COURTNEY WEISEL, FOUNDER
While working for a top Dermatologist in NYC in 2010 I was exposed to the world of personalized skin care. It became clear that one size does not fit all when relating to skincare products. Learning all that I could about what works (and what doesn’t) became an ongoing passion of mine. When I was introduced to the world of essential oils in 2013, it was as though I had stumbled into a diamond mine of possibilities. I was instantly in love with the scents, the wide range of applications and simply everything about them. This was the beginning of my journey into studying, experimenting and creating my own natural skincare products that went beyond essential oils to include organic herbs, botanical extracts, superfoods, soothing carrier oils, vegan alternatives, clays and much more.
I knew from the start that it was critical to formulate natural products that smelled great, felt amazing and most importantly, were effective. After extensive research, experimentation, trial & error, and growing requests from friends & family, the idea to share my creations by launching a business began to emerge.
My dream remained dormant for several years as I was busy fighting a losing battle with alcoholism. Well, to be honest, most of the time I wasn’t fighting much at all. As with many that struggle with substance abuse, my addiction took a hold of every aspect of my life: my health, friends, family and my passions. At first alcohol seemed to connect me to the world, but in the end it nearly took me out of it. I wanted to get better, to be normal – I wanted my life back, but I could not see my life without alcohol.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the day I arrived at a treatment facility in April 2016 changed the course of my life. My road to recovery began there, where another addict showed me the tools I needed to live a sober life (and actually enjoy it). As I continued to seek God’s will, help others and do the next right thing, I have been blessed with more than I deserve or expected.
The cornerstone of my recovery is working with other alcoholics and addicts. I constantly encounter people who are looking for treatment for themselves or a loved one, but are unable to get it because of financial difficulties. In 2016, as Steel Birch started transitioning from a dream to reality, I decided to use it as a platform to give others the incredible opportunity that I had.
I created the Steel Birch Recovery Fund to donate 5% of our profits to those in need. When you purchase one of my products, you can expect your beauty routine to be enriched by each handpicked natural ingredient, and you’ll also enrich someone else’s life by helping them get into in-patient treatment for alcoholism and/or addiction.
Thanks for taking part in my journey. I have a feeling that it’s just beginning.
God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.