Introducing: Sweet Sheep Lotion Bars

We are proud and excited to introduce our new Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar–a design that’s been a year in the making.

We love knitters (and crocheters, spinners, weavers and dyers!), and we wanted to make a lotion bar just for them. We knew that sheep–sweet ones–would delight us in making them, and would warm any wool-lovers’ heart. And we knew that our crafter and artist customers would appreciate the artisan quality of our design–as with the rest of our lotion bars, it needed to be a piece of art–for your skin.

This was not our first design.  We went all the way through the process to a clay sculpture of another sheep–only to realize, in our heart-of-hearts, it wasn’t quite right.  Didn’t quite tug on us.  We weren’t in love with it.  We researched many images of sheep–there are so many gorgeous ones!–but landed on this one as having the right composition to read on a small, palm-sized sculpture, and of course one with the right sentiment: sweetness.  We added our signature sun rays–a nod to our New Mexico culture and the Virgin of Guadalupe who is ubiquitous here.  And, we started working with a new sculptor. His detail and modeling just blew us away. We hope you fall in love with our Sweet Sheep as much as we have!

Now for a limited time, purchase our Sweet Sweet Lotion Bar and get our limited edition hand printed canvas bag with your lotion bar.

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6 Tips for Baby Soft Skin

soft as a baby2We’re passionate about natural soaps and lotion bars for keeping your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Our lotion bars can be used all over your body, not just on your hands. Furthermore, skin everywhere on your body can become dry, and dry skin can lead to damaged skin. It’s your first line of defense to the outside world and your largest organ, it’s important to make sure you’re taking good care of it!

Today we have our top 6 tips for making sure your skin stays baby soft.

#1 Get Enough Sleep
Your body uses that time to regenerate and recover from the daily stresses you put on it, getting plenty of sleep means giving your body time to heal itself.

#2 Wear Sunscreen
You know you need to wear sunscreen when you go into the sun, but wearing sunscreen on parts of your body that are exposed to sunlight on a daily basis is a good idea. This means not just your face, but also your neck, hands, and arms.

#3 Massage your lotion in
Massaging your lotion into your skin will stimulate blood flow.

#4 Stay Hydrated
Hydrate your skin from the inside out! Drink the recommended 6-8 glasses of water, if you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated.

#5 Exfoliate
Remove dead skin by exfoliating regularly–you can use a brush, pumice stone, or a sugar scrub. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin from looking dull.

#6 Eat Healthy Fats
Almonds are a great healthy snack that has benefits for your skin. It’s a great source of Omega-3s and vitamin E, two things that keep your skin cells plump and healthy. Other healthy fats include avocado, coconut oil and fish oil.  Learn more by following our links.

Why would you choose a lotion bar over a liquid lotion to keep your skin hydrated? 

  1. Liquid lotion contains water which dries out your skin as it evaporates.
  2. Petroleum based products are frequently used to emulsify oils in liquid lotions.
  3. Liquid lotion has the tendency to wash off – lotion bars absorb into your skin.
  4. Our lotion bars are made of oils and pure beeswax–nothing else!  The beeswax helps seal in those oils, resulting in skin that actually feels different–softer, more supple, soothed.  While we can’t scientifically prove this statement, our customers tell us this over and over.  Try it yourself and see!

Taking care of your skin not only keeps your skin healthy and glowing, but can become a beautiful ritual for nurturing yourself. For more great tips on taking care of your hands, visit the Drea Renee Knits Blog.

 

Limited Edition Heart Lotion Bar + Giveaway

We are thrilled and proud to introduce our first limited edition Valentine’s Lotion Bar. This unique design created for us by local sculptor Stephanie Huerta, is uniquely inspired by New Mexican folk art tin heart milagros.   An elegant and unique gift for all your valentines, it’ll last longer than a box of chocolates and help soothe skin that gets so dry during the winter.  And for your sweetie, a massage with one of our lotion bars is a romantic treat!

Order a single Citrus-Rose or Lavender Bar, or our romantic Valentine’s Lotion Gift Bag with Anywhere Balm.

