The first thing I do in the morning is make my infused water. I make it with mint, lemon, lime, ginger, and cucumber. I drink the whole thing and then I pour my morning coffee. I’ve gotten out of the routine of starting with coffee because it eats your stomach lining and gives me jitters…it’s not a good way to start the day. So I start with the water, take my morning supplements (Juice Plus+ fruit and vegetable blends, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B, zinc, and a CBG immune booster), and then have my coffee.
I take my coffee and go upstairs to what I call “the retreat” and meditate. Right now I’m a student in the A Course in Miracles, and I cannot do my day without it. I read the daily lesson and go right into the meditation. Once I’m done with my lesson, I write in my journal what I got from the lesson after I’ve meditated on it. All of that takes me about 10-20 minutes – not much time, but it makes a huge impact on how the rest of my day goes.
Sometimes I’ll grab a piece out 28 Secrets to Glow Up – it’s tips for health, energy, and radiance by my dear friend Marianne Talkovski. She’s here locally in Indy and is an esthetician, acupuncturist, and certified life coach. She has this awesome book out about all these ways you can glow up, so I’ll open it up and it’s always the right secret at the right time. After that, I walk down the hall to wake up my kids and get them ready for school.
After the kids are off to school I head downstairs to workout. Today I’m doing yoga, and I’m always accompanied by my dog Louie.
Now it’s time to get ready to head out for the day. I switch up my skincare routine and the scent I’m using every 6-12 weeks. Right now, it’s super dry out and it’s winter so I’m using GOOPGLOW Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Glow Serum on my face every morning. I follow that up with Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum (I’m obsessed with this stuff). Then I top it off with Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Sometimes, I may even add a little bit of CBD salve from Green Cherry Organics for an extra layer of hydration on top of the Skin Tonic.
Today I’m using the Ahnu Natural Deodorant and then using the Ahnu Spritzer all over, and then I grabbed the Ambre Oil Essence because I like mixing that with Ahnu. On my body, I’m using the Ahnu Skin Tonic layered with the Body Cream since it’s dry outside – it’s the perfect time to use both at the same time since it lasts all day. Then I get dressed, grab my infused water, and head out the door to work!
Meet the newest member of the Ambre Blends team, Scott Vanzo! Scott has been with Ambre Blends since November of 2019. He came on to help us get through the holiday season and then we never let him go! You can find Vanzo picking, packing, processing, and shipping orders as well as helping out in production.
What is a day in the life of Vanzo like? Other than Ambre Blends, I enjoy nature, sand volleyball, live music, lake life – a free living lifestyle.
What is your favorite part about working at Ambre Blends? More than anything, I appreciate that Ambre Blends is not just a place of employment, but a family.
What was your first job? My first job was bagging groceries any Joe O’Malias for $4.35/hour.
What is one fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I have worked for all of Ambre’s siblings with exception of Josh.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time at my family’s lake property.
Why should people use Ambre Blends products? It’s locally made (with love) in Indianapolis with all natural products. Win-win.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences of working at Ambre Blends? We had an opportunity to work with Central Indiana Land Trust. We planted over 1000 trees and learned about central Indiana flora and fauna.
One piece of advice? If I could convey a message to the world it would be to live present in every moment of every day…nothing is promised, but not to worry because everything happens exactly as it is supposed to.
We have a new member of the Ambre Blends family, but she’s actually been part of Ambre’s literal family for years. Meet Lizzie!
Lizzie came on board in our production department a few months ago, and she happens to be Ambre’s sister-in-law. “Lizzie is a delight to work with,” said Ambre. “Her humor over everything adds to the charm of this place. She is eager to learn and very much a team player. We appreciate her willingness to try new things along with her fun joyful spirit. She fits right in and we are all happy she is here!”
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The atmosphere and the team. It’s such a welcoming, zen and cool place.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Lately I’ve been loving these organic sheet masks. I’ve tried a few toothpastes, but I haven’t found “the one.”
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I’m obsessed with the Skin Tonic. I love using the essence-free version on my face, neck and décolleté. It makes my skin soft, it’s anti-aging, hydrating and it gives the best little dew finish.
