This week we are introducing you to Jill Gilley owner and mastermind behind Gilley’s Naturals of Cook, MN. Jill makes all natural products as well as sells Essential Oils.
Can you tell me how you got started making the items that became Gilley’s Naturals?
A friend encouraged me to make skin care things when she heard about some herbal remedies I was putting together. She thought something a little more “user friendly” for everyone could be a big hit since she was just beginning to be interested in natural products.
Your items are all natural?
Most things are all natural, some organic. If they aren’t completely natural, they are definitely healthier & safer than the store options!
They are free from harmful ingredients that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) rates all ingredients and we never use anything with a rating that is considered unsafe.
How do you decide what to make all natural?
Generally I look at things used regularly and try to make them healthier & less harmful, even more helpful! Then research what I want that product to do and find natural alternatives for the unnatural ingredients in them.
You also sell Essential Oils. Can you tell me about them?
Gilley’s oils are therapeutic grade, undiluted and harvested from ethical farms that don’t use pesticides or chemicals. We buy from a huge wholesaler in bulk.
How do you choose where to get them from?
We basically buy from the same company because we’ve become so impressed with their quality and integrity over the past 10 years.
How do you know this?
The company offers MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) information for all their oils, butters and bases. This information comes from independent testing.
Are they ingestible?
Would you ingest them?
We have for years! A customer recently needed to make a change from the company she’d been with for a long time because of finances. She ingested 5 oils daily for specific things. She used Gilley’s oils for 3 months and found absolutely no difference in quality or efficiency from oils generally costing up to 5 times as much. She’s a faithful user now!
You have a store in Cook. What is the address?
The Natural Choice 5 north River St, across from Frank’s Pharmacy
Hours/days you are open?
During the winter MWF from 9-5
Oh yes….Chocolate Massage Truffles for Pain Relief….yum
Is there anything else you would like folks to know about Gilley’s Naturals?
Our family run business is dedicated to making products people can afford & use consistently. We’re always open to suggestions!
Jill is teaching a Intro to Essential Oils class at Smith’s Infusion on Saturday, February 18th from 10a-12pm. In this class you will learn about the basics of the core set of essential oils, what they are useful for and then make a all natural cleaner, an immune booster, and a perfume. The cost of this class is $25 per person. You must pre-register for this class. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 17th by 5pm.
Jill is also taking over the last Tuesday make-n-take of each month to do essential oil make-n-takes! As always these are $10 each week.