I first discovered Kimberly’s Kupboard when visiting Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Ind. in 2016. Owner Kimberly Bouk, of Illinois, had some awesome tea blends for sale there, and I bought a couple bags to try but also noticed her amazing natural body care products. Recently, I reached out to her about collaborating and she sent me some samples and products to try. I’m loving the tea and tisane blends, salves and roll-on oil perfumes, so I am excited to share a Q&A with Kimberly so you can learn more about what her awesome company has to offer.
Q. How did Kimberly’s Kupboard come to be?
youngest was 4. I came up with the idea for selling herbal salves because a local farm was letting people put their wares in her shop. I figured it might be a good start. I had been making and herbal salve (Chickweed) for ourselves and decided to start making more kinds of salves.
The teas became part of the lineup when another store didn’t want the salves but asked if I could do herbal teas instead. I brought my little products that I had made into the farm store one day. At that time I only had 6 kinds of tea and just 3 salves. She loved the product, the packaging and bought everything I brought in! In almost one sale, I had made back 95% of my startup costs, and that’s how I got started! I didn’t do shows and markets initially. I wanted to wholesale to stores instead and just approached store after store and got into several stores. When we started doing shows a year later, I was hooked! The response blew us away– I didn’t even know that tea and herbs was trendy, it was just something I loved doing! We do up to 90 shows, festivals and markets per year with the help of my friend, husband and sister-in-law. We also sell online and that business has increased every year. I remember at some point about 6 months after I’d started, thinking to myself, “Wow! This is ACTUALLY a real business! It’s not just some hobby that I’m doing here!”
Q. What is your process like for making the salves and essential oil blends?
Q. How do you come up with your tea blends, and where do you get the teas and herbs from that go into them?
blend somewhere else and want me to re-create it or they ask about help for certain issues like allergies or insomnia. When I first started out, I focused on herbal tea blends, so we grew a lot of our own herbs for these. As the demand for our teas increased and as people asked for teas that I could not grow, I sourced my herbs and teas from several wholesalers all over the world who specialize in chemical-free herbs and teas. I am an artist by nature, so sometimes I feel like “painting” with my teas … when I mix new recipes, I use my sense of taste as well as my sense of color. Sometimes people will ask me,”what’s the blue cornflowers for?” and I will respond, “It just makes it pretty!”
Q. What are your best-selling products? Do you have favorites to make?
and tastes amazing!! Thirdly, our best-selling essential oil blends are Serenity, a lemony blend for stress and anxiety and Bandit’s Blend–a 5 oil blend that is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic and smells wonderful! It’s what we diffuse at most of our shows and what most people smell when they first walk into our booth!