Co-Founder of The Organic Pharamacy, Margo Marrone speaks to CF’s Sheena Bhattessa for the latest instalment of 12 Journeys With….
Born in Iran, growing up there until the age of 10, “as a child, I used to visit the local apothecary, which actually was a market”. Colourful “bags of herbs used to fascinate me every time I went”. “My mum would say ‘I need something for a dry cough’ and four or five bags would be mixed and brought home.”
Marrone’s interest in health and wellness only grew from here; her first job, at the age of 15, was working as “a Saturday girl” at her local pharmacy. “In those days, 35 years ago, the walls were filled with brown bottles with exotic Latin names”. “Wondering what they did”, a curiosity was cultivated, leading Marrone to study Pharmacy at King’s College, specialising in Pharmacognosy, the study of herbal medicine.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS WEEK’S EPISODE
In Episode Ten, Season Three, Margo Marrone joins Sheena Bhattessa to discuss her lifelong journey to health and wellness.
After studying Pharmacy in King’s College, specialising in Pharmacognosy (the study of herbal medicine), Marrone opened her first The Organic Pharmacy in 2002 – a pioneering move at the time. Building on her work as a pharmacist, a homeopath, a shaman, and a yogi, in this episode Marrone discusses achieving optimal wellbeing (by taking small steps to change) and also explores the future of green beauty.
In 2002, when The Organic Pharmacy opened its first store, ‘organic’ was a hard concept to sell. It “took a long time for people to be convinced, but when they used it on their skin…” the proof was in the proverbial pudding. Working with natural ingredients, the skin transformed and looked healthier. Since then, a lot has changed across the industry, it’s “beautiful to see” Marrone remarks. As for her hopes for clean/green beauty’s future: that it will “continue to grow and hopefully become mainstream”.
Later in this episode, Marrone talks to CF about three of her favourite The Organic Pharmacy products and shares her advice on improving our health/skincare regime – which boils down to healthy food, more sleep, and organic skincare. She also expounds on her choice to sell The Organic Pharmacy a couple of years ago – it “was the right time” – and her later decision to come back to work with the company again. Tune in for exciting details re what’s next for the brand at the links below.