Appalachian apothecary of legend

Reading, Pennsylvania | 1077 Sales


Appalachian apothecary of legend

Reading, Pennsylvania 1077 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (188)

Announcement   AFTER-CHRISTMAS SALE UP TO 40% OFF: Fine bath & body care and home fragrance from a legendary Appalachian apothecary. Read our story and shop our small-batch beauty & botanical candles.

• Plant-based preparations elegantly and sustainably packaged
• Incorporating wild-harvested botanicals
• A portion of proceeds goes to community & environmental renewal in Appalachia

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Last updated on Dec 28, 2018

AFTER-CHRISTMAS SALE UP TO 40% OFF: Fine bath & body care and home fragrance from a legendary Appalachian apothecary. Read our story and shop our small-batch beauty & botanical candles.

• Plant-based preparations elegantly and sustainably packaged
• Incorporating wild-harvested botanicals
• A portion of proceeds goes to community & environmental renewal in Appalachia

To receive exclusive discounts and infrequent shop news, subscribe to our e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/1lw2XYw

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"I'm annoying to get scents for, but this is honestly one of the most lovely smells (sic) that I've come across. I love really good, true to earth lavenders, and this is it!" --A happy customer who got a sample of Tillia as part of an early Christmas gift
We're so excited to debut our new fine fragrance line, Foraged Fragrances. Inspired by botanicals native to Appalachia, these distinctive, wearable scents are available as an EDP in 50ml, 9ml, and a 2ml tester.
Once filled with candles, these boxes with custom labels are bound for a beach-themed soiree in L.A. Let us help you create elegant favors for your next event.
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An Appalachian Legend

HENNY FAIRE Co. wildcrafted bath & beauty products are inspired by our home in Northern Appalachia and one inspiring Appalachian woman.


Henrietta "Henny" was born in a hollow at the edge of an Eastern Pennsylvania patch town in 1917. When not chasing chickens and generally causing mayhem, she loved to forage the hills for wild mushrooms, berries, and herbs. Her wayfaring father (rumored to be of "gypsy" blood) taught Henny the medicinal uses of these plants. Her handsome mother tolerated the curious child's concocting, occasionally allowing her daughter to try some new "beauty" preparation on her delicate Polish complexion.

When Henny was 14, she was struck with tuberculosis and sent to a sanatorium in the Western part of the state. Here she made many friends with whom she shared her love of foraging. The girls concocted remedies not only to support their health and recovery, but to enhance their beauty. One of the girls, hailing from a wealthy Pittsburgh steel family, introduced Henny to such exotic botanics as lavender from France, orange blossoms from Italy, and roses of the Orient.

When Henny left the sanatorium at 18, she met and married the dashing Albert Faire -- a young coal miner who was enamored of this lanky young woman with knobby knees and buck teeth. Ever resourceful, Henny made a gracious home on what little they had, and supplemented it by selling her apothecary creations to the locals for a pittance. Eventually, after Albert was promoted to mine foreman, Henny was able to add fine European perfumes and cosmetics to her toilette.

The couple never had children, and sadly, Albert died early of "the black lung." But Henny lived to the ripe age of 95 and became "Aunt Henny" to two generations of children in her patch town. To some of the local girls, she passed along her foraging and compounding skills and her love of what she called, "life's finer things". Today, those girls are women, and we are the heads, hands, and hearts behind HENNY FAIRE Co.


Henny loved her Appalachian home -- its people and its nature. We couldn't use her name and story if we didn't honor this love in all we do. That's why a portion of our proceeds goes to charities that promote community and environmental renewal in Greater Appalachia.

Like Henny, we proudly use wild-harvested native Eastern botanicals in our products. And while she would tell us we "fuss too much," we formulate exclusively with biodegradable ingredients and without parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, sulfates, or anything harsh.
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Shop members

  • Erica Vinskie

    Owner, Creator, Maker

    Erica is the creative force behind HENNY FAIRE Co. She began life as an artist, transitioned to academia, and finally found her way into perfumery and cosmetic chemistry. She is a native of the Anthracite Coal Region and founded HF in 2015.

