About

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Hello, and welcome to Bella Avani!

I am so glad you are here! Like many artisan companies, Bella Avani was born out of necessity. When my youngest daughter was a year old, she had a reaction to well known children’s moisturizer, I researched the ingredients and found that most of them that were marketed as natural, were considered potential dermal irritants. To heal her skin, I decided to make a DIY salve from skin nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower and sweet almond oils. Her skin went from severely irritated to healthy and restored.

From that point, I began making all of my family’s skin care preparations. From cold process soap to lotion and cream, I sourced a wide range of natural ingredients from around the world. Friends began to contact me when they needed something special for their skin, and at that point, Bella Avani, meaning beautiful earth in Italian and Sanskrit was born.

I am a certified aromatherapist, and am professionally qualified in the therapeutic safe use of essential oils. I studied with the world’s leading aromatherapists, Andrea Butje, Rhiannon Harris and Robert Tisserand.

I studied with Rosemary Gladstar for my herbalist’s certification. Rosemary is considered the “godmother” of American herbalism and a pioneer in the field.

Ingredient Sourcing
I guarantee my products are carefully formulated and handcrafted by me. Bella Avani products are natural, non-toxic, nutritive and soothing for your skin.

All of my essential oils are sourced from companies who directly with their distillers, provide country of origin, the distillation date and batch specific GC/MS reports. Herbs are sourced in from companies who are committed to the organic and sustainable cultivation of medicinal plants.

My raw ingredients are sourced from small companies that offer a natural, organic and inspiring range of carrier oils and butters from around the world.

More About Me 
What sets Bella Avani apart from other companies? My commitment to my customers, my involvement in my local and broader community, sourcing from small companies, using organic ingredients whenever possible, and eco-friendly packaging (just take off the label, rinse and recycle), and my educational training.

I am a Professional member of The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), both leading governing bodies for national educational standards for Aromatherapists. I am also a member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Education Committee.

I am the Online Forum Director for Aromahead Institute of Essential Oil Studies, one of the premiere essential oil schools in the world.

My husband and two daughters are a big part of Bella Avani ~ from folding soap boxes to filling containers ~ this is truly a family business.

Cheers,
Elizabeth

Education

B.S. University of Kansas
M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology

Aromatherapy Education

Aromatherapy Certification Program with Katherine Graf
Aromatic Blending with Andrea Butje
Clinical Aromatherapy Approaches in Dermatology with Rhiannon Harris
Advanced Graduate Program in Aromatherapy with Andrea Butje
Component Blending with Andrea Butje
Aromatherapy Secrets for Flawless Skin with Judy Godec
Body Butters and Lip Balms with Andrea Butje
Therapeutic Foundations of Essential Oils with Robert Tisserand
The Complete Skin Series: Essential Oils and the Skin with Robert Tisserand
Ayurvedic Aromatherapy with David Crowe
CO2 Extracts with Mark Webb

Herbal Education

The Science and Art Of Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar

Hydrosols Education 

Hydrosols Exploration – Certificate Program with Cathy Skipper