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Breathe in, breathe out. That’s what Aura Cacia—an essential oil and aromatherapy brand—wants to encourage you to do. Essential oil use dates back to ancient times and medicinal and aromatic herbs have been used by civilizations around the world. But it wasn’t until the 1930s when a French chemist coined the term aromatherapie to help distinguish between the medicinal benefits of plant oils and their use in perfumes. For Aura Cacia, every bottle starts by sourcing pure, authentic essential oils from farmers and suppliers in places like Ukraine, Australia, and Oregon. Inspired by the power of positive change, the brand started the Positive Change Project, which gives a portion of its profits to helping women better their lives. (In 2017, Aura Cacia donated more than $230,000 to six organizations.)
The History of Aura Cacia
Founded in 1982 in Weaverville, California, Aura Cacia started when the founders tapped into the power of essential oils in their own lives and wanted to spread the word. The company was purchased by Frontier Natural Products (another aromatherapy company) in 1993 and worked together to develop Well Earth, a sustainable sourcing program that travels the globe to find the best partners and includes in-house testing to guarantee oil purity.
Aura Cacia Company Mission
Aura Cacia’s mission is to make aromatherapy easy! The brand takes special care to use its own sustainable sourcing program and a state-of-the-art testing lab to create the purest essential oils. The resulting products are meant for anyone from EO newbies to seasoned aromatherapists to enjoy.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Essential oils are volatile organic compounds derived from herbs and flowers. From sweet notes to woody scents, there are hundreds of options to choose from to address whatever need you have. These oils are used as powerful wellness aids around the world that are thought to:
- Boost your mood
- Enhance sleep
- Soothes muscles
- Reduce stress
- Combat mental fatigue
Top Aura Cacia Products
Thrive Market members are head over heels for these favorite oils from Aura Cacia.
Known for its ability to soothe and relax, this balanced herbaceous aroma helps calm the mind and is one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy.
Bergamot has a fruity, fresh citrus scent to help you feel more energized. To make a refreshing room spray, combine a few drops with water in a spray bottle—then use around your home.
Sourced from the south of Chile, rosehip oil comes from the seeds—known as hips—of rose fruits. It’s also minimally refined and organic to get your skin glowing naturally.
DIY Recipes With Essential Oils
There are plenty of ways to integrate essential oils into your daily routine. Check out some of the DIY projects you can do in an afternoon and enjoy in the weeks ahead.
Add some aromatherapy to your morning shower by making these pods with your favorite essential oils. Just place one on top of your shower drain and enjoy the aroma while you suds up.
This gentle mist, made with rosewater, aloe vera, and floral geranium oil, smells lovely and is so refreshing. Use it all over your face and neck anytime your skin needs a pick-me-up.
For a gentle aroma and glow in your kitchen, dining room, or at your desk, add a few of these naturally-scented tea lights. Our DIY recipe using beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oil is easy to follow.