Welcome to Handcraft Essentials
Learn more about where we started
Our story begins back in 2014 when owner and founder, Kathleen Crombleholme, was frustrated in trying to find healthy and natural ways to cure her personal skin ailments. Kathleen was suffering from eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea for years, and it was finally time to put a stop to it. After an exasperating journey of dermatologists prescribing her harsh prescriptions with little to no alleviation, she finally decided to start researching all natural alternatives.
In 2015 Kathleen began an herbalism certification course to learn more about essential oils, herbal remedies, and nutrition. After 9 months of in-depth learning, she received her certification in October of 2015 from Moore Farm in Alton, NH. As a certified herbalist she learned that healthy skin is developed on the inside first by proper nutrition and personal well-being. She also learned that protecting your skin on the outside was extremely important, so she started making all of her own homemade, 100% natural products, rather than using any products with harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients and fragrances.
In 2016 Kathleen began her aromatherapy certification with Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies. She wanted to obtain more knowledge of safety surrounding the use of essential oils after learning some of the beneficial (and, occasionally, harmful) effects essentials oils can have on the body and mind. She is utilizing this knowledge to make safe and customizable products, specific to the needs and wants of her customers.
Today she makes these products by hand to offer to clients and customers as gifts, wedding/special event favors, and gift baskets. Kathleen is dedicated to educating people about what goes onto their bodies, as much as what goes into their bodies, and that is reflected by the quality and simplicity of ingredients she uses.
Handcraft Essentials is a privately owned online shop dedicated to high quality herbal favors, gifts, and gift baskets. We specialize in Special Event Pricing for wedding favors, bridal shower favors, and baby shower favors. All items can be purchased in bulk with special event pricing. We also provide customized products and packaging options to fit your personalized style for a small additional fee.
We make handcrafted and all natural cold process soaps, lotions, body butters, face masks, aromatherapy, bath bombs, and massage oils. All products are locally and proudly made in the state of Maine. All products are made 100% from all natural ingredients. Harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances and colorants are never used, so our customers never have to worry about what they’re using on their skin.
What does “all natural” mean? If an ingredient comes from or is a plant, vegetable, mineral or animal byproduct (e.g. honey or milk) then it is natural. Our lovely, skin nourishing products are made with coconut derivatives, vegetable emulsifiers, plant derived colorants, and scented with essential oils. There are no SLSs, parabens, petrochemicals or rush hours here. Our customers should know that all of our fragrances are pure essential oils (plant extracts); our colorants are derived from herbs and other natural sources (like fruit or vegetable extracts); and our preservatives are plant extracts. Our natural soap company does not use any synthetic fragrances, colorants, or preservatives in any of our handmade soaps.
Our mission is to provide excellence and simplicity to our customers, both in product and purchasing experience. Customer satisfaction is always our primary goal. All products are tested only on friends and family, never on animals. We are committed to having an environmentally friendly, sustainable natural soap company. Our products are never outsourced and are always made and inspected by founder and owner Kathleen, certified herbalist and aromatherapist, for quality assurance.