Love+Leche: It all began with the Goats, and Earth Day 2005

Thirteen years ago this month, Love+Leche (née Milk and Honey) was born, on Earth Day, April 21, 2005.

It all began with the goats.

It began with the goats. . . when I was a kid growing up in Upper East Tennessee. This is me with Sprout!

Since Sprout wandered into my life when we were both kids (she literally wandered into our yard, a runaway goat), I have been smitten with goats.  Smart as dogs, wily, troublesome, affectionate and loud . . . it turns out they give us some of the most nutritious and luxurious product around: goat milk!

Milking our favorite girl, Taza, at our home in Glorieta, circa 2005.

From being a kid in the Southeast, to being a young mom in the Southwest, goats came back into my life, and with them, a top-bar beehive and an entrepreneurial vision inspired by the Santa Fe Farmers Market: to make something yummy with these valuable, nutritious, sensuous ingredients.  Milk and Honey was born.

Our Earth Day debut in 2005 at Ecoversity in Santa Fe.

My lead product was our maple-colored, gentle-on-the-skin goat milk soaps, poured into beautiful molds I could buy from soap suppliers.  But in those upper baskets, we sold our fledgling lotion bars, also poured into beautiful bee-inspired molds, and soon to be our lead product.

Believe it or not, children and bees go together!

We kept bees and used their wax and honey in the soaps, but we partnered with Steve Wall (see a great pic of him here), of Buckin’ Bee Honey to supply the larger amounts of beeswax that we needed for our Lotion Bars.

And so we come to our present-day, now-13-year-old venture of Love+Leche.

We still make all our products in small batches by hand.  All our soaps and lotions are now poured into custom, sculptor-designed molds that bring beauty to your life and your skin.  We still make our goat milk soap using the milk from our own goats (we’re now part of a goat co-op, sharing the labor and the love), but it’s the lotion bars we’ve become famous for.

 

Lotion Bar Ingredients in the raw: local beeswax, coconut oil, organic calendula flower-infused almond oil and essential oils. That’s it.

The gorgeous Nanny Goat (Taza!) that graces our logo takes us back to our roots and original inspiration for our business.  Our Goat Milk Soaps carry on the goat milk product tradition.

 

A new lotion bar is born–1oz Little Bee!

But don’t look for goat milk in our lotion bars! They are all about the bees: those hard-working girls that give us miraculous beeswax to seal in the oils and moisture and heal our skin.

And, our Lotion Bar line has grown, to include our half-ounce Anywhere Balms, our Mountain Goat Men’s line, and our soon-to-be-released Little Bee 1oz lotion bar.

Thank you, readers, customers, friends and community for thirteen beautiful years.

Learn more: our story and our ingredients.