As the first full year in business 2016 has been such a whirlwind with AJ Apothecary, and I feel so blessed that you are here on this journey with me!  I loved hearing what you love about AJ Apothecary this year, so I was curious what your favorite products are!  I posted a poll in my Facebook group, and my customers there voted for the top 5 products they love.  Let’s take a look at the favorite AJ Apothecary products of 2016!

Honorable Mention: Deep Sea Mineral Mask

This vegan face mask is loaded with nutrients and minerals found in the depths of the seas. Seaweed, kelp, spirulina, and sea clay (along with other face-loving ingredients!) exfoliate, moisturize, and soothe your skin! This mask also improves the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is appropriate for all skin types, but it is especially beneficial for dull, tired, blemish prone, and aging skin. It is a true miracle worker! That’s why mermaids have such beautiful skin!

#5: Deep Breath Balm 

Jenni D said she “bought the Deep Breath Balm before winter started and it is marvelous! It smells great and as soon as you put it on, you start breathing easier – which is so welcome in the months of head colds and crazy sinuses.” This balm is a great way to promote proper nasal functioning for you and your children!  Eucalyptus and peppermint are the typical go-to remedies for stuffy noses. However, these essential oils are not safe for children because they have the potential to actually slow the respiratory functioning. In my Deep Breath Balm I use a blend of rosalina, fir needle, cedarwood, and lemongrass essential oils. These essential oils paired with a blend of carrier oils infused with mullein, lavender, and frankincense create a safe, natural way to help your little one breathe easy.  AJ Apothecary customers love that the balm comes in a traditional tin option, but also that it is available in a tube option for easy application for squirmy children!

#4: Lip Balm

A good lip balm is sometimes difficult to find, but the search has ended for AJ Apothecary fans!  My customers love how silky this moisturizer feels on the lips, and they love how soft their lips feel after using it!  What makes AJ Apothecary Lip Balm unique is that it is infused with calendula flowers and lavender buds to soothe and comfort dry lips while moisturizing throughout the day.

#3: Bluegrass Drawing Mask

Charcoal face masks have been popular in 2016, but AJ Apothecary takes this powerful ingredient a step farther to give you the best facial experience at home!  Activated charcoal and bentonite clay draw impurities from your face, while herb infused grapeseed oil soothes the skin and improves the appearance of blemishes without clogging your pores. Ella R. commented, “I’ve been using AJ Apothecary Bluegrass Drawing Mask, and it really helps clean out those pores!  After trying different clay masks I think this is my fave!!”

#2: Moisturizing Deodorant Cream

Moisturizing Deodorant Cream received lots of love this year!  Alanna B. posted on my Facebook page, “I am in love with the deodorant cream. Normally no natural deodorants work for me during pregnancy (when hormones are crazy!) or while running half and full marathons, but the deodorant cream kept me stink free!”  Additionally, Jennifer H. commented, “The Moisturizing Deodorant Cream works so well for my body. I thought I was going to have to give up on natural deodorant until I found this stuff!”

You may not think about deodorant being your favorite personal care item, but you will definitely notice when you’re using the wrong one!  The two biggest complaints with natural deodorants are that they either do not work or they cause skin irritation.  I created a deodorant that is all natural, actually does fight against body odor, and it soothes and moisturizes the skin rather than irritating it.  Moisturizing Deodorant Cream features oils infused with coffee and lavender, bentonite clay, zinc oxide, and essential oils to act against bacteria that contribute to body odor. The special blend of butters and oils moisturize and soothe the sensitive skin of the underarm.

...And the favorite AJ Apothecary product of 2016 is…

#1: Caffeinated Sugar Scrub

Coffee fans fell in love with Caffeinated Sugar Scrub this year!  The aroma of this scrub smells stimulates your senses just like when you open a new bag of coffee beans!  Margaret S. commented, “I love the real coffee scent of the scrub.  It’s like drinking a cup of coffee in the shower!” The scent of this scrub comes exclusively from the ground coffee beans roasted locally by Sunergos Coffee.

This isn’t your basic sugar scrub, either!  This pampering treat contains organic cane sugar and coffee grounds to exfoliate dry skin cells while cocoa butter and a special combination of soothing oils moisturize the skin. The caffeine in the coffee grounds offers the skin a slightly perkier appearance.  It is a true treat for any coffee lover, and it is vegan friendly!


Have you tried any of these customer favorites?  If not, head on over to the shop and check them out!  I am overwhelmed with the love these products received this year, and I cannot wait to share more with you in 2017!

Have a beautiful day!

Amanda Joy