A sweet friend, Mary, has put together a fundraiser through Lemongrass Spa in our son Jotham’s honor. If you’d like to place an order through Jotham’s fundraiser, you can follow any of the product links below, or go to Mary’s website to select his “party” from her open orders. His fundraiser goes through Sunday, May 6th.
Jotham has had more than his fair share of health struggles the past 6 months. With complicated health comes the need for special doctors, and things get expensive very quickly.
Visits to specialists require hours of travel to get there, parking fees, lodging for a night or two and perhaps a stay in the hospital. I can’t seem to find any coupons online for these excursions. 😉
Since the skin is our largest organ, I try to only use products that are made from ingredients I would put in my mouth. I’m very excited to see Lemongrass Spa making simple, natural products with quality ingredients!
Mary gave me a few samples and a catalog to orient myself to the company. Every product I’ve tried is similar to something I could make, and I love that.
There are seasons when I have time to throw together a batch of deodorant, or whip up some body cream, but there are also times I can’t add anything else to the load. Right now my time is limited, and I like having products I can fall back on that are as good as homemade!
We try to stick to unscented products due to sensitivities we’ve had in the past, and I think there’s a good selection to choose from without added oils or fragrances!
I’ve written down a few thoughts to share with you about each product I’ve been able to try.
This polish has tiny jojoba beads suspended in a creamy face wash. It gently cleanses, and my skin feels so moist afterwards! Instead of stripping my face and giving it that tight, stretched feeling, my skin feels nourished.
Ingredients: Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Jojoba Beads, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Calendula Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Optiphen (preservative).
Just the right amount of moisture, this creme is thick and supple. It goes on smoothly and leaves a hydrating layer that doesn’t feel heavy.
Original Eye Crème: Distilled Water, Cucumber Extract, Witch Hazel Distillate, Honeysuckle Hydrosol, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Antioxidant Complex, Botanical Complex, Vitamin E Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Oats, and Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen).
This face crème melts into my skin! It is so light and fluffy, and its whipped texture sinks in and hydrates without a trace – not even the slightest greasy feeling.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Gel, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Olive Butter, Avocado Oil, Meadow Foam Oil, Jojoba Oil, Allantoin, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Botanical Complex, Carrot Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate (preservative).
This crème is very similar to the face crème, but has a little more “body” to the formula. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all.
Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) gel, aqua (distilled water), vitis vinifera (grape seed) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) see oil, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol (vegetable derived), vegetable glycerin, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, oenothera biennis (evening primrose), tocopherol (vitamin E oil), citric acid, sodium benzoate and gluconolacctone (preservative)
I’m using this bar as a body soap, and am really pleased with it. We normally buy goat milk soap, and have switched back and forth between a few brands. This one wins for the most “washing power.” It sticks around under running water for a little longer than the other brand we’ve been using (instead of washing away immediately). The lavender scent is calming, and the flowers in the formula add texture you can both see and feel.
Ingredients:(Elaeis Guineensis) Palm Oil, (Cocos Nucifera) Coconut Oil, Goat’s Milk, (Vitis Vinifera) Grapeseed Oil, (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Almond Oil, (Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit) Shea Butter, (Lavandula Angustifolia) Lavender Flowers, Alkanet (for color), (Lavandula Officinalis) Lavender Essential Oil
The texture is not what I expected, but in a good way. It reminds me a little bit of “floam” (the gak stuff from the 90’s that had little foam balls in it). It has a springy texture that makes it easy to grab with my fingers and apply. The paste isn’t affected by room temperature like my homemade recipe, so it’s reliably soft every time I use it. Its longevity is great – I think a good deodorant keeps the stink at bay for over 24 hours, and this passes my test with flying colors!
Ingredients: butyrospermum parkii* (shea butter), sodium bicarbonate (non-aluminum baking soda), maranta arundacea* (arrowroot powder), cocos nucifera* (coconut) oil, non-GMO tocopherol (vitamin E) oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, persea gratissima* (avocado) oil *certified organic
This has such a pleasant, light orange scent. With a silky texture, it’s like spreading butter on your skin! It doesn’t disappear into the skin right away like the face cream, so is great for heavy-duty moisturizing!
Ingredients: (Butyrospermum Parkii) Shea Butter, (Oenothera Biennis) Evening Primrose Oil, (Prunus Armeniaca) Apricot Kernel Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) Jojoba Oil, (Tocopherol) Vitamin E Oil and essential oil blend of Mandarin Orange, Blood Orange, Lime and Vanilla Absolute.
Some products I’d like to try include:
– the mascara (years ago, I looked high and low for a mascara with ingredients like this. I eventually gave up and stopped wearing it).
– the shampoo (we currently use Everyday Shea or Nature’s Gate, and every once in a while I’ll do a few washes with a “less crunchy” shampoo to strip my hair and “re-set” for a couple more months of natural shampoos. If you have any suggestions on how to avoid the need to strip my hair, I’d love to hear it! Maybe I need Lemongrass Spa 😉).
– the cucumber deodorant stick. I like having a deodorant stick for the days I’m in a hurry, and have been using Schmidt’s. I’m not a big fan of florals, so the cucumber sounds fresh and light.