Ilike Organic Skin Care founder and organic product pioneer, Dánielné Molnár, lovingly known as "Aunt Ilike" or "Aunt Ilcsi" in Hungarian, died on January 9. She was 87.
Molnár received her esthetics license and began creating the world’s first professional organic line of skin care products in 1958. She dedicated her life to the development and advancement of natural remedies as well as the improvement of worldwide esthetics knowledge and practices. This lifelong passion was embodied in the cosmetic product line “ilike organic skin care” branded under her name.
Molnár grew up in the countryside of Hungary and began creating organic skin care products in 1958 from ingredients from her homeland filled with fruits, vegetables and herbs that draw their succulence from the soil and thermal hot springs of the Carpathian basin long known for rich minerals and trace elements. Growing up in a family of herbalists, Molnár combined her knowledge of herbal remedies with schooling at Vienna's highly renowned Aesthetics School. Upon graduation with extensive study in biochemistry, she immediately began work developing the product line branded ilike organic skin care line in the United States.
She dedicated the next 55 years to working as an esthetician, international educator, developer of organic skin care products and flag bearer for the natural and organic movement. She often spread her wisdom through mainstream media—even as a weekly guest on the Hungarian television cooking program on Paprika TV extolling the health benefits of various vegetables and herbs.
Throughout her life she received countless awards including the Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Republic given by the president and prime minister of Hungary, Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hungarian Beautician Association, Award for Natural Medicine, and more.
Today, Molnár's products reach 45 markets worldwide.
“We at Szép Élet are very proud to have been associated with Aunt Ilike's work and to have learned and benefited from her wisdom,” said Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Élet, exclusive distributor of ilike organic skin care. “We are proud to continue carrying on her legacy and mission of providing all natural and organic remedies," Hickman said.