Natural Soaps, Candles, & Beauty Products Oh My! - A LATHER Review

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With the holiday season looming, I am looking to my list of family and friends to decide who's getting what from me this year. It turns out, I don't have as much time as I would like to make every single one of my gifts by hand, so I am turning to some of my favorite natural companies to give gifts that I know my friends and family are sure to love. I know that I am not the only one who has limited time this holiday season, so I am going to share my favorite places to shop this season so that you too can save time looking for just the right gifts for your loved ones too!

The bath and body products that we are talking about today, came from the good folks at LATHER (You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I was generously given all of these products to review, but my opinions are my own! I will only share with you products that I myself love and use personally!

I may seem like I have it all together, but really I am overwhelmed!

Sometimes I may seem like a superwoman because I homemake SO MUCH of my own personal care products, herbal remedies, cleaning products, and more, but I have a secret to share. I am just like you. I don't always want to spend my time making everything. Sometimes, I just want someone else to do it for me, but finding places that I want to shop can take a lot investigation and forethought, so I am here to help you skip that part and make your holiday shopping a whole lot easier! Last holiday season I shared all my favorite homemade gifts, this year I am sharing some of my favorite places to shop when all I want is to sit back and enjoy my time with my family instead!

Quality skin care products made from natural ingredients + pure essential oils

From soap to LATHER, Pasadena-based beauty entrepreneur Emilie Davidson Hoyt has turned a small soap company into a brand that bathes in contentment with millions of people every day. A serious migraine sufferer since childhood, Emilie grew up ultra-sensitive to her surroundings, especially the chemicals and fragrances found in most cosmetic brands. It was a lavender soap gift from her father that inspired Emilie to explore natural healing products and to use her personal experience to help others. She decided to create LATHER as an alternative to synthetically-based skin care brands on the market.

LATHER stands apart from other companies with their dedication to finding and cultivating only the finest ingredients. LATHER has always maintained, “It’s what’s inside that counts,” using pure essential oils, vitamins and antioxidants, and rare fruits and herbs – and never using synthetic fragrances or colors. We also use organic ingredients and all products are free of parabens and sulfate cleansing agents.  LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. They believe that what goes IN the bottle remains more important than what goes ON it. Their sample packs and shopping bags are all comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Customers can also return empty LATHER containers to their stores to receive 10% off their next purchase. They are fully committed to cruelty-free beauty and is a proud member of PETA. They do not test their products on animals, nor do they work with labs that do.

Luscious soaps made with 100% organic olive oil

I don't know about you, but I am a little bit soap obsessive. I LOVE natural handcrafted soaps, so much so that I have a list of all sorts of flavors combinations I want to eventually make. In the meantime, while I am figuring out how to make soaps by myself, I am all about purchasing them from my favorite natural shops. I was over the moon to add more soaps to my burgeoning collection, and these soaps definitely didn't disappoint! Each soap in the LATHER with Lavender Soap Set  is hand-cut and hand-poured. Each one is infused with aromatic and soothing lavender essential oil and a unique botanical blend. A natural wood soap dish is included to help extend the life of the soaps by allowing them to dry between uses. Personally, I think that the cute soap dish is totally an added bonus to this set! The Hippy Hubby and I tried all three of the soaps and loved all of them, but each of us had our own favorites. His favorite was the Lavender Lime soap, with its bright citrusy hints of fresh lime and florally lavender. I found the Oatmeal Lavender soap to be very comforting and super soothing to my skin. You can't go wrong with any of the soaps that can be found at LATHER! They even have an awesome holiday-inspired Sweet Suds Set with Mint Chocolate Swirl, Peppermint Stick, and Pumpkin Pie!

Packing for my trip to Shiftcon in NOLA

This week I am in the midst of packing to fly to this year's Shiftcon in New Orleans! I have never been to New Orleans, so I am very excited about this trip! Wanting a hassle free time packing my bags this year, I decided to ask for the Fly Away Kit from LATHER. I am super stoked not to have to worry about most of my bathroom essentials for my trip! With this kit, you can carry on great skin and hair care with travel-friendly sizes of LATHER's most popular products. Free of artificial dyes and perfumes, this collection's natural aromatherapy will revive the senses of any weary traveler. This awesome travel set includes:

  • mint thyme hair wash 2 fl oz
  • yuzu bergamot crème rinse 2 fl oz
  • bamboo lemongrass body wash 2 fl oz
  • lavender lime moisturizer 2 fl oz
  • unscented lip balm - broad spectrum SPF 15 Net wt 0.15 oz
  • deluxe sample of AHA hand crème with evening primrose
  • zippered clear travel bag

Setting the mood with soy wax aromatherapy candles

When I said that I was a soap addict, I really meant that I am an aromatherapy addict. I LOVE candles and this awesome Holiday Candle Sampler really helps to feed that addiction. LATHER's aromatherapy candles are specially formulated with a paraffin-free, 100% soy wax that burns toxin-free, carcinogen-free and allows the full dispersion of their pure essential oil blends. Their wicks are 100% spun cotton and primed in beeswax. All of their candles are free of artificial fragrances and colors. I must admit, it's rather hard to pick a favorite of this bunch, but if I was forced to choose, it'd probably be the cranberry orange aromatherapy candle, it's simply delightful while relaxing in a bath and reading a book! This sampler set includes six mini aromatherapy candles to make the season bright:

  • cinnamon orange & clove aromatherapy candle
  • cranberry orange aromatherapy candle
  • lavender aromatherapy candle
  • lavender lime aromatherapy candle
  • lemongrass aromatherapy candle
  • peppermint aromatherapy candle
  • each candle is Net wt 1 oz
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  • Jodi Schreifels

    These products look awesome !