Meet the instructors who will teach you how to make your own bath and body products and/or help you start or grow your business:
Alyssa is the owner of Bath and Body Academy and Vintage Body Spa. She has been handcrafting soap and spa products for over 15 years, and published her first book on soap making in 2012. Three more bath and body related books will launch in 2013. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two children.
Angie owns both Vetiver Aromatics and Jitterbug Apothecary. Her area of expertise is in blending fragrances and creating unique perfumes. Angie lives in New Albany, Indiana.
Kenna owns Amathia Soapworks and has been handcrafting beautifully colored soaps since 2004. We’re excited to offer both her book on master batching and her book on coloring cold processed soaps.
Sharon Falsetto is a UK certified aromatherapist. After extensive worldwide travels, life and circumstances brought her to the United States in 2006. She owns and operates Sedona Aromatherapie, both an aromatherapy business of custom blending, and a home study program of aromatherapy courses and product making.
Sharon writes professionally, both as a ghost writer, and under her own name. She has written numerous articles about aromatherapy and essential oils for various publications and her first book, Authentic Aromatherapy, is scheduled for publication in January 2014.
Sharon also volunteers her time as regional director and co-editor for the journal of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.”
Kayla Fioravanti is a wife, mother and author.
Kayla has published five books: The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy; How to Make Melt & Pour Soap Base From Scratch; DIY Kitchen Chemistry; When I Was Young I Flew The Sun Like a Kite, and How to Self Publish. Currently Kayla is focusing on writing Gogo Naughty Paws; Kids Smell Like Dirt and Maple Syrup; Puffy and Blue; 360 Degrees of Grief andParenting on Bended Knee: Raising the Beyond Strong Willed Child.
Kayla Fioravanti is living proof that the mind of a scientist can live concurrently with the heart of a poet in one body. Kayla’s first three books are filled with scientific information spoken in plain English for the everyday reader.
In 2011 Kayla and her husband Dennis sold their company Essential Wholesale after starting it in 1998 by creating products in her kitchen using essential oils. They turned the profit from their first batch of products into more supplies, and repeated the process over and over. In 2000 they started an all-natural aromatherapy based Home Party Plan. In 2002, they changed their business plan and became a distribution and manufacturing company Essential Wholesale.
The initial $50 investment from their home kitchen, combined with blood, sweat and prayers led to a rewarding thirteen year run in the cosmetic, aromatherapy and skin care industry. But nothing is more exciting to Kayla than the final reward that came with the sale of Essential Wholesale, the ability move onto her next phase in life as a full time wife, mother and author.
Kayla’s articles can be found in dozens of publications including: Dermascope Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthetique, Global Cosmetic Industry (GCI) Magazine, New York Metro Parent, Saponifier, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and Essential Wholesale’s educational arm the Essential U blog. Kayla has been featured and has given expert advice for hundreds of magazines including Real Simple, Self Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Home Business Magazine, Women Entrepreneur, Elle, Private Label Buyer, Redbook, InStyle Magazine, Woman’s World and more. She wrote a chapter in the book Millionaire Mom, The Art of Raising a Business and a Family at the Same Time by Joyce Bone.
Dawn Fitch is the founder of Pooka Pure and Simple, a handmade bath and body company that she now runs with her 3 closest friends, the Pookalitas. The revolution Dawn started in her own kitchen has now expanded into 2 boutiques and is also carried in 42 Whole Foods stores.
Pooka has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Network Journal, Michael Baisden Radio and various media outlets. Dawn was the recipient of the Influencer Award for Entrepreneurship given by the Urban League, the Black Executive Award given by the African American Chambers of Commerce, and an Agent of Change award from the National Council of Negro Women and Pooka Pure and Simple was named a Local Hero by Whole Foods Markets.
Dawn focuses on educating our community on healthier living and the benefits of entrepreneurship and in 2005 wrote her book entitled, “Moving Through Opened Doors”. Dawn knew that as a small business owner it was imperative to maximize various social media platforms and worked to develop social media strategies for Pooka. In March 2012 Dawn was recognized for her social media skills and was blessed to be on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine!
She recently released “The S Factor: How to Effectively Use Social Media to Grow Your Business”, which we’re thrilled to carry here at Bath and Body Academy.
Mary Humphrey is the Owner of Annie’s Goat Hill, and has been making soap for over 10 years. Her specialty is incorporating goat milk into her soap and personal care product formulas. She co-wrote Essential Soapmaking with Alyssa in 2012, and their second book, Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery was released in October 2013.
Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator & instructor. She teaches courses on making natural &organic products for body, hair, and skin, and conducts online study classes. Joan teaches and consults on lotion making, soap making, body butters, hair care products, natural perfume, aromatherapy, candle making, bath products & more. Joan assists people from all over the world to learn the art & science of making natural products & has taught at top spas and companies. She is a certified aromatherapist and herbalist. Joan started her own publishing company in 2003 and is the author of many “how to” books on natural product making including How to Make Professional Natural Lotions and Creams.
Joan’s passion is to teach others holistic beauty through making creative and professional products, and create a successful product making business. To learn more about Joan Morais, visit her website at www.JoanMorais.com