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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Introducing Love & Lotus





About a month ago I won the jackpot and I hadn't even realized it yet. Sometimes things just find a way of making it into our hands because they are supposed to.  In the awesome group I've told you about before, What's Indie Bath? (shout out!) I entered a giveaway hosted by a maker who was looking to branch out in customer base. I believe I picked #68 and I was one of the folks selected to receive a variety of their products to test and provide honest feedback to. About a week later I received a package overflowing with samples and I dug right in. After a few weeks of using them I am ready to tell you all about it!
 

Love and Lotus Custom formulating handmade, pure and natural body care. Living organically/naturally isn't just a way of life, its an attitude.

I wanted to know more about the creator, Melissa and how Love & Lotus came to be. This homegrown business is based in Shakopee, Minnesota where she has four children ages 17, 15, 13 and 5. Like many kids, hers too had sensitive skin and skin ailments. When pediatricians suggested the use of steroids to address the symptoms Melissa got to work finding a more natural solution.

She told me she scoured article after article, website after website, looking for anything she could find to address the problems naturally.  She learned about oils and butters she never even knew existed. She researched how oils were extracted, she researched fair trade companies, chemicals and the science behind the chemicals. She joined groups with herbalists, cosmetologists, scientists and skin care professionals, watched webinars and took online classes. A completely self taught artisan who absolutely LOVES anything body care related.  Her products are made with natural and organic ingredients as well as love, passion and the desire to provide you quality skincare. 

 "Love and Lotus body butter has helped my sons eczema and we no longer have to use steroids on him. Her products are so wonderfully soothing from the bath soaks (which I also use on my kids) to the facial cleanser and everything else...my family loves our Love and Lotus products!" - Sarah L. (customer)

Introducing Love & Lotus! 
photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Whipped Sugar Butter Salt Scrub
Made with hefty amounts of Organic Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil and a host of other skin loving oils as well as Organic Cane Sugar and 6 premium Sea Salts. Gently exfoliates and leaves skin smooth, shiny and moisturized. 8 scent options to choose from. 

This scrub is really creamy, thick and spreadable. The sugar granules are ultra fine and really abundant. I've said before I really love signature scents from different indies.  I got to try the Blood Orange & Peppermint scent scrub. 

In this delectable blend, juicy and spicy blood orange is offset with subtle strawberry and raspberry notes and grounded in fleshy mandarin and Italian sweet orange.  Peppermint accents for a fresh, clean citrus scent.  A Love & Lotus Best Seller!!  This scent is so unexpected, refreshing, its really good. You want this.

Other scents include Pink Pepperpod, Tropical Island, Tahitian Vanilla, Aruba Coconut, Lemon Soufflé, Lavender & Manuka Honey, Champaca & Bamboo or Unscented (scent descriptions on the website!) Normally $12.00. On sale for website launch April 1-April 5th 8 oz $10.00.
photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Sea Goddess Foaming Face Wash
If you haven't tried Sea Goddess Face Wash yet you are missing out. This amazing face wash has so many interesting and natural ingredients including: 
  • SEA KELP which has a high content of silicon, vitamins & minerals. Helps strengthen skin and tissue. 
  • RHASSOUL CLAY which is moisturizing, full of minerals and non-irritating gently cleanses without removing protective sebum. It is able to absorb excess oils and is effective in helping with skin blemishes.  
  • CARROT SEED POWDER rich in hydro and lipo soluble nutrients, mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, oligoelements and vitamins. Has a high antioxidant property due to beta carotene. 
  • BABASSU OIL A natural emollient used as a main staple in my whipped body butter as well. It boasts super moisturizing properties for dry skin and helps to improve skins elasticity. Contains myristic and lauric acids and works well to soothe skin irritations. 
  • GRAPESEED OIL helps regulate your own natural oil production. Assists with skin repair and has mild astringent and antiseptic qualities.  
  • APRICOT KERNEL SHELLS for gentle exfoliation in removing dry, dead skin cells.
I've always been interested in skin care and facial items. From an early age I've used different products in my quest to have clear, young looking skin. I was really excited to try an indie face wash. You only need about the size of your thumb nail (or a nickle) of product to cleanse your entire face and neck. Work into a lovely foam and cleanse your face avoiding the eye area. The apricot kernel shells are very fine and do not over exfoliate even with daily use.  I say avoid the eye area just because that skin is very sensitive. Your skin will feel clean, refreshed and not tight at all. 

The face wash is also available in SEA NYMPH which has the same great ingredients as Sea Goddess with the exception of Carrot Powder. Sea Nymph contains LEMON PEEL POWDER which acts as a natural astringent. Perfect for acne prone skin. 

"..my standout item from Love & Lotus is her face wash actually, it is unlike any other Indie brand I have tired!" - Ivlyn V. (customer)


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SEA Goddess Daily Facial Creme 
Completely reformulated to include Botanical and PhytoFruit Complexes.  This Daily Moisturizing Crème can be used daily for acne and maturing skin. 

Hooray for hydrating facial cream! This face cream is thick but very light-weight. I use this as my daily face cream under my foundation or tinted moisturizer with spf. I have had no issues with any oiliness or breakouts using this item. Simply perfection!


photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Whipped Body Butters 
This whipped body butter is packed full of skin loving oils and butters to leave you fully hydrated and moisturized yet light and fluffy enough to let your skin breathe all year round.

