I love reading the stories of how direct sales companies came to be. From Moms wanting to keep their children out of daycare to Sisters looking for a way to stay close, the stories are always wonderful testaments to our amazing industry. Sometimes though, the story is so intriguing, I fall in love with the company and its mission even before I try the products. That is exactly what happened when I learned about J.R Watkins from Jennifer Strohmaier, Independent Watkins Consultant, ID#: 033260N when she applied to be a part of Christmas in July.
Nestled in the Mississippi River bluff town of Winona, Minn., Watkins has been America’s pioneer in natural living since 1868. As America’s original natural apothecary manufacturer, Watkins uses only the finest natural ingredients in its diverse lines of personal care, home care, remedies and gourmet extracts and spices.
The J R Watkins story is incredible. From their “humble beginnings” with one incredible medicinal pain remedy back in the 1600s to the wide variety of Bath & Body, Gourmet Cooking, Home Care, Dietary Supplements, and Natural Remedies they have today, J R Watkins has kept one thing the same – their commitment to quality, all natural ingredients.
I had a chance to try the Gourmet Baker’s Essentials Gift Assortment full of six amazing tasty ingredients. Now, we know I am not much of a cook, but they were ingredients we all use – black pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, etc so they fit right in to my kitchen routine. The girls have made Cinnamon Toast every morning since we received it. My favorite product from the collection is the Pure Lemon Extract – I have never cooked with it before, but now after using it I am not sure I will ever go without it again. We made Lemon Sugar Cookies which were absolutely divine, and I may never make normal “boring” sugar cookies again.
Each product container in the JR Watkins line has the look and feel of the Pioneer Days – sporting some of their original 1860’s images. Even my Assistant Elizabeth loved the packaging and asked for the empty containers afterwards because she wants to display them in her kitchen at home. They really are charming.
You can check out everything JR Watkins has to offer – including incredible products with an amazing story, as well as a fantastic business opportunity – by visiting Jennifer’s website, and enter to win your own Gourmet Baker’s Essentials Gift Assortment below.