What is a day in your life like? COFFEE! When I get to the Disco Hut, I jump right in on making the next product or finishing one from earlier in the week. Some of Ambre Blends products take a few days to complete. It’s always a good day at Ambre Blends. Especially when your boss tells you to turn your music UP!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Besides Bravo TV, cuticle care, and online shopping? I love being with my family and friend, going to the movies, and eating.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Everything we produce is handmade. From making to packaging to labeling. We care about Ambre Blends so much and we make everything with a passion. This natural essence is amazing because it blends with your own pheromones to make a special mix for you. It’s fun to mix the oils and see what combos you can come up with. You can do a different essence from head to toe.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I get so proud when I finish a batch of something. It makes me feel good knowing that someone is going to love what I made.
What was your first job? I was a hostess at Chilli’s. It was fun. I enjoyed chatting with all the people that came in. Thank your for calling Chili’s, home of the presidential margarita. How can I help you?
What do you want people to know? What Ambre has created is such a different and dope way to smell good and feel beautiful and be confident in yourself. She truly cares about every product and the people who wear them. All the people on the AB team play a pivotal part in what you see and smell. The team works hard to make you be glam!
The newest member at Ambre Blends isn’t new to the Ambre Blends family at all! Katie Thomas first met Ambre through fitness and wellness a few years ago, and even was in an Ambre Blends video shoot over the summer. In July, Katie came on board full time as an Executive Assistant.
“Katie is the perfect addition to our Ambre Blends Family,” said Ambre. “She adds so much to the vibe of this place and brings fresh, exciting ideas to the table. As with everyone here, it was divine timing that our stars aligned and Katie has found her second home.”
If you meet Katie, she could make you a pretty cool animal out of a linen napkin from her time as a yacht stewardess. And you might see her in a cover band in the next couple years (that’s her five year plan)! But until then, read on to find out more about Katie…
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love the crew and the environment. I came from the holistic wellness world, so Ambre Blends is the perfect combo of business and wellness. There are live plants, natural lights, a bad ass kitchen, and obviously skin care everywhere. I haven’t been here as long and right away you can tell everyone is a family who takes pride in treating their role with a high level of priority. Everyone wants to be here!
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? We eat as much organic as we can at home. I love organic rose water spray and use it a lot! Most of our stuff at home is organic when possible, and Good Earth cinnamon hot tea.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I love the Ambre 10ml Roll-On Essence Oil. I’ve been wearing it for probably seven or eight years. I also keep the Skin Tonic nearby. Alex keeps going through my Skin Tonic to shave with and he’s obsessed too.
What is a day in your life like? It’s incredibly glamorous! I wake up around 6 am and get moving, make breakfast for Kale (my four year-old son), make a smoothie if I have time, drop Kale off at school, then go to work. Depending on the day, I have a few wellness/fitness clients I train or head home and make dinner for the fam. After dinner, it’s play time. We play baseball in the yard with Kale and Tasso, our 120-pound Italian Mastiff. After Kale goes to bed, I hang with the hubs, have some friends over, or go to yoga!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hot yoga, hanging with the family at the lake house, playing with neuro-health gadgets, wine with girlfriends, swimming with Kale, playing in the woods with the family, and volunteering with a leadership group I love.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? People should know how much love and attention goes into every single product. The ingredients are the most pure and there’s a small group of women actually making your product. It’s crazy how much passion happens behind the scenes.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I left working for myself and never realized how much I was missing being a part of a team. I love coming to work and knowing I get to be in a joyful and loving environment that is so much fun! Everyone puts everyone else’s needs as a priority so you leave feeling good about how you spent your day.
What was your first job? My first job (technically) was snow plowing with my dad and brother when I was around 10 years-old or so. We loved staying up late and getting to help. It was actually my brother’s company that he still has 24 years later!
Alessandra started working at Ambre Blends in November, and then we were lucky enough to bring her on full-time in January this year. She’s been such a versatile and integral part of our team, floating around between different departments to help everyone out. You can find her doing tasks in production, packing and processing orders in shipping, and even assisting with wholesale orders in the front office.
“All of us at Ambre Blends love to see Alessandra’s beautiful presence around here,” said Ambre, Owner and Creator of Ambre Blends. “She is a baller and I am excited to see her step into her light more and more every day!”
