A top scientist left the lab to set up a cosmetics company from the comfort of his Tingley home.
Krzysztof ‘Kris’ Wronski, 32, of Shancara Court trained as a genetic engineer and worked as a medical scientist.
Mr Wronski was working at St James’s Hospital in the Institute of Molecular Medicine when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an illness which causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive system.
Mr Wronski said: “I decided to start my business after I was very ill.
“I had always had a passion for natural remedies and I truly believe that we should be able to find most cures for many problems in nature.”
This prompted the creation of Kris d’Amour, a natural skincare and cosmetics business.
Mr Wronskim, who makes all the products by hand and with natural ingredients, said: “I had always had bad eczema from when I was a child and I also suffered from bad acne when I was a teenager.”
He had searched the shops as a young adult but could not find products to suit his sensitive skin.
So when he received his Crohn’s diagnosis he decided he wanted to do something to improve his own health and skin.
Mr Wronski set about researching products, ingredients and developing effective concoctions.
“I decided to take things in to my own hands and develop a full range of products which potentially could also help to treat my skin problems, which they did,” said Mr Wronski.
But it has not all been silky smooth for the budding entrepreneur, who said he likes to concentrate on the ingredients rather than profit-making.
He said: “It is very difficult with limited financial resources to compete in the current cosmetic market.”