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Meet Carly Lodkey and Jill Hansen of Lavish Aromatherapy in Mission Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Lodkey and Jill Hansen.

Carly and Jill, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At the young age of 18, Lavish co-founder Carly Lodkey became interested in essential oils, aromatherapy and clean, green beauty. She had a passion for healthy beauty products and decided to make her own natural concoctions at home. She made a line of products including air fresheners, bath salts, lotion, massage oil and lip balm and sold them at local farmers markets. After a great response from the public she decided to open a retail store. In 2004 she teamed up with her sister Jill and together they opened the Lavish Aromatherapy store!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Owning my own business is extremely rewarding and allows me to be creative. For the most part it’s been a pretty smooth road. When we first opened our store, sometimes people would express concerns as to whether or not two young ladies could successfully run a store and keep it open. We were always confident however and we really have defied the odds.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lavish Aromatherapy story. Tell us more about the business.
We are an aromatherapy, health and beauty company. What makes us unique is that we produce our products by hand in small batches. Our ingredients are plant-based, non-toxic and completely free of artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals and unnecessary preservatives. In 2012 we created a brand called “Botanical Me” which donates proceeds to help end malaria in Africa. We are well known for our pure essential oils and aromatherapy blends for health and wellness.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
When we very first opened our store people didn’t really know what essential oils were. “Green beauty” was not entirely mainstream although people were starting to get interested. Through the years the green beauty industry EXPLODED and essential oils have even become mainstream. This was extremely lucky for us because people began seeking out businesses like ours and wanting products that are only clean and natural.


  • Essential oils range $9.00-$40.00

Contact Info:

  • Address: 748 West Washington Street
    San Diego 92103
  • Website:
  • Phone: 6195749000
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Lavis_aromatherapy
  • Facebook: Lavish
  • Twitter: Lavish
  • Yelp: Lavish
  • Other: Lavish

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