Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Everything Etsy!

We have some exciting news! Not only can you purchase your favorite lotion bars on our new & improved website, the LaviShea Lotion Bar Etsy store is now open for business! It's now easier than ever to get your LaviShea fix on this popular website for handmade items. Our fans with an Etsy addiction are in luck: our store also accepts Etsy gift cards!

Click here to visit our Etsy Shop!
LaviShea Lotion Bar & Louet Spinning Fiber
on the Roving Crafters Blog

The theme of holiday gifting is ever-present on our minds, and in our last post we shared several DIY ideas - click here to check them out! Recently, LaviShea has been mentioned on a few gift guides in the blogosphere, and we'd like to take some time to share links to these recent posts which also contain other fabulous ideas to inspire your holiday shopping this year: 

Still looking for creative gift ideas for knitters, crocheters or spinners? There are some fabulous gift ideas on the WEBS yarn store blog archive - click here for gift ideas for knitters & crocheters and here for ideas for handspinners! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winners + DIY Inspirations for Holiday Gifting

First off, we'd like to congratulate our winners for this month's blog giveaway! We will contact pammaher, sherryglover1, greyowl, amchart, and syeda via Ravelry to arrange for the delivery of their prize, a free pattern from the CustomFit Database! Many thanks to everyone who entered out giveaway and helped spread the word!

The holiday season is upon us, and we'd like to share some fun, fast and easy DIY ideas for gifting this year. Below you'll find some great ideas for putting together a customized gift basket for that special someone on your list! We hope you'll also share some of your own favorite DIY gift ideas for this time of year in the blog comments.

For Pumpkin Lovers: 
Clockwise from top left: DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin LaviShea lotion bar,
Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, and Crochet Pumpkin Treat Bowl by Meredith Crawford. 
Spa Treats to Relax & Rejuvenate:
Clockwise from top left: DIY Peppermint Body Scrub, Spa Gift Jar (includes free printable template),
Knit Bath Mitts, Peppermint LaviShea lotion Bar.
For Sweet Treats:
Clockwise from top left: Peppermint LaviShea lotion bar, DIY Painted Mugs,
Knitted Mug Cozies (free Revelry download!), Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix (includes printable tags).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Scents & CustomFit Giveaway!

Daylight savings and cooler temperatures can only mean one thing - winter is just around the corner! We've brought back one of our popular seasonal scents, Winterberry: it's a wonderful blend of sun-ripened blackberries and creamy, smooth vanilla. Click here to stock up on this favorite scent for the snowy season on
Just arrived at is an exclusive new LaviShea scent: Loops Love! Featuring the fresh scent of white tea and ginger, this bar is an essential for your knitting bag or carry-on. Click here for more details on the Loops website!
Giveaway Alert!
What better way to welcome NaKniSweMo & sweater weather than a giveaway for a free pattern from Amy Herzog's CustomFit sweater generator?! This revolutionary resource allows users to customize any design from the CustomFit database to fit the unique measurements and gauge of each individual user. The end result is a sweater that fits perfectly, with no modifications required.

We'll be randomly-selecting 5 lucky blog readers to win a free CustomFit pattern - simply leave a comment on this post telling us which LaviShea scent is your favorite for your chance to win! Be sure to also include your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win.

We'll announce our lucky winners on our next blog post on Monday, November 24. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fair Trade Shea & Fall Scents

Click here to learn more about
our new & improved packaging!
Did you know that October is Fair Trade Month? Aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of supporting fair trade, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more as a consumer. Fair Trade products must adhere to specific standards to ensure that workers have safe conditions and the environment is protected through sustainable practices. Another goal of Fair Trade is to alleviate poverty by investing in communities by providing access to safe water, education, and opportunities which are not typically available in the region. You can learn more about Fair Trade here.

LaviShea Lotion Bars are made with Fair Trade, unrefined shea butter which is handcrafted in Togo, West Africa. It is produced under organic standards and features the true healing and moisturizing properties which are unique to pure, unrefined shea butter (click here to read more on our website). We complement our this with 100% natural soy and premium botanical oils, essential oils, and/or skin-safe fragrances to create luxurious bars which melt with your body heat and absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

In addition to our ethically-sourced ingredients, we have updated our packaging to not only be more user-friendly, but it is also now 100% Made in the USA! It is our goal to create a product that consumers can feel good about using in every way possible, and we hope our customers enjoy this change!

