Graduate: Rebecca Silence
Ballerina Farmer Artisan Aromatherapy is an independently-owned holistic aromatherapy practice, artisan perfumery, and handmade body products company, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Ballerina Farmer combines the wisdom of aromatherapy with the art of luxury, specializing in supporting your health and enchanting your senses.
Our handcrafted product line features exquisite natural handmade soaps, bath & body care, aromatherapy blends, and artisan botanical perfumes. We use only organic & wild-harvested ingredients and pure botanicals.
I personally test all of my products, which are used on a daily basis by my friends, family, many happy customers, and me!
The woman behind Ballerina Farmer is me, Rebecca Silence. I am a librarian and a certified aromatherapist, with over 14 years' experience creating and formulating handmade soaps, natural health and body care products, aromatherapeutic remedies, and artisan botanical perfumes.
I received my certification as a Clinical Aromatherapist from the Aromahead Institute in Ithaca, New York, a prestigious program nationally recognized by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and internationally recognized by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.
Science has always been one of my passions. As a college student, I worked as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department, and my education in chemistry, biology, microbiology, botany, anatomy, and physiology have combined with my training in alternative holistic medicine (aromatherapy, herbalism, nutrition, reflexology, and Reiki) to inspire my formulation of products.
I have always loved bath and body products and I began creating them in 2003, as an outlet for both my inner mad scientist and tree-hugger! I've taught classes in aromatherapy and in natural perfuming since 1999.
Some of my other interests include sustainable backyard beekeeping; animal rescue; organic and vegetarian cooking; herb gardening; the night sky; moon lore; hanging out in libraries, bookstores and coffeehouses; vintage fashion; ballet; visiting historical estates, botanical gardens and art museums; and long walks with my partner Tom and our three darling rescue dogs: Myles (a movie-star handsome basset hound), Ozzie (the world's sweetest beagle) and Trixie (a sassy senior beagle rescued from life on a chain).