Q+A with The Wellness Apothecary
This company was founded in Washington D.C. in March of 2018 and launched in March of 2019. The first time they sold with us was in Spring 2019 and immediately their products caught our eye. Founded by Taiyiana Reed, a clinical pharmacist and wellness expert, the brand focuses on curating the most affordable, clean, and healthy beauty products.
Products are carefully chosen - they must be free of carcinogens, sulfates, parabens, and must also be vegan, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. Perfect products for our quests for self-care and conscious consumer decisions!
What inspired you to start your company/brand?
After years as a pharmacist, I decided to combine my skills and experience as a public health clinician, who sees the need for equitable access to health products, with my passion for non-toxic beauty and wellness. As a result I created an affordable line of clean, and natural products for your holistic lifestyle ranging from skincare to soy candles, which I compound myself.
I always envisioned becoming an entrepreneur, ever since I began working for my grandparent's cleaning company as a teenager. Once I graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with my doctorate in pharmacy, I started practicing as a community and hospital pharmacist, and started to have aspirations of one day owning my own business. In January 2018, I attended a Create and Cultivate conference in LA, and that's what gave me the motivation to create an apothecary of my own.
Why did you choose the specific industry your brand is in?
I chose this industry because I saw a need for more natural wellness brands to be cost effective and equitable to everyone. I am able to utilize my scientific background in a creative way. I also have the knowledge, skills, and training in the chemistry of the ingredients, as well as non-sterile and sterile compounding techniques, and expertise on disease states along with their effects on the body when using non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical products, which helps to ensure product effectiveness and safety for beauty consumers.
What did you do before starting your business?
I previously worked as an ambulatory care, hospital, and community pharmacist, and I currently work full time in public health in the DC area. I've dedicated my career to helping patients and clients obtain clinically proficient, and cost effective drug information. I also precept fourth year pharmacy students at Howard University.
What’s the most important thing you attribute to your success?
I genuinely love to take care of people. My goal has also been to continue to aspire to uphold my oath as a pharmacist, as well as my dreams to one day create a new space in this industry for future pharmacists.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to see The Wellness Apothecary in its first brick and mortar store as well as thriving as a major competitor in the natural/wellness industry, and reaching its goal in capital.
Any advice to someone wanting to take a leap of faith to start their own business?
I would tell anyone to trust their gut, and just start if it’s something they are passionate about creating, and just know your passion will drive you to continue on your journey.
Your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration was my grandfather, he told me before he passed six years ago that in order to achieve my goals, that becoming an entrepreneur would ultimately get me there because there are no limits on how far you can go.
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Dream Brand Collab? Create and Cultivate's Jaclyn Johnson. I would love to create an amazing self care suite for their create and cultivate conferences.