We are delighted you chose to visit Isabella, our online catalog offering “Gifts for Reawakening the Spirit.” Knowing that each person’s journey is unique, we have filled Isabella with items that we believe will enrich your life.
Isabella was started in 1995 by two friends, Ann Ruethling and Patti Pitcher, women who were firmly committed to their own spiritual journeys. As they grew older, Ann and Patti were drawn to explore a path that encourages their wholeness as women. Over time, Isabella has evolved from a collection that offered inspirations from many different spiritual traditions to an eclectic collection of items that, in one way or another, may offer an opportunity to see the beauty in ourselves, in others, and around us; to slow down and re-connect with that which matters; and perhaps to bring a smile and appreciation for the simple things in life.
Ann and her colleagues are intimately involved in the selection of every item offered in the Isabella catalog and on the Isabella website. It’s no exaggeration to say that for every one item you find in Isabella, we’ve considered a hundred others. We feel that what you find here is the best of the best, and each is chosen with the hope that it will enrich our customers’ lives and not be just one more material thing to want, buy, and soon discard. We look for items that are rich in symbolism and that nourish our relationship with the earth, ourselves, and with Spirit. Our hope is that our online catalog brings you joy and inspires you on your journey. Welcome.
Browse for your particular skin concern, and you will find specific product suggestions to help you achieve the best-looking (and feeling!) skin of your life!
As estheticians working for Isabella, Janet and Kathleen literally scour the country in search of the best of the best in skin care. Unlike what you’ll find at the cosmetic counters in department stores and from catalogs that carry entire product lines, we are under no pressure to feature any particular manufacturer’s “party line.” Our only pressure is to assure that the results you achieve from our offerings are so extraordinary that you’ll come back to us time and again. We’ve done all the research and experimentation for you, and what you see here on the Isabella website represents the products we can’t live without.
Since 60 percent of everything we put on our skin is actually absorbed into our bodies, we should be selecting our skin care products with as much care as we do the food we eat! But just as the grocery store shelves are stocked with unhealthful items marked as “natural,” many skin care products may contain "healthful botanicals and antioxidants” right along with harmful ingredients such as parabens, urea, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and PEGs (to name a few!) Also, of growing concern, is the use of nanotechnology in personal care products. We're committed to offering only products that contain neither harmful ingredients nor nanotechnology to achieve dramatic results, use eco-friendly packaging free from PVCs, and products which are cruelty-free.
Some customers have expressed concerns about the seemingly excessive packaging we use on small orders. Please know that we share this concern for the environment and the growing difficulties of solid waste management and are doing all we can to meet these challenges.
We have several goals in mind when choosing our packaging materials:
Thank you again for your concern and interest in helping the environment. We really are doing all we can within the economic framework we have to work with.