About Us

About - Unique. Luxurious. Beautiful, yet strong.

Formulated by a Clinical Aromatherapist, Carna Aromatics harnesses the power of nature’s botanicals to offer you uncompromisingly natural, uniquely beautiful and practitioner-grade aromatherapy products that truly work.

We believe that exceptional quality, proven results, unwavering integrity and environmental responsibility should come before profit.

You won’t find any misleading “natural” claims on our labels* — only pure, proven and artfully-crafted blends designed to improve your health, nourish skin and enhance the beauty of your every day.

Our mindfully created, artisan collections are blended by hand in Australia and are 100% natural, cruelty-free and eco-friendly.

Like nature, Carna’s products are beautiful, yet strong.

Our products have gained a small cult following due to our thoughtful, holistic approach to beauty that combines scientifically-supported botanical remedies and exquisite aromatics with a respectful approach to the environment.

We want our products to not only make you look and smell beautiful, but also to support you in feeling happy, healthy and strong whilst making better choices for the planet.

*Except Sanitising Spray.

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Ingredients - Power of Plants. Truly Natural

In the hands of a professional Clinical Aromatherapist, botanical oils have the power to heal our bodies, feed our skin and improve our mood.

Our loyal customers often remark that the aroma of our essential oil blends is noticeably stronger and more nuanced than other store-bought products they have tried.

Unfortunately, many aromatherapy brands use cheap oils and “naturally derived” ingredients in order to control aromas and increase their bottom line. These ingredients, such as geraniol and limonene, do come from essential oils but are separated from their original chemical chain by technology. Some brands even include cheaper synthetic versions. We don’t accept this as natural.

We never compromise quality for the sake of profits.

We prioritise your health and are uncompromising in our selection of only the highest quality, pure, truly natural ingredients.

Like a fine red wine, our blends vary due to the season, soil conditions and location where the plant is grown. A quality winemaker wouldn’t dream of including additives to gain the exact same taste and aroma of a wine from 5 years ago. It is the same here.

We want to offer you something truly special. Instead of offering you the same uninspired, mediocre aromas found elsewhere, we allow the character of our premium natural ingredients to shine. When you use our products, you will imagine the land and climate where your product was sourced and benefit from their powerful health-giving properties.

Why you’ll love Carna Aromatics:

100% natural*
Only the highest quality, practitioner-grade ingredients
Artfully blended by a trained Clinical Aromatherapist
No synthetic ingredients
No artificial colours
No artificial fragrances
No synthetic preservatives or parabens
GMO free
Animal cruelty free
Minimal and recyclable packaging
Sustainable business practices

*Except Sanitising Spray.

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Environmental Responsibility - Skincare that changes the world

Like you, we take environmental issues seriously.

Our goal is to contribute to the earth and a sustainable society through effective, natural products that are kind to your body, kind to animals and kind to the earth. We’re committed to using 100% natural ingredients and the best sustainable business practices possible.

Our quality, artisan collection is blended by hand in small batches without the use of electricity or machines. We use potent, body and earth-friendly ingredients, minimal, recyclable packaging and strive to reduce waste and minimise our impact throughout every area of our business.

We also constantly seek to improve our practices.

When we know better, we do better.

In the past, we were using plastic lip balm tubes and plastic spray bottles. These materials are recyclable but still plastic, and therefore made from petroleum. We found an alternative in recyclable and re-useable aluminium tins and glass bottles and now use these wherever possible.

We believe that with sustainable business practices and the support of environmentally conscious customers like you, we can truly change the world.

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Our History - Research. Study. Experience.

Our story began back in 2008 when our Founder Yukiko Shimizu began searching for more natural skincare for her personal use. She tested a variety of sensitive skin ranges and other so-called natural skincare. Even these gave her redness and skin reactions.

Nothing brought her satisfaction.

So, not one to settle for second-best, Yukiko did her research and decided to start making her own products. Her skin improved and her friends gradually began asking her what products she was using. Where could they get such effective products?

Yukiko knew she had found a passion that could improve people’s lives, but she felt that it would be dishonest to start teaching workshops and selling her products without first getting some formal training.

After studying a Diploma of Aromatherapy in Sydney Yukiko began making her popular, natural products again — but this time she would use her professional knowledge combined with higher quality, proven and 100% natural ingredients.

At first friends bought the products, then their families, then their families’ friends. Soon Yukiko’s truly special, 100% natural products had garnered a small cult following both in Australia and Japan.

Today, Carna Aromatics’ product range has been thoughtfully expanded to meet the needs of our loyal following of discerning, environmentally aware customers.

You can find our products in a select number of exclusive boutiques and in our online store.

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The Name - The Goddess of Health

The name “Carna” was chosen to reflect our appreciation for the beauty, health and strength that nature has given to us.

Carna is a Goddess of protection in Roman Mythology. She is celebrated as the guardian of our health, helping us to extract nourishment from the earth and transform it into physical wellness and strength.

It is believed that people who carry this name have a deep inner desire for love and seek to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

Just like our namesake, Carna Aromatics is devoted to crafting meaningful products that are not only beautiful, but use the powerful gifts of nature to bring strength and health to our customers without damaging our precious environment.

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Clinical Aromatherapists - Who are they?

