Monday, 6 February 2012

The Aromatist February 2012

Whats on?

Coming up........

College of Medicine - ME Symposium February 7, Birmingham

College of Medicine - Back Pain February 22 Kenilworth

Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma Module One February, Hinckley

Grasse Aromatherapy Symposium March 16-18, Grasse

Robert Tisserand Weekend Seminar May 12, 13, London

Jeffrey.C.Yuan  May 12,13,  Dublin

Aromatherapy CPD - Mental Health Forum May 23 London

?Spring Festival of Scent 2012 May, Warwick UK

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Our mission
Shirley Price Aromatherapy are dedicated to supporting an open and enthusiastic international aromatherapy community.
CPD for Complementary Therapists and Sports Therapists
CPD Courses at the Shirley Price Aromatherapy

FHT and IFPA accredited CPD Centre, Hinckley & Imperial College, London

In 2012 Jan Benham teaches a number of courses in Hinckley and Brighton UK including 
the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma which has 6000 alumni worldwide

Next Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma Module One February

About Jan Benham FFHT MIFPA Jan Benham is a natural cosmetic formulator and instructor. She teaches courses on making natural and organic products for body, hair, and skin in person. Beginning as a mobile aromatherapist and reflexologist Jan began teaching for Shirley Price Aromatherapy in 1980.  Her case studies were included in Shirley Price's Practical Aromatherapy published in 1982.  Through her teaching and products Jan has assisted thousands in learning the art and science of making 100% botanical natural products and has taught at top spas and companies. Based in the Netherlands she teaches and consults with people in the UK, Canada and Asia.  Her clients include complementary therapists and individuals creating their own product lines. Jan is a certified aromatherapist, a fellow of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and member of IFPA.  Her professional work included Chairing the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.  She works with the teaching team at Shirley Price Aromatherapy to deliver Shirley Price Aromatherapy training in NHS Trusts.

Jan is the author of "how to" books including The Creamy Craft of Cosmetic Making.

Jan's passion is to teach others Holistic Beauty through making professional lotions, creams, soaps and other cosmetic products.
To learn more about Jan Benham and book a course, 
visit her website at

Grasse Competition

On the occasion of this 14th edition of the International Symposium aromatherapy and medicinal plants, the City of Grasse and his organizing committee are launching a poster competition for students of 2nd and 3rd university cycles. The choice of the poster must match the theme of the Symposium.

The Jury:
Scientific Committee :

Philippe BOBOLA, Doctor of Physics, Chemistry & Biology, Paris.
Pierre-Jean GAREL, Director Emeritus: CNRS Research, Consulting biologist, Lugnacco TO (Italy).
Paul GOETZ, Editor of the journal Phytotherapy, Strasbourg.
Maurizio GRANDI, Professor of Oncology and Immunology, Turin, (Italy).
Francis HADJI MINAGLOU, Doctor of Pharmacy, Grasse
Henry JOSEPH, Doctor of Pharmacognosy, Gourbeyre, Guadeloupe
Jacques KALOUSTIAN, Doctor of Science, Pharmacist, Marseille.
Chantal MENUT, Professor in Charge of the ICAP Master, University of Montpellier
Yves PELISSIER, University Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Montpellier
Isabelle ROBARD, Lawyer at the Paris Bar, Paris
Consultant Designer:
Patrick THEILLERE: Consultant Phyto-aromatherapy, Nice.

Aromatherapy blending for all seasons


February is the month in which Valentines Day falls.  People express their love by sending anonymous cards.  Individuals that are physically or emotional exhausted, under stress, lacking proper nutrition, depressed, anxious or physically ill often have a significantly more difficult time enjoying intimacy.
Substances, including essential oils, that are considered aphrodisiacs are substances that can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal. For instance, an aphrodisiac may help with one or more of the following:

Help Aid a Physical Ailment
Reduce Stress
Calm Anxiety
Energize the Body and Mind
Uplift the Mood
Ease Depression
Appeals to the Senses

Now of course most people do not spend their lives in a frenzy of romantic passion.  There is a whole class of anaphrodisiacs which diminsh sexual desire.  Sweet Marjoram has been used since ancient times to help monks achieve their vows of sexual abstinence to concentrate on their spirituality.

