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The Source Vitál Apothecary Story

Source Vital: the origin of well-being and health; bringing energy and liveliness; positively affecting the existence of life.

Handcrafted ~ Small Batch ~ Natural Skin, Body & Aromatherapy Products

Jerry & Brea Gratia and The Preferred Source Logo and the Original Source Vital LogoThe roots of Source Vitál Apothecary reach back nearly thirty years to a time before natural and synthetic-free were buzz words in the skin and body care industry. Jerry Pope and his wife Brea Gratia had established one of the nation’s first day spa, but had a hard time finding a skin and body care line formulated with real, naturally-derived ingredients – that actually worked.

So they decided to make it themselves. With an ambitious goal of developing a line that was both results-oriented and natural, Jerry quit his job and started The Preferred Source, which would later become Source Vitál.

He believed the connection between mind, body and spirit was the missing link in the beauty care market. Armed with this innovative vision, Jerry introduced aromatherapy to the U.S. salon and spa market in October 1989. This paved the way for an industry that could simultaneously enhance the overall appearance, reduce the visible signs of aging, address inflammation, and also promote overall health and wellness.


The first product was an natural eye balmAnd where did they start? With the eyes.

The first product introduced was the Eye Balm. Truly handmade and small batch, Jerry and Brea made those first balms at home – formulating, testing and tweaking the recipe until they achieved a perfect balance of high quality, active ingredients and smooth velvety texture.

The revolutionary components of those first formulations came from the combination of 100% pure essential oils, whole plant botanicals and potent seaweeds, in concentrations that could deliver visible benefits for the skin.


Source Vital Apothecary ProductsToday, Source Vitál Apothecary continues to formulate products based on Jerry’s original vision. We only use the best natural ingredients. You will never find any synthetics, harsh chemicals, pharmaceuticals or other toxins in our formulations.

Additionally, like our founder's vision, we are always looking for newer, better ways to share the value of holistic health with our friends, family, co-workers and customers. That’s why we are now known as Source Vitál Apothecary.

Nothing has changed about the approach Source Vitál brings to skin care, body care and aromatherapy. Our focus on using plant-based ingredients and crafting a results-oriented product that brings holistic value to others will never waver.

In that way, Source Vitál Apothecary, is truly a modern apothecary brand.


Source Vital - The Modern Apothecary

A Modern Apothecary

Apothecary: From Old French apotecaire, from Medieval Latin apothecarius ‎(“storekeeper”), from apotheca ‎(“shop, store”), earlier Latin apotheca ‎(“repository, storehouse, warehouse”), from Ancient Greek ἀποθήκη ‎(apothḗkē, “a repository, storehouse”)

Essentially, an apothecary was a natural pharmacist, a “skilled practitioner,” who would use plants, herbs and naturally derived elixirs to remedy a variety of common complaints and illnesses.

Like old apothecary shops, our products are handcrafted in small batches at our headquarters in Houston, Texas. Using family recipes and decades of industry knowledge, each formula is created with real ingredients proven to positively benefit the skin and body. Our products are formulated and manufactured completely in-house.


Source Vital Apothecary Mission and Vision


Natural, Safe & Effective Products for the Skin, Body, Mind, and Spirit

Our line promises natural solutions to improve the appearance of the skin and body and increase feelings of well-being. Our skin is a major living organ and our body’s first line of defense, therefore, balanced skin is a vital part to achieving holistic wellness.

Natural Products for the Skin, Body, Mind and Spirit.The human body is made of the same elements found in nature. When we use elements derived from the earth and sea, our bodies can easily recognize and use these elements to nourish, rebuild and strengthen.

By integrating aromatherapy into our formulas we further work to strengthen the mind – body – spirit connection. Aromatherapy helps to promote the relaxation the body needs to reinforce its own regenerative forces. By unlocking our bodies natural abilities, we can more efficiently fight the aging process – or at least have some peace of mind to enjoy the journey.

Source Vitál is dedicated to exposing our world to health and beauty through understanding, knowledge, and products that make a difference to your world. That means products you can trust to be safe for use by you and your family. That means products that you can rely on. Products that really work.


Our Ingredients are the Difference

The ingredients used in the Source Vitál line are derived from nature and formulated using seaweed, whole plant extracts, pure essential oils, and purified water. Other product lines boast active ingredients in the 5-10% range. Source Vitál active ingredient list for each product range from 35% to 91%. These products were/are formulated by the founders and staff, who have decades of experience using them in “real world” settings, including spa services.

Seaweed + Botanicals + Essential Oils = Source Vital

“A product can be no better than its components… Many hours of study have gone into each [ingredient] before we use it. Each essential oil, botanical extract, seaweed, and salt is researched and tested before it is chosen. I have traveled to many countries and sampled many ingredients to end up with what we have today. Our products are effective because of these wonderful ingredients, blended into intelligent formulas designed to get results. Our products are active, you will feel and see them work. The search for the best ingredients is never ending.”  ~ Jerry Pope, 
Source Vitál Founder


Personalized Care

Our modern lifestyles are not always conducive to optimal health. Processed foods, hectic schedules, pollution, lack of exercise - all of these impact how we look and feel. Our products aim to bring the good back into your life. For example, take a moment to breathe in some lavender essential oil at your desk. Pamper yourself with a relaxing aromatherapy bath. Or, wash away the grime of the day with products that work to purify and protect.

Our product line collections include:

  • Facial Skin Care
  • Body Care
  • Personal Care & Hygiene
  • Natural Elixirs
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nutritional Vitamins

Our solutions are simple: Help you develop a skin and body care routine - based on your skin type or issues that you're experiencing – with products blended from pure essential oils and high quality natural ingredients.

There is no wrong way to use our products. Everyone’s skin is different and we offer a variety of options that can be mixed and matched to develop a remedy that works best for you! Through our extensive product line, Source Vitál Apothecary’s goal is to help you chose the program that is perfect for your skin and lifestyle.