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We’re hosting giveaways on Facebook, Instagram, and in the Love+Leche Ravelry group.

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Love + Leche For Everyone

We have the perfect Love+Leche gift for everyone on your list this holiday season!

Your mom will love getting a something special in the mail every month with the Love-of-the-Month Club.  Choose 3-month, 6-month, or a full year of sweet-smelling, skin-nourishing, beautiful monthly gifts.

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For children, a cuddly Sula the Goat to hug and a cute Sleeping Cats Soap for bath time.  Sula says “Baahhh!!!” when you squeeze her tummy; our goat milk soap is always soothing and gentle for sensitive skin.

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With the Mountain Goat Gift Bag , the men in your life will get a shaving soap and lotion bar to cleanse, nourish and soften their skin naturally.holiday2015-3

Bring your holiday hosts a luxurious, elegant Love+Leche Lotion Bar gift bag  already wrapped in our jewel-toned organza gift bags. holiday2015-4

Choosing the right scent for someone can be hard. No need to guess with the Mini Lotion Bar Set. We include one of each of our scents to try!holiday2015-5

For your pet sitter (or other hard to shop for people) our Sleeping Cat lotion bar is a great gift! Soothing for dry skin, gently scented with essential oils, and in our custom cat-lover’s design!holiday2015-6

Need small gifts for the people in your knitting group, book group, or other social group? Anywhere Balms are available in 3 scents and perfect for buying in batches to give out to groups of friends, or tucking into a Christmas Stocking.holiday2015-8Encourage new mothers to nurture themselves while celebrating their new journey with a Mother+Baby Soap and Lotion Bar. We recommend calming lavender, or pure unscented.holiday2015-7Thank a teacher for all they do, treating them to a trio of Anywhere Balms – they can keep one in their bag, in the car, and in their desk! 
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And finally, for the wilderness athlete, our Mountain Goat Lotion Bar. Inspired by climbers who have to protect their calluses, while abusing their hands with chalk and rough rock faces, we named our new line after the nimble, tough Mountain Goats we see here in Northern New Mexico. Our Petroglyph Spiral mold design is from Chaco Canyon, where indigenous people used to actually live in the cliffs. Our lotion bar will prevent and soothe split fingers, absorbs quickly, is all natural and unscented.

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Love + Leche Gifts for Every Budget

The holidays are just around the corner and we have a great gifts to fit every budget!

Gifts $10 or less
Our Anywhere Balm comes in three scents and make great stocking stuffers or party favors. Get all three and give an Anywhere Balm sampler!

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Our signature logo Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap Bar is a generous sized bar and is available in four natural scents.

Gifts $20 or less
Our brand new Mini Lotion Bar Gift Set includes a mini lotion bar of each of our five scents. It’s the perfect way to sample all our scents.

Lotion Bar Gift Bags come wrapped and ready for gifting! Each bag comes with our signature lotion bar and an Anywhere Balm.

 

Love-of-the-Month-Club

We’re excited to announce our first ever club! You’ve probably seen other clubs before – for chocolate, wine, books, craft kits, and more. With the Love+Leche Love-of-the-Month Club you’ll get our best selling skin care products delivered right to your door each month! Today we’re giving you all the info for our new club, but don’t wait to order a subscription to the club–sign ups close Dec 31st! 

So, how does it work, you ask? 

  • Each month you’ll get a curated package of our best selling products, including special holiday and limited edition items!
  • Every shipment is packaged and delivered on the 15th of the month.
  • You can save up to 25%.
  • Available in 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month subscriptions we have the perfect gift for your budget, and you can relax knowing you’ve given a gift that the recipient can enjoy for months to come!

What’s in each shipment? 

Well we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, but here’s an example of what you would get in the first shipment: 1 bar of Goat Milk Soap, and a sampler kit of 5 mini lotion bars including one in each of our scents.

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Who should I give this to? 

