These are made with windfall Douglas fir branches that I gather after storms on Whidbey Island. And occasionally, from a branch that was trimmed for tree health and family health here.
Directions: Hold the bar between your palms to warm it, and then rub it in to dry hands, arms, legs, and feet, just like regular body lotion.
Ingredients: Windfall Douglas Fir branches (typically gathered from beneath trees at Silly Dog Studios and walks in neighboring woods after winter storms) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil for 6 to 10 weeks, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and 2 to 3 drops of the most delightful fir essential oil anywhere IMO, ethically made by our neighbors at Whidbey Herbal.
Packaging: This bar now comes in a reusable metal tin.
Size: The bars are small batch, hand poured, and are roughly 2.3 ounces.
My part in the story: In 2016, the Douglas Fir trees drew me to the land we're on now. These trees wanted me here, so here we are. These trees became family, and it was by listening to them--in concert with my grandmothers' life lessons--that turned me into an herbalist. These trees sit on our board of directors now and help me with plant selection, people relationships, loss and grief, remembering to laugh and dance, keeping cool, writing poetry, staying grounded (I have a tendency to float in the clouds), and they help with new product ideas. I love them, and I'm honored to get to be among the people who listen to and work with forests and trees.
Notice for people who live in warmer climates: These bars were made for locals and formulated for the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. They begin to melt at body temperature. If you live in a place substantially warmer than here (where summer temps are usually around 70-75 degrees F), you may find them too melt-y for your taste. Also, if we ship them to you during warm months, watch for them and get them out of your warm mailbox or out of the box on your warm porch ASAP!
Medical disclaimer: Don't use this bar if you are allergic to the ingredients, and always stop using a product if your body doesn't like it. These plants are our trusted friends, and yet we all respond to plants differently: that is the nature of relationships with the living. To make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such as your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, and/or you have allergies.
The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist who leans on ever-deepening relationships with local forests and plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors (my own and others), other herbalists, and learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as lived by regular folks who don't take themselves too seriously--because I believe these are what humanity (at least my part of humanity) needs to learn more about and become better at right now. I don't study illness or disease. I'm not a doctor or a scientist. I'm not a professional researcher in the allopathic (western) medicine sense. I've also never been pregnant or had children.