It all began in 2016 when Christianna, better known by her nickname Callee, visited New Orleans and purchased a bar of handmade soap from a Wiccan store.
That bar of soap was the first thing that ever actually helped soothe her acne-prone skin, which prompted her to do more research into the ingredients and production of the skincare products she was using.
Callee was dismayed by the toxic chemicals and animal testing she discovered, and disheartened by the lack of better alternatives available, so she began making her own.
What started as a few bars of vegan soap sold at her local famer's market on her days off from the Navy, then turned into an Etsy shop with a few more products in early 2017, and this website in July of 2017.
At the end of her military contract in December 2017, Callee set off to follow her dream of traveling the country in a campervan, bringing her tiny but growing business on the road with her. She picked up her first retail stockist (shout-out to Twinkle Apothecary in Oklahoma City!) just a few weeks later, with many more stockists added shortly after.
Our wonderful administrative assistant Nicole Gramcko joined the team in May 2018, and now Callee can't imagine running this business without her!
2018 brought adventures all over the US, though by August, Bestowed Essentials had vastly outgrown the space of the van, so Callee worked out of a temporary storage unit in Georgia while she was volunteering on a political campaign, and then moved up to South Dakota to open a permanent production studio + retail space.
Today, Bestowed Essentials is happily settled in at our new space in Rapid City, South Dakota, making + selling all sorts of ethical + eco-friendly home goods, while also hosting DIY beauty product workshops, zero waste events, clothing swaps + more. If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by + say hi!