Khulan Davaadorj: the Mongolian social entrepreneur making a positive global impact with the natural skincare brand she created with love
Mongolia is a beautiful East Asian country we rarely hear about. Apart from its rich history and nomadic culture, Mongolia is also a land filled with nature’s wonders. Yet, despite its exquisite natural resources, local businesses featuring these natural treasures aren’t as huge as the booming organic industries of countries like the US, Japan, or South Korea.
In 2014, a social entrepreneur with a clear vision of environmental preservation and women’s empowerment took a huge leap to finally find Mongolia its well-deserved space on the organic cosmetics scene.
Meet Khulan Davaadorj, founder of LHAMOUR, the very first global natural skincare line to emerge out of Mongolia. While natural skincare is nothing new on the world stage, the idea and mission that Khulan infuses into her brand are beyond remarkable. I reached out to Khulan to hear more of her inspiring story and of how she chose her homeland to start LHAMOUR. She discusses her endeavors to be a zero-waste company, her mission empowering local Mongolian women by providing employment, and everything in between.
After years of living and studying in the US and Europe, why did you decide to return to Mongolia to pursue your organic beauty business there?
I had lived abroad for almost 20 years. Before returning to Mongolia, I completed my Master’s Degree at Columbia University in New York, majoring in renewable energy and sustainable development. I got a request through LinkedIn to work for Mongolia’s first wind farm company and within a few days decided to go back to Mongolia, even though my family was not there and I had barely ever lived there. I somehow felt that it was time to go home and really be part of the development and use everything that I had learned in my life so far. I did have the opportunity to stay in the United States, as I had some job offers, but instead I felt driven to Mongolia and felt like my home country was calling me.
It was quite tough at the beginning because I had come over with just one suitcase and felt like I was a stranger in my own home country. But it was also exciting and challenging, and I did feel like I was playing a part in the development of my country.