In 1999 Rustic Escentuals was simply Amy packing customer orders in her laundry room. We're now a strong, growing family of wonderful, dedicated employees. Our Rustic Escentuals staff are as diverse as the jobs they do but they share a commitment to customer satisfaction. Come meet us and learn a little about our team family!
Part-entrepreneur and part-scientist, Amy thrives on experiments to develop fresh, innovative ideas for all things bath, body, and home. When a battle with Necrotizing Fasciitis left her with limited mobility, Amy turned her quest to create the perfect candle into a successful online enterprise. With top-notch supplies and nearly two decades of experience, she helps fellow crafters make products that they can be proud of. She's a cat lover, a wild bird watcher, a die-hard rock music fan, and she's always up for a Frappuccino or iced coffee. She's a long-time fan of Nate Berkus ("PLEASE come to South Carolina and let's redecorate my kitchen!") and is eager to go on a tapas crawl with Andrew Zimmern.
Up until becoming handicapped, Amy had wanderlust. She's been to many fun places and seen countless gorgeous sights such as the Mona Lisa, the Hope Diamond, Eiffel Tower, the Aurora Borealis. Amy has walked on glaciers, been close enough to whales in the wild to experience their blowhole "whale breath" (and wheeeew, it's bad!), volunteered on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska, had libations in places like The Viper Room and Whiskey A Go-Go, went to MANY local Hootie & The Blowfish shows years before they were famous (and the same goes for Edwin McCain), visited Roslyn, WA while the TV show "Northern Exposure" was being taped, and has been to places that are now war-torn or no longer exist (i.e. Yugoslavia, which is now Croatia). Amy is a firm believer in the importance of travel for young people - to experience different cities, people and cultures - "the USA is a wonderful melting pot and there are many discoveries to be made within our own diverse country."
A CPO (certified professional organizer) helped shape Amy's life and forever changed how she thinks about "stuff." In fact, they work so well together, they were invited to be on The Nate Berkus Show to talk about organizing.
Favorite Scent: Patchouli
Amy - Owner
Christine is known as Obi One Kenobi at work. She is the one that knows all. We have also given her the Native American name Like The Wind because she constantly appears without a sound. She has one son at Clemson and one son at Carolina. A house divided!
A firm believer in vacation time, Christine would happily vacation to either the mountains or the beach. With 2 dogs, she's a bona-fide dog lover. Christine loves to read and has traveled to many places but the one place you'd never find her at is an opera.
Favorite Scent: Bonfire Bliss
Christine - Manager
Kathy walks into work on most days stating: "you are never going to believe what happened to me yesterday!" She has a husband, two teenagers, and three dogs that keep her very busy. When not with her family, she is rescuing animals. A self diagnosed foodie, Kathy is always looking for that next delicious bite of something wonderful.
Having traveled extensively, Kathy would choose Italy as her dream relocation spot. She enjoys to read, drinks both coffee and tea, and has moved more than 5 times in her life. Her favorite season is Autumn and she makes candles when she has the time.
Favorite Scent: Lavender
Kathy - Technical Support
Stephanie is an avid music lover, baker, seamstress, mother, and is in the process of restoring a 1900's home. When she is not working or tackling the never-ending "to do" list for her home, you'll find her outside with her kids and their animals: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 chickens, and a rabbit!
Stephanie's celebrity crush is Willie Nelson (ahh.. that voice!) and if she could live anywhere, she'd pick somewhere near Glacier National Park. It goes without saying that she is a mountains gal! When she grows up, she'd like to be an art therapist or a farmer. And knowing Stephanie, she's bound to make that happen!
Favorite Scent: Lemon Verbena
Calin is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor in Business Management. As a child he had dreams of becoming the next Indiana Jones (an archeologist for those who don't know who Indiana Jones is - and how can you not know that?! ;) ). If he's not at work, you'd likely find him running or admiring a Ford Raptor (his dream truck).
If he could live anywhere in the world, Calin would choose Idaho. He prefers the mountains to the beach, Krispy Kremes to fried chicken, and skips right over coffee and tea in favor of energy drinks. Colin rides in style in his classic and totally kickin' Chrysler Cordoba. We approve!
Favorite Scent: Ozark Forest
Calin - Customer Service
Crystal is the proud mother of 3 fabulous children and one of 5 children herself. She is high-spirited, a social butterfly, adventurous, and considers herself to be quite fashionable (we do as well!). She loves animals and is definitely a chick flick kind of gal.
Crystal loves to travel and sightsee and you'll often find her watching motocross. She would love to live in Bora Bora (which makes sense since summer is her season of choice) - and if Channing Tatum happened to pass by, that would be just fine by her ;)
Favorite Scent: Love Spell
Crystal - Assistant
Michelle is our outgoing and friendly "jill of all trades" and has 4 wonderful children. She has not only survived 10 years of widowhood, but 2 bouts of cancer as well. Michelle is now engaged to a awesome dude and looking forward to her wedding day. Her family traveled a lot when she was a child and as a result, she has been to all 50 states as well as Mexico and Canada. So basically, she has most of North America covered!
Michelle has her AA in criminal justice and once dreamed of being a police officer. So watch yourself around her! ;) She *hates* clowns (and quite frankly, who doesn't?!) but loves animals and would love to live in Ireland if the opportunity presents itself.
