A bit about me...
Hey Y’all! I’m Donna and it’s a pleasure to meet you. When I was growing up my mom made a lot of my clothes and my Barbie’s clothes too. She was an excellent seamstress and the doll clothes she made were proof of that. The love and care that she put in sewing those garments and the enjoyment from making something useful for someone else was passed down to me. I love to make body butters, lotions, bath salts, salves and more to help my family and friends. By using plant-based and natural ingredients with added benefits of essential oils to help nurture you physically and emotionally during times of stress, anxiety and painful issues is what I’ve been doing for family and friends. Now I want to share these products with all of you too! The best of nature for your wellbeing! Everything is made in small batches to ensure freshness of products.
I am currently enrolled at Aromahead Institute in their certification program and am finishing up with my case studies to fulfill the requirements for that program. I am also currently enrolled in the Diploma in Aroma Dermatology course through Tisserand Institute to broaden my knowledge. I plan on taking advanced training coursework for my clinical certification to deepen my knowledge on the safe and effective use of essential oils. I worked as a Certified nursing assistant for about 14 years doing direct patient care in nursing homes, so I really want to be able to work more in the clinical area.
I mentioned my mom earlier and how she enjoyed sewing clothes for me. She was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia but at some point, migrated north to Delaware. I used to spend summers in those mountains, surrounded by nature and I LOVED IT! I would rather use products that are natural and free from added chemicals and that was the biggest motivation for me. My niece asked me about something that could be use for cold sores for her and her sons because she didn’t like all the added stuff in the commercial product and neither did her boys. So, I formulated a lip balm for them and she says it works virtually overnight, and it’s all natural.
When I’m not “working” I love being outdoors! Just to sit or lay in the grass is the best feeling in the world to me. I love to sew which I got from my mom, Nora Roberts is my favorite romance writer, but I also love Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I’m a huge Kevin Costner fan and I’m addicted to Yellowstone! My most favorite thing to do is spend time with my family especially after the last year or so that we’ve all been through. After the death of my mother when I was 10, I was raised by a cousin who was a nurse by profession, she and my mom were best friends, so my love of making things to help care for others comes naturally. And these 2 very strong women shaped who I am today, and the name of my business is in honor of them. My mom’s name was Loretta, but everyone called her Retta and my cousin’s name was Bonnie, so there you have it BonRetta’s Aromatherapy. The blue butterfly came to me when I was at an extremely low point in my life and just sat there for a couple of minutes then it flew away. At another time one came and sat on my balcony for several minutes, almost to visit. So, it has special meaning for me and they’re beautiful!
The products and blends that I make are not intended for medical treatment and are not made to diagnose, treat, prescribe or replace any medical treatment you’re already on. They’re formulated to help support both your body and mind/spirit naturally while your body heals and recuperates from whatever you may be dealing with. If you’re interested in learning more or would like a consult for a custom product or blend, click here. I plan to offer more products, news, events, and much more in the future so join my mailing list so you don’t miss any of it and to stay up to date on what’s happening. I look forward to working with you and thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back!