I am focused on scent for well-being and develop products with the mission to improve and bring positive outcome to people's lives. My most recent fragrance initiative is captured in this article published by Best Stocks:
My Background: In my 40 years as a professional fragrance designer, I have helped develop a wide range of fragranced products from Soft Soap to celebrity perfumes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and Halle Berry. After my mother died of dementia in 2016, I knew I wanted to focus on how to help improve the quality of life for underserved populations such as those living with dementia, anosmia, autism, and developmental disabilities through carefully and conscientiously-developed multi-sensory kits made here in the USA. Below is a synopsis of my timeline:
2017: Essential Awakenings® Smell & Memory Kits with the purpose to create a social activity to help stimulate the sense of smell through a fun, social activity that helps seniors recall memories, engage in conversation and vehicle for storytelling. The kit is also now used for Smell Training for people with the lost sense of smell (anosmia). Our customers are Caregivers, Program Directors at ALCs, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Hospitals, Rehabilitation, Senior Centers and Schools and Libraries. Note: I offer a neuroscientist-developed Smell Training Guide to help people with anosmia in Smell Training.
2018-2019: Realizing that the Essential Awakenings® activity is a joyful social activity facilitating storytelling and other forms of communication, I developed MindScent® Smell.Discover.Connect for Speech Therapists, Educators and Families as a tool to help people with speech communication and learning impairments. The MindScent® development was under the guidance of an Educational Director at an Autism Center in New York with prototypes tested with Speech Pathologists in the summer of 2018. Our customers include Speech Language Pathologists, Behavioral Scientists, Guidance Counselors and Autism Centers.
November 2022: Scent Therapy Calm, a 100% natural perfume oil becomes available in as a limited edition. "Calm" has been formulated especially for The Scent Guru Group by a master perfumer and expert on the holistic Ayurvedic practice. The fragrance follows Kosher and Halal guidelines, is vegan, and was manufactured with renewable energy here in the USA.
Summer 2023: I introduced the first of 5 fragrances of a collection based on the physiological and psychological concept for human needs based on Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of needs: Scent Therapy Hierarchy of Needs® WATER is a clean fresh vibrant scent that combines top notes of lemon and juniper berries with a heart of aqua florals, lavender and herbs and supported by base notes of cedar wood.
All sensory kits include distinctive scent prompts (grass, chocolate, etc.,) and packaged in easy-to-hold, rollerballs (no spraying or spilling!), clue and/or fact cards with paper smelling strips. For other product details, go the this section's "Product and Other Information". All kits are manufactured in the USA, and we ship worldwide.
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NOTE: My sensory kits are created for therapeutical and educational use and are not meant to be in the hands of children under the age of 6 years of age or of anyone who is not fully cogent. The scents are to be used as prompts but are safe for the skin. If any irritation is experienced, please contact a medical professional immediately.