The Tisserand story.


It was Robert Tisserand's mother who first introduced him to
aromatherapy, leading to a passion for the subject that continues to this


Robert was already practising spiritual healing at the age of 15, but it was
at the age of 17, on a train taking him back to boarding school, that he decided
he wanted to share the benefits of essential oils with others, to improve their
health and happiness. His vision was to bring essential oil based products into
everyone's home. There was nothing like this available at that time, but it was
the 1960's and the winds of change were blowing!

After years of studying and practising as a massage therapist and healer,
Robert started the Aromatic Oil Company in 1974 from
his bedroom in a South London house. During the next 11 years, despite financial
struggle and discouragement from others, Robert hand-bottled the oils,
hand-wrote the label for each bottle and packed the parcels that he would
despatch to customers every Saturday morning from his local post office.

Having taken eight years to write it, Robert's first book
- The Art of Aromatherapy - was published in 1977
. In his book, Robert
talks about nature, life force, the planets and the elements. This was a seminal
piece of work, because it was a non-scientific counterpart to the only book in
the world at that time - The Practice of Aromatherapy - written by a French
doctor, Jean Valnet.

It was in 1985 that a new company, Tisserand Aromatherapy
Products Ltd, was formed
, allowing Robert to act as essential oil and
formulations consultant, fully utilising his years of experience; he continues
in this role to this day. He still writes books that sell all over the world,
such as Aromatherapy For Everyone and Essential Oil Safety - the first
definitive reference guide for the aromatherapy industry on the safe use and
application of over 300 essential oils.

The product range has expanded enormously since its humble beginnings, but what
continues to matter to us - as it did to Robert some 40 years ago - is the
enhancement of people's well-being. This is what drives our commitment to keep
on delivering outstanding products based on ethical aromatherapy principles, and
it is this quest for the best that has stood the test of time.