Founder and formulator at Inesscents Aromatic Botanicals
Certified Aromatherapist, Independent cannabis consultant and product formulator
My name is Amber, and I am the founder, formulator, and visionary behind Inesscents Aromatic Botanicals. My life is a journey filled with education, research, success, failure, study, practice and trial and error – and I am lucky beyond belief to be able to say I absolutely love what I do.
Botanicals found me when I was a teenager, but started to truly pave my life’s path in college. I was living in the heart of an evolving community while attending University of Colorado at Boulder. It was a time when I began to question where our food was coming from, and what effect was it having on my body and on the environment. This also led me to think about the products I was putting on my skin. I traveled to India and Northern Africa where I met people who's love for natures healing botanicals and sacred aromatic oils have been a part of their culture for thousands of years. I listened and learned as much as I could, and came home ready to share not only the materials I brought back with me, but the knowledge as well. My return solidified my love of alchemy.
I founded Inesscents Aromatic Botanicals in 2000; making it my mission to create products that I wanted for myself and my family; products that were nutrient-dense, botanical superfoods for the skin. Products that were simple but effective. Products that were sourced with care. I wanted to provide a natural alternative to what was available. Inesscents was one of the first organic and fair-trade skin care companies in the country. The goal was not only to provide the means to healthy, glowing skin but also to raise awareness in and around the global economy. I wanted to support a strong and vibrant network of international organic producers and farmers who hold the same values as I do. This is how we have done business since day one. It’s our roots as a company.
I see myself as an educator of people, plants and business. That purpose fills my heart. I love my family and am a proud mother of a brilliant, bright, smart and talented son. My favorite days are spent in nature; with the southern Oregon mountains in my back yard, wild flowers bursting from the valley floor, and the ocean breeze of my Jamaican second home wafting in the distance.
I came to Inesscents in 2013 shortly after making a decision to part ways with a corporate career path. I had an extensive background in business, sales, finance, event coordination and operations - and was ready to use my knowledge towards something more meaningful. I originally discovered Inesscents by winning a silent auction at a local fundraiser - a bag filled with organic skin care. I immediately loved the brand, I just had no idea that I would end up being a part of this amazing company. Inesscents is a special place to work. Not only do I feel good about the products we share with the world, but it goes much deeper than that. It is how we run our business. It is how we pay extra attention to the small things that when added up make a big impact. It's the team I work with - all of whom have been here for many years. It's about learning and growing together as a family, stretching ourselves daily to be inspired, to create, and overcome challenges. My time here is dedicated to ensuring that we have a solid, consistent, professional and buttoned up business - and that it radiates out to our consumers, vendors, and staff.
Passion: A painter at heart, I love creating something from nothing. Vibrant colors, sweet aromas, fresh mountain air, ocean waves, beautiful places, incredible food - these are all things that make my heart sing.
Office Manager + Product Development
Of all of our long time employees, I have been here from (almost) the beginning. Throughout the years I have done just about everything at Inesscents spending many years devoted product development and production. These days you will find me in my own beautiful, plant-filled office processing orders, solving problems and answering customer questions. In fact, if you give us a call - I am the one who will answer. It's important to me to ensure that the needs of those we do business with are exceeded. Making people's lives a little bit easier and a little bit brighter brings so much joy to my work.
Passion: I am a botanical enthusiast and love to grow all kinds of plants, inside and out! My home life is on a farm with my husband, children, goats, dogs, cats, a horse and a llama. Our garden is full of flowers, food and veggies and a true labor of love. Full of vitality and an infectious level of enthusiasm for life – I am always up to something!
I joined the Inesscents team in 2012. I had years of experience in production and manufacturing and was looking for a company with strong environmental and social business practices. I have been melting, measuring, blending and pouring our formulations for many years now. When I started, we all were in one warehouse bay. Since, we've expanded to 4+ bays, but still work as a small, efficient team. Everyone I work with here is great and this place feels like family.