarat, where she hired mostly women.
“I only got positive feedback from all family and friends,” she recalls of her early years. She began retailing at farmers’ markets in Mumbai, and customers would return every week.
Soon, she branded her products and priced them reasonably from Rs 179 to 599. She now makes a 100% herbal hair oil, body oil, coffee body scrub, handmade sheesham comb, hair pack and a very popular eyebrow oil.
Her products retail from Nykaa and various other online stores, besides her own website momstherapy.in.
Next on Krishna’s agenda is a herbal makeup remover that also works as a cleanser and toner. “It gives me strength when someone makes a repeat purchase. It tells me I am on the right path,” she smiles.
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First published in the March 2018 issue of eShe magazine. Read it for free here.