We are Samuel & Sarah, the husband-wife team behind Oil of Joy Apothecary. We come from small towns and big families. We get how challenging it can be to stay well and keep your family healthy. We're learning that it all starts at HOME ... building a foundation right where you are to not only be strong when life hits you hard, but more importantly to think proactively. Make the first move.
I (Sarah) grew up in a family of 9 and my mom quit her job as a physical therapist to be a full time homemaker, wife, and mom of 7. She was great at researching health issues, trying alternative healing methods at home, and using simple ingredients from the kitchen to cure our everyday ailments. My dad started his own company in 2003 with a lot of passion, purpose, prayer ... and mouths to feed. I learned from my parents how to research, be creative, buy and sell, value my people, and do hard things.
I used to browse the vitamin aisles of our local health food shops, while my mom read ingredient labels on probiotics and toothpaste and deodorant ... I couldn't believe the amount of greenwashing! Products that look amazing, and have wonderful claims on the label, but don't mean what they say if you dig a little deeper. And the amount of money that a "natural" product sells for! I decided to do some of my own experimenting and see what I could make for our family.
In 2014 I started my online shop, with a pile of handcrafted balms and teas. I was so excited, and so passionate about providing the very best for family and friends, at a more affordable cost. I haven't looked back!
Now I'm a homemaker and small business owner, with a wonderful husband. He does all the heavy lifting and a lot of selling at the local markets. You'll find him helping fill a wholesale order after he clocks out for the day, or bagging teas for market.
Running a shop is hard. Making products that produce results can be daunting. Keeping up with everything is overwhelming. But being an entrepreneur, overcoming obstacles and working through challenges, hearing stories from my people and knowing that we're making an incredible difference in the world ... this is what we love.
We handcraft our products from scratch - starting with raw, Organic ingredients and ending with hand-packaged products and personal touches. What we do is more than a job ... it's a labor of LOVE.
Join us on this journey! From our home to yours.
Samuel & Sarah