sensualOur Ingredients

The following is a list of our ingredients in order of proportion—most to least:

Lotion Bar (Bee+Sunflower, Sweet Sheep, Little Bee, Love-Your-Lips Balm):  Beeswax, Almond Oil, Coconut oil, Certified Organic calendula flowers, essential oils (in the scented lotion bars).

What’s so great about these ingredients?

Local, Organic Calendula Flowers

Milk+Honey local Calendula flowers are used in our handmade soaps and lotions
Kristen Davenport grows our organic calendula near Taos, NM

We use locally-grown, certified organic calendula flowers to infuse (like steeping a tea bag)  the almond oil for our lotion bars.  These beautiful, deep-orange flowers are a powerful, all-purpose skin-healing herb that soothes  skin ailments from dryness and itching to rashes and burns, generally promoting skin healing, while making normal skin softer and healthier. Oils infused with calendula can also be used for breast-health massage–a lovely use of Love+Leche Lotion Bars.


Local Beeswax
We use untreated beeswax in both Love+Leche soap and lotion bars. Beeswax has antiseptic, softening, moisturizing, and healing properties.  When the beeswax is gently melted with our calendula-infused almond oil in Love+Leche Lotion Bars, the healing action of the calendula is intensified.

Steve Wall of Buckin' Bee Honey in Santa Fe, provides all our honey and beeswax
Steve Wall of Buckin’ Bee Honey in Santa Fe, provides all our honey and beeswax

Almond Oil
The almond oil in Love+Leche Lotion Bars is a rich source of vitamins that nourish skin; its mildness makes it suitable for all skin-types and the lightness of the oil makes it absorb easily without blocking pores. And when our calendula-infused almond oil is gently melted with local, untreated beeswax, which has antiseptic, softening, moisturizing, and healing properties, the healing action of the calendula is intensified.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used as a skin and beauty treatment for centuries.  Coconut oil is a rich source of fiber, minerals and vitamins, and contains lauric acid, a compound that helps to build the immune system.  It is predominantly medium chain fatty acids, so its absorbed easily by the skin.   It gives our soap a lovely, light lather, and is naturally moisturizing for your skin.

Essential Oils
Essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants–the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin.  Essential Oils are produced through a complicated and often expensive process of distillation or extractions.  Essential Oils are prized for their aromatherapeudic benefits and are often more tolerable for people with sensitive skin.

What you won’t find in any of our products

Perfumes or Fragrance Oils These are manufactured scents; artificially created fragrances that contain artificial substances designed to mimic the scent of a natural product. These perfumes can be environmental hazard and can cause reactions in chemically sensitive people.
Animal Testing  Well, actually, we have tested our products on animals, and they don’t seem to mind it one bit!, Our lotion bars are great for paw-care–and safe for licking off as well.

Using Love+Leche Lotion Bars: How, Why + Who?

Love+Leche Lotion Bars are an all-natural, concentrated, solid form of lotion.  Most salves come in a tin, but with my Lotion Bar you just hold the bar between your hands and rub— rub it anyplace where your dry skin needs soothing. While you are enjoying the sensual process of rubbing the bar (rather than digging some hand balm out of a container) the natural oils actually melt from the heat of your skin, absorbing quickly to moisturize dry skin and soothe chapped lips, softening and nourishing your hands and body.

While we can’t make health claims for our products, we can share with you that customers have found Love+Leche lotion bars ideal for massage, cuticle care, rough elbows and heels, cracked fingers and  stubborn dry skin.  Customers with eczema have found relief from my bars, as well as folks going through chemotherapy treatments.  And we believe Love+Leche Lotion Bars promote loving touch: the nurturing and soothing experience of holding the bars and rubbing them on your own skin or a loved one’s makes them ideal for children, folks in need of skin healing, and certainly for yourself.  The beauty of our bars makes them aesthetically pleasing, so they serve as elegant, affordable gifts. And don’t forget that they are uniquely suited for airline travel, passing through security, and with no worries for spilling or exploding in your bag during the flight!  It’s a great way to bring one all-purpose product with you on your travels.