We created this moisturizing and lightly floral scented lotion bar for the moms and loving mom-like humans in our lives, for Mother's Day, which here in the U.S. is celebrated mid May. The Love You Mom lotion bar is made with Whidbey-gathered and grown rose petals, buds, and new leaves, plus our own lavender, and our neighbor David's lilac flowers all infused in organic olive oil for at least 8 weeks, and shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. I sprinkle a little of our own dried lavender and crushed rose petals over the top, which makes them smell even better and look beautiful. Note: You can buy this as a gift set with the Love You Mom soap to save $3.
The name of this lotion bar came to me a few months back thanks to my own Mom. We hadn't been able to visit Mom in her memory care home for several months because they had a terrifying and deadly Covid outbreak, which she survived, but many other moms, dads, grandparents, and great grandparents didn't. Mom's had Alzheimer's disease for 17+ years, so we're never sure if she'll know us or be happy to see us, even during the best of times these days. What would she be like after our first ever several-month absence? She was sleepy at first, but the words "Love You Mom" lit up her eyes quickly, just like always. She hasn't been able to speak back to us for years, but she communicates plenty still. That light and sparkle in her eyes says, I Love You Too. I'd bet my life on it.
To use: Warm the bar between your palms/hands until the bar begins to melt. Then, rub into your skin like regular body lotion.
Ingredients: Whidbey-grown lavender, rose petals, and lilac flowers infused in organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, plus three drops each of lavender essential oil (from Lavender Wind farm on Whidbey) and rose absolute essential oil (rose essential oil in jojoba oil).
Size: The bars are 2 ounces.
Packaging: We're being as environmentally conscious as we can think to be. At the moment, we use a piece of food-safe parchment paper and a paper label to wrap the lotion bars. You may find that this is enough packaging for you, or you may want to transfer the lotion bar to a small reusable jar or tin at home. We've begun looking into a paper tub with a lid as an option this year for those who want it. It will add about $1 to the cost of the product, though, which sucks. If that interests you, let me know and we'll continue to pursue it.
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!
Don't use these products if you are allergic to the ingredients, and always stop using a product if your body doesn't like it. These gentle 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, especially if you haven't used rose, lavender, and lilac on your skin before, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such 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--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, and I've never been pregnant or had children.