Meet Our Vendor: origania
Wanna smell good and feel better? Look no further, we introduce you to origania. Let’s learn more about this new vendor!
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Yvonne, botanical alchemist of origania. I love working with nature’s botanical from essential oils, CO2 extracts, base or carrier oils like argan and golden jojoba or using herbs to create infused olive oils. My formulations are created with an idea in my mind wether it is a feeling, a place or a memory. Each ingredients are selected for its therapeutic properties, for example in helping someone with stress to relax or to have a restful sleep.
What made me decide to go into aromatherapy as a wellness modality besides the obvious nutrition with whole food was due to my health, I have diabetes and bronchitis. Six years ago, I was hospitalised and I was scared as a mother with two young children. And with using whole foods to heal my physical body and aromatherapy for my mental and emotional health I was able to overcome my struggles. I want to inspire people that change comes from within when one realise ones needs and wants and may be overcome with some help and it is okay to ask for help. We always forget to care for ourselves as we are too busy caring for others. If we take care of ourselves and inspire more people to do so with self-care, we will have more joy and peace in our lives to share among ourselves.
After getting myself well, I started my company in Hong Kong helping aromatherapists source for hard to find essential oils. In 2016, I moved back to the States, my passion continues to fuel in advocating essential oils usage and safety. I revamped my vision with origania as a brand not only hand-crafted products for everyday use but also with education which I felt was the key to educate my customers.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I have been doing a lot of reading and researching for my next product to create a safe blend of botanicals for a bug repellent. I am looking at aroma chemistry of each essential oils that I will be using and safety guideline for dilution that would be safe for children to use as well as elders.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
I recently completed a 4 days intensive class with Madeleine Kerkhof on cancer care and on palliative care using essential oils and CO2 extracts. It opens up many possibilities with aromatherapy as a modality within any healthcare system with an integrative and holistic approach rather than an alternative approach.
What was your first memory of making something?
My first memory of making something was at 8 years old. I was living in Lagos, Nigeria at the time and there wasn’t much for a child my age to do or places to go to like a park. With my mom as inspiration, she is really creative when it comes to food and cooking. I remembered her asking someone to build her a contraption with her hand drawing to make a tofu press cause she wanted to make her own tofu. With just watching her, my creative juice kept going and I wanted to be a baker. I just experimented in the kitchen mixing flours, eggs and water to make bread. I also baked cupcakes and prepare desserts. My first book that I actually ever wanted was a baking book with recipes of cakes and cookies. Mixing and blending things as always been joyous for me.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
What I love about vending at any shows are connecting with people in my community. I like talking to other vendors and learning from them. I learn from customers, too. My last show, I learned something about the aroma called musk. I didn’t really study in depth about perfumery but since I had people coming by my booth asking for musk, I decided to ask around if the aroma is similar to patchouli or something even more earthy? Then I found out that it is a scent from an animals called musk ox or musk deer and it is from a gland “muska” in sanskrit meaning testicle.
I also had people come up to me to challenge me about safety in using essential oils such as if they should drink essential oils by adding several drops in water. First, please do not drink essential oils. Second, science doesn’t lie, essential oils are lipids, oils and fats doesn’t mix with water due to the polarity of the essential oil itself which is made up mostly of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are non-polar hydrocarbons and are not soluble in water. Third, essential oils will burn mucous membranes.
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