There are so many great ingredients in this butter including: Cocoa, Shea, Aloe Juice, Grapeseed Oil, Babassu Oil, Hempseed Oil, Stearic Acid, Safflower Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E & A just to name a few. Its thick and ultra creamy. It spreads easily and soaks in quickly without a greasy after feeling. I used up all three of my samples and already jumped into a new 8oz container of this lotion I love it SO much!

I tried three of the scents just for you!
  •  ACAI MANGOSTEEN: If you want something soft, fresh and lightly fruity, this is the scent you must try.  Acai (pronounced "ah-SIGH-ee") is a small, tropical, deep purple berry, and mangosteen is a tropical fruit with a citrusy-peachy flavor and aroma. Fruity top notes of strawberry, peach, orange, melon, and mandarin sit atop a fruity-floral middle of freesia, lily of the valley, raspberry, and papaya. Deep sweet balsamic vanilla notes complete the accord.
  • CHAMPACA & BAMBOO: If you like Fresh and Earthy then try Champaca & Bamboo.  The freshness of bamboo combined with creamy tropical white flowers makes this a head-spinning, ultra-green fragrance.  Top notes of cool green bamboo are softened and sweetened with a mid-section of jasmine, hyacinth, and champaca (champaca is a white flower from the magnolia family).  Bottom notes of amber, clove, and oakmoss help to anchor the blend.  Clean-smelling fragrance with unusual botanical notes -- powerful, green, and fresh!
  • COCONUT LEMONGRASS: This is a favorite of mine. This smells like what I would expect a coconut from some tropical rain forest to small like.  Exotic, Fresh and Clean. Tart, fruity top notes of pineapple, lemongrass, and lime blend with a peachy middle, leading to a smooth finish of vanilla, sandalwood and coconut.
Acai & Mangosteen was my favorite of the three but only by a smidge and it may have something to do with my minor obsession with acai lately. Coconut Lemongrass was a major surprise (just like the blood orange and peppermint). So tropical and clean. I never knew how much I loved lemongrass until I smelled it with coconut! 4oz on sale for $6.50 and 8oz on sale for $12.00.

photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Salt Soak & Detox Baths
Every single one of these premium high mineral count, naturally made pure salts are in every bag of this Soothing Salt Soak. This is not your typical salt bath. So Indulge yourself, soak your stress away, relax your body, quiet your mind and nourish your skin! Wine optional.

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. The wonders of Epsom Salt have been well known for hundreds of years. Unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind & soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, helping problematic skin, soothing aches and pains, healing cuts and bruises, naturally treating cold and congestion and drawing toxins from the body. 


A bathing experience you will not forget! Skin is the body’s largest organ. This Premium Salt blend including Epsom, Dead Sea, Pink Himalayan, Ceara & Breton Grey Sea Salt along with sodium bicarbonate and certified organic Ginger powder work together to produce a powerful all natural skin detoxification to boost your immune system, improve digestion, enhance nervous system function, reduce stress and flush out toxins and impurities from the body. It is purely mineral rich with over 84 skin replenishing minerals and leaves skin feeling clean, healthy and glowing.


These smell amazing - we are moving soon and I'm going to have a gigantic soaking tub so I am saving these for the special occasion to christen it! Will report back on my thoughts!


photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Fresh Lip Butters and Lip Sugar in Sweet Orange
Lip Sugars are a fantastic lip exfoliant consisting of all Organic Cane Sugar, Coconut Palm Sugar, Wildflower Honey, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E. Lip Butter is made with all organic Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Local Organic Beeswax and Vitamin E.

I've talked before about my love of lip balms and scrubs. It still amazes me that so many people have not tried lip scrubs! They are the best way to get rid of dry flaky lips! Apply small amounts of scrub to wet lips and rub lightly.  This scrub is nice and spongy and I found that it stayed together better and I loss less of it in the sink then with most lip scrubs.  The orange flavor is so sweet and summer fresh.  Gently wipe away with a warm, wet wash cloth. Follow up with one of the fabulous lip butters! They are soft without being greasy or waxy. They are super moisturizing! 


photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Flip-Flop balm aka Solid Lotion Bars
A completely solid lotion bar. Weighing in at 2 solid ounces of Locally Sourced Beeswax, Organic Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Hempseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E!  This is heavy duty for dry cracked elbows, heels, knuckles and anything that needs intense hydration.  Summer is coming, are your feet READY?

I received this product in another form (a square tin) in the XOXO scent which I'm told is a dupe to Philosophy's Grace. It has a powdery fresh smell. I've not only been rubbing this on my feet but on my elbows as well. And guess what - its kinda an awesome cuticle balm as well! It has an almost powdery finish - which Melissa thought was interesting since there are so many butters in it! On sale for $5.00 each.


photo courtesy Love & Lotus
Do your gift shopping from Love & Lotus too! Perfect gifts for Easter and Mothers day are available now! Don't miss the sale to take care of your gift needs.  

Everything is on sale for the launch of the new website now through April 5th! Shop online at www.loveandlotusnaturals.com and LIKE them on Facebook! Which of these products do you most want to try? Have you tried Love & Lotus before? Tell me below! I'd love to hear from you!
 

7 comments:

  1. I love reading post on items like this as they sound so interesting and it's nice to hear others thoughts on them :)

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  2. That's such a great review. Love the pics and I think that these are awesome products.

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  3. Lovely in depth review. Lucky girl!

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  4. Those scents sound delicious. I drive through Shakopee every time I go to my parents' house!

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  5. These seem amazing, I especially like the sound the sugar scrub!

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  6. You're so lucky, these sounds great!

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  7. I love solid lotion bars - I'd have to try those :) Congrats on the win!!

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