Practice notes

A blog is a good way of promoting your practice and useful CPD
Brian Clark, the founder of Copyblogger has free resources and a download "How to Create Compelling Content that Ranks Well in Search Engines." It is written for those of us who want to know the basics of how search engines work.

Skincare making tips for aromatherapists

 Best of luck with your skincare. So satisfying when you heat up your first lanette wax and ionised water. A squirt of grapefruit extract as preservative (Vit E is an alternative but grapefruit works the best) and of course your aromatherapy blend. Let it cool and into a PET bottle or jar. Label it and its Done! Whether you get a cream or lotion depends on the proportion of lanette to water. The main reason natural products go yucky is the strength of the grapefruit extract. Grapefruit extract is a favourite preservative. The best extract we have come across comes from Mexico there are cheaper copies on the UK market so beware. Also the use of the hydrolats. Hydrolats are great but not sterile so you are inoculating your product if you use them rather than ionised water so be aware of that. As Sue says the hydrolats dont last long. The hydrolats should be fresh season (most aromas are distilled in the summer/autumn so thats the time to buy)and kept in the fridge and away from sunlight. An £18 product batch test to check how your product got on in terms of sterility is available from local labs. Place it on file. This is a key part of your Safety Assessment. Watch out you dont overdo the citrus or rose absolute these are the usual reason for blends failing safety assessment. The safety assessment is the file note you make when placing a product on the market. Be sure to keep a batch book recording the name of the product, the batch number, number you made. Do register your product under the Cosmetics Directive online if marketing to the public. This is easily done and you get an email receipt back which you file ahead of any trading standards visit. A soil association registration is great but costs some £350 per annum which covers the cost of the annual visit and is good value. There is more info on and her book is worth a read. Happy cooking!

Kind regards


Ian Brealey
Shirley Price Aromatherapy Ltd

Upcoming workshops 2012
AROMA COSMETOLOGY - Holistic Skin Care
Designed for the student who is just starting out to the professional Aesthetician who wants to expand her practice and add new dimensions to her work. This course allows for treatment control without having to rely upon specific brands, with the making up of your own preparations and products. Learn how to rely less on machines and take a holistic approach, with the use of special massage techniques and essential oils.
In level I - Practical: you will be taught a full cleanse, the use of compresses and steam, how to set up a treatment room, filling out client record sheets, a full 20 minute face and shoulder massage using both eastern and western techniques, and treatment with masks.
Theory:  the basic principles of skin care, analysis of skin types, anatomy and physiology in relation to the skin, muscles, and skeleton of the head and chest, carrier oils, and the most common essential oils used in treatment. Level 11 works on problematic aroma solutions for skin care, with  emphasis on anti ageing treatments, clinical and home care treatments for teenage acne, eczema, acne rosacea, and sensitive skin, our famous  neck and skin firming treatments. Plus the blending and mixing of essential oils in creams, lotions, oils, masks and compresses.Other topics covered: - the use of fruits and vegetables on the skin and eyebrow shaping. Plus a look at simple dietary advice that can help along with the treatments.
With Jan Benham Cost £450 +VAT (5 Day Course) Start 10:00am – 4:00pm
Dates: Wednesday 18th April – Sunday 22nd April

Creamy craft of cosmetic making
Tired of using commercial cosmetics that bathe your body in chemicals and wreck havoc on your skin? In this fun but practical workshop, learn how to make your own creams, lotions, lip balms, ointments. Each practitioner will have the opportunity to make something different, and at the end of the class we will share the results. Find out how to mix the essential oils to discover the cream that reflects you. Includes the “book ‘the creamy craft of cosmetic making”
With Jan Benham Cost £120 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Monday 14th May 2012
And Sunday 10th June 2012

Reflexology & Aromatherapy for the elderly
Reflexology and Aromatherapy for the elderly
Over the years, Jan has done extensive work on patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other conditions using a specialised massage and reflexology technique, and aromatherapy. This workshop focuses on the use of aromatherapy and reflexology for the elderly using essential oils, reflexology and polarity (energy work). Specialised massage techniques on the knees, feet and lower legs are also covered. Designed for both carers and professional therapists; this program will teach you how to deal with the following conditions: Varicose veins, Insomnia, Knee problems, Oedema, Aches and pains, Poor Circulation and how to Balance the body. If there is any other conditions that you would like to have covered. Please tell us at the time of booking and Jan will be happy to cover that topic during the workshop.
With Jan Benham Cost £90.00 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Monday 21st May 2012

