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How BRANCHOFF began

      Life has a way of throwing curve balls; and that’s putting it mildly.  After a horrific car accident, then another within a one month span, something was very wrong.  I survived for a reason, and quickly realized my life was lacking passion and purpose!!  Yes!!  The sort of passion that causes your pulse to race and happy tears to well up in your eyes like shining crystals of joy! 

     A few months following my curve-ball week, while “paying it forward”, I finally felt not only passion, but a sincere purpose.  This wild richness deep in my spirit, caused a type of unwavering bliss in my soul that lasted for days.   I left my job, and within weeks, my fiance and I started a company.  We had one very important rule:  Each purchase would be paid forward somehow someway!  My husband Mark and I are truly lovers of all things natural, particularly TREES!  Hiking, biking, kayaking, camping… there is just something about the supremacy of the natural physical world that no one can refute.  Little did we know at the time, we would go on to establish a company that embodies exactly those things which we love most!

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  Welcome to our dream world! BRANCHOFF is a line of all-natural, purpose driven body care products that are thoughtfully designed, created, labeled, and tested from start to finish with tremendous love and devotion.  Now certified in aromatherapy, a professional member of the Alternative Therapy Association, and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, I am BRANCHOFF’S researcher, mad scientist, blender, mixologist, and designer.  My husband, Mark, is absolutely the other half of me and of this company.  Together with our trusty blue heeler, Bear, we are team BRANCHOFF.  The boys create rustic display shelves from branches and cut recycled cedar planks for gift sets which are sustainable, recyclable, as well as biodegradable. 

Most importantly, BRANCHOFF pays each purchase forever forward by donating funds to plant a tree with each and every purchase!

“Do not go where the path may lead but instead go where there is no path and leave a trail”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

     Most days you can find me creating products and processing orders in the sun room of our family’s 100 year old farm house. All 9 feet of the rustic, 100 year old, up-cycled door that is my desktop is swathed in labels, formulas, products, and packaging.  Inspiration engulfs this special space, where at any time of day, nature is there magically gazing at me with her shades of browns and greens through two walls of windows.  

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Inside our shop, words and images come alive from every nook and cranny awakening gratitude and offering inspiration.  

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Photos of successful grass root companies stimulate our future, while the very first BRANCHOFF sign made from twigs and an old piece of barn wood hangs to remind us of how far we’ve come.  Anytime the creative process needs to be rebooted, a quick glance through the walls of glass displays feasting hummingbirds, fluttering butterflies, and lizards hunting their prey.  It’s in this moment that I am graciously reminded of why this business was established in the first place. 

Our one interior wall is adorned with a massive atlas marked with pins that show where tree plantings are happening. 

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BRANCHOFF never belittles the power of inspiration.  If we can lift someone higher, even by a millimeter, just for one second, then we have participated in a tiny miracle.  

 Production

    In production, we mindfully consider our customers and planet.  When selecting oils and butters for our products, we choose only premium ingredients: cold pressed, unrefined, or bases that are not extracted through chemical processes and 100% organic whenever possible.  We buy all natural oils which contain as many of the fruit/nut’s natural vitamins where feasible.  We use recycled and recyclable packaging and circumvent the use of plastics whenever possible.  Good or bad customer feedback is vital to our very existence.  Without feedback many of our products would have never evolved to be as exceptional and beneficial as they are.  In my opinion, customer feedback is the only way to experience positive growth!

How We Give

 Most importantly, it was decided long before the company evolved into what it is today that each purchase would pay it forward in some very special way.  

BRANCHOFF has partnered with Trees for the Future (TFTF) by donating funds from every product sold to plant a tree so that your purchase is paid forever forward.  By planting trees, we are not only helping thousands of people to live sustainably; but also, nurturing hundreds of acres of ecosystems back to life. 

"This endeavor allows BRANCHOFF, and our customers, the opportunity to become a part of something far greater than ourselves."

-Sarah Bernard

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AS OF March 2018 YOU HAVE HELPED US DONATE FUNDS TO PLANT 7,000 TREES!!

 

“TFTF has helped thousands of communities in planting millions of trees in 19 countries including Ghana, which have returned life to lands that were previously destroyed or deserted.”

- Trees for the Future Plan of Action

 

     This company is our dream and reflects everything we know and love.  Each moment is a new adventure to be discovered, a lesson to be learned, a path to be paved, and a tree to be planted.  In the world of BRANCHOFF, your everyday body care routine is paid forward in the form of fresher, cleaner air, and a more sustainable future.  Believe that it is possible to “branch off the beaten path” into a world where giving is constant, breathing clean air is infinite, and dreams do come true!

                             “The true meaning of life is to plant trees whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

– Nelson Henderson 

Written By Sarah Elizabeth Bernard

Edited By Tonya Gilchrist 

 

 Read more about our adventures

 

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We do not believe in testing products on animals, only friends and family.  

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