ThriveInspire: Kelly Schott – Founder of The Oil Dispensary

ThriveMommas!  I am SO excited to introduce you to another inspirational Momma, Kelly Schott, founder and CEO Momma of The Oil Dispensary.  The Oil Dispensary was born of Kelly’s own journey to create a toxic free home.  With The Oil Dispensary, Kelly takes the countless hours of research and product reviews she’s done for own family and guides the well-intentioned, short-on-time momma down a path to a toxic free lifestyle.  Kelly’s coaching sessions help take all the guess work out of finding which companies are doing honest work and which products are in our families best interests.  Best part?  Kelly has designed a BUDGET FRIENDLY way to rid your house of toxins!

Kelly is a self-proclaimed “accidental mom-prenuer”.  When I first spoke with Kelly two things were clear:

  1. She is truly passionate about bettering her family’s health and does this by continually learning better ways to live a toxic free lifestyle
  2. She has a gift for empowering and educating other women to do the same… WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!

Kelly says that one of the things she loves best about being a woman business owner is that she gets to contribute to her family’s finances, all while being there for every drop-off and pick-up, every game and birthday party, every tear and tantrum, and every bedtime story with a sweet kiss goodnight.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly recently:

First, tell us about your business:

For starters, I created The Oil Dispensary as a way to educate and inspire moms to make the transition to a more natural and sustainable lifestyle in order to ditch the toxins and harsh chemicals that are effecting the growth and development of our children. My goal is to make the process of living a cleaner lifestyle to be hassle-free, budget friendly, and full of support from a community of mother’s who are demanding a better life for their children.

Also, I suggest many ways to do this and educate women on how to be a more conscious consumer, but the easiest and most convenient way to create this lifestyle is through Young Living. Those families who choose to join our Young Living community are supported through a private group where we educate, share testimonies, and teach product hacks with our essential oils.

What inspired you to create The Oil Dispensary?

I started a Young Living business because I was looking for a better way to care for my family.  At the time that I purchased my first starter kit of essential oils, I had just given birth to my second son and my husband had accepted a job that would require him to travel Monday-Thursday, leaving me home with a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old.  I felt a lot of responsibility to make all the right parenting choices.  I also had a vision for how I would raise my kids and the lifestyle we would lead, and that vision wasn’t being met by the products on the shelf of my local Target.

I’ll tell you, I knew nothing about essential oils when I got them.  In fact, I was a major skeptic and I was half expecting them not to work.  The reason I found Young Living is because a girlfriend of mine was using oils to care for her kids and the everyday life events that happen.  I was curious!  For the first six months my husband and I really put the oils to the test.  We tried to use them for any and all situations that came up in life.  With two young boys, a lot of things can come up in six months.

We used our oils for sleep, nausea, stress, skin irritations, digestion, mood, air purifying, bug bites, boo boo’s, you name it.

I was shocked! The oils worked for everything.

Here is where the accidental business came in to play.

As a mom, you know how crazy life is and the stress of caring for your entire household.  If you found a product that was natural and healthy for your kids, was versatile in solving multiple issues, was effective and had no negative side effects, and made you feel good and confident as a parent, you would scream about it from the roof tops.  Well, that’s pretty much how things started.

Remember, in the beginning I was still skeptical, but every time I used oils and had success I would share about it on social media.  That’s what we do, right?  Soon, I had friends asking what I was using and where they could get them. That’s where it started. Ever since then I have been sharing how I use essential oils and plant-based products from Young Living to care for my family and live a more natural and sustainable lifestyle.

 What are some obstacles did you encountered along the way as you started your business?

Becoming an accidental mompreneur is not easy. I didn’t go to school for this. There was a lot I needed to learn, at least that’s what I thought. The beauty of a Young Living business is that a lot of the “business” stuff is taken care of by Young Living. They grow and distill the product, they hold the inventory and take care of the shipping, and they do all the billing and commissions.

What I needed to learn was how I was going to present my business, how I would educate my audience, where I would find my audience, and how I would continue to support my paying customers.

My challenges were in my organizational skills. I was not great with following up with my customers and assumed everyone would be as curious as I was and dive into learning about essential oils.

Also, I had to get over my own limiting beliefs about my influence and my power to lead.

