Reimagining a Natural Wellness Brand
Megan & Co. Herbal Apothecary and Clinic is an herbal education and wellness company in Northwest Iowa. The Herbal Apothecary is staffed by highly educated and experienced Certified Clinical Herbalists, Certified Clinical Nutritionists, and Flower Essence Practitioners who produce organic and wild-crafted supplements, crystals, essential oils, and more.
The Herbal Apothecary is knowledgeable and committed to educating its community on the benefits of herbal medicine. The brand’s founder developed her passion for herbalism and natural medicine through personal experience. As a child growing up in the rural midwest, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She and her family sought alternative healing options to ease her symptoms but were unable to find guidance or resources. As an adult, Megan discovered sources of natural and herbal healing, improving her health. She made the commitment to spread the knowledge to others in rural America.
Megan & Co. Herbal Apothecary and Clinic produces high-end products, made on-site by herbalists with the best-sourced ingredients available, along with one-on-one healing consultations utilizing the Vitalist approach—a natural healing therapeutic method.
However, when Megan & Co. came to Crème de Mint, their designs did not convey trust or connect to the products’ level of quality and credibility. The Herbal Apothecary needed an engaging rebrand and packaging design that inspired trust in its customers and resonated with a rural, small-town audience.
AMERICAN PACKAGE DESIGN AWARD, GRAPHIC DESIGN USA
DAVEY AWARDS, GOLD
FOR PACKAGE DESIGN
The Brand Presentation
Sets the Stage for The
It was important for the branding to convey the healing and natural elements of the brand. The Herbal Apothecary’s products are free of synthetics, chemicals, and preservatives, with premium, simple, natural ingredients, many of which are organic.
The brand’s founder wanted to create a welcoming, approachable atmosphere that appealed to the rural customer base. The Herbal Apothecary served as a welcome into the world of herbal healing. The packaging and branding had to relate to that audience and encourage engagement.
Crème de Mint created a brand presentation that communicated the inspiration for the brand, leaning on natural, botanical images. The presentation solidified the brand image—an iconic and trusted holistic wellness solution, harnessing the earth’s healing properties to create premium plant-based products.
This ensured that all branding elements were cohesive and purpose-driven, working together to position Megan & Co. as a local solution for holistic healthcare.
A Sophisticated Logo for
The Herbal Apothecary
Crème de Mint wanted to establish Megan & Co. as a sophisticated and trustworthy brand. The original logo was plain and lacked visual appeal.
Crème de Mint envisioned a classic logo with modern appeal that was eye-catching and clean, symbolizing the apothecary approach to healing. They designed a distinguished but approachable icon centered around the ‘M.’
The redesigned logo feels like a twist of vintage with modern—a nod to the ancient roots of the herbal wellness industry intertwined with modern research and clinical backing. It also feels trustworthy and warm, connecting to the target audience—rural, small-town America. The brand needed to be friendly and inviting to a local clientele.
The brand needed a full revamp for over 100 products. Instead of highlighting the quality of the products, the original packaging felt disjointed. It did not elicit trust or connect with the premium image the brand wanted to establish. The stark white labels felt lifeless, while the outlined font of the product names was distracting.
Crème de Mint knew that the right package design would draw in Megan & Co.’s audience, encouraging them to learn more, interact with the package, and ultimately make a purchase. Megan & Co.’s packaging needed to reflect their level of dedication to premium ingredients and effective herbal remedies.
The packaging also needed to pop against the brown wood shelves in the store. Crème de Mint wanted to design something that would stand out and command attention, enticing in-store visitors to engage with the products. The updated packaging design is clean and sophisticated, communicating effectiveness while also remaining warm and inviting. The glass bottles and bamboo lids are visually appealing and more sustainable than plastic alternatives.
The hand-drawn botanical elements also appear on tabs sealing the tops of the bottles, continuing that personal touch and herbal inspiration.
Colored bands emphasize product names and share important features while creating aesthetic interest and providing visual contrast against the shop’s shelving, captivating customers. It was important for the designs to appeal to customers in the brick-and-mortar shop. The entire design comes together to show the audience that Megan & Co. is their one-stop shop for natural, plant-based wellness products.
A Unique Twist on
an Earthy Color Palette
Crème de Mint wanted Megan & Co. to stand out while still remaining true to its natural roots. Many brands in the space rely on a palette of predictable earth tones. Crème de Mint decided to approach it differently.
Originally, they selected a bolder nature-inspired deep forest green with neutrals. This evolved into a color palette of muted seafoam green, providing an elevated tone and complementing the warmth of the wood background. The palette evokes freshness, warmth, and trust.
Invites the Audience In
Subtle changes to the typography of the brand name reinforce the high-end feel and create a sense of reliability. A mix of serif and sleek san serif fonts creates a warm and engaging layered visual.
Marketing Materials that
Reinforce the Herbal Apothecary’s
Megan & Co places a heavy emphasis on the value of customer service and a personal touch. They needed marketing materials that aligned with their brand image and communicated the valuable elements of their products to wholesalers and potential clientele.
Crème de Mint created elevated branded business cards to help Megan & Co. make those all-important connections and maintain a cohesive brand image. The hand-drawn illustrations reinforce the natural, organic aspect of the brand. The seafoam band makes “herbal apothecary” pop. The cards are sophisticated, inviting, and memorable.
Crème de Mint’s rebrand of Megan & Co. transformed the brand image. Elevated designs and packaging replaced amateur labels, connected to the audience, and formed a brand that could stand out, charge a premium price, and attract new interest. The designs have attracted new customers to the Herbal Apothecary’s brick-and-mortar shop and allowed her to grow her online presence as well.
The packaging design won the 2022 Graphic Design USA award in the Health and Wellness category and has been selected by The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for a Davey Gold Award.
We love our new look! Lauren was so easy to work with and communicated our needs effectively. The end result is more than we envisioned!
— Owner of Megan & Co: The Herbal Apothecary