Favorite Scent: Stainless Steel
Michelle - Assistant
Virginia is an animal lover and has plans to add to her cat family in the future. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress. Her favorite movies are Speed 2 and Cry Baby and she really enjoys The Simpsons.
In her off time, Virginia enjoys watching Monday Night Raw and Fright Night Smack Down and would like to learn to make lip balm and chapstick.
Favorite Scent: Dark Chocolate
Virginia - Warehouse Associate
Yosyp is originally from the Ukraine and would like to move back there eventually. He holds a second job in construction and enjoys cars and traveling. He also speaks 3 languages: English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
On his off time, Yosyp enjoys fishing. Active in his church he had at one point considered being a pastor. Yosyp's favorite season is Autumn and his dream car is a Toyota.
Favorite Scent: Vanilla Snowflake
Yosyp - Warehouse Associate
Naomi is all about family: her husband, children, and grandchildren. As a child Naomi dreamed of being a wife and mother. She enjoys learning new things, loves both cats and dogs, and her dream location is right where she's located - Spartanburg, SC.
Fluent in southern English (hey, ya'll!), Naomi enjoys Krispy Kreme donuts, the summer season, and drinking Mountain Dew.
Favorite Scent: White Ginger & Amber
Naomi - Warehouse Associate
Tracy has traveled all over the US but is quite happy to be in South Carolina where she lives with her husband of 27+years. She has 7 children and 15 grandchildren and considers spending time with her grand babies to be her favorite hobby.
Tracy loves dogs, the mountains, and her favorite season is Autumn. She enjoys big glasses of Mountain Dew and her dream car is the super sweet 1966 Ford Mustang.
Favorite Scent: Monkey Farts
Tracy - Warehouse Associate
Cory is currently in college and used to run track for USC upstate. He grew up on a farm and at one point had dreams of being a doctor. He is a rabid Clemson Tigers fan and enjoying playing guitar in his spare time.
Cory has a dog named Oliver and would live in England if he could. He's traveled a bit and really enjoyed a recent trip to Hawaii.
Favorite Scent: Bora Bora
Cory - Warehouse Associate
Derek is currently attending his 3rd college and in the process of obtaining his degree in exercise science. It should come as no surprise therefore, that he ran track and cross-country for USC upstate and as a young boy, thought he might be a motocross racer.
Derek LOVES the New England Patriots and his favorite college teams are the Florida Gators and the Clemson Tigers. He rides dirt bikes during his off times and would like to live in Germany in the future.
Favorite Scent: Green Irish Tweed
Derek - Warehouse Associate
Kelsie is a twin and can actually read her twin sister's mind! She raises English Bulldogs (ahhhhh!) and has her AA in arts. She love spending time with family and her boyfriend and would like to eventually settle down in either New York or Hawaii.
Kelsie hates the bugs and outdoors but enjoys the beach (makes sense to us!). She loves fried chicken and country ham and thus is a true southern gal. ;)
Favorite Scent: Salty Sea Air
Kelsie - Warehouse Associate
Nadia has 7 amazing children and we truly love having her around - she's a great communicator. She was born in the Ukraine and speaks fluent Russian, English, and of course, Ukrainian. Nadia is a true animal lover and also enjoys nature (flowers and plants), traveling, and cooking.
Nadia is content to stay put right here in the USA for the future. Her favorite season is summer and she prefers the beaches over mountains.
Favorite Scent: Cranberry Salsa
Nadia - Warehouse Associate
Sasha was born and raised in the Ukraine and moved to the United States in October of 2002, at the age of 14. At that time she worked in her grandfather's upscale restaurant in Spartanburg, SC and she's been working ever since. She's well-traveled having been all over the world: England, Paris, Amsterdam, Poland, and 25 US states just to name a few.
Sasha is fluent in multiple languages (Russian, Ukrainian, English) and is currently learning Spanish after which she'll focus on Italian. She is a big fan of the outdoors and open air of the mountains and would be prefer to be away from large cities and masses of people.
Favorite Scent: Lemon Verbena
Sasha - Warehouse Associate
Shirley loves to work (and we do appreciate that about her!). She also enjoys playing bingo, dancing, and the more peaceful pastime of watching tv. Summer is her favorite season and when push comes to shove, she'll take a fresh-from-the-oven Krispy Kreme over a piece of fried chicken.
Shirley has moved more than 5 times over her lifetime but would be happy to settle down in the glorious Tennessee mountains. And avid reader, Shirley enjoys books and a good chick flick.
Favorite Scent: Hippie Chick
Shirley - Warehouse Associate
Olga is originally from the Ukraine but loves her new home here in SC. She loves to cook/bake, meet new people, and is an animal lover. As a child she had dreams of being a teacher.
Olga has traveled extensively through Romania, Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, but if she could pick anywhere in the world to be, it would be the US. She speaks Russian and English and loves crab legs (yum!).
Favorite Scent: Da Lime in da Coconut
Olga - Fragrance Oil Technician
Mariya is another employee that originally heralds from the Ukraine. Interesting fact: she is Viktoriya's mother! Mariya speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and English and loves to travel and cook. She's visited several different US states as well as several countries.
On her off time, Mariya can usually be found in the kitchen where she creates delicious creations her family enjoys. Mariya is sociable and would choose dogs over cats.