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An aromatherapist’s response to her mom’s breast cancer

An Aromatherapists Response To Her Moms Breast Cancer

Starting a business to replace toxic products!

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn.

Your path shifts, and you find yourself faced with a whole new way of living.

That’s how Kristina Gagliardi-Wilson began her successful aromatherapy business!

Kristina had started a rewarding career as a professor in a masters program at a university.

Her plans came to a grinding halt when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

With that diagnosis, her life turned upside down.

Kristina became determined to support her mother’s health every way she could. She decided that her family would stop using store-bought products that were laden with harsh chemicals. 

However, her initial research was pretty discouraging. 

It seemed to Kristina that harmful chemicals were present in everything.

She wasn’t wrong! When the Environmental Working Group
studied over 2,000 everyday household products, they found
that many contained toxic ingredients which can trigger health
issues like asthma, allergies, skin irritation, and more.

And when these products are disposed of, they wind up in our water, air, and environment. 

Kristina couldn’t find products she trusted. 

“So what else could we do?” Kristina says. “We created our own.”

Kristina dedicated herself to years of in-depth research, understanding how to create truly safe, effective products for the body, natural cleaning, and health. 

Her path led her to Aromahead Institute to master product-making and become a Certified Aromatherapist. (Check out Kristina’s graduate profile!)

“I had received another certificate in aromatherapy years ago,” Kristina says. “But I really wanted a more in-depth and recognized program. The feedback I received was exactly what I needed to take my ability to the next level. I learned more than I could ever imagine and had fun.”

Kristina’s research and product-making led her to create a new career: a beautiful, family-run store in New Jersey called Poofy Organics. (She named it after her little daughter… who had the adorable nickname “Poofy!”)

Today, Poofy Organics has an online store as well as a physical location. 

Their team has grown, but they still make all of their products by hand in small batches. 

Poofy’s products are:

  • Organic
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Ethically sourced
  • Cruelty free
  • Free from all additives and hidden ingredients

Kristina’s business has developed a loyal following for her strict standards of sustainability and all-natural ingredients. Poofy Organics even makes and sells all-natural cosmetics!

And what about Kristina’s mom?

She survived breast cancer, and is an important part of the Poofy team.

Kristina is an inspiring example!

Her story demonstrates the importance of essential oil education.

When you learn to blend scientifically and safely to support someone you love, you can also wind up helping thousands of others…

… and creating a new life path that’s more rewarding than you could have dreamed!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils—whether it’s to get toxic chemicals out of your family’s home, or to start your own business—you’re in the right place.

Check out the Aromatherapy Certification Program that Kristina found so valuable.

We’d be honored to be a part of your journey. 

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Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

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