Read on to find out more about Alessandra in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love the core values and morals of Ambre Blends and the Ambre Blends family. I like being able to recommend the products to my friends and family knowing they are organic, handmade, environmentally-friendly, and they actually smell AMAZING.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Milk is a huge part of my diet, so organic milk is a MUST HAVE, not to mention it tastes so much better. Also coconut oil, it’s so versatile and great for many things.
What is a day in your life like? I wake up, feed my cat, and get ready for work. Then I get through the usual morning traffic by listening to my tunes at full blast and chugging ice water to wake me up! After work, I am usually running errands, helping around with chores, or catching up on Netflix.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel, go to shows, and spend time with family and friends.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Everything is clean and made with the best ingredients from around the world. Everyone should know that everything is handmade with so much care and love!
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The second family I have here at Ambre Blends is the most rewarding part about working here. Everyone is so supportive and caring of each other.
What was your first job? I was a cashier for MCL Bakery & Restaurant.
Anything else we should know? All dogs go to heaven!
Jason has been part of the Ambre Blends team for about nine months, ever since moving to Indianapolis from Florida. How did he find out about us? Well, he’s Ambre’s brother!
Jason started out at Ambre Blends working in production and shipping a few days each week and has now moved into shipping two to three days each week where he focuses on getting out as many orders as possible as well streamlining the shipping process. “Jason has brought so much to the the table here at Ambre Blends besides his yummy food,” said Ambre. “He has brought greater efficiency to our shipping department and is quick to help anyone out, he’s a great team player. You can also count on him for fun ideas!”
Read on to find out more about Jason in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Everyone here is great, it’s laid back and my wife works here too, so we get a chance to have lunch together. Both of us have our own businesses on “the outside” and we don’t have a day off together, so it helps to be able to at least spend a few minutes together.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I literally only use Ambre Blends and have since the beginning. I don’t own any other fragrances or lotions or anything. I use the Skin Tonic, Oil, Soap and Natural Deodorant. Oh, and the Lip Remedy has saved my life this winter.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? If I had to choose one and only one for the rest of time it would probably be the Skin Tonic in any fragrance. I’m pretty sure I was the first person to shave with it.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I get real serious about making tacos.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Playing frisbee with my two pit bulls, volleyball, and cooking.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? I think there are some people seriously attached to this product almost like a cult following. I think if people knew how personal this was to the people actually producing it and the time, energy, and love that goes into this product they would love it even more. This isn’t a big corporation, it’s a family business and it’s amazing to see it bring joy to so many people. It’s very humbling.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The most rewarding part is to witness the growth. It’s impressive. It’s also really cool to see where all these products that my sister created, my wife put the order in, my mom labeled, and that I’m shipping out to go to customers who know none of us but love the product just as much as any of us. To see customers order four, 10, 20, and even 50 different times is amazing.
What was your first job? My first job was bagging groceries at Marsh (RIP).
Anything else we should know? I’m also a chef and run a local healthy meal prep company called Eat Prep Live. If you like rubbing organic products on you then you will love my organic products in you.
Amanda has been part of the Ambre Blends team part-time since June, and we are so lucky that she decided to come on board full-time at the end of October!
Amanda started out working in Shipping and Fulfillment and has moved into Production where she makes Ambre Blends products by hand with love. “Amanda is the perfect addition to the production department,” said Ambre. “Her playful nature and ability to work so well with everyone is appreciated by all of us here at Ambre Blends.”
Read on to find out more about Amanda in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Amanda like? But first…COFFEE! After getting our boys around for school, I’m out of the door before they catch the bus. Thankfully, my husband has a very flexible work schedule and is able to tackle that part. After work, it’s a typical evening of dinner at the dinner table followed by a bit of family roughhousing (boy mom). I always make time to squeeze in a workout. I do have the guilty pleasure of earning Survivor or The Bachelor/ette if they’re on. Nine times out of ten, I look at the clock and it’s close to midnight.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Since none of my sweet sisters live nearby, and my house is full of boys, working at Ambre Blends is like having sisters. We all get along, work hard and play hard.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body should be just as important as what you put on your body. We eat pretty clean and I try to buy locally grown produce whenever possible. About 90% of the food we buy is organic except for the occasional pack of Oreos! We use Tom’s toothpaste, Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Dr. Bronner’s and Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and household cleaners. We use A LOT of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I used to be a die-hard Solace girl, but Ahnu is definitely creeping up into first place. I love the Skin Tonic and so does my husband. I LOVE the Body Cream and Ambre Glow. I think the Glow is a flirty twist on the Body Cream.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I’ve had a snowball fight in shorts and a tank top on the 4th of July! (One of my brothers lives in remote Alaska and he got married on the 4th of July.)