Further, I had to learn to brush off skeptics and realize that I wasn’t going to please everyone. It was never my intention to have to convince someone to use essential oils or plant-based products. I simply wanted to educate and help those who were, like me, looking for a better lifestyle but felt overwhelmed by the process.

Have you found any mentors along your entrepreneur journey?

There are sooooo many mentors. Within Young Living there is a culture of “we are better together” mentality. This is a foreign concept in the traditional work place. I am part of a larger team that supports my business with ideas, marketing material, product education, and business building training. Because of the structure of the comp plan, my business succeeds when I support others in being successful in theirs.

Do you have any advice to offer to working mothers?

My advice to working mothers is to do what inspires you.

It is my experience that a mother that has an outlet to learn new things, express creativity, and contribute to a community outside the family, is a mother that feels confident and empowered and is fueling her self-worth. That is a joyful state of being that will ripple throughout the family, cause we all know,

“when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

Website: www.theoildispensary.com

Phone Number: 858-335-7265

Email: kellyschott3@gmail.com

Instagram URL: www.instagram.com/theoildispensary

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36 Comments

  1. Karlei Stockbridge May 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Great job Kelly! I love your passion…all those Shott boys are very lucky!! 😊

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    1. Kelly May 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Karlei, I wouldn’t work this hard for anyone else!! Ha. They are totally worth it!

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    2. Kay May 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      It’s great to do something you are passionate about and to do this for your family is beautiful to hear about.

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      1. Kelly Schott May 11, 2019 at 3:53 pm

        Kay, Thank you for that. Only because it worked so well with my family did it ever turn into a THING.

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  2. Trish May 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I love that this business was born out of a desire to better your home and family! The benefits of essential oils are astounding!

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    1. Kelly May 8, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Hi, Trish. If I am going to work for anyone, it is going to be my family. Everything I was learning translated to me becoming a more educated consumer and, therefore, making better choices for my family. Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Sonia Seivwright May 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Well for the success of your business, it’s not easy to start. You made this product out of desire and everything is going well. Congratulations.

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    1. Kelly May 8, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Sonia, thank you so much for your support. My goal is to help other families learn and transition to a healthier home. I would love to connect with you on instagram @theoildispensary and we can share the ways we are making a different with our families.

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      1. Erica (The Prepping Wife) May 10, 2019 at 3:44 am

        I love seeing the passion behind the business! It is so relatable and makes me want to keep learning about essential oils. I’ve used peppermint oil for years when I get headaches, but don’t know much else about them.

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        1. Rachael Marini May 10, 2019 at 3:49 am

          They’re really great for cleaning and Kelly can recommend some good YL products. They’re also great for about a million other ailments and wellness benefits!!

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        2. Kelly Schott May 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

          Erica, I wish I had known about oils for as long as you. If you want to learn more, we can always schedule a one-on-one. If you go to http://www.theoildispensary.com and take a look at my services. We can customize that session to talk about whatever you want. Or you can follow me on instagram @theoildispensary Either way, let’s connect. The best part is that every time you use an oil, you are not using a chemical product. It is a win win.

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  4. Scott J DeNicola May 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Doing something that inspires you is always sound advice! I discovered essential oils myself about a year ago and use them for several things as well but mostly diffuse them in my office when I work and when we sleep. I’ll have to give the Oil DIspensary a try! Interesting interview.

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    1. Rachael Marini May 7, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Kelly is super knowledgeable! I highly recommend following her on Instagram! She’s always posting good info!

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      1. Thuy May 10, 2019 at 5:42 am

        Kelly is spot on about pursuing your passions and I love how her motivation is the happiness of her family. I find this place interview very inspiring!

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        1. Kelly Schott May 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm

          Thuy, that is so kind of you. Thank you. I have had some life moments that have made me realize that we should live for nothing else then the health and happiness of our family. It is what fuels my fire. Let’s be sure to stay connected. You can find me most active on instagram @theoildispensary

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    2. Kelly Schott May 8, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, Scott, for your comment. I spent the first year learning all about essential oils, how they work, and the difference in brands. Then I slowly started transitioning the products in my home with the plant-based products Young Living offers. After a year or so, I was patting myself on the back as I was counting the hundreds of toxins I had eliminated from our daily routines. Such a powerful transition. I love that you bring your oils to work. My husband does the same thing.

