Plant-Based, Botanical Skin Care for the Whole Family

Galway, New York · 219 Sales


Plant-Based, Botanical Skin Care for the Whole Family

Galway, New York 219 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Thank you so much for stopping by Jillian's Apothecary! I sell handcrafted herbal skin care products.
I'm on a short vacation until August.
Thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 18, 2018

Thank you so much for stopping by Jillian's Apothecary! I sell handcrafted herbal skin care products.
I'm on a short vacation until August.
Thank you!

Jillian Ehrenberg

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Jillian Ehrenberg


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Local herbs are the centerpiece of my skin care line

Hi, I’m Jillian, herbalist and skin care maker.

Growing, harvesting, wild crafting, and using locally grown herbs is at the heart of what I do. For me, local plants have always sparked joy and wonder, infusing my day with a creative spirit. When I was a kid, I loved spending the summer baking mud pies on the hot sun-drenched blacktop, taking time to make them look perfect with a coating of sand and freshly mixed green leaf frosting. I honestly thought those crunchy pies with leaf topping could be used as real food.

That feeling of relying on nature to meet my needs was strong, and it has stayed with me my whole life.

Fast forward a few years, to when my daughters were very young; like so many new parents, I wanted to introduce them to the natural world as I remembered it. We would read one short story a day from a children’s book about common backyard plants. One afternoon, I turned to the page that described White Pine trees, and read that we could make a tea from pine needles anytime our noses were stuffed up. I was immediately transported back to my days as a mud pie chef. Was this for real? We could use plants in our backyard as medicine?

That one moment when I learned about the value of the pine trees in our backyard changed everything, and it started me on my herbal journey.

I learned about how herbs work, and fell in love with harvesting and using the natural bounty in my own backyard. I experimented with herb blends in balms and salves. With these new creations, I watched diaper rash and eczema patches on my kids disappear. No surprise, it wasn’t long before I was sharing my handcrafted products with friends and family.

The work I was doing with herbs was too important to not share with others. I launched Jillian’s Apothecary in 2015 to help as many people as possible solve their particular skin issues by using herbs too.

Today, I’m happy to say the feedback I’ve received from my customers has been outstanding. The plants that I grow and tend all spring and summer are transformed into balms, lotions and other products that have a real impact on the lives of others. These locally grown, hand-picked plants ease suffering and make each day even better.

My products are available for sale on my website, Etsy shop, and at select retail locations. I am always coming up with new formulas, so be sure to check back to see what’s brewing. Even better, subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll tell you when something new is happening!

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  • Jillian Ehrenberg


    Hi, and welcome to my shop! I'm an herbalist and I create natural skin care products using herbs from my gardens and beeswax from my own beehives. Creating herbal formulas that nourish and heal is my passion.


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Frequently asked questions

Do you use any synthetic ingredients?

No, not at all. We made a decision when we founded Jillian’s Apothecary that we would never use any synthetics, including synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers (used in lotion to make it creamy and light), and preservatives (used in lotion to keep it from spoiling).

Do your fragrances contain phthalates?

No. Phthalates are chemicals that are used in products across many industries, and are often found in skin care and fragrances. Our fragrances are pure essential oils. We don’t use fragrance oil, which can contain phthalates, in any of our products. Research about the effects of phthalates on our bodies is ongoing, but some people try to minimize their exposure to the chemicals because of concerns about cancer and reproductive health.

BTW, to pronounce “phthalate,” say this grammatically incorrect sentence first, then model the word phthalate on “shall ate,” using a th sound instead of an sh sound at the beginning: They shall ate the cake off the plate.

Do you use Natural Preservatives?

Yes! Our preservatives are 100% plant based. They don’t contain parabens, and are not formaldehyde donors, meaning they don’t break down and release formaldehyde into the product after it is produced and bottled.

To identify our preservatives when you read our labels, look for this term: Lactobacillus Ferment. Our natural antimicrobial system is probiotic based. It is an effective natural preservative, and is on the Whole Foods Acceptable Premium Preservative List.

Do your products contain gluten?

Our customers who are sensitive to gluten know that Vitamin E is sometimes made from wheat. Vitamin E is present in many of our products, and our supplier assures us that it does not contain any gluten.

Why do you put herbs in every product?

We infuse every product with herbal blends because we have seen how much of a difference herbs can make. The right herbs can make a lotion or lip balm feel more moisturizing, and can help a salve to make your skin feel less irritated.

What’s the difference between a cream and salve, especially if they contain the same herbs?

Some of our products contain the same herbs but have different applications.

A lotion or cream is fantastic when it’s used under clothing or on a large area of skin.

A salve or balm is a wax and oil based product that is great for small areas, or for very dry skin.

I don’t see a product on your website, but I would love it if you made it!

Tell us about it! We may have it in the works, and if we don’t, we may consider it. Contact us and share your wishes.

How long will it take for my order to ship?

We keep all items in stock. Packages will usually ship the following business day. If there is a delay because of our manufacturing schedule, we’ll send an email to let you know.

What shipping carrier do you use?

We ship all packages through the US Postal Service. We find that the rates are the best for the type of packages we ship, and we pass the savings directly to you.
First Class shipping time is 2-5 days. Priority Mail is 1-3 days.