The Art of Soap Making
Join Jan, for a class in making herbal and vegetable based soaps. Together we shall make an excellent basic herbal soap recipe and a batch of surprise exotic soap. We shall explore different ingredients, methods and sources that you might use to make a variety of exciting soaps. Learn some troubleshooting tips, a few historical tidbits and some ways of decorating/icing your soaps. Please bring your most outrageous apron and cool eye protection (sunglasses will do).
With Jan Benham Cost: £90 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Saturday 24th March

Aromatherapy seminar/ Introduction To Aromatherapy
Discover the essential world of aromatic oils. What are essential oils? How are they are obtained? How can you tell if they are 100% pure? What is the difference between therapeutic grade and the rest? Blend and mix to your hearts delight, create your own recipes. Learn about the various effects of these essences, both physically and psychologically, the application of essential oils and safety considerations, plus information on the most useful essential oils and carrier oils.
With Jan Benham Cost: £90 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

Learn How To Make Natural Mineral Makeup
Come and learn how to make your own mineral makeup, using all natural ingredients.
Let Jan show you healthy alternatives to the toxic chemicals that are present in most mainstream cosmetics. Why risk long term health problems or allow these chemicals to dry and damage your skin? In comparison, mineral makeup nourishes your skin whilst   enhancing your looks. There are two workshops; Natural Makeup and Mineral Makeup. In the mineral makeup workshop you'll learn how to make your own natural foundation, blushers and eye shadows. In the natural makeup workshop you’ll learn how to make your own mascara, lipsticks, and lip gloss, eye and lip pencils. Imagine the pleasure of wearing makeup crafted specifically to enhance your features. Imagine the satisfaction of making cosmetics. Imagine the security of knowing you’re applying healthy substances onto your skin. Turn these skills into an enjoyable hobby, as you create   cosmetics for family and business, giving them unique and treasured gifts. This could even be the start of a business Opportunity if you want to turn craft into cash.
With Jan Benham Start 11:00 – 4:00pm
Cost of each workshop £130 +VAT or both for £240 +VAT
Dates: Mineral Makeup: Monday 16th April + Monday 11th June
               Natural Makeup: Tuesday 17th April + Tuesday 12th June

Shampoo and bath bomb making

With my own practical experience, explore your own creativity in designing your own hair shampoos and conditioners. Enjoy the craft of bath bomb making using only pure and natural ingredients. Includes the book ‘the baby boomers beauty bible’. A Perfect course for both adults and children.
With Jan Benham Cost Adults £90 +VAT Children £30.00 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dates: Enquire about dates

HSE Emergency First Aid at Work 1 Day Course
This course is designed for someone taking on the role of an Emergency First Aider at work - for low risk environments, or those with few employees. However, this course gives a great introduction to first aid, and is therefore both suitable for both professional and personal users. It's lively, fun and run in an interactive workshop style.  Our 1 day course includes an overview of baby and child first aid. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
On successful completion delegates will be awarded a certificate in HSE Emergency First Aid at Work valid for 3 years.
Cost: £90.00 +VAT Refreshments and Lunch Provided
Start: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

Cosmetic Making Diploma
Makeup- soap – skin care and hair products – business studies. This is a comprehensive course in the art of cosmetic making, from soaps to lipsticks. You will learn how to make a full range of makeup including foundation, blusher, eye shadows, eye and lip pencils, lipgloss and lipstick.
You will be able to make a full complete skin, body and hair care line including: Hair Shampoo and conditioner, cleanser, toners and moisturisers, body lotions, ointments and lip balms.
Understand the scientific and botanical studies of plants and how to start your own business including government regulations, labelling laws, how to get free advertising etc.
Course includes;

·        Aromatherapy Seminar
·        The Art Of Soap Making
·        The Creamy Craft Of Cosmetic Making
·        Mineral And Natural Makeup
·        Shampoo and Bath Bomb Making
Cost: £595.00 + VAT (6 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date:  Enquire about dates

Robert Tisserand – CPD Seminar
London 2012 Robert Tisserand Aromatherapy Seminar

We are delighted to co-sponsor and invite you to the Robert Tisserand weekend seminar Aromatherapy Research and Synergy of Essential Oil Constituents details are on  Book your place below.  Places are limited to 60 delegates so do book early to avoid disappointment. 10% discount for 3 or more places booked together.

