Hi, my name is Alison and I am the owner and formulator of blends here at Butterfly Dawn Aromatherapy. When I turned 40, I noticed that my skin started to change. I hadn’t suffered with spots as a teenager, yet when I turned 40, I was getting breakouts and redness on my chin and around my nose and cheeks. I actually remember using a product that stung my face and I thought that’s because it was working (I shudder to think of the damage I could have been causing!!). That was when I started reading more product labels and I couldn’t understand what was in them!
When I was studying essential oils, I had never associated them with skincare. It was only when I completed my Diploma in Aromatherapy, Massage and Anatomy and Physiology, that I realised that this was the direction I wanted to go in. I was 40, my skin was changing and I wanted to be able to create my own skincare range to suit me and people my age who wanted to use natural products.
I wanted to create a face oil for myself to help with the skin issues I was suffering from. I like the feel of oil on my skin but I was worried that by using oil on a breakout it would make it worse. However, research showed me that breakouts tend to happen on dry and sensitive skin more than oily skin so I knew then the face oil would help reduce the breakouts, heal my skin and tone down the redness, which it did.
From there my friend requested a face oil for her rosacea, which was something that had only recently affected her. She’d been using the same brand name products for years and found that now they weren’t helping her skin at all anymore (we are a similar age). She wanted to try products that were completely natural.
This all started my journey into creating a range of skincare products for women over 40. I know about all the benefits essential oils have to our changing skin and I love creating products to help us women feel confident again.
As a qualified aromatherapist I am also able to create bespoke blends for your specific skin care needs. One client contacted me as she was suffering from cystic acne that was really getting her down. I created a blend with her that had oils that were great for healing her skin and also for her hormones as she was having hormonal flare ups of the acne. She continues using this blend and has never had a bad breakout since.
Since then, I’ve used products on all my friends and family. I’m now 50 and find my skin is starting to change again and I’m getting hormonal acne, so that’s my new project, to get a product developed to help that.
I knew natural skincare was very important not only to myself and my family … but for other women my age too who wanted to use products that didn’t contain lists and lists of synthetic ingredients but had natural ingredients straight from mother nature.
I love that I get to spend my days creating natural skincare products that help you finally love the skin you’re in!