Our Story 

How did Essential Joy Natural Products get it’s start?  Ever since 1999 I have attended classes and seminars on natural remedies, wild and edible plants, hydrotherapy, etc.  I have used different herbs and treatments on myself and they have helped to heal various health problems.

One of the first products I made was a salve with cayenne in it for pain. I had been giving a 90+ year old lady a foot-bath and massaging her feet and legs.  One day I also rubbed them with the salve.  She said ‘You should sell this salve!’  I told her, ‘It’s not my recipe.’  ‘But, God gave it to you! You should sell this salve.’  I couldn’t argue with that.

About that time I had also begun making my own shampoo. My hair benefited and began to grow. So, I began to give away and sell different shampoos.  I continued to do research for other products and found an excellent book. Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair, by Dina Falconi. Woodstock, New York: Ceres Press, 1998.

At my grandson’s 3rd birthday party, my son-in-law suggested a name for the business and gave me many other ideas.  My son did some research and we decided on the name – Essential Joy Natural Products. My family has been very supportive from the beginning. This website is part of that support.

Over the months and years, God has encouraged me, sending new ideas, new customers, larger orders, etc.

And the journey continues…

       Essential Joy Natural Products provides products you can feel safe using for yourself and your family.

Essential Joy - Joy CavinsWho is Joy Cavins

I was born in Florida but have lived most of my life in Huntsville, AL.  Most of the important events in my life, except for the birth of my first two children, have happened right here.

My working career has gone from being a School librarian to Preschool Teacher, to Bath and Beauty Product Maker. I’ve enjoyed each phase of my career path.

My favorite “careers,” have been being a mom and teaching. I’ve enjoyed reading, making crafts and exploring with my children. School vacations were always special to me, we could spend time together and learn new things, or just relax at home.

My three children have grown into loving adults and now I am blessed with a wonderful son-in-law, daughters–in-law and eight grandchildren. I’m married to my biggest fan. At this time in my life, I’m thankful that I don’t have to go to a job. I can do things that I love – create products, crochet, help people, etc.

Ideas For Products

Ever since I first began to study herbs I’ve been using them to make different products. Essential Joy Natural Products is in Huntsville, AL. I have many handmade products inspired by needs of my family and others. They have and continue to use many of these products. I’m happy to find that many other people feel a connection with them too.

New ideas come from many places, and my creative wheels are often turning and seeking out new products to make. For some time I’ve wanted to make soap and shampoo bars, the time came in 2016 for me to begin. That’s the way it’s been. In God’s time, everything comes together!

My shop has grown since I started selling in 2009. As my own interests changed over the years, so have the items in my shop. I hope that you’ll find something here that is as special to you as it is to me.

Thanks for visiting our Website. I hope you find a product that is useful to you, your family or friends. We look forward to hearing from you.

My Hair Experience

Years ago, I finally decided to go natural.  I stopped pressing my hair and putting in perms. During the last years of wearing a perm, my hair broke off in the back at least twice. It was time to let it go.

After wearing natural hairstyles for a few years, someone mentioned to me that I should check the ingredients of the shampoo I was using.  I did. I also read the labels of shampoo in other stores and saw ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.  I also wondered, why urea?

This drove me to look on the internet to find a recipe for making a natural shampoo. The first recipes I tried used essential oils and castile soap. The shampoo didn’t make a lot of suds, but it cleaned my hair, smelled good, and left it soft, etc.

Over time my hair began to grow.  Later, when my hair began to thin out on top*, I found a recipe with herbs that would stimulate hair growth. [A friend had told me about her husband’s experience with a shampoo containing nettles]. *I later discovered that I have female pattern baldness – “thinning of hair on the scalp due to increased hair shedding or a reduction in hair volume.”

I have also begun treating my hair ends with Essential Joy Natural  Hair Butter or one of my other hair oils – to seal in moisture.  As a result, my hair is now longer than it was even a year ago.

I believe that eating a plant based diet [lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds] has also contributed to hair growth.