When Shirley Price and Robert Tisserand made aromatherapy a household word and took essential oils back into hospices and hospitals the cry was, yes interesting case studies but where is the research?  Researchers came together at Warwick University, UK in 1997 in a landmark event.  Now fifteen years on its time to do it again to review the research in the meantime and showcase the work done by Jane Buckle and her colleagues in particular.  There is now so much worldwide research on the clinical uses of essential oils and massage from mood enhancement to cancer treatment that we need a guide to it.  On May 12,13 2012 SPA will be co-sponsoring Aromatherapy Research and Synergy of Essential Oil Constituents, a weekend seminar with Robert Tisserand. Introduction by Gabriel Mojay.  Come and share your enthusiasm and case studies of aromatherapy in action in palliative care and practice with our distinguished speakers. Venue; Imperial College, London, Huxley Building, Room 341
Or call Rosie the College Secretary on T: 01455 615466.  Cost £180+VAT

Hot Stone Massage

Hot & Cold Stone massage is a unique form of massage therapy using volcanic stones to warm and cool the body in a specific body sequence. Our Hot Stone massage course covers the full body and face, it is a two day certified training course.
Learn this new massage technique that goes back many thousands of years. This therapy has become one of the most popular over the last ten years. Working in harmony with massage this hot stone massage technique uses warm stones, placed on the client's body and also in the therapist’s hands. This massage course will teach how to perform a full body routine as well as how to tailor it to suite the individual client in a safe and effective manner.
Chakra awareness is increased through stone placement, you will also learn about the 12 meridians. This treatment is extremely grounding and provides an unforgettable mind, body and spirit connection.
This is a course that will suit both students who are just starting out to holistic practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge. Care and maintenance of the basalt stones, gathering techniques and temperature levels is also covered.
Cost: £180.00 + Vat (2 Day course)
Start: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

Chair Massage

This course incorporates Ayurevedic, Thai and Swedish Massage techniques that can be used in a seated position.

This is an easy way for the student to earn income and develop a clientele since it can be practiced practically anywhere - on the beach, in malls and in the workplace.

Massage of the back, shoulders, neck, face and scalp are taught, with emphasis on meridian lines and acupressure points. Working with both professional massage and basic office chairs. Benefits (physically, emotionally and mentally), and contraindications are covered. Common back, neck and shoulder disorders will also be discussed along with aroma-therapeutic applications that can be utilized with this treatment.
Cost: £90.00 + Vat (1 Day Course)
Start: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2012

The Art of Perfume Making
What is perfumery? What are perfume oils and flower waters and how are they made? What do perfumes do for us mentally, emotionally and physically, and how do we know this traditionally and scientifically.

Flirt with the secret art of perfume making using a selection of top, heart and base notes on this fun 1 day course where you'll learn how to make your own signature scent.
Take home with you your perfume, a luxurious scented room spray or diffuser and other scented products. Relax in a hot bath exquisitely scented with your favourite essential oils and seasoned with lavish ingredients to pamper and soothe you.
Workshop content:
·         Introduction and explanation of products you’ll be using.
·         Decoding chemical compounds used in perfume making
·         Perfumes for mental and emotional well-being
·         Essential oils - therapeutic properties
·         Essential oils - Top, heart & Base notes
·         Blending and mixing aromas
·         Diluting your blends
·         Creating a scented bath / massage oil
·         Making room scents
·         Create a solid perfume
·         Create your perfume in oil or alcohol
You will go home with a 10ml customized perfume blend, either oil based or alcohol based, a solid perfume and a bath or massage oil, created on the principles of ancient perfumery using the information of contemporary science - a £20 value! Packaging, handouts, recipes and a certification of completion of the course are included.
Cost: £120.00 + Vat (1 Day Course)
Start: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012

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