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Music plays a big role in our lives. We see a lot of concerts. My parents have a several hundred-acre farm in northern Indiana that we love to spend time at. My in-laws also have a lake house in northern Indiana, right down the road from my parents. The long and short of it…when we aren’t at a concert, we are in northern Indiana riding dirt bikes, snowmobiles and boating!
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Every single item in our product line has been hand-made, hand-labeled and inspected with the consumer’s best interest in mind. I wish people knew the amount of LOVE that radiates inside the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, it’s truly a magical place.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? It’s been a pipe dream of mine for YEARS to be part of the Ambre Blends team. I was literally over the moon when I was offered a job with the company. I’m so proud to tell people “I WORK THERE” When the opportunity presents itself. I think that everyone deserves a job that they love and also where they are valued. Ambre treats every single one of us exceptionally well.
What was your first job? My first real job was at an ice cream shop called The Creamery. I rode my Honda Spree to work!
Although Meggan has been making candles for Ambre Blends for over 10 years, she just recently joined the Ambre Blends team full-time working in production. Starting in April 2017, Meggan Delong came on board making not only candles but all the products and essences you love!
“Meggan has been with me from a distance for a decade making our candles,” said Ambre, Owner of Ambre Blends. “Having her now working with us at our building in production feels so right, it has come full circle. The timing was divine and I could not have asked for a better gem to add to the production family. Not only is she a hard worker but she cares so much about efficiency and has even helped us (along with her husband) in reworking some of our production equipment. We all feel so blessed to have her on board!”
What is a day in the life of Meggan like? Oh goodness…getting up early and making sure my girls (17 & 14) are set for the day before coming into work. Then tackling our to-do list for the day to keep up with all the orders. It’s been crazy! Then heading home and having family time or running errands.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The people for sure! Everyone treats you like a big family and you feel so loved. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work! I do love making the products though.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Mostly food, I love to cook and bake.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I can’t pick a favorite. I have always been a devout Solace Spritzer girl, but Ahnu is fierce competition – especially when layered with the Solace and Unmasque. I like the Ahnu Body Cream with Ahnu, Unmasque or Solace Essence Oil. And the Ahnu Natural Deodorant, love that! And my hubby smells so yummy in the Ahnu Essence Oil that I’ve told him he can’t wear it out of the house when I’m not with him!
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I have two middle names. My mom originally name me Nicole Renee, then changed my name to Megan when I was less than a year old. When I was in second grade I think, my parents noticed on my birth certificate my name had been spelled with two g’s. It’s handwritten on the side because I’m that old…it has made it difficult to get a passport!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging out with my family! My husband has hung four hammocks from a tree in our backyard so we like to chill out there or on the back patio.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? Because it smells amazing! I love that it smells a little different on everyone so you don’t mind when your friends/family are wearing the same thing you are. I wish people knew how truly devoted the Ambre Blends family is to the brand and how much pride we take in doing things to the best of our ability. We’re all constantly thinking of better ways to make things happen and make the product best for our customers.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The relationships, by far! I’ve always adored Ambre and Steph – they were the ones I interacted with most when I was only making the candles, but the conversations we get to have working so closely are very rewarding.
What was your first job? I think it was working at a church after-school program with elementary students.
Meet the newest member of the Ambre Blends team, Leslie Agan! Leslie has taken the role of Production Manager for two months now, and you might be surprised to know that she is Ambre’s mom (along with being a mom to four others)! While we’re in the middle of expanding our building and gearing up to launch our fifth scent, Leslie is keeping the production team right on track.
