Care for yourself with this lotion bar! (also known as a melt in some parts of the world). These feel and smell great when rubbed into skin, and they're made in partnership with our beloved forest and Douglas fir trees here on Whidbey Island and with our dear chamomile, lavender, rosemary, and several kinds of mints that grow here at Silly Dog Studios.
Here we find that Douglas fir, chamomile, and lavender usually show up to support our relaxation and that rosemary and peppermint usually show up to help reenergize us. Spearmint will do either one--depending on what we need most--that's just how she rolls! All together, they never fail to help us recharge, especially when we're wise enough to also get enough rest, take a walk, and drink some good tea. :-)
To use: Hold the bar between your palms to warm it. In winter or when your hands are unusually cold, this may take a few more seconds that normal. Then, rub it in to dry skin--hands, arms, elbows, legs, feet, heels--just like regular body lotion.
Size: The bars are 2 ounces.
Ingredients: Windfall Douglas fir branches (gathered on Whidbey after winter storms) and grown-on-Whidbey (at Silly Dog Studios or from our neighbors) chamomile, lavender, rosemary, spearmint, and peppermint infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and a few drops of Douglas fir essential oil (from Whidbey Herbal) and lavender essential oil (from Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey).
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.
Why this bar costs more than some of our other lotion bars: Douglas fir is the short answer. It takes more time to gather branches the way we do. Plus, these bars contain a few drops of Douglas fir essential oil in addition to the lavender essential oils made right here on Whidbey. These oils come from two small farms that we adore. This bar costs a little more than some of our other lotion bars, but that money is support three small businesses, not just one, and you're also helping all of us protect our beloved and healthy forests and land here by supporting people who work with the land and the trees, not against them.
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: Please 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 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 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.