Kris is a gifted aromatic alchemist and an accomplished aroma-therapist.
This wisdom blossomed into her skills as a natural perfumer. In this spectrum she is unsurpassed...imparting an uncanny ability to see deep into a person’s yearnings, and create the quintessential love potion or bespoke fragrance of your desires.
Perfume in Latin is "per-fumem" or "through smoke" which the ancients used as an offering to the Gods and the universe. They macerated the plants and flowers and burned them on their altars...hence "per fumem". That is one of the many reasons Kris became a perfumer - to make an offering and enable others to do so every day when wearing her rare and perfect potions. She has a passion for passion and loves to make custom blends and love potions.
Every essential oil has a story and Kris has made it her mission to discover which ones are aphrodisiacs, and which have been used throughout history for love, passion and romance. Her custom blends are made to create a deeper level of experience and sensuality in life, as well as a meaningful connection to the Earth. She is devoted to discovering exotic oils from all over the planet.
The provenance of all the oils used is very important...many of her essential oils are imported directly from South Africa, Morocco, Madagascar, India and Egypt. Only non-sprayed, wild grown, eco-cert or organic oils are sourced. She feels it is important to support small farmers, and the economy and well-being of everyone involved in the process.
Kris has been studying aromatics and perfumery since 1990. In 1996 Kris received certification in aromatherapy and teacher training from the Michael Scholes School of Aromatic Studies. In 1997 she received advanced training in the chemistry of essential oils and aromatherapy from Purdue University’s International Training Program in Essential Oils. In 1998 she completed the advanced aromatherapy course through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt. In 1999 she received advanced training in natural perfumery and aromatherapy from Master Perfumer Kathryn Degraff. She has studied and researched aromatics extensively in Europe as well as in the United States. Kris continues to advance her education at conferences and seminars regularly, and is a featured speaker and lecturer for Aromatic and Perfumery events nationwide.
Kris’s classroom approach stems from her extensive research into the mystical rituals of ancient cultures, her philosophy of perfume as medicine, and the miraculous healing energy apparent in the art of essential oil use. Her knowledge of essential oils is enhanced by a passion for their history Kris has been offering much needed aromatherapy education for many years. This education creates awareness that the choices we make about the products we use and where they are from can make a big difference in ecology and the lives of ourselves, and others. This is a very powerful message. Allow Kris to share her wisdom with you, let her lead you through her world and imagine the possibilities aromatherapy may play in your life.