The Story of Stinky
Small bottles. Big personality. Huge, grateful heart.
Stinky Yogi was founded in 2013 by Yoga Teacher Stacey Orr, a west coast native an enthusiast of yoga, live music, leafy greens, and pugs. In 2010, Stacey left her home in Portland, Oregon, and headed east for Pennsylvania in a VW Golf with essential belongings, a cat named Miles Davis Jr., and a pug named Woo. Stacey had been through a period of serious self-inquiry after a life-changing experience at an ashram in Northern California during her yoga teacher training immersion, and losing a close family member to cancer. Although she had spent her twenties in rewarding careers after earning her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from UCLA, something was missing—a sense of purpose and passion. In Pennsylvania, she began teaching yoga full-time, and drew from her training in modern Power Yoga and classical Ananda Yoga to find an authentic style of mindful vinyasa yoga that is as playful and challenging as it is uplifting, and soul empowering. Somewhere along the way, a new passion for aromatherapy began to brew. She began to make homemade sprays, essential oil blends and natural perfumes at her kitchen table—and Stinky Yogi was born.
After wrapping up several hours at her day job, Stacey spent evenings and weekends processing and boxing up Stinky Yogi orders and recruited her friends to help when the orders kept pouring in. By a stroke of luck, Stinky Yogi was featured on the Yoganonymous blog in 2014 and included in the wellness subscription box BuddhiBox twice in 2015. She was also fortunate to meet and collaborate with brand ambassadors Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr to design an aromatherapy line for their company Rock Your Bliss. Stacey finally took the leap and quit her full-time job and established the Stinky Yogi headquarters and production studio next door to her home yoga studio in Erie, PA where she still teaches when not hitting the road as a vendor/teacher at studios and festivals nationwide.
Stinky’s mission is to simply help people feel good through the magic of essential oils, on the mat and off the mat. Our products are made with love and positive intentions in small batches by our team of yogis. We believe in the power of community, connection, and being part of a movement. We aim to be the products, the people and the tribe you want to be a part of. Namastinky XOXO.