By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2009
Lee “Anabell” Whitaker carries one of the area’s largest selections of American-made, premium-grade fragrance oils at Anabell’s Escentials in Sapulpa.
A little bit of luxury doesn’t have to cost a lot. Create a comforting, fragrant atmosphere in your home or anywhere you choose, or indulge in a body lotion that makes your skin feel silky and smooth. Anabell’s Escentials, newly located at 202 E. Dewey in Sapulpa, has affordable treats that let you pamper yourself every day.
Anabell’s carries one of the area’s largest selections of fragrance oils. According to owner Lee “Anabell” Whitaker, fragrance oils have a cheering effect that lifts the spirits. And they are the fastest way to scent a room when used with tea light oil warmers, electric warmers, reed diffusers or lamp rings.
Lee’s fragrance oils include the warm and comforting scents of fresh coffee, fresh bread and carrot cake. Also available are fruits and berries, flowers, herbs and spices, and a variety of fragrances from nature. There’s even the rich scent of a leather jacket; you can’t tell the difference between it and the real thing. A big favorite at Anabell’s is pear blossom, a warm and mellow fragrance that puts the mind at ease.
The Egyptians recognized the positive effects of scented oils some 6,000 years ago when certain fragrances improved their moods. Lee has studied aromatherapy for many years and has come up with some distinct house blends of her own. Lee even creates signature scents for her customers – perhaps their favorite fragrance, but with a little more of this and a little less of that. She can analyze it, revise it or reproduce it for the cost of a cup of coffee.
All of the fragrance oils at Anabell’s Escentials are premium grade and hand-selected from a small number of U.S. manufacturers. Lee rigorously tests all the oils and then chooses only the best quality that she can offer at the best prices – lower than big box stores that impersonally import their oils en masse.
Keeping costs affordable is very important to Lee, who says her store is “not an elitist shop.” She has a strong commitment to buying U.S. products in general and Sapulpa in particular. She lives and shops in Sapulpa, and always keeps her customers’ interests in mind. “I really care about my customers. Without them, I couldn’t be here. And this is what I love doing.”
All of the shop’s candles are made from American-grown soy and are hand poured on site. Lee uses soy because it burns longer than traditional wax. It produces little or no soot with proper wick maintenance, and it has no harmful additives. Each candle comes with a replacement guarantee if it does not burn to satisfaction. And customers receive a discount on a refill or next purchase by returning their jars or bottles from oils.
One customer drove from Broken Arrow to purchase eight candles after attending a grand opening for a new business where one of the candles had been burning.
To give skin a treat, Lee has a wide selection of lotions for ladies and gentlemen. The men’s lotions are very popular because they are non-greasy and quickly blend in.
One of the store’s newest features is therapeutic tea baths. “If you have a rough day, this is a wonderful way to relax and feel good.”
Discover the simple, inexpensive luxuries that are right in your community at Anabell’s Escentials. They make great gift items, too. Store hours are Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.