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  5. Tracy C. May 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I haven’t tried essential oils yet, and really need to. For someone like me, going to a presentation alone can be very intimidating–especially when you don’t want to spend $150+ dollars. I have friends who use them and love them, so I really should bite the bullet. Kudos to Kelly for following her passion!

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    1. Rachael Marini May 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Kelly is a wealth of knowledge if you have questions

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    2. Kelly Schott May 8, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Tracy, thank you so much for reading the blog post and leaving a comment. You sound just like me. That is one of the main reasons I love to speak and share about this process. Number one, essential oils are too good not to know about, but there is a ton of information out there which makes it so intimidating to process. That is why I am here. Let’s chat. Number two, there will be no change until you start, but you do not need to spend more than you are comfortable with. One oil at a time, over time, can make an incredible impact on your well-being.

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  6. The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. May 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story of a mompreneur, Kelly Schott. From the interview, you can tell that Kelly truly believes in her products and lives this healthy lifestyle. Her passion will continue to grow her business.

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    1. Kelly Schott May 8, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Hi, thank you so much for reading this interview. To say that I am truly impressed with the Young Living brand is an understatement. I had a vision for how I wanted to care for my family, but I honestly didn’t think that healthy organic lifestyle was in my budget, nor did I know how to identify an honestly clean brand. I have learned a ton and I want to fast-track any other family that is looking to do the same thing.

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  7. Ashley | One Journey Away May 8, 2019 at 1:39 am

    How inspiring! I’ve never really tried essential oils before but have heard of the many benefits of it since they’re natural ingredients. Will need to look into it more!

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    1. Rachael Marini May 8, 2019 at 2:06 am

      There benefits are pretty astounding! There’s a lot of information out there and Kelly helps sift through it all!

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    2. Kelly Schott May 8, 2019 at 10:59 am

      Hi Ashley, thank you for your comment. Seriously, learning about essential oils and the Young Living brand literally changed the trajectory of my family’s wellness. Even just knowing about essential oils and how they work made me feel more confident because then I could at least make more educated choices for my family. Let’s chat on instagram @theoildispensary I would love to connect.

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  8. Trish Veltman May 8, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Inspiration and enthusiasm are such vital ingredients for any successes. Interesting intervie. I don’t know much about essential oils but I love what she was saying about the business plan of helping and supporting others.

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    1. Kelly Schott May 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Trish, thank you for commenting. I actually did a giveaway for anyone who commented on this interview. You won! I would love to teach you all about essential oils and how you can use them in your everyday life. You would be cutting so many toxic chemicals from your routine. It’s pretty incredible. But first, let’s claim your prize. You won a set of @friendsheepwool dryer balls. These will replace your dryer sheets for up to 1,000 loads. Send me an email so that I can collect your address. Be sure to type WINNER WINNER in the subject line. kellyschott3@gmail.com

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      1. Trish Veltman May 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm

        That’s wonderful, Kelly, thank you. But I’m in New Zealand and the postage would probably be astronomical. Is there a Woman’s Refuge or something like that local to you that they could be donated to?

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  9. Mayuri Patel May 8, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Using essential oils for various ailments and moods is an ancient art in India but people have moved to more modern and chemical filled products. I’ve used lavender oil to calm agitated babies, peppermint for blocked nasal passages. Kelly is an admirable mum, putting passion into what she believes and making it available to others. As she mentioned, you don’t need the world to be convinced to use natural products.

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  10. Live Learn Better May 9, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Accidental businesses form out of passion are one of the top 10 successful business ideas. Like Spanx etc. Glad she found an idea worth turning into a business.

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  11. Snehal May 10, 2019 at 2:50 am

    It was nice knowing Kelly. I would like to checkout her budget friendly list to get rid of houshold toxins. 🙂

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  12. Jamison or Debra Roberts May 10, 2019 at 9:42 am

    My husband is always asking me now “do you have an oil for this or that”? He used to poopoo my oil use until I slathered on the peppermint following a hangover headache! He loved it and now is sorry he made fun of me!

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    1. Rachael Marini May 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Love this story! Nothing like curing a hangover to really prove your point!

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  13. Danielle May 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I love this!!! It is so cool that you are featuring amazing women like her!!!

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