Meet the Fry family from Terra Escentials from Powell, Ohio. We got to chat with Sharon Fry about turning an everyday problem into a wonderful, CL Family business!

Q: What's the story behind your business, and how did you get started?

A: Terra Escentials began in 2009 with a visit to Lake Burton in Clayton, Georgia, with my 95-year-old Great Aunt Betty-a strong, resourceful woman and master of kitchen science. Educated and worldly, she knew more than most people that every problem to be solved was an opportunity to invent something special.

I'm terribly sensitive to mosquitoes, and it was never long before I started getting bit while at the lake. Aunt Betty took notice and offered me a small tub of lotion to try-her secret recipe that she had been whipping up for years. 
I couldn't believe how well it worked!

In awe of and inspired by my clever Great Aunt, I had the idea to bottle and sell this homemade miracle. Using essential oils, I came up with the perfect, all-natural, chemical-free, DEET-free outdoor insect repellent recipe and started selling this precious potion in 2010. And Aunt Betty got to see the first perfectly packaged tube.

Now, Terra Escentials has expanded to include a few more all-natural, personal care and beauty products. And just like our insect repellent, each hand and body lotion was handcrafted in small batches with only the best ingredients.


Q: What makes your products unique? 
A: We are made and manufactured in Central Ohio, we are in the Powell Ohio are. We are truly and family owned and operated business. Me, my husband and 12 year daughter make every batch by hand. We do our very best to source our ingredients as close to home as possible. Our most popular products are our all natural, chemical free outdoor insect repellent. Available in Lavender Eucalyptus and Geranium Eucalyptus--Great Aunt Betty's recipe!

Q: What do you like about being part of the Celebrate Local family?
A: We LOVE LOVE LOVE Celebrate Local, we love everything about Ohio and Celebrate local embraces that philosophy. We got our "retail" start with Celebrate local four years ago and have had a great partnership ever since.

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