STRIVE TO CREATE AS LITTLE WASTE AS POSSIBLE!
Bestowed Essentials is a neurodivergent-female-veteran-owned social enterprise that creates eco-friendly home & beauty products and provides jobs for people who face barriers to employment.
BESTOWED ESSENTIALS STORY
Bestowed Essentials is an ethical, all-natural, zero waste beauty and skincare company that is handcrafting their products with our planet in mind. Their story begins with Christianna, better known by her nickname Callee, back in September 2016 when she visited New Orleans during leave from the US Navy.
She purchased a simple bar of natural, handmade soap from a small gift shop there, which was the first thing that ever actually helped soothe her problematic skin. Impressed with the results, she decided to do some research into the ingredients and production of the skincare products she had been using for years.
Shocked to learn of the toxic chemicals and animal testing that are so common in the beauty industry and feeling disappointed by the lack of affordable and eco-friendly alternatives available, she started making her own!
Her first little batch of soap bars that she made in her kitchen was gifted to her friends. From there she only continued to grow. At first it was Bestowed Essentials Etsy shop (now closed) with more products in January 2017, then a booth at the farmer's market when she was not busy with her Navy duties, and then an online zero-waste shop.
Finishing her military contract in December 2017, Callee decided to try full-time entrepreneurship and it has been nothing but success. Today, Bestowed Essentials products are available on the shelves of over 200 stores across the United States and Canada.
HOW DO THEY MAKE AN IMPACT?
Bestowed Essentials has very strict requirements for their ingredients, only truly natural, refusing to use sulphates, parabens, artificial preservatives, coloring, fragrances or anything else questionable. They strive for sustainable sourcing with a product line that is certified vegan and cruelty-free. In addition, Bestowed Essentials supports other female-owned small businesses when sourcing their ingredients.
They also recognize the importance of eco-friendly packaging. In fact, to minimize environmental footprint many of their products such as soap loaves, solid dish soap and stain remover sticks can come with no packaging.
Projects such as recycling drop-off service, educational workshops, small business pop-ups, a free book library, free educational resources through their podcast, events to promote the health, ethical and environmental benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and many more, make them great sustainability advocates.