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August 16th, 2018

August 15th, 2018

August 14th, 2018

  • Our staff intro series this week turns us to Rachel! As our Assistant Production Manager for the last 2+ years, Rachel handles daily operations of our workshop and makes by hand nearly all of the product you find on Mama shelves. She works hard and gets things done each day with an energetic smile and welcoming presence! She's such a valuable addition to our team. "My favorite things about working at Mama are working with natural elements to create healing and effective products I believe in – and seeing a recipe from start to finished perfection before leaving our building." We love you, Rachel! Learn more about the rest of the Mama team HERE!

August 13th, 2018

  • "Be patient with yourself; nothing in nature blooms all year." #mondaymotivations

August 10th, 2018

  • Giveaway! This Friday, it's a battle of the citruses – which scent is your favorite, lemon + lime or grapefruit + tangerine? Let us know in the comments and be entered for a chance to win a FREE unwrapped soap of that scent! Winner will be chosen on Monday!

August 9th, 2018

  • This week in our staff intro series, we're introducing Abby! As our Administrative Assistant, Abby does a little bit of everything. You'll see her in our office doing everything from daily office tasks to fulfilling wholesale orders and even wrapping soap. Her consistently positive attitude, knack for organization, and terrific adaptability makes her a crucial part of our team! "I love learning more about our products and the natural ingredients that go in them! And since I do a little bit of everything on a day-to-day basis, I've learned a lot about what keeps a small business running." We love you, Abby! Meet more of our team members HERE!

August 8th, 2018

  • We wanted to make a soap with local, seasonal ingredients for a while, so here is our first offering! August is tomato heaven, and our tomato complexion bar is great skincare! Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which helps protect skin against sun damage. They also have a high amount of vitamin C, which helps brighten the skin and give you a healthy glow. On a deeper level, tomatoes help repair cellular damage, and they also hold in moisture, which helps minimize those pesky fine lines. It also helps tighten skin and minimize pores. Our lightly scented bar contains a super delicate blend of uplifting tangerine and rejuvenating clary sage essential oils. Grab a bar this month!

August 7th, 2018

  • Happy Tuesday! Last month, our owner, Emilie, sat down with Ash to talk about Mama's beginning, Emilie's heart behind why we do what we do, and where we're headed in the Ash Said It podcast. Listen to the interview here!

August 4th, 2018

  • Hey Avondale friends! Body & Brain Yoga is offering free aura readings from 10am-2pm today at our Avondale location. Come grab a cup of herbal tea, get your aura read, and zen out with us!

August 3rd, 2018

  • Our limited edition Lemon Lime scent runs out on August 15th! Have you tried it yet? Hurry and snag you some before it's all gone! We tweaked the scent a little this year, and it's sooooo goooood!

August 2nd, 2018

  • We've been keeping our new copper still busy this month! We've distilled Tulsi/Holy Basil, Peppermint, and this photo is from our distillation of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) that gifted us with a pound of hydrosol. We're not quite ready to sell it yet, but stop by the shops to try our testers! And be sure to check out our Instagram highlights for more pictures and videos of what we've been up to behind the scenes!

August 1st, 2018

  • "I love this soap! The scent is great and refreshing, and the light exfoliating coffee grounds help me remove food odeors. The silky feeling after washing my hands is an added bonus. This is a winner for kitchens and bathrooms!" – Customer review of our Chef's Soap. Swing by one of the stores or shop online and grab you a bar!

July 31st, 2018

  • Your Tuesday morning installment of our staff intro series – meet Alice! She's our retail Assistant Manager and resident Brit at Mama, and she's amazing at making our customers feel at home, informed, and empowered to make their own decisions when it comes to their health – whether through giving Mama product recs at our Krog shop, or educating about different herbs and remedies at our Avondale location! "My favorite things about working at Mama are being able to share my passion for natural, green body care and herbal medicine with the public through our products. As a team at Mama we are always learning and growing together. I'm so grateful every day to work alongside such a talented group of goddesses." We love you too, Alice! Meet more of our team members here!

July 30th, 2018

  • Mama is looking for a retail associate at our Krog location! Take a look at the job posting and if you feel like you'd be a good fit, give us a shout!