The short answer: Anyone on your gift list that loves hand crafted quality soaps and lotion bars. But, here are some more ideas:

  • Your family – your mom, sister, daughter, wife, you get the idea!
  • Your loved ones who live far away – each month they’ll get a reminder that you’re thinking of them, even if you can’t spend as much time together as you’d like.
  • Professional contacts like clients and contractors.
  • Teachers.
  • New moms and soon to be moms – they often have dry skin from all the hormones of pregnancy and could use a monthly reminder to take some time for themselves.
  • Yourself! Don’t forget to treat yourself to some nurturing in the new year, each month when you get a new package you’ll be thanking your past self!

3 reasons to gift a subscription to the Love-of-the-Month-Club today! 

  1. This is the gift that keeps on giving, with shipments coming each month you’ll get a fun surprise long after the holidays have ended.
  2. You’ll get a discount on a high quality product that’s good for you and supports small businesses and local artisans.
  3. Time is limited – don’t miss the chance to sign up!

Men’s Shaving Tips

The new Love+Leche Cedarwood Goat Milk Soaps and Lotion Bars are favorites among our male customers. Our soap is great for shaving.  It has a light lather and a silky feel.  Our calendula-infused, certified organic extra virgin olive oil is softening and soothing for your skin, and our goat-milk base results in a mild cleanser that’s perfect for men with sensitive skin.  And we use local honey and beewswax, which is also incredibly moisturizing and healing.

Today we’re sharing some tips for how to get a great shave – it may take a few extra minutes but getting a close shave and taking care of your skin will keep you looking and feeling good all day.

#1 Prep your skin and hair
Try shaving in the shower or right after you shower. When your skin and is warm and moist there’s less friction, and thus less irritation when you shave.

#2 Lather up with Love + Leche Soap
Use a brush to help you get a good lather with your soap. A good brush will really push the soap into the hair making it easier to shave. Our all natural soap doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that wash away the hair-softening oils naturally contained in your hair and is a great option for everyday shaving.

#3 Let it sit
Once you’ve brushed the warm soapy lather onto your face let it sit for a minute, further softening your skin and hair for shaving. You can comb your hair or brush your teeth while you wait.

#4 Go with the grain
You may get a closer shave if you shave in the opposite direction that your hair is growing, but you’re much more likely to get razor burn and ingrown hairs. If you follow the steps above to soften the hair you should be able to get a close, comfortable shave in one with-the-grain-pass.

#5 Change your blade frequently
Choose an inexpensive razor with just a single blade, the extra blades won’t add much and choosing a more affordable razor that you change frequently will ensure a closer comfortable shave more than the extra blades.

Don’t forget to moisturize after shaving, our lotion bar provides great moisture without that greasy feeling and absorbs quickly – the perfect way to finish your shaving routine!

Limited Edition Lavender-Mint

We’re excited to announce that we have a new limited edition scent, available through the end of August 2015, Lavender-Mint! Here’s what knitter and blogger Courtney from Pink Brutus Knits had to say about our Lavender-Mint lotion bar,

The Lavender Mint scent is just as light and soothing as I had imagined it would be and the lingering aroma is carried along with my yarn stitch by stitch.  Both of these oils are anti-inflammatory pain reducers…and though the lavender is notoriously soothing, the mint balances by invigorating the mind.  Hours after applying the bar and knitting away on my newest design I can still feel the product doing it’s work to smooth my hands without leaving an oily or waxy residue.

Photo from Pink Brutus Knits
Photo from Pink Brutus Knits

You can read the full review on her blog here.

Shop by Scent

You may have also noticed we have a new feature on the Love+Leche website, you can now shop by scent! We hope you’ll enjoy this new feature and it’ll making finding the perfect lotion bar just a little bit easier.

New Scents!

We’re excited to announce two new scents to the Love+Leche line of lotion bars!

Citrus-Rose a sweet floral custom blend featuring orange and rose-geranium essential oils
Cedarwood a new custom blend of nine essential oils featuring cedar, sage and rosemary

We’re also excited to announce that both of these new scents are available as Anywhere Balm!

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