Welcome to Betula’s Botanica where artisan soaps and body care products are carefully hand crafted in small batches with pure natural ingredients! After making my first batch of soap in 2009, I was immediately addicted to soap making and the coalescence of science & art. Lucky for me, soaps are a consumable item and with the increasing demand for natural hand crafted soaps, Betula’s Botanica quickly grew and is now known for crafting an extensive selection of products ranging from beautiful artisan soaps to lip balms, natural deodorants, sugar scrubs, bath oils, mineral bath salts, natural bug repellents, and essential oils plus many more items that the whole family!
In 2017, Betula's Botanica expanded from weekend farmers markets to a beautiful retail shop on Penn Avenue in West Reading. Besides offering my products, it's been very gratifying to showcase hand crafted products & services from local artisans, herbalists and wellness practitioners; thus witnessing their businesses grow and thrive. Step inside for a restorative shopping experience...soft music, refreshments, and a glorious aroma... making your visit sublime and rejuvenating.
Tricia, owner & bracelet "beader" of Forever Cairn is mom to 3 pint size hikers and wife to an amazingly supportive husband. They channel their best energy outdoors and can be seen or heard wandering through Pennsylvania parks. Tricia dreams up the products with specific connections to nature in mind, but the best part is...For EVERY item sold, a TREE is planted through a partnership with ONE TREE IS PLANTED. It is that simple. She says "It is my hope that we can make a huge positive impact for ALL of our wanderers and the future of their children." Choose to PURCHASE WITH PURPOSE.
Sharon Moncrief, clinical herbalist and owner of Greenbrier Herbalist, brings over 20 years of experience when crafting these natural herbal remedies rooted deeply in Grandmother's Wisdom of plants. Each tincture, salve or tea consists of fresh herbs, many of which are locally sourced. Sharon's intuition, years of experience and proprietary blends are offered to support your health and through many common & annoying ailments. Greenbrier Herbalist products are available in the shop. We are also proud to have Sharon conduct classes and private consultations throughout the year.
I'm an artist and academic turned independent perfumer and cosmetic formulator. In 2015, I founded HENNY FAIRE Co., a modern apothecary that celebrates the nature and culture of my native Appalachia.
Underwhelmed by the performance, feel, and fragrance of most natural cosmetics, I decided to formulate my own line using native Eastern plants. In one sense, this undertaking constituted a return to my childhood in the Anthracite Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania where one of my greatest inspirations was our "patch town" apothecary. "Henny" was a naturalist and herbalist who simultaneously adored fine fragrance and top-shelf cosmetics.
Along with the folk wisdom and foraging skills I inherited from Henny and folks back home, I apply my background as a university researcher to ensure the safety, efficacy, and sustainability of the raw materials used in HF products. HF formulations avoid petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, known irritants, and suspected environmental toxins; gentle on person and planet. My personal and professional commitments are to the economic and environmental renewal of Greater Appalachia and the Rust Belt. A portion of HF proceeds goes to these efforts.
Janine, a specialist in Aqua Detox & Reflexology embarked on her journey to Wellness while battling chronic Lyme disease. After suffering for several years, Janine made the decision to proactively gain her health back. Energy medicine, specifically Aqua Detox, appealed to her and provided relief. It wasn't long until Janine fully understood and appreciated the connection between our feet and overall health. In 2017, she became certified in Reflexology from the East-West Therapeutic Massage School and now offers personalized attention to her clients. She is very passionate about detoxification & elimination and tailors each session to the individual needs of her clients and at times including reflexology for the hands. Click here for upcoming Events.
Please rsvp asap for your preferred time....appointments fill quickly! Walk ins welcome too! Take time from your hectic schedule to relax and enjoy some healthy pampering and detoxing.