July 27th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: Stocked soap racks + full production shelves = happy weekend!

July 26th, 2018

  • Our staff intro this week is bittersweet because it's our beloved Eirin's last days here at Mama! For the past 3 years, Eirin has consistently and happily held the fort at our Krog location. Her friendliness, knowledge, and adaptability has been so awesome during her time with us. She's also the artist behind all the witty and creative sandwich board art! We'll miss you, Eirin, and we can't wait to see how you conquer the next chapter in your life! Say hello and wish her well if you're in our Krog shop this weekend! Learn more about our amazing staff members HERE!

July 25th, 2018

  • Does back-to-school prep stress you out? Let our Calming line of products come to the rescue! Lavender and geranium essential oils combine to help release tension and unwind after a day of shopping for school supplies, attending open houses, and all the stressors in between!

July 25th, 2018

  • Did you know we have a soap loyalty program? Every time you buy 2 bars, you save $1, and if you fill one of our Buy 10 punch cards, you get 1 free! We also offer a similar version of this in our online store! And BTW, this includes our new liquid soaps!

July 23rd, 2018

  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." – Cicero #mondaymeditations

July 20th, 2018

  • Next up in our staff intros: meet Linda, our beloved Mama Manager! Odds are you've seen her smiling face and felt her easygoing, welcoming energy at both our Krog and Avondale locations. Linda is a powerhouse who handles everything the retail life throws at her with a happy-go-lucky attitude, and we are so thankful to have her on our team! "I love being part of a team that creates such quality natural products that I love to use and share with others! Great to see the creative energy that goes into the process and be a part of a small business at its best!" Meet more of our staff members here!

July 19th, 2018

  • GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Mama is partnering with Freshie and Zero for a collaborative giveaway! You could win this combo of our calming bath set and a gorgeous pair of Freshie and Zero Renew Golden earrings!

July 18th, 2018

July 17th, 2018

  • Introducing our NEW Bug Off herbal bug spray that is made with 90% certified organic ingredients and is 100% natural! We started by infusing organic witch hazel with organic lemon balm, organic catnip, and organic lavender – all herbs that we love and bugs hate. And then we rounded it out with a powerful blend of essential oils to inspire those little buggers to Bug Off – lemon eucalyptus, which has long been touted for its bug-repelling powers teamed with the powerhouse mosquito puncher, citronella. We also added lavender, geranium, and tea tree essential oils which provide additional powers of repulsion to help keep the bugs at bay. Reapply as needed throughout the day to keep yourself bite-free!

July 16th, 2018

  • "The hum of the bees is the voice of the garden." #mondaymeditations

July 13th, 2018

  • Looking for a fun weekend project? Try making your own essential oil blend with our blending kits, conveniently packed with everything you need to customize your favorite scents! 

July 12th, 2018

  • Next up on our staff intros – meet Alethea! She's our funny, laid-back, creative Assistant Production Manager here at Mama. As our soapmaker, every bar of soap you buy from us has been mixed, poured, cut, and cured by her hands – we mean it when we say we are a small business! Meet more of our team here!

July 11th, 2018

  • It's July, which means mosquito season is in full swing! So, naturally, our July soap of the month is concocted of the perfect blend of essential oils to inspire those little buggers to Bug Off! We started with lemon eucalyptus, which has long been touted for its bug repelling powers and teamed it with the powerhouse mosquito puncher, citronella. Lavender, geranium, and tea tree essential oils provide additional powers of repulsion to help keep the bugs at bay! Soap up during your morning shower and later with our bug spray (soon to be released!) for additional protection.

