About Bestowed Essentials
Looking for ethical + eco-friendly self care tools that don't break the bank? You've come to the right place.
It can be tough, trying to find that perfect product that fits all of your criteria...
- all-natural ingredients
- vegan + cruelty-free
- zero waste packaging
- gives back to charity
- handmade in the USA
- affordable, yet high quality
And most importantly, you don't want to continue wasting a bunch of time trying to research if a company actually matches your core values or if they're just greenwashing.
Girl, I got you.
Whether you need to #treatyoself after a long, stressful day, or you're looking for that amazing gift for a friend, Bestowed Essentials was created to make ethical + eco-friendly self care easier and more affordable.
Originally known as Mes Amies Soaps, our passion from day one has been making simple self care tools that are good for you AND the planet.
You don't need a billion different expensive + toxic products in plastic packaging for every single body part.
All you really need are naturally powerful ingredients, like mineral-rich clays, soothing essential oils, sustainably-sourced herbs, and nourishing plant butters.
Instead of you having to do all the research, buying a bunch of different materials, and testing recipe after recipe until you find the right formula, we've done the work for you so that you can enjoy handcrafted, vegan + cruelty-free self care products in plastic-free packaging even when you have zero time or a limited budget.
Christianna, better known by her nickname Callee, is a self-proclaimed hippie who is passionate about living an ethical + eco-friendly lifestyle. She created Bestowed Essentials at age 23 while in the US Navy. Callee now travels the country in a converted 2014 Ram Promaster cargo van. Learn more about Callee on her blog, AHippieInAVan.com or join her Hippie Haven community.
|How It Began: During a trip to New Orleans, Callee purchased a bar of handmade soap that was promised to clear her complexion. It did help her skin, and also made her realize the benefits of all-natural skincare.||Hitting The Road: Her military contract complete, Callee devoted her attention full-time to her growing business, while also fulfilling her lifelong dream of traveling the US in a campervan.|
|Making Soap: Ever the DIYer, she began to research the art + science of soapmaking. After several failed batches and mild lye burns, she finally succeeded in making her own soap.||First Stockist: While driving through Oklahoma, Callee obtained her first stockist - Twinkle Apothecary in Oklahoma City proudly carries our products on their shelves!|
|Etsy Shop Opening: At the suggestion of her friends, who'd been bestowed tons of soap over the holidays, Callee opened her Etsy shop under the name "Mes Amies Soaps", with just 6 vegan soaps for sale.||Traveling Soap: Mes Amies Soaps became synonymous with #travelingsoap on Instagram with pictures of our soaps in front of popular landmarks around the globe.|
|Farmers Market: Callee began selling at the Saturday Farmers Market in Augusta, GA, where she lived at the time, with an expanded collection including bath soaks and face masks.||First Employee: Welcome Nicole! Nicole was hired as an executive assistant, and quickly proved herself to be an invaluable asset to the business.|
|Sub Box Feature: Our Coconut + Lime Soap was featured in a prominent subscription box for eco moms, which lead to partnerships with over a dozen other subscription boxes in 2017.||New Name + Products: Because our old name, Mes Amies (French for "my friends"), was difficult to pronounce + spell, we rebranded with a new name, Bestowed Essentials, and also expanded our line of self care products.|
|PETA Certified: Our company was certified vegan + cruelty-free by PETA, an international animal rights organization.||Future: Our humble team of two looks forward to what the future holds for Bestowed Essentials. We thank you for being a part of our journey!|