Essential oils have an ancient history and a modern relevance today, as we think more critically about what we put on ourselves and into our environments. With a myriad of uses from aromatherapy and perfume to moisturizers and natural remedies, there’s plenty to love about them with the right supplies and knowledge. We’ve rounded up the best places to find essential oils and some friendly education, so check out this list.
Rituals (at Midtown Global Market)
920 E. Lake St., Suite G10
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Located in the Midtown Global Market, Rituals is a one-woman shop full of hand-made goodies. Located in stall 117, this little store features essential oils and custom-made body butters and soaps to ensure your luxe experience. Open seven days a week, stop by the next time you are at the market and speak with owner Antoinette Williams to get recommendations. If you are just starting out with essential oils, consider one of her soaps or lotions as a way to ease into these products.
Garden Of Eden
867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
With an emphasis on being “earth-friendly” and all natural, Garden of Eden is a little oasis of spa goods in St. Paul. Part of the Grand Avenue shopping district, the store has more than 40 years of experience in helping people find the right essential oils for their needs, and is more than happy to help get you started. Try its aromatherapy essential oils for an easy way to get the benefits of these oils with minimal effort. Also, heck out the website online for a listing of what’s available or stop in today.
983 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Intelligent Nutrients was founded by Horscht Rechelbacher, the same man who brought you Aveda. Headquartered in Minneapolis, this natural beauty products line has taken off in a big way. Plant-based and non-toxic, Intelligent Nutrients products can be found at several locations including the flagship store in downtown Minneapolis. With a line of essential oils and sprays that can be blended or easily used around the house, Intelligent Nutrients boasts “you feel what you smell.”
Mama Luna Natural Apothecary
402 N. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Stillwater-native Kiva Sherr-Nelson started Mama Luna to help out fellow families (like her own) in being able to easily find and buy kid-friendly, natural products. Backed up by her retail experience and nutrition background, Sherr-Nelson has created an easy-going and informative environment in the heart of downtown Stillwater. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Mama Luna carries a wide range of essential oils and other natural body products and can help you find the right oils.
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
An Uptown staple, the Wedge Co-op is well known to the denizens of the Twin Cities. With an emphasis on high-quality and organic products, the store also carries a nice selection of essential oils. Brands carried include locally produced Wyndmere and Veriditias, as well as others. Stock up on the basics for blends to promote well-being, or try a fragrance from Kismet Potions. Feel free to ask a staffer for help if you’d like more information or a recommendation.
Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.