If Faith Rodgers were a medicinal herb, she says she’d be chamomile because it’s balancing, calming, and grounding—qualities she works hard to maintain while running her business and taking care of her three children. Rodgers, a certified herbalist with a deep passion for making medicine and skincare, opened The Little Herbal Apothecary in Lafayette, Colorado, in 2015. It began as a blog where Faith shared recipes and do-it-yourself tips with her sisters and mom, and it’s grown into a locally popular herbal-products destination. Faith’s mission is to provide resources, information, classes, and clean, organic products to people who are looking for healthy options.
In her early 20s, after exploring the possibility of becoming a nurse, Faith stumbled upon an herb school in Boulder, Colorado, and decided to enroll. That decision changed her life dramatically. There was so much about herb school that inspired Faith, not the least of which was a newfound understanding of how Americans have become disconnected from the plant world. Historically, knowledge about edible and medicinal plants was inherited, but that’s not the case anymore. The magical world of plants opened up for Faith and she dove right in.
While in herb school, Faith began working at a Boulder institution, Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply, under the tutelage of Rebecca Luna. After eight years at Rebecca’s, Faith struck out on her own with The Little Herbal Apothecary.
Faith’s goal at The Little Herbal is to provide high-quality, affordable alternatives to the may skincare products made with parabens, formaldehyde, or other chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance, or dioxin. She wants to make it easy for people to buy clean, safe products or, better yet, make their own.
Faith’s business has grown and expanded quickly from a blog to an online shop to a brick-and-mortar storefront, which opened in August 2016. Throughout that growth, Faith has maintained her core values around education, sourcing, packaging, and giving back.
As passionate as she is about selling her organic products to customers, Faith is equally motivated about educating her customers. She makes many of her recipes available on her website and encourages people to save money, get creative, and make as many products with their own two hands as possible. She offers workshops at the apothecary where students learn to make lotions, lip gloss, perfume, and more.
Healthy Planet, Healthy People at The Little Herbal Apothecary
When it comes to sourcing supplies and ingredients, Faith does so with three key considerations: the quality of the materials, the purity of the materials, and the health of the planet. For example, when it comes to essential oils, Faith only sources from companies that can provide the “gas chromatography” (chemical information about exactly what’s in the oil) on their essential oils. “This is important because so many essential oils are adulterated with other things, or they’re not even what they say they are, or they have chemical ingredients in there that you wouldn’t want to use on your skin,” she says.
Faith also packages her products deliberately. She uses mostly glass jars that can be washed and reused. When she does package her products in plastic, she chooses the most-recyclable plastics possible. She’d prefer not to use any plastic in her packaging, but she’s not quite there yet.
Faith, who once considered becoming in a midwife, also donates a full 5% of every sale to support organizations like Kangu that advocate for safe births all over the world.
Every product Faith formulates for The Little Herbal Apothecary is a product that she has used on herself or her kids and that she has shared with her friends and family. So she is confident in the safety and efficacy of her merchandise. Her growing inventory of products range from pregnancy and new-mom care, skincare, herbal teas, and even her special frankincense and mint tooth scrub.
Faith’s most popular product (and her personal favorite) is her Rose & Carrot Face Cream, so we’ve bundled that with her Botanical Cleansing Grains and called it the Happy Face Set so you can clean and nourish your beautiful mug. Faith also shared her DIY instructions for the Exfoliating Cleansing Grains in case you want to craft your own. You may also like to check out her book recommendation and the Concoct Elderberry Syrup online class from her and Rebecca Luna of Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply in Boulder, Colorado.
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