“The most important things to me in life are my relationship with Christ, my family (and six grandchildren), my love for what I do for a living and accomplishing goals I set for myself.” Find out more about Leslie in her Staff Spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Leslie like? Blessed and busy!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Creating all the different products and working with fun and wonderful people.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Ambre Blends, of course! My daughter has been waking me up to the world of natural products and organic foods over the years. Now I am paying attention and looking forward to exploring more as I now understand the importance of a healthy clean lifestyle.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? My go-to is Solace Essence. I wear the Oil Essence, Skin Tonic, Deodorant, Body Cream and I love burning the Soy Wax Candles. I mix Solace with all the other scents sometimes to change it up. So I guess you could say that I wear them all! I am very much looking forward to the new scent as I believe it will get people out of their comfort zone of just wearing Ambre Essence (original). We are actually making all the products now in the new scent to prepare for our launch in May.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I enjoy horseback riding.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Landscaping my yard. It’s mentally clearing and relieves the stress of my busy lifestyle.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? The love and passion that goes into the process. From the very beginning to fulfillment (shipping). Its a joyful process!
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Working with my daughter.
What was your first job? From 15 to 18 years of age, I worked at Laughners Cafeteria. To support my family which started at the ripe age of 21, I went into the dentistry field. Once my kids were in middle school, I started my own business sewing for designers in the greater Indianapolis area. I did that for 28 years and am now running the business while I can also step away and work with the growing company as Production Manager.
Do you ever wonder who makes all the Ambre Blends products that you order? When you step into the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, you’ll find Alison Agan, our Production and Fulfillment Assistant, making your products by hand with love! Since starting with Ambre Blends in August of 2016, Alison not only works in production but helps with shipping.
What is a day in the life of Alison like? During the week, you can find me cranking out product at Ambre Blends and coming home to some Netflix and ping pong. Friday and Saturday, I’m working at The Compass. Sunday is for pajamas and organized sports. Or unorganized…it’s Sunday so who cares!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The team I have the privilege of working with every day. We get to come together and provide people with their favorite products not only nationally but internationally, which is mind-blowing considering the humble beginnings of Ambre Blends. We can get goofy and we can certainly get down to business. Did I mention it’s the best smelling work place on the planet? That’s another bonus!
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Organic food is my favorite. I love all food but organic is my favorite!
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I’m an all-out oil junkie. Solace and Invoke mixed together is my magical potion of choice. The Skin Tonic has also completely simplified my skincare routine.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I was born in a truck on Highway 101 in California. Literally born Ford tough.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I’m a true night owl and like any late night social scene revolving around food. I love to paint so if I’m feeling creative I can go to town on a canvas. Also, I like to get out in nature with my two pit bulls and my husband.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What makes Ambre Blends so special is how intimate yet powerful it is. It is so memorable but not invasive. When I first met my husband he wore Ambre Essence. I was wearing one of his shirts and could not get over how addictive yet light the scent was. So yeah, Ambre Blends is great for starting relationships.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Being able to use our platform to spread information about the benefits of not only wearing more natural products but the impact of supporting local businesses and companies that support a greener lifestyle.
What was your first job? Working for my family’s tree service. Hauling brush, driving a dump truck, roping down trees…you know…the normal job for a 13-year old girl!
You might not realize all the work that goes on behind the scenes at Ambre Blends, but all of our products are handmade with love, including the sample packs. That’s where product specialist Sara Harris comes in. This rockstar pours, caps and labels over 1,500 sample vials per week every week! Sara has been on the Ambre Blends team for six years and we can’t imagine life without her.
What’s a day in the life of Sara like? I wake up, wash my face and get a coffee. I take my dog, Molson, outside and come back to wake up my four year-old daughter Maggie (she likes to sleep). I get her ready for school, pack up and head out the door. I drop her off at school and take Molson to puppy daycare. Then I’m off to work at Greek Tony’s until I go pick up Maggie from school. On busy days, we’ll go back to Greek Tony’s, if not we head to a park. Later on we pick up Molson and go home. After Maggie goes to bed I work on the samples.
What’s your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The best part about Ambre Blends is being able to work for a company that is all-natural, organic and local to Indiana.
What are some of your favorite organic products to use? Up until I had my daughter, I wasn’t too conscious of the products that I used for myself. Once she came into my life, I noticed how important organic products are for cleaning and eating. I buy the Annie’s brand of mac n cheese, crackers and fruit snacks. I love Shea Moisture and Seventh Generation; they get the job done without the harmful deposits left behind like the non-organic products on the market.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I love Solace. I also love to mix the Ambre with Solace. I’ll use the Ambre Spritzer and the Solace Roll-On. The one thing that I love about Ambre Blends products is that you can mix and match any of them to create something unique. In the summer, I love LOVE the Ambre Glow. When I put it on I feel like it enhances my natural skin tone…and it smells good too.
