The GARDEN OF ESSENCES online healing store, was created, after my staff and I had spent many years, giving Aromatherapy massages, facials, and lectures, at the Spa within Virgin Active Gym, which is owned by the Richard Branson Virgin Group (who are hereby acknowledged for owning Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Banking.)
I was responsible for opening the first vegetarian restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently became co-owner of a major health food store. I have made a lifelong study of vegetarianism, allergies, and detoxification.
Later, I became the owner of the Spa within the five star President Hotel, which offered a variety of anti-aging body and facial treatments. I had the pleasure of working on many celebrities, and value their feedback in teaching me what works, and what does not work.
My Hard Copy Publications
The book features top advice from 30 personal health and environmental experts, who share valuable information on how to minimize harmful pollutants in the home.The Happy Healthy Home book is available at all major bookstores, and on Amazon.com
The TV segment is to feature promising entrepreneurs who are passionate about natural and organic skincare.
So, as you can see, its been an exciting few years!
However, they all supply me with Certificates of Analysis (COA) which show top quality, and you are welcome to request these from me.
Garden of Essences ingredients are carefully sourced from all over the world. Our oils and butters are obtained by cold pressing, or infusion of organically grown or wild harvested plants, and have never been in contact with chemicals.
Our products represent Fair Trade, Sustainability, Vegan, Gluten Free and Cruelty Free.
My Qualifications are listed below:
- Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art, English, Psychology.) (University of Cape Town.)
- Post-graduate Degree in Teaching (Art, English, Social Psychology.) (University of Cape Town.)
- Therapeutic Massage and Anatomy Diploma (ITEC, London).
- Estheticienne Diploma (ITEC, London).
- ITEC Certified Estheticienne Lecturer (ITEC, London).
- ITEC Certified Anatomy and Physiology Lecturer (ITEC, London).
- Founder and Owner of ITEC Accredited Estheticienne and Massage Therapy Academy (International Academy of Health and Beauty, Cape Town).
- Reflexology / Shiatsu / Aromatherapy / Beauty Therapy Diplomas (International Academy of Health and Beauty, Austria)
- Certificate in Applied Advanced Aromatherapy (Aromatherapy Association of South Africa)
- Certified StudioBall Exercise Instructor (trained by the Health and Fitness Professionals Association, which is registered by the Department of Education, Cape Town)
- Darphin Essential Oil Certificate (Darphin Essential Oil Laboratory, Paris)
- Jean Baptiste Certificate (Organic Homeopathic & Phyto Skincare, formulated by Dr. Jean Baptiste)
- Natural Essence Certificate (Aromatherapy Facial and Body Care Range, Cape Town)
Our promise to you:
Our Essential Oils are:
Organic and non gmo.
Free of synthetic fragrances.
Phyto-chemical properties are available on request, as all our Essential Oils are therapeutic grade.
Our butters, used for face and body, are mostly Organic, or contain a high Organic content. They are:
Free of preservatives, which are harmful to the skin, and toxic to the body’s internal health.
Free of: parabens / ethylhexylglycerin / phenoxyethanol / synthetic fragrances / artificial coloring / urea / phthalates / PABA / DEA / EDTA / propylene glycol / petrochemicals / paraffin / gluten / mineral oil / silicones / aluminum.
Free of animal ingredients, disguised to appear appealing, such as:
- hyaluronic acid (which is made from human umbilical cords, or rooster’s cartilage.)
- collagen (from ground chicken feet and animal horns.)
- elastin (from cow’s cartilage.)
- ‘nature-identical’ fragrances (‘vanilla’ is made from cow dung.)
- keratin (from hooves and horns.)
- glycerin (which can be made from animal fat derived from any waste parts of any animal; or from petroleum, which will make glycerin block pores, potentially causing acne. Only vegetable glycerin is safe.)
All our Butters spread easily – no need to melt them!
For an in depth article on what we mean by PRESERVATIVE and CHEMICAL FREE, read our article “No Preservatives in our Products”.
Our Vegetable Oils are:
Organic and non-gmo.
Extracted through cold pressed methods.
We do not use solvent, hexane or alcohol extraction.
We do not sell oils that have been extracted through high heat processing, as this produces unhealthy oils, that lack the qualities one requires for skin rejuvenation, and glowing health.
All oils are shipped in bottles which are free of BPA.