sensualOur Ingredients

The following is a list of our ingredients in order of proportion—most to least:
Coconut oil, Certified Organic extra virgin olive oil, our goat milk, sodium hydroxide (lye), essential oils (in the scented soaps), Certified Organic calendula flowers and beeswax.
Lotion Bar:  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 (Soap+Lotion Bars) 

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 and the organic extra-virgin olive oil for our soaps.  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.

Taza was one of our first, and most beloved milkers.

Local Goat Milk (Soap)
The goat milk in Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap contains many vitamins, proteins and minerals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin while the fat from the milk moisturizes and keeps skin soft. Our raw goat milk comes the goats I milk as part of a local goat milking coop.

Local Beeswax (Soap+Lotion Bars)
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

Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Soap)
Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap is essentially an olive oil soap.  An ancient cosmetic, olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Several other antioxidants contribute to olive oil benefits for skin.   Polyhenols and phytosterols neutralize the free radicals that cause so much skin damage.  One of these antioxidants, Hydroxytyrosol, is a rather rare compound that happens to be plentiful in olive oil.  It is one of the key compounds that helps prevent free radical damage. Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin without clogging pores, moistening skin thoroughly.

Almond Oil (Lotion Bars)
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 (Soap+Lotion Bars)
Like olive 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 (Soap+Lotion Bars)
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

Palm Oil–We never use palm oil, for the health of our planet and the care of your skin: palm oil actually has a drying effect on the skin, and the unregulated harvest of palm oil has been depleting rainforest environments adversely effecting such fragile endangered species as orangutans.
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 soaps on animals, and they come out clean and beautiful, and 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.

Using Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap: How, Why + Who?

Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap is great as an everyday bath bar or hand soap.  It gets your skin clean and doesn’t leave a residue behind.  Because our soap is so mild, non-irritating and softening from the olive oil, beeswax, and of course goat milk it is especially wonderful as a facial bar, for babies and small children, or anyone with sensitive skin.  Love+Leche Goat Milk Soap also has a devoted following from men, who love it as a shaving bar.  The lather is just right, the round bars fit right into a shaving mug, the scent is gentle (or optional with the unscented), and it leaves their skin feeling clean and soft.