Aroma & Therapy was founded in 2001 by Stephen Cordina, an aromatherapist who later became a Perfumer and Cosmetologist. All products in the collection are hand crafted from natural ingredients and reflect our Happy Dog ethics. Furthermore, they are paraffin free. These products offer beneficial therapeutic side effects and are perfect for eliminating common dog odours. Read on to find out more about this fantastic range of products and what inspired Stephen to create them.

Trained and qualified in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, Stephen Cordina has spent over a decade working on combinations of essential oils and other materials to create his own private recipe book. Each blend of ingredients, formulated using his knowledge and experience as an Aromatherapist, creates a product which not only emits a beautiful fragrance but is beneficial to health when used. The final addition to each recipe is one or more essential oils designed to target the ‘spirit’ and thus promotes a feeling of well-being for both you and your dog.

It is this knowledge and its application which differentiates THE CORDINA COLLECTION from the mass produced brands. Personal attention to each production phase, quality control and a passionate belief in the beneficial effects of active plant ingredients lie behind the beauty and success of Stephen Cordina’s products.

 

What Inspired Stephen Cordina to Create Aroma and Therapy

Stephen’s initial inspiration came from his native island of Gozo. Born into a farming family he spent much of his youth in the fields where he experienced the scents of indigenous shrubs and herbs. ‎Regular trips to Valletta with his mother visiting what was then a great citrus market added further fragrances to his memory.

Stephen's first "business" was the making of fireworks using collected remnants and failed fireworks after the many festas which take place in Gozo. Using these materials he made his own fireworks and this gave him an early understanding of chemistry.

So once his basic education was complete his love of and interest in scents together with this early experience of chemicals led him into further serious studies and his subsequent impressive list of qualifications. He holds Diplomas in Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Clinical medicine.

Working in his laboratory in the heart of the Maltese Islands, Stephen follows the ancient traditions of the Punic times on Malta when creating his fragrances, which are further influenced by indigenous Maltese flora and the colourful history of the island.

 

Stephen Cordina at Work Stephen Cordina at Work

 

The Benefits of Aroma and Therapy

As a qualified Aromatherapist it follows that his products should possess therapeutic benefits. But early on in his studies Stephen hit upon the idea that it might be possible to create a candle which could - in addition to making fabulous scent - ‎also produce melted wax which could be used as a hand and body balm. It took much research and experiment to perfect this concept but he was successful and all the candles he produces today, from the tiny 60gm travel candles up to the very large 10 Litre ones, have this innovative property.

Stephen has developed this concept further by developing a range of professional massage candles which contain a much higher concentration of essential oils. It is the use of genuine pure essential oils in all his fragrances and the use of only top grade vegetable wax in his candles which make Stephen Cordina’s products special.

 

100% Natural Aromatherapy Products- ‘Paraffin-Free Candles’

While Stephen only uses vegetable wax, many of the scented candles on sale today are made from paraffin wax and use synthetic fragrances. Paraffin wax and chemical fragrant oils can produce vapours potentially damaging to health. Cordina’s candles, on the contrary, produce vapours potentially beneficial to health and wellbeing.

The principals established during the creation of his candle range have been continued throughout Stephen's product range - which now includes room diffusers and room and linen sprays. All his products contain natural ingredients including all the bathroom range which are SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and Paraben free.

 

Stephen Cordina’s Lifestyle

Stephen's hobbies all centre on the sea. He is an accomplished swimmer and spear fisherman. He waterskis, waterboards, and loves deep sea fishing. His love and understanding of the sea also influences some of his fragrances.

Stephen's lifestyle makes the owning of a dog impractical at the moment. His favourite breed would be Labrador. However, should he be able to have a dog in the future he would visit the dog rescue centre in Malta where, sadly, there are many to choose from.

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