We started in an aromatherapy barn in upstate New York in 1994. Andrea Butje and Cindy Black, founders of Aromahead, were teaching aromatherapy classes and importing essential oil and natural aromatherapy products, as one option for students to use to support their learning. Andrea wanted to guarantee that the oils and other products she was recommending were completely pure, organic, and GC/MS tested for quality - and, just like that, Aromatics International was established. Karen Williams has been passionate about plant based medicine her entire 35 year career in the healthcare field. Her background as a nurse gave her the foundation and knowledge to meaningfully explore integrative holistic approaches to health. She developed a specific interest in using essential oils early in her career and after studying extensively, met and studied with Andrea Butje in 2007 and in 2009 purchased Aromatics International. Karen completely resonated with Andrea’s approach to working with oils and natural aromatherapy products and this philosophy of higher standards continues to this day as we continue working with aromatherapy schools all over the world, supporting cutting edge aromatherapy education.
Developing our incredible community of distillers and natural aromatherapy products has been a collective labor of love between Andrea and Karen, who both share an immense passion for working closely with inspired, dedicated producers. While Aromahead and Aromatics are two separate businesses, we are deeply connected from shared history and vision, as well as an incredible friendship and respect the other’s work. Aromatics International was already rapidly growing when Karen moved it to her basement in Lolo, MT where it operated successfully for another several years, before a larger, dedicated space became imperative. Aromatics is now based in a beautiful workshop nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Karen has spent years strategically recruiting and developing our incredibly energetic and dedicated team and we could not be more excited to be a part of your aromatherapy journey. We are very much a family owned and operated business. If you work for Aromatics, you are either family OR you feel like family!
Aromatics International imports and exports 100% pure, organic essential oils and natural aromatherapy products. These products are pure, effective, and sustainable. Each product is either classified as certified organic, organically grown, or wildcrafted, depending on the producer and which classification is available to them in their local region. All these terms mean the same thing - organic, free of harmful pesticides and herbicides, and are vibrant. We work with small-scale distillers and producers and support local communities in over 60 different countries. When Karen, head of sourcing, works with our distillers and producers, she can see their beautiful faces and can imagine the fields, orchards, farms, valleys, mountains, and plains where the plants used to craft our products are grown. We also craft products ourselves and grow high altitude certified organic lavender, work with local farmers to produce hops and calendula flowers, sustainably wildcraft arnica blossoms, St. John’s wort blossoms, ponderosa pine needles, and yarrow. These local initiatives grow and evolve every year. We are invested in our local community and often engage with schools and groups in terms of teaching aromatherapy classes and safety. Would you like to read more about our AROMATICS Approach? We are family owned and operated and take our responsibilities to each other and you, our customers, very seriously. We appreciate you so much!
We love our essential oils and natural aromatherapy products. We know the faces of our distillers and producers and can picture their fields, orchards, forests, and mountains. Our producers are experienced and understand their craft. They are dedicated to purity and only grow or wildcraft plant material nurtured using organic growing practices. Each batch of essential oil is GC/MS tested in order for you to be as informed as possible on the essential oil chemistry when formulating blends and working with our products. This test verifies the purity we already know and trust exists, because we know and fully support our distillers and producers. Sourcing our oils and natural aromatherapy products is our life’s passion and work. We are so honored to be able to share these gorgeous products with you.
A vibrant future of aromatherapy directly correlates with the sustainability of the plants used to craft essential oils and natural aromatherapy products. We partner with distillers and producers who give back to the earth more than they take. An incredible amount of plant material is needed to craft essential oils and other aromatherapy products. We are passionate about education around plant sustainability.