Owner: Kathleen Hembree
Owned and operated by Kathleen Hembree, a home-grown green business artisan.
I have been learning about essential oils and creating products since 1997. My interest started with a book I received called "The Scented Home". It mentioned essential oils. I started buying many different books about essential oils and learning everything I could about the oils, safety issues, and therapeutic/traditional uses. It has been a wonder journey for this home-grown, "green" artisan. We have a mother-in-law apartment behind our garage that has been converted into our studio. Everything is created in small batches. I make my soap the way your grandmother would have done it, but without the animal fats. I started by researching the essential oils one would use for a specific condition. I started researching carrier oils and their benefits. At this point I start putting the two together. Each successive generation is a little better than the next. I have always been very good in the sciences and possess a very inquisitive mind. I don't have a chemistry degree, but our products are not created in a lab. We consider ourselves "Master Chefs". We are working with real ingredients, not chemicals. I have always created my own recipes in the kitchen. I used that knowledge to create toxin-free products.
Barb is kept very busy making our soaps, lotions, butter, creams and oils. Carrie is our Order Fulfillment and Packing Department; Michael is our web designer. Kathleen handles questions, comments, website updates, finances, and everything else.
Custom formulation means work for us, but the freshest product we can give you.
Our liquid soaps are made in 5 gallon batches. Our bar soap recipes make 36 bars at one time. Both of these work better when they have cured for 30 days. Our lotions, creams, butters and ointments are made in 64 ounce–2 gallon batches. As you can see, we do not have product sitting around. We make up our scent blends in 1 – 8 ounce glass bottles (depending on how popular the scent is. Samples are made by hand. Filling little bottles and making samples is a labor of love to help you try different products we make.
When you order a product that has a choice of scent—say you order a Citrus Fresh Shampoo; we put a couple of ounces of the shampoo base in the bottle. Next, we add essential oil scent blend. We shake well. Add more shampoo base and scent blend; shake well. We cap the bottle, label the bottle, make the next item you ordered.
As you can see; this is a labor of love. There are no bottles of shampoo or jars of whipped body butter sitting around just waiting for you to order them. The exception to this is a very few popular items. This is why we don't put many items "on sale". Products do not sit on the shelf getting old.
We do not use chemical preservatives in our products. We do use natural preservatives: rosemary oil extract, neem seed oil, natural vitamin e, and potassium sorbate (for those products with water in them). Yes, I know that potassium sorbate is not the most natural ingredient, but I need it to protect the water side of our lotion emulsions. The shelf life of 99% of our products is about one year. The Forever Young Face Cream and the Face Cleansers have more like a 9 month life. If you need to store excess products, put them in the refrigerator; you will "suspend" their shelf life.
The philosophy of Healing-Scents is to make reasonably
priced, toxin-free products that actually work, 100%
guaranteed! Healing-Scents offers quality natural hand made
products. These products include essential oils and
offered at the lowest possible cost. 95% of our raw materials are cold-processed, wild-crafted,
or organic. Our essential oils are therapeutic grade.
We are dedicated to providing products for you and your family that are pure and natural. We make our products from scratch. Kathleen created the recipes we use here at Healing-Scents.com. Bottles and jars are filled one at a time by hand. Please understand that we are dedicated to the best, most natural products we can make. If it doesn't work, we won't sell it. Our goals for our products: If I, Kathleen, would not give it to my Grandmas or Jesus, we won't sell it to you.
Our products DO NOT contain petroleum-based chemicals. We are master chefs, not chemists. This also means they are environmentally safe and healing. Petroleum detergents are toxic pollutants and a non-renewable resource. These chemicals are TOXIC and can cause long-lasting problems to the environment as well as our health. All of our products have ESSENTIAL OILS. Essential Oils provide a balancing, soothing, healing aroma for your body, mind and spirit.
We strive to provide these all-natural handcrafted products at the lowest possible prices. You can be assured that we try to find the safest, most natural ingredients to use. To keep prices low, we use a simplified labeling arrangement and minimal or no colorants.
Being a micro-business, we have always printed our own labels. We use water-resistant labels which work much better than the alternatives. We have tried tape and sealant sprays. They do not work. The tape holds moisture behind it and makes the problem worse. The alternative: have labels professionally printed on that shiny, non-smudging paper, would cost us about $20,000. We have over 400 products. Labels would need to be printed for every scent even though some are not ordered often, or we scale down our scent offerings. I ask my customers to remember you are supporting a small business, not a giant conglomerate. You should be using up the shower products within a year; so, I have never felt the need for permanent labeling.
Healing-Scents is a home-based, woman-owned business in Rockford, Illinois, USA; I start work at 7 a.m. Please understand that calling at that morning hour gets you a grumpy person. I do not always answer the telephone before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. We try to keep business hours within the 9 a.m.–3 p.m. central time range. (After 3, I am off to the post office to drop off packages.)
Our customers love us so much, we would not be able to maintain a family life if we did not place limits on phone calls. Our contact form or email is the best way to reach us after hours and will get our full attention.
Our prices are higher; our quality is superior—our products work.
Most personal care companies are now owned by a few pharmaceutical companies. They have economy of scale. Their batches are 500—1000 gallons. They have to use chemical ingredients and preservatives to keep them preserved. Their "natural ingredients" have also been chemically procesed, unless you are buying a premium organic product. Their chemical raw materials cost pennies. In fact, the packaging, shipping, advertising, is all wrapped up into those products and cost much more than the ingredients. We are a micro-business; we can't do business like them.
If you trusted the "big boys" products—their ingredients and where they are produced—you would not be looking for safer alternatives. I started this business because I learned not to trust those "big boys" products. I feel it is those ingredients that are causing the eczema and skin issues as well as the illness and cancers rampant in our world today.
I, Kathleen, feel these are the best products you can buy. We strive to keep our prices as low as possible so everyone can afford our products.
Business mailing address:
1986 Will James Rd
Rockford IL 61109
PETA Certification in March 2008.
We do not test on animals.
We do not have a parent company. We are the parent company.
NO ANIMAL testing. We do use our products on our own spoiled pets.
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