We created this gift set for Mother's Day, which here in the U.S. is celebrated mid May. The Love You Mom lotion bar is made with our own Whidbey-grown rose petals and lavender and our neighbor David's lilac flowers infused into olive oil for at least 8 weeks, plus shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. I sprinkle dried lavender and crushed rose petals over the top to make them smell even better and look beautiful. The Love You Mom soap is made with our rose-infused oil and lavender-infused oil swirled together into a beautiful pattern. A few of the soaps even have hearts in them. Gina claims that was entirely by accident, but I'm convinced she's just more skilled and talented and magical than she herself knows. The $18 gift set contains one Love You Mom rose-lavender soap (regularly $9) and one Love You Mom lotion bar (regularly $12), so purchasing as a set saves you $3. The set comes in a Silly Dog Studios gift bag.
The name of this soap and lotion bar set 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, grandmas, and great grandmas 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 several-month absence? She was sleepy at first, but the words "Love You Mom" light up her eyes quickly, just like always. She hasn't been able to speak back for years, but she communicates plenty still. That light and sparkle in her eyes says, Love You Too. I'd bet my life on it.
Ingredients: Whidbey-grown rose petals and lavender (grown here at Silly Dog Studios) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, rose clay, bentonite clay, and rose, geranium, and lavender essential oils.
Storage and life of the bar: To extend the life of the bar, store it where it can dry quickly after use and where it doesn't get regular spray from the faucet.
Size: Large, roughly 4 ounce, bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most bars are 4 ounces and that the bars can range from 3.8 ounces to 4.7 ounces, most are 4 or more. We keep anything smaller than that for ourselves and our families, and to give as gifts to neighbors in need (last year it was soaps to a local homeless shelter and to frontline healthcare workers at my mom's memory care home), and to cut up and give as free surprises and samples to those who buy our products. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Packaging: We wrap our soaps and shampoo bars in a small piece of food-safe parchment paper to ensure safe handling. If you would prefer no packaging at all, you can write that in the comments field when you order, and you'll get them bare naked! If you live off island and we ship them to you, they will still need to show up in a box. We're magic, but not that magic. Yet. :-)
Lotion bar details...
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 it 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 ~$1 to the cost of the product. 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.