Meet the Founder

“It’s the science or wisdom of Ayurveda, used to formulate each and every Rasasara product, that makes them so effective”.  Sonia Lloyd – founder of Rasasara, Ayurvedic Skin Care.

Before discovering Ayurvedic skincare I was forever searching for a skin care range that would balance and heal my skin, however most products, including natural skincare, only exacerbated it. Different ranges might start out well, but over time, owing to their complex ingredient structures, my sensitive skin would flare up & repeat a dry to oily cycle, along with a new batch of breakouts..

Prior to developing & creating the Rasasara product ranges, I was passionate about Traditional Chinese & Ayurvedic dietetics. Study and practice of both modalities, eventually lead to my teaching whole food cookery classes, with a strong emphasis on healing with wholefoods .

During this time however, no matter how much cleansing & nourishing I practiced internally, via wholefood healing &  detoxification, I was unable to achieve the glowing balanced complexion I longed for..

My skin type is whats commonly referred to as combination skin, when imbalanced I am prone to an oily T – Zone, red cheeks that heat up  after eating spicy foods or exercising and painful hormonal pimples that erupt on my chin… People with combination skin often say they have both dry and oily skin and find it very difficult to choose the right skincare range. From an Ayurvedic standpoint, what I came to learn is that my skin type is whats known as pitta skin &  is very easy to balance, using Ayurvedic beauty rituals for sensitive or pitta skin.

In 1998 I read an article in a yoga journal written by a special lady named Pratima Raichur, entitled ‘If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your face’ and upon reading these words, was immediately struck by how true they rang for me… I was in Kathmandu at the time on a spiritual pilgrimage & upon my return to Australia I seemingly stumbled across a book  ‘Absolute Beauty’, written by Pratima Raichur with Marion Cohen; it completely unlocked the secrets to Ayurvedic skin care for me. I mixed up the skin care formulations in their book for my leading skin type, which is Pitta, felt the results straightaway and have never looked back. The relief in not having to keep searching was immense.

The powerful efficacy with which the products worked for me, a result so visible that others began to ask me what I was doing and could I help them, created a strong impetus within me to share this Ayurvedic wisdom.  In 2003 along with my intention to offer products that have the ability to heal all manner of skin ailments, including the low self-esteem skin conditions can compound and perpetuate, Rasasara officially & successfully launched & became stocked by organic health food stores in & around Melbourne.

During the last 10 years we have been embraced by Ayurvedic practitioners, organic beauty therapists, spas, wholefood & health food stores throughout Melbourne, the East & West coast of Australia, Hong Kong, Holland & America. We have also gathered & maintain a very strong online customer base, that love what we do & continue to share their appreciation for the products year after year.

Being a long-term practitioner of classical Buddhist philosophy, mother of three, wife and small business owner, it has always been of primary importance for me to integrate my livelihood, spiritual  practice & family life;  I feel blessed to be able to say that Rasasara has given me this opportunity.

I would like to thank my precious teachers for the wisdom they have imparted so generously to me. It has enabled a ripple effect of healing that stretches from my own precious inner world, out to my family, to everyone involved in the creation of Rasasara and to the community of people that love and generously appreciate what we offer.