From Humble Beginnings
Nestled in the cozy little town of Wilmot, Ohio sits the home of Amazing Creams & Lotions (ACL), a family business of handmade soaps, lotions and remedies, run by a mother and daughter. Debbie Foutty and her daughter, Jennifer Oakleaf, artfully pour heart and soul into the made-from-scratch herbal recipes passed down to them from Jennifer’s aunt, Sandy York.
In the century old Victorian House in Amish Door Village, their homespun craft is a perfect fit for Wilmot, the gateway to Amish Country.
ACL was started in 1998 by Sandy York who, in search of a natural pain relief remedy, first created Green Cream in her kitchen. Much to Sandy’s delight, the Green Cream helped her fibromyalgia and arthritis pain, and after it helped her friends’ pain as well, her business was born. For several years, Sandy worked at perfecting Green Cream and adding several other creams including, Miracle Healing Skin Cream for eczema and psoriasis, Dry & Cracked Skin Repair, Hand & Body Lotions and a complete facial line.
She sold at craft fairs and to local health food stores and chiropractors. She relied on grass roots, word of mouth advertising, and with hard work and relentless passion for her products, Sandy’s small beginnings laid the ground work for Jennifer and Debbie to eventually take over her legacy. After a three year battle with cancer, Sandy went home to be with the Lord and left her business to her niece and sister-in-law to carry on for her.
The humble beginnings continued on for ACL as they operated the business out of Jennifer’s home in Beach City, Debbie helping in the evenings and on weekends after coming home from her full-time job. For ten years, through ups and downs, long days and long nights, faith tested, hopes high and hopes shattered, they persevered. In those years, Jennifer formulated more products, adding soaps, more creams and natural deodorants to the product line. She sold, like Aunt Sandy, at craft fairs, to local businesses and out of her home on Saturdays, but never let go of the dream to one day own a “real” shop.
In the spring of 2016, with help from friends and family, internet sales grew enough to move the business out of the house and into the location in Amish Door Village. Debbie had left her full-time job, and the mother and daughter team took the leap of faith to open a “real” shop.
That leap of faith has led them to such blessings in their business and in their lives. The quaint little village of Wilmot and its people have welcomed them with open arms. The Amish Door Village has given them a beautiful location and blessed them with the use of their antique furniture to display products. Tourists that come to Amish Country have found a delightful getaway through the doors of ACL.
A place to come for natural relief of your pain and skin problems, and so much more, it’s the place where you come as a stranger and leave as a friend. Through the trials of this business venture, the things that have kept Jennifer and Debbie moving forward with purpose and assurance are the testimonials from loyal customers, the faces of the lives changed by their products, and the skeptics that have become believers.
ACL is dedicated to providing natural relief, healing and wellness to their customers. In addition to their own handmade creams, lotions, soaps and deodorants, they also offer therapeutic essential oils and extracts and crafts from local artists. The ACL shop provides chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and ion cleanse detox as well.
All in beautiful Amish Country, where the loudest sounds you hear are the hoof beats of horse and buggy. For more information about products from Amazing Creams & Lotions, see the website amazingcreamsandlotions.com.
Herbal Creams and Lotions