What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? My favorite sport is hockey, I was raised on it. My dad played professional hockey for the Buffalo Sabres in 1972. My dad coached my brother in travel hockey and people would ask me, “Oh, have you been here?” I would say, “Yeah, I’ve been to the ice rink, the Holiday Inn and the Perkins in town.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel and see live music. The best is when I can do both of those at the same time. I’ve gone to a lot of places, toured the city and when it gets closer to the evening some friends and I would make our way to the venue to catch the show we were there for. But nothing beats taking an evening walk with Maggie and Molson while listening to Maggie jab away.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? People should use Ambre Blends because it’s an all-natural product that is not overpowering to people around you. It is a natural oil that becomes part of your body chemistry. It’s not a perfume. Just because you can’t smell it on yourself all the time doesn’t mean people around you aren’t smelling it. It becomes part of you.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I’ve been able to watch a small company grow to where they are today. I used to fill twenty samples a week of three scents and sometimes beg to do more. Now, I fill four scents and not only just the oil but the Skin Tonic and Face and Beard Tonic samples as well. It has been cool to see a company that started in Ambre’s basement blossom all across the United States.
What was your first job? Working for my parents at their restaurant, Greek Tony’s Pizza and Sub Shop (Carmel, Indiana). I used to sit in the office at 10 or 11 years old and when someone ordered a soup they would yell back, “Soup lady!” I would hop out of the chair and gladly grab a soup to help out my parents’ employees.
Anything else we should know? I try to remind myself every day that life is way too short, explore and take no regrets.
It’s hard work getting all of your orders packed up safely and sent out, but someone has to do it! That’s where Cami comes in. Coming up on her one year anniversary with Ambre Blends in October, Cami works in order fulfillment and shipping at Ambre Blends.
“Ambre Blends is very lucky to have Cami on the team,” said Ambre, Owner of Ambre Blends. “She is extremely delightful to work with, always in a good mood and keeps the energy light and positive. She works hard and stays focused all while taking some time to have fun and joke around. We all love her and hope she is with us for the long haul…hint hint…”
Learn more about Cami in this month’s staff spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Cami like? It starts with coffee. From there, I get my three girls ready for their day at school and head into Ambre Blends to fill/ship. Then I pick up the kids at 4pm, hit the pool or sports field, have dinner, do homework, gives baths and then enjoy some bad TV while folding laundry. Jealous?
What’s your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Hands down, the people. There’s lots of “she-power” in the Ambre Blends Disco Hut!
What are some of your favorite organic products to use? I really love Kroger’s Simple Truth products, they keep it simple and affordable. Some other products I love are Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, Toms toothpaste, lots of Annie’s Naturals…I’m obsessed with Navitas Naturals Cacao nibs.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? It’s hard to pick only one favorite. The Solace Oil Essence is a must. My favorite products are the soaps and deodorant; once you are accustomed to wearing a natural deodorant, you can never go back to an antiperspirant. You are designed to sweat and with Ambre Blends deodorant, at least you’ll smell fabulous.
What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I made it backstage at Grateful Dead, the Deer Creek Summer Tour ’94. I actually said “hello” to Jerry.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging with my husband, Jim, and three girls, Bella (12), Iris (9) and Maeve (6). Weekends with nothing planned are the best.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? We have a lot of love for the product and it shows. All Ambre Blends products are carefully and lovingly handcrafted, locally by (mostly) women!
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I get to work with an intuitive and inspiring group of female entrepreneurs who value work/life balance. I’ve just reentered the workforce and this support essential for me.
What was your first job? A “casual mail carrier” with the USPS.
Anything else we should know? In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
When we launched Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant in December of 2013, we couldn’t have done it without Michelle. Starting in 2012, we collaborated with Michelle to test out a natural deodorant option for our product line. After many, many, many batches, we perfected the high-quality formula that stood up to the test of different seasons, situations and environments.
We want you to get to know the co-creator and producer of Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Michelle Hoard!
What is a day in the life of Michelle like? The deodorant=making process is much like making a cake…mixing, weighing precise measurements, pouring and labeling. The natural deodorant is completely made by hand.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? We are all like-minded in wanting to execute a quality product made by hand with no harmful ingredients. There is so much love behind the products.
