Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself ? How did you get started?
Valerie Bennis: I had been interested in natural healing modalities from an early age and studied them on my own. The versatility of essential oils intrigued me and I felt I could create lots of formulas to help people. They are very pleasant to use as well. When you take an aspirin, you do not have a pleasurable experience, like you do when you use essential oils for healing. So, I loved the fact that the substance that was helping you heal was also giving you pleasure. As soon as I decided to get serious about studying aromatherapy, I found a teacher and then went on to complete several comprehensive programs.
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers about Essence of Vali? How did it begin?
Valerie Bennis: Previous to launching Essence of Vali, I had been on the corporate path and was not completely happy and fulfilled. I knew there was another path for me to take in this life time. Four years after I started studying aromatherapy, I left my corporate position. My inspiration really was my desire to share essential oils with people and to help them feel better using non-toxic products.
While I was studying, I started a private practice and created formulas for individual people. I still have my original recipe book with the person’s name! When I resigned from my executive position, I created a line around the most frequently requested formulas. To this day, our sleep blend continues to be the most popular.
Sarah Velasco: What is your mission?
Valerie Bennis:My mission is to share the healing power of plant essences with my community of clients by creating highly effective blends. I love inspiring people to take impeccable care of them selves through leading a healthy lifestyle.
Sarah Velasco: What type do products do you carry?
Valerie Bennis: We have ten formulas plus our signature fragrance. They are available as mists, massage & bath oils, balms and concentrates. We also have various sizes and gift sets. They are natural, mostly vegan and mostly handmade at our aromatherapy studio.
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about some health benefits ?
Valerie Bennis: Each formula addresses a different condition or can be used simply because someone likes the aroma. We have products for stress reduction, low energy, low libido, depression, sleep difficulties, emotional fragility, pain relief, hormonal issues and jet lag.
Sarah Velasco: What is your best seller ?
Valerie Bennis: Sleep is our best seller. It is a blend of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang and is a available as a mist, concentrate, massage & bath oil, roll-on and balm in various sizes and gift sets. People are so sleep deprived and adequate sleep is an essential part of a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Sarah Velasco: For readers that have never tried Essence of Vali products which 3 would you recommend them to try first ?
Valerie Bennis: Definitely, “sleep” followed by “relief” (for aches and pains) and our signature fragrance, EOV.
Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find your products ?
Valerie Bennis: Online at www.essenceofvali.com
Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know ?
Valerie Bennis: Essential oils enhance beauty, health and well being.