July 10th, 2018

July 9th, 2018

  • "How lovely the silence of growing things." #mondaymeditations

July 6th, 2018

  • Last month, I (Emilie) seized the opportunity to attend a Medicinal Herb Farming Workshop at an organic medicinal herb farm in North Carolina. Gently Harmony Farm is a little piece of paradise, and it was such a valuable and eye-opening weekend. And it was the first time I'd seen many of the herbs I have been learning about in their growing state, which made me so so so happy!
    My takeaways:
    1) Farming is HARD! I've grown many different plants in my home garden for years, and I absolutely love gardening, so the notion of running a farm is quite romantic. But in reality, you add a lot more land, many more plants and big heavy farm equipment (and sooooo muuuuch weeeeeding) out in the hot sun all day long, and it's a completely different experience than I expected.
    2) My favorite relationship with plants is when they are still in dirt, so as we increase our growing operation, our focus will be to grow and use fresh herbs (rather than dried herbs) and at least at first, we will mostly grow to distill.
    3) Dried herbs should cost SO MUCH MORE than they do! Take the amount of fresh plant material it takes to get a pound of dried herb (around 6:1 in the plant we harvested) + the labor involved in growing, harvesting, drying, and processing herbs = herb farmers should be able to charge way more than the market will bear! Not to mention the product from these smaller farms is so much more vibrant when you compare it to imported dried herbs. It is worth every penny to support these small farms and their amazing plants.
    4) I am more inspired than ever to create opportunities for Georgians to buy local/regional herbs so that more farmers will grow them!
    I'm so grateful to Pam and Charles Leonard for opening their farm and their home to give our group (of almost all women!) the opportunity to learn from them. We also had the opportunity to learn from Patricia Howell of Botanlogos in North Georgia. I had heard about her for years and was really excited to learn from her.

July 5th, 2018

  • Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing some of the faces behind Mama, the people who keep this operation alive and well – and what better way to kick it off than with introducing our fearless leader!? Emilie's passion for nature, go-getter mentality, and bold creativity is what led her to start Mama all the way back in 2004, and it's what keeps Mama going today. "I left my job as a producer in the film industry at the end of 2008 to turn my part-time passion into a full-time venture. My role has evolved over the years from making & selling everything myself out of my car to growing the company to 2 retail stores and a production space with the help of a wonderful group of women who bring so many of their own talents to the table. Now, most days you can find me in the office dealing with day-to-day stuff like bills and paperwork (not-so-fun) or formulating products and designing packaging (way more fun!). But my favorite days are the ones where I'm hands-on. I really prefer innovating, learning, and working with raw materials over sitting at my computer. I am currently working on a bunch of new products, and I'm experimenting with new ingredients. I recently bought a copper still, and I'm learning how to distill hydrosols! This spring, I started seeds to grow medicinal herbs to use in our products. These are things I've aspired to with the company for a long time, and it's really exciting to start putting them in action! I have put my entire heart and soul into this company, and I'm so grateful to be able to make this my life's work. It's been so exciting and wonderful (and at times stressful and painful) to watch Mama grow and change and evolve into what she is today, and I continue to dream about what she will become. My favorite part about Mama is creating and evolving. I genuinely love the process of strategizing and conceptualizing and then working to make it real. And I love being able to explore new concepts and bring new things to the table. I also really love coming to work every day with this group of dynamic, thoughtful, wonderful women who share common interests. We have great conversations and a lot of fun together. I couldn't do it without them!" We love you, Emilie!

July 4th, 2018

July 3rd, 2018

  • We formulated our Avocado Oil Face Soap with heavy-duty moisturizers like avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin) and olive oil (full of vitamins and minerals) and added soothing lavender essential oil. Great for sensitive and dry skin, both face and body!

June 29th, 2018

June 27th, 2018

June 26th, 2018

  • "Im not a big fan of plastics, but when I saw that this was eco-friendly bio plastic, I thought I would give it a try. It's awesome! The description says it all. It keeps soap from getting slimy, and it cleans up easily. It's a keeper!" Review of our soap lifts, AKA our soap's BFF!

June 25th, 2018

  • "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." – John Muir #mondaymeditations

June 22nd, 2018

  • The newest member of the Mama team has FINALLY arrived, and we need to name her before we fire her up! What should this beauty be called? (This is a copper still, BTW. She will be used to make magical floral waters called hydrosols. But more on that in a bit...)

June 21st, 2018

  • Shampoo bars are having a moment lately, and we're all about it! Our shampoo bars are a 100% natural alternative to chemical-laden commercial shampoos, but they lather just the same! Mama shampoo bars are formulated with a power-packed combo of restorative + conditioning cocoa butter, moisturizing castor oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and hydrating avocado oil. Available scented with lavender or rosemary essential oil. They are safe and mild enