& Her Journey Creating
Gunilla of Sweden® Skincare
About Our Founder
Gunilla Nilsson Ross
(pictured here teaching esthetics in the UK, circa 1962)
We Don’t Follow the Science of Botanical Skincare.
We Pioneer it. Since 1987.
Beginning in 1987, Gunilla of Sweden® has enhanced the effectiveness of many science-based active ingredients by adding them to our nutrient-infused, greenhouse-grown, organic aloe vera based formulas with the addition of up to 49 botanical extracts. By this combination of modern science and botanical potency, Gunilla created effective professional skincare products under $40 that have helped transform much of the beauty industry. Through decades of dedication and research, Gunilla and her team strive to educate professionals and consumers concerning the unique potential and transformative benefits of professional quality botanical skin care to treat, heal, and rejuvenate all skin types.
Where it all started
Our founder, Gunilla Ross, earned her esthetic credentials in 1962 after studying in England and Sweden. Once in the United States, Gunilla became a pioneer in the education of esthetics. She then began to realize the skincare market was lacking the organic and botanical content she was accustomed to in Sweden. A passion for skincare and the knowledge of Swedish natural treatments led her to start Gunilla of Sweden® Professional Skincare in 1987. Gunilla started with LEROSETT® for acne and a year later GUNILLA® for skincare.
With a single acclaimed product, made and developed in Sweden, it all started with the original LEROSETT® Clay Treatment for problem skin (now packaged as Spot Treatment & Clearing Mask), which is 100% organic with no added chemicals. Gunilla built her brand by sharing LEROSETT® exclusively with licensed skincare and medical professionals. For over 20 years and still as a family-owned and operated company, Gunilla of Sweden® grew their brand reputation and product selection, increasing from one to over 23 individual items within two product lines: LEROSETT® for acne and GUNILLA® for skincare. Our goal still today is to provide professional quality botanical skincare that is effective, and now it is available to anyone seeking professional botanically based skincare — discover affordable quality skin care direct from us to you.
About our skincare products:
We make our botanically based products in America. The LEROSETT® Spot Treatment and Clearing Mask (originally named Clay Treatment) is still made in Sweden after 30 years and is our only 100% organic – no added chemicals product. Our botanically based products contain over 60% of our unique super aloe vera. Our popular nutrient-rich botanical products are sourced with fresh ingredients, which will always need some mild naturally derived preservatives; without them, they would need constant refrigeration and only last approximately 30 days. We use no unnecessary chemicals like benzoyl peroxide or other harsh ingredients, and because of this our products can be custom mixed for personalized treatment combinations. Our customer loyalty comes from our commitment to this exceptional level of great product quality, effectiveness, and the kind of personal customer service a family owned company can offer.
LEROSETT® and GUNILLA® products are for all skin types, ages, and ethnicities.
“Pioneer Who Paved the Path for
–Dermascope Magazine | The leading publication for the skin care professional | 40th Anniversary Issue
From Our Founder
When I moved to Denver, Co from Sweden in the early ’70s, I was already an experienced esthetics instructor with credentials from England and Sweden. I was dismayed to discover that working with aesthetics in the US was exclusively licensed within cosmetology. My U.K. esthetics license was not transferable. So I decided Colorado needed an esthetics school and my experience as an esthetics instructor finally came in handy. I worked with the Colorado Board of Licensing and authored the first Aesthetics Education program and state board Aesthetics Exam. This enabled state licensure for those aspiring to a professional esthetics career in Colorado, because each state had its own requirements.
Pictured here is Gunilla today, healthy at age 77 after using her own products the last 30 years. Gunilla has no plan to retire from skincare anytime soon!
How Does Gunilla of Sweden® Give Back to the Community?
Gunilla of Sweden® was founded out of a sincere desire to make a real difference in the lives of others. We do this, not only by increasing the confidence of our customers with our professional skincare, but also by partnering with our local schools through the Blue Valley Access Program.
For over ten years, we have worked with young adults ages 18 to 21 with cerebral palsy, MS and other related disabilities by helping them to integrate into real-world work environments. We provide projects which enable them to strengthen their talents and work together to develop team building skills. When you receive any of our product systems, take pride in knowing you are contributing to the self-esteem and confidence of these young people entering the workforce.
We Asked Gunilla:
What is your inspiration and vision for Gunilla of Sweden®?
I have always had a passion for skincare, and I’ve always wanted to help people. When I came here from Sweden, I could not find the type of skin care that I wanted to use. In Sweden, we prefer botanically based ingredients as opposed to water and various chemicals. Throughout my career, it was made evident that many people have issues with acne, and I wanted to find a way to help the public. No one should have to hide or be embarrassed because of their skin.
I have seen fad ingredients come and go in the last 55 years. There are effective ingredients in skincare: Ceramides, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and many others — just because they have been around a while doesn’t mean they are less effective. I often prefer those tried and true ingredients because they’re proven effective. It’s not so much the active ingredient itself that does all the work for your skin, however. It’s the delivery mechanism or base ingredient that enables the active ingredient to be more productive by causing the ingredient to stay in your skin longer with deeper penetration. The Swedish skincare I grew up using is made like this. My friend’s and I all had beautiful skin, very few of us had pimples. It was the main ingredient, usually a variety of aloe, that allowed the other active ingredients to be more effective.
How do you feel about skincare prices?
My first goal was to create the best quality professional skincare that was also affordable, to the professional. I found it very difficult to create any skincare formula, no matter what the ingredients, that would justify a price over $60 for a cleanser or $100 for a serum. Products that are sold through beauty stores and have distributors will have higher prices so that each level involved can profit along the way. The high price rarely relates to the ingredient cost, surprisingly the fancy bottle often costs more than the ingredients. Usually, the high price has much more to do with the cost of advertising so you learn about the product. What if you found the great skincare at half the price but you had to find it yourself? Like GUNILLA® or LEROSETT® products.
What is your current skincare regimen?
Tip: GUNILLA® Cell Rejuvenator always goes on first after the wash and toning, morning and night, 2-3 drops no more
Evening: Same Face Wash and Toner, GUNILLA® Cell Rejuvenator, GUNILLA® Eye-de-puff & GUNILLA® Deep Skin Moisturizer with Ceramides. I do alternate daily between the GUNILLA® Brighten & Renew Cream with 10% AHA and the Moisturizer with Ceramides every other night.
Product mixing: 10% AHA can be too much for sensitive skin, especially in the summer. I formulated all my products so they can be combined. If 10% of AHA is too strong, in your palm mix 1/2 Ceramides and 1/2 10% AHA treatment for a highly effective 5% AHA with Ceramides.
Our GUNILLA® Botanical Skin Care Kit has everything I use, but the 10% AHA
What is the most significant mistake people make when it comes to skincare?
They are using too much product.
People think that to get results; you need to use more, which is not the case. You end up going through the product too quickly. Another problem I see is people not using anything at all on their skin or not having a consistent routine. If you want to see results, you need to use the products every day. You must treat your skin like you treat your teeth, just because you brushed your teeth in the morning doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it again!
Using too much product is very common with my GUNILLA® products like the Face Washes or Serums. My LEROSETT® and especially GUNILLA® products like our Face Washes are so concentrated they contain at least 150 face washes per 6.7 oz bottle, making it even more economical. That’s enough uses for more than twice a day for 60 days! My serums take 2-3 drops for the entire face, any more than that and you get sticky skin because your skin cannot absorb the highly concentrated collagen, elastin, revitalin or aloe vera.