Geraldine Howard, the chairman and cofounder of Aromatherapy Associates based in London, died Thursday after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 63.

Howard received the CEW Achiever Award in November and was named Leading Woman in Wellness at the Global Wellness Awards in December.

Aromatherapy Associates was first conceptualized in the Seventies with an extensive research phase, where founders Howard and Sue Beechey trained under Micheline Arcier, student of aromatherapy; Marguerite Maury, an Austrian biochemist and skin-care pioneer, and Jean Valnet, an expert in the science of essential oils. The duo officially launched the brand in 1985 with a vision to share the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with consumers. The products, ranging from skin care to home and ambience, are sold at hotels, spas and exclusive retail outlets in more than 40 countries.

Howard is survived by her life partner, Peter.

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