Alongside Chrissie Wildwood and Mindy Green, two other accomplished aromatherapists, the three are, to my knowledge, the only aromatherapists who wrote about natural perfumery, and called it natural perfumery, in the 1990s. Visionary and prolific in the art of aromatherapy, please enjoy Victoria Edwards, in her own words:
|I love this photo of Victoria, taken in France. Doesn't she look like a good friend, animated and in high spirits, relating a story? Well, this is her story.|
I was born in Chicago, grew up in Louisiana, my mothers family is from New Orleans.
My Father is Swiss and I lived in Germany and Switzerland from 4 to 10 years old. My family moved a lot my father was in the Air Force. My family moved to California when I was 10 years old. At 17 I started attending College. I majored in graphic Art, and Journalism.
I lived in Berkeley during the late 1960s and early 70s. There I became interested in Herbs and medicinal Plants. I discovered Jeanne Rose in her Herbs & Things book.
|Victoria has the "Berkeley hippie" look going on, even years later!|
In 1974 I moved to Fair Oaks a little village outside Sacramento. I started growing gardens Roses and Lavender and other aromatic plants. I became married to Bill Edwards a musician, singer, composer, and music teacher. I had a beautiful baby girl Cassandra Rose who now lives in Oregon married to a wonderful dentist. They just had twin boys in November, now I am a granny!
|Those twin boys are sure to enjoy their fun-loving granny!|
I started practicing massage therapy in 1974 and teaching massage and plant ID classes in nature and teaching people how to make plant medicine and herbal products. I produced my first line of massage oils, which grew into my business “Leydet Aromatics” that I officially started in 1984. Ledet is my mother’s maiden name. Ledet Oils was the original name. I started as a mail order company and in the early 1990s blossomed into a viable website business, with 5 employees.
|I went to the "wayback" Internet resource to find this screenshot of Victoria's website, circa 2004. I didn't know she had a book on cooking with essential oils! Now I must track this down.|
After 28 years of being CEO I decided to move to France where I had been conducting seminars “AromaCamp” for many years, 1997 –2002 studying French Medical Aromatherapy and distillation and Natural Perfumery. I fell in love with the South of France. My childhood dream had always been to return to Europe.
I lived in France 7 years and returned August 2010 to rescue my parent’s property and home that had been neglected for years. Now I live in Northern California in Oroville in the home my father built 40 years ago by hand of brick and tile. I have beautiful views of the coast range of California, the Sutter Buttes, giant pine trees and Blue Oaks.
I have revived the orchard and garden planting veggies, herbs, flowers and everything aromatic.
|Victoria with her beloved roses.|
In the south of France I worked as a Balneotherapy Therapist, Working with healing waters, spas Algae, seaweed for detox and rejuvenation. I continued my work with plants collecting flowers, making custom formulas and writing more books.
|I can imagine this image as Victoria welcoming a client for a therapy with balneotherapy, healing waters, etc.|
I am also an Artist, Journalist, published author: besides The Aromatherapy Companion, La Vie en France, 25 Aromatherapy Blends for De-stressing, Aromatherapy and La Cuisine Aromatica. I am also a co-author of The Aromatherapy Book of Inhalations & Applications by Jeanne Rose.
My second business for 12 years was A.I.R Aromatherapy Institute & Research developing the "AIR Seminars Certification Course".
Teaching seminars all around the US Canada Japan and France. I was the first elected president of the first American Aromatherapy Association from 1987 to 1990. The work of the ATTA included getting the word Aromatherapy into the dictionary and creating a National Board for testing abilities and knowledge.
I am happy and very excited to be back in California and planting gardens. Hummingbirds visit the honeysuckle bushes and gorgeous red roses are blooming now. I collect Orange blossoms with all the honeybees buzzing around my head to produce Neroli creams, I am making fresh face creams, Rose, Neroli, Artemisia Blue and Sunrose these help moisturize dry and aging skin and sun exposed and more serious skin problems also.
My new web site is Victoria Leydet.com and is still under construction. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ETA: Aromatherapist and Guild Associate Jeanne Rose also wrote about creating perfumes with natural aromatics in two of her books in the 1970s and 90s.