Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Collage: Photos Used with Permission
Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Collage: Photos Used with Permission
Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Products: Image Used with Permission
Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Products: Image Used with Permission

Have you ever wondered what aromatherapy students actually do with their certificate of aromatherapy after they graduate from an aromatherapy course? Well, I decided to interview some of the past Sedona Aromatics students to find out exactly what they did do after completing the aromatherapy course program.

This week I am introducing you to Dawn Shipley of Blue Dawn Aromatherapy who only completed the Sedona Aromatics Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy in February 2016. Dawn has been busy since she graduated – in more ways than one!

  1. What (or who) inspired you to begin your journey into aromatherapy?

I guess it started with my parents. I remember my mom making face masks and scrubs with kitchen ingredients, hence my desire to create my own all-natural skin care line. I inherited some books on Chinese herbal medicine from my father when he passed away in my teens, and that started my respect for plants’ therapeutic properties, though I didn’t know what to do with all that information. Eventually, I grew unsatisfied with allopathic health solutions and found my way to an acupuncturist who first started teaching me about essential oils and their uses. I found myself spending most of my free time reading about and buying essential oils, then started creating blends for myself and friends. Finally I was encouraged by some friends to move towards doing aromatherapy professionally, and that is when the journey really began.

  1. In addition to your aromatherapy skills, tell us a little bit about your background and other talents?

I’ve been a software engineer for about 16 years, plus I’ve had a band for 15 years (I sing, play rhythm guitar, write songs and manage the band). I also have been sewing for over 30 years, and I love to cook. I just love to create things!

  1. Do you think that taking a course in aromatherapy has helped you better promote yourself/succeed in the aromatherapy business? If so, how/why?

Definitely! First and foremost, I feel more confident in my abilities, and that means I can better promote myself and succeed. There were elements, like the physiology and anatomy that I didn’t even know I needed, but having a better understanding of the human body definitely helps in preparing a blend, and just understanding how essential oils work in the first place. The safety information makes it easier to help people without inadvertently causing harm, and the dilution guidelines help make blends safer and more cost effective. The information on quality has helped me choose better quality essential oils, too, which definitely affects the success of my products. And, especially for someone who doesn’t have business acumen already, the business aspect of the course is a must for learning how to get started!

  1. Since completing your aromatherapy course, where has your aromatherapy journey taken you?

It is proving to be a very interesting journey already! I have since taken the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam and I have successfully become a registered aromatherapist (there are only 15 of us in California where I am located); I started my own company, Blue Dawn Aromatherapy, offering bath and body products as well as clinical aromatherapy consultations. Some of my products can also be found at a vintage boutique in Pomona, CA, called Debutante Clothing. And I’ve started working at my favorite spa, Cote d’Azur in Pasadena, CA!

I’ve also started working on a software package for aromatherapists that will help track everything from raw materials, batch information, through to consultation information. I hope to have a beta product ready by the end of the year. Last but not least, I am continuing to learn as much as possible, and plan on taking Sharon’s Aromatic Chemistry course this year.

  1. What advice do you have for other aspiring aromatherapy students who may be considering an aromatherapy course?

Definitely take a course and learn as much as you can! Also, never stop learning. There is so much information out there!

  1. Finally, where can readers find out more about you?

My website for product and consultations:

Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Facebook page:

My email address:

Spa website:

My band website:


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