With the arrival of autumn, it's time to bring back our popular Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin scent!

This all-natural and gluten free lotion bar features deep notes of cinnamon, anise & a spicy apple accord swirled together into an earthy, toasted pumpkin seed base. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin is perfect for a crisp fall evening!

May we also suggest the spicy notes of our Orange Pomander bar, which is now back in stock in our online store? This popular scent combines spicy cloves with notes of orange and cinnamon to create a classic scent for fall!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Handspinning with Lavishea

Handspun Yarn on Bobbins.
On October 6, spinners around the globe will compete on teams to see who can spin the most yardage in just one week. The event is called Spinzilla, and it's open to handspinners of all skill levels (note: team registration has closed for this year's event).

Over in the Spinzilla Ravelry Group, there has been a flurry of activity as spinners make preparations for the big event: setting goals, performing maintenance on spinning wheels, and preparing fibers are all important details being discussed. However, we're like to add one more important item to eveyone's list:   a LaviShea bar to care for those hard-working hands!

Why LaviShea? First, as most fiber artists already know, working with wool has a tendency to dry out hands; dry skin and rough cuticles can catch on fibers, which can slow down your spinning. Serious spinners who are in it to win it will want to make sure they have smooth, supple hands, and our fast-absorbing lotion bars are easy to tuck into your spinning basket for whenever you need to take a break to moisturize your hands. Secondly, it's non-greasy and fast-absorbing - which means you can get back to spinning right away! Last but not least, we have a variety of scents to choose from. One of this year's Spinzilla sponsors, Louet North America, has even created a special LaviShea bar to commemorate the occasion!

We look forward to seeing who wins the Golden Niddy Noddy this October. LaviShea & Spin On!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scent Spotlight: Citronella

Although summer is winding down, we'd like to spotlight our popular new Citronella LaviShea bar, which is fantastic for keeping mosquitoes and pests at bay the natural way! Whether you're gardening, camping, hiking, or just enjoying the remaining summer evenings on your porch, be sure to keep our Citronella bar close at hand.

Our Citronella bars are made with citronella essential oil, a plant-based insect repellent which works by masking scents that are attractive to insects. Its ability to repel mosquitoes has been verified by research (click here for more info); for maximum effectiveness, it should be reapplied every 30-60 minutes.
citronella grass

In addition to insect-repelling properties, citronella is naturally antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. It stimulates blood circulation and is often used to tame oily skin and hair. It is also used in the treatment of migraines, fatigue, headaches, and nausea. However, it is important to note that Citronella oil is not recommended for use on the skin of small children or during pregnancy.

Please note, this blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scent Spotlight: Peppermint Spa Bar

We're starting a new blog series which will give you a closer look our specially-selected LaviShea scents. Kicking things off, we'll be spotlighting one of our newest additions to our lineup, the Peppermint Spa Bar!

Peppermint Plant
You may be most familiar with peppermint by way of peppermint tea, which is often used to soothe upset stomachs. The humble peppermint plant boasts a number of healthy benefits, and our newest scent is made with high-quality peppermint essential oil, which is naturally antifungal and antibacterial.

When applied topically, peppermint oil decreases the chances of contracting the dreaded fungal infection, making it an ideal addition to your mani/pedi routine! Peppermint oil is also naturally cooling, and it is a known pain reliever. Finally, it reduces swelling and increases circulation, making it an excellent choice for those with circulatory issues or diabetes.

Its refreshing scent will uplift your spirits, soothing stress and mental exhaustion; it is also useful in relieving nausea and headaches (even migraines!). The skin-loving ingredients of each LaviShea bar will keep your skin hydrated and supple, too - it's no wonder we dubbed our newest scent the Peppermint Spa Bar!

Please note, this blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Check out our new website!

There have been lots of changes happening this summer, and our most recent news is our redesigned website!

It is now easier than ever to view our catalog, find a retailer, or just learn more about LaviShea lotion bars by visiting our site! Our online store is even more user-friendly than before, and we have updated all of our product images to show you our new & improved packaging that's made in the USA!

We are also pleased to offer low-cost shipping for online orders of 3 bars or less and FREE shipping for all online orders of 4 bars or more! 

We hope you'll take a moment to visit our new website and let us know what you think!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Scents for Summer!

Introducing 3 new LaviShea scent selections, just in time for summer!

