JAK are my initials, Jeanne A. Kargel…for a long period of time it was even my nickname.
It started with a small group of friends (Sam and Milton Jr.) and then my Dad saw it scribbled on my notebook and it took off from there. For many years anyone associated with my family knew me as JAK, some of those special people are still a part of my life and still use the nickname.
I am married to a man who gets me, we live with two cats and two dogs in Richfield. I am very close to my family…so close that my sister lives next door and mom is less than 2 miles away.
I spent the majority of my life in either Richfield or Bloomington but my roots originate from St. Paul and Lake Elmo/Woodbury. My rewarding full-time job takes me to Hopkins five days a week where I work with some awesome people.
I love music! I can’t play an instrument (besides spoons) and I am not the best singer (but love karaoke) however the feeling / emotions / memories associated with songs is the sprinkles on a doughnut or the cherry on a sundae. Music is there for motivation, to celebrate life, to put you in the correct mood, take out your frustrations, tap your toe, put you to sleep, etc…..I think you get the point.
Aromatherapy started as a hobby for me, and I know this because I have had lots of them i.e. cake decorating, candy / truffle creating and photography. Of all those previous hobbies, I had never wanted to take it to the next step and make it a side business until now. I am not in the essential oil (EOS) business for the money but to expand the knowledge to others and have everyone use it safely.
But I am getting ahead of myself…
I blame / thank my friend Kelly into pushing the fun of dabbling with essential oils on to me. She was always talking about them at work which led me to my first diffuser, using it at night and the relief it brought my chronic sinus problems (see 09/01/18 blog) After that I could not get enough information about EOS. Just like everything else on the internet how do you decide what is information and what is a sells pitch? I took a handful of free online classes which lead me to Aromahead Institute and my online certified training.
Part of my training was to help me decide what to do with it. First and foremost, I wanted to teach as many people who wanted to learn about EOS. Secondly, I wanted to make products to give people natural / home remedies for what ails them. To keep this all legit meant I had to come up with a company name and logo.
The name came to me fairly easy, a handful of people commented about me making things to turn them into a newts, messing with portions or creating voodoo concoctions. Instead of hiding from it, I embraced it and decided on Voodoo Blends….to make it personal and unique I added my initials. The logo took a bit longer, do I include the earth’s elements, a yoga pose, musical or nature symbols?? I sketched a lot of things until I came up with the idea of using the V in Voodoo. From there I added the anchor for my love of water. Using Illustrator, I found a font, a brush stroke and created the final version.
Now on to the real passion for me, making products. I started with a bunch of stock blends for different complaints / issues i.e. anxiety, insomnia, etc. (I love researching the different oil properties and determine which works best for the situation.) People can buy a bottle of this to diffuse, make their own products or buy a personal inhaler or roller bottle from me. What if you need something that is not on my stock shelf? Let’s create something together! Not a fan of lavender, let me substitute another oil especially for you. I love the challenge and to problem solve.
For naming my products, I bought in my love of music. I try to find the correct song title to correspond with the blend or what the blend should help with. My blend for aiding in sleep is called Dream On after the Aerosmith song. The Christmas version that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season is called O Tanenbaum because it smells just like a Christmas tree.
Hopefully I did not give too much of myself away…and an air of mystery around Voodoo Blends by JAK still exists. Or maybe now you understand my enthusiasm for EOS when you ask me a question about them.
Happy Blending, Jeanne