What are some your favorite organic products you use? Besides Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, coconut oil and Young Living essential oils.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? While the natural deodorant is obviously high on my list, the Skin Tonic is a close second! I use it daily before bed and after putting on my makeup. It gives me the scent that I love and moisture that our skin craves so much. I really love all the scents but prefer the Unmasque and Solace in the natural deodorant.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I am a Registered Nurse that specializes in pediatrics.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Watching my daughter Liza and my son Jack play sports, boating with my husband and kids and listening to local music with friends.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? Ambre Blends products are made without chemicals or harmful ingredients. You can be assured when using the products that they are not harming you or your family.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences working at Ambre Blends? I love that Ambre Blends is a woman-owned company that is an amazing example of sending empowerment to young girls that they can do anything they set their mind to.
Ali is the newest member of our staff, but that doesn’t mean she’s new to Ambre Blends. Ali has been working here for about three months as the Shipping and Fulfillment Manager, but she’s been wearing Ambre Blends for over 10 years!
If you’ve ever ordered online from us, Ali is the one who puts together your shipment and mails it out to you. In addition to shipping and fulfillment, Ali also puts together all of the gift sets that our customers love.
“Having Ali on our team is nothing short of a blessing,” said Ambre Crockett, owner and creator of Ambre Blends. “She was already family so naturally it seemed right. So when we needed to hire another person, we approached her thinking it is probably a pipe dream because she already had a great gig! Well, we got lucky. Ali brings so much to the table already in her short time here and we know that she has Ambre Blends best interest at heart. I walk in and she is smiling everyday. That alone means the world. She is a forward thinker who is always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of her department. The Ambre Blends Disco Hut is even more of an exciting environment because she is here!”
Learn a little more about Ali and why we love having her as part of our team!
What is a day in the life of Ali like? I typically check email for international shipping quotes and stock product in the morning. The rest of the day is spent reviewing and shipping both retail and wholesale orders. I also track any new customers and enter them into our system. With each shipment we provide various product information depending on whether they want info on the product or if they are a new customer, or just depending on what they buy.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The people, of course! It’s like working with family you love daily, but the job still gives me plenty of time to be mom. It doesn’t feel like I go to work, but I do work hard. It’s also very fulfilling to be a part of something you believe in with your heart and soul.
What are some of your favorite organic products you use? Having two small children, I am very picky about what comes in our house, but more importantly I want Mother Earth to be around for them. I use cleaning supplies and products that are eco-friendly and we use Green BEAN Delivery to locally source a lot of our food, especially produce and meat. I use a lot of essential oils for everything, including bug spray, pain relief and medicinal purposes to name a few.
Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? My favorite product hands down is the Skin Tonic. Having recently had my second baby, I had some stretch marks that were very painful. The Skin Tonic worked wonders both on treating them because they really hurt and also on diminishing them and they are truly fading away. I wish I had before and after pictures! I wear Solace and occasionally Invoke. I love the way Unmasque smells, but I don’t like it on me…my husband however…wow! It smells amazing on him.
What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I was once in a commercial for a pizza place in my home town. I jumped out of a swimming pool (I was a swimmer) and yelled “free breadsticks!”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging with my hubs, Drew, who is seriously my BFF and a super fun guy, and our kiddos Kat and Will. We have a lot of dance parties and cook a lot of amazing food, usually with a daily tea party and performance by our kids.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? People should be using Ambre Blends because the scent is simply amazing, yet not overbearing, and it is a safe product for your body. I remember being in a smoky casino in Vegas and people stopping us asking, “what are you ladies wearing that makes you smell so good?” This happens a lot, but that place was almost overbearing with smoke and the product still came through. I think the biggest thing people do not realize about our product is that it smells differently on different people. It’s all natural and every person is naturally different. Like I mentioned before with Unmasque, I love it but I don’t like it on me. It smells amazing on my husband, and actually my mother-in-law as well. My dear friend from home smells awesome wearing Ambre, but I can’t smell it on me. We are all different.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? My work/life balance – I get to work hard here and have fun working with people I love doing something I believe in to my very core, but then I still have plenty of time to be mom, which is the role that has defined me.
What was your first job? I was a lifeguard.
Anything else we should know? I love you!