Our Citronella bar will keep pesky bugs away....naturally! The scent is crisp and refreshing without being overpowering. This bar uses essential oils for a clean, fresh and lemony fragrance.

Coconut Lime Verbena is back! This tropical fragrance features the smoothness of coconut infused with lime zest. The unique addition of verbena provides a nice grounded note to this scent.

Our Peppermint spa bar features the cool and refreshing essential oil of - you guessed it - peppermint! It is known for its energizing properties, plus it is also a natural cleaner & antimicrobial for those heels!

Click here to shop our online store!

Be sure to also be on the lookout for our new & improved packaging which is now 100% made in the USA! It will be arriving soon at a store near you, below is a sneak peek spotted on Instagram!

@knittingsarah's knitting work-in-progress (WIP)
& Lavender LaviShea bar!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Product spotlight: The Man Bar for Father’s Day + Join Us on Instagram!

Father's Day is just around the corner! We know that sometimes dear old Dad can be a little hard to shop for, but trust us....he has enough ties! LaviShea's Man Bar is a thoughtful gift you know he'll use, and Dad is sure to love the fresh, clean smell with notes of wood, citrus and spice! Click here to find your nearest retailer or click here to shop online.

Are you on Instagram? Click here to follow us - we'd love to see photos of your favorite LaviShea bars! We'll repost your photo to our feed if you tag your post with #Lavishea, so feel free to get creative. Below are just a few of the recent posts we've spotted on Instagram to inspire you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coming soon...a new look for Lavishea!

Earlier this month, we headed to the TNNA Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN, where we debuted our new packaging! We have been hearing rave reviews from everyone who has given it a test drive, and you should see our new packing arrive in a store near you in the months to come!

Why the new look, you ask? There are lots of reasons, but the one that is nearest and dearest to our heart is this: our new packaging is made in the USA - in fact, it's 100% made in Colorado! We're pleased to support our local economy by joining in the byColorado initiative.

We can't wait to hear your feedback!

In other news, we were pleased to be mentioned in the brand-new Rock + Purl video podcast recently. Watch the short video below to get to know Ruth Garcia Alcantud and find out why she loves our LaviShea bars!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Springtime Inspiration!

It took a while, but Spring has finally sprung (for the most part!). We've been collecting our springtime inspirations over on Pinterest: everything from gardening inspiration to spring-y crafts and fun new nail looks for the season!
For many of you, springtime means spending more time outdoors. It also means that you might need to change up your moisturizing routine: for instance, did you know that Lavender essential oil is a natural mosquito repellent? If you'll be gardening, picnicking or hiking this spring, make sure you bring your Lavender Lavishea bar along for the journey!
Lavender keeps mosquitoes at bay!
Here's another use for Lavishea bars which may surprise you: many of our fans have reported using our bars to keep their baseball gloves conditioned. We recommend our Unscented bar or The Man Bar (pictured below) for the job, but you could easily pick any scent you like, of course!
We'll be heading to the TNNA Trade Show at the beginning of May; when we return, we will have some exciting news to share with you! To make sure you don't miss out, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, join our Ravelry group, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Lavishea on!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Add LaviSalve to your manicure routine!

Dry winter air is no match for our LaviSalve Cuticle Treatment! Nails and cuticles need extra nourishment, which is why we developed LaviSalve: it penetrates deeply to replenish moisture and contains premium essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus, giving it a soothing herbal-floral scent. Lavisalve makes a great addition to your manicure routine!

Keeping hands moisturized is especially important for anyone who works with their hands, but just about anyone will see a noticeable improvement in the look and feel of their hands if they consistently keep them moisturized - plus, your hands will look younger, too!

We recommend massaging a small amount of LaviSalve Cuticle Treatment into your nails and cuticles to penetrate dry skin and replenish moisture with unrefined shea butter, 100% natural soy, and premium essential oils, all of which are easily absorbed by the skin. Smooth a little bit on each night to see your fingertips transformed!

We've been collecting some of our favorite nail looks for spring over on Pinterest. We hope you'll share your springtime nail inspiration with us by leaving a comment on this post or sending a pin to Lavishea on Pinterest!

Breaking News: Get the Lavishea App! 

Stay up-to-date with Lavishea with our new FREE smartphone app which is available in both the iTunes and Google Play stores! You'll have easy access to all of our social media channels, plus you can shop our site or keep in touch with the touch of a button!

Click here to download app from iTunes.

Click here to download app from Google Play.