  • Cole D.


    Cole looks just like her grandma who grew up in a coal camp. She works hard in the studio pouring candles and soaps, whipping up creams, dishing out much needed advice, and minding the shop cats.

Production partners

  • PFL

    Livingston, MT

    PFL is an environmentally responsible printer that produces high quality print pieces at a competitive cost using "green" printing processes. I have been proud to partner with them to produce my own designed stationery since 2014.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 13, 2017
HENNY FAIRE Co. is about creating beautiful experiences. These shop policies exist to facilitate that. If we can improve your experience of our shop in any way, please convo us.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
We want you to love your purchase. If for any reason you don't, please contact us. We will make it right!
HENNY FAIRE Co. gratefully accepts PayPal and all major credit cards.
Many items ship within 3-days, but made-to-order products may take longer. Please consult the individual listing for shipping times.

In order to conserve natural resources and minimize shipping costs, we reuse shipping materials.

When you purchase more than one item from HENNY FAIRE Co., we automatically combine the shipment and pass any savings along to you in the form of a PayPal refund.

If you'd like us to combine shipping in advance, and create a custom listing with a new total, please convo us. We're happy to do it :)
The following privacy policy exists for your protection and to be in accordance with existing laws.


1) as needed to provide our services, such as when we use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
2) when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for our mailing list;
3) if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as a) providing and improving our services; and b) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. We use your information as necessary to comply with our obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.


Information about our customers is important to our business. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

1) Etsy. We share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you our services and comply with our obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
2) Service providers. We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. We will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
3) Business transfers. If we sell or merge our business, we may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
4) Compliance with laws. We may collect, use, retain, and share your information if we have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce our agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of our customers, or others.


We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with our services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, we may also be required to retain this information to comply with legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce agreements. We generally keep your data for 4 years.

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Last updated on Sep 21, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Are your skincare products "all natural"?

HF skincare products are made with between 97 and 100% naturally derived ingredients. We formulate without phthalates, parabens, sulfates, formaldehydes, or anything harsh. Most important for our planet, our products are 100% biodegradable, and we offer plastic-free packaging.

At HF we often say, "it's not enough to be natural." Cosmetics must also perform and be pleasant to use. To that end, we'll introduce gentle synthetics when they noticeably improve a product or when they are safer or more sustainable to use.

So don't fret your freckles! But please message us if you have any questions about any of our products or their ingredients. We love talking shop with you ;)

Who is Henny Faire?

"Henny Faire" is based on a real woman we knew and loved. Read her story under 'About'.

Are your products available fragrance-free?

Sorry, but we do not offer fragrance-free blends.

Fragrance is our art and our passion. We believe scent is essential to elevating a bathing / beauty regimen from a chore to a cherished ritual.

Our artisan blended fragrances are intended to delight the senses rather than overwhelm them. We begin with pure essential oils and absolutes, adding synthesized aromatics (always phthalate-free) when they will make the naturals sparkle. Despite the fear marketing, synthetic scents are no less safe than naturals. (Sometimes naturals contain more sensitizing and allergenic compounds.)

If you're not hypersensitive to fragrance, but just turned off by mass-market perfumes, give us a try. We think you'll find our fragrances refreshingly natural.

Will your skincare product treat/cure my skin condition/disease?

We formulate our skincare products to be gentle even on sensitive skin. We also include ingredients thought beneficial for certain skin types and mild skin problems.

Nevertheless, as with any cosmetic product, ours are not intended to treat or cure any skin condition or disease. (Buyers' should be wary of cosmetic products making treatment claims; the FDA expressly prohibits this.)

Individuals with known allergies and medical skin conditions should always seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before using these or any cosmetic product.