Yuki, the new member since 2020,  was introduced to aromatherapy when she was a university student. She was suffering from anorexia which had developed during her high school years and this had influenced her decision to study dietetics and become a registered dietician.  During her food and nutritional studies at university she came to understand that she needed not only nutritional guidance to become well again, but also psychological help.  Yuki realised that she could understand all the nutritional requirements of a healthy body but if she were not able to stabilise her mental health she would continue to either binge eat or starve herself. During the depression that followed this revelation Yuki began taking essential oil baths and found this greatly helped her mental state.

And so after graduating from university, Yuki chose to study aromatherapy abroad.  She obtained a Diploma of Aromatherapy at Nature Care College in Sydney, Australia. Then, returning to Japan, she worked as a therapist for two years at Jurlique Japan, an Australian natural skincare and aromatherapy brand. During this time, Yuki was able to observe how her clients naturally beamed with vitality and positivity after their body and facial treatments, reconfirming for her the remarkable power of aromatherapy.

Prior to her studies Yuki had always thought of aromatherapy as simply an olfactory pleasure.  It wasn’t until she had studied the subject in earnest that she became aware of the powerful effects it can have physically, aiding body and skin conditions as well as mental health issues.

Having enjoyed the Aussie lifestyle and the people of Sydney, Yuki returned to Australia.

This time she worked for a year and a half as a therapist at a luxury spa in a hotel located in central Sydney.

After that, she gave birth and devoted herself to raising children, putting her aromatherapy career aside for the moment. She continued to actively use essential oils, however, such as peppermint, which is refreshing during morning sickness, and lavender, which calms the nerves during childbirth.  She also used aromatherapy in her home, for instance, using essential oils blends in a diffuser or using Eucalyptus oil to clean the house, and especially using this knowledge when her children had colds during the winter.  She hadn’t yet come across an aromatherapy brand that she truly loved, however.

It was only once the early stages of motherhood had settled down that Yuki came to discover Carna Aromatics through an acquaintance and became fascinated by its powerful and exquisite blends. For her, Carna’s most impressive blend is the Aromatic Hug. “When my mother passed away, I kept returning to the Aromatic Hug for a long time to calm myself down. The scent encouraged me to move forward little by little from my deep sorrow”, she recalls.

After having such an experience, Yuki wanted to work once more in aromatherapy, so she attended a private workshop for qualified therapists at Carna. And just a few years later she began working at Carna as a clinical aromatherapist.

“Life is only happy when surrounded with aromatherapy.”

The scent of essential oils is always present in Yuki’s home, and the whole family has benefited. And after seeing how much pleasure Yuki derived from this busy work,  her husband even became helpful with the household chores.

Yuki says that though she is not mentally strong, she always feels supported when aromatherapy is on her side, and it helps to encourage her to feel capable of anything. She is greatly heartened by preparing essential oils as an everyday tonic for her family, that she might have on hand for use in any emergency. Now that she is using Carna’s products on a daily basis, Yuki has not caught any annual colds or flus from her children. She feels better than ever, and once more connected to the amazing power of nature.

Inspired by Carna’s efforts to tackle environmental issues, Yuki has begun to avoid using plastics as much as possible, and is mindful of reducing waste.

Diploma of Aromatherapy at Nature care college
Bachelor of Nutrition – Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist

Our co-founder and Clinical Aromatherapist, Yukiko Shimizu, believes that sustainable small businesses have the power to change the world.

Professionally trained and certified in Australia, Yukiko has developed a rare approach to her work that produces exceptional results. While most Aromatherapists create through olfactory sensory information (smell); as a Clinical Aromatherapist, Yukiko’s method is much more rational.

She doesn’t begin by smelling the essential oils, but instead uses her knowledge of chemistry and botanical ingredients to write down the ingredients required to ensure the blend will be effective for its intended use. Only then does she use her nose to tweak the recipe, creating blends that not only work beautifully, but smell wonderful too.

Yukiko’s clients frequently mention that they feel she is intuitive — that a higher power is moving her hands as she creates her beautiful yet powerful blends.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yukiko has spent much of her life travelling. A child of open-minded parents, she has inherited their appreciation for the world’s cultures, peace, nature, sustainable living and the value of high quality objects designed to last a lifetime. Her philosophy is also heavily influenced by traditional Japanese values of minimalism and Mottainai (a Japanese term describing a regret for wastefulness). She is a creative soul who constantly feeds her mind with inspiration from a wide range of sources including nature, books, museums and classic ballet.

Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 5 days a week, she has developed a special interest in natural pain, injury and infection management for contact sports and is fascinated by the correlation between diet and wellbeing. When Yukiko sees the remarkable results her 100% natural essential oil blends bring to her clients, she continues to be amazed by the power of plants and the ability of nature to help our bodies to heal.

Yukiko’s rich tapestry of experiences and influences has strongly informed Carna’s philosophy of environmental responsibility, sustainability and a commitment to only the highest quality, most effective and truly natural ingredients. She hopes that her mindfully-created, eco-friendly products will bring health and happiness to you, your loved ones and our world.


Aromatherapy Education and Awards

Diploma of Aromatherapy (Australia) with the award of outstanding clinic participant at ACNT (Australasian College of Natural Therapies)

Diploma in Aromatherapy (International) with the highest exam result ‘Distinction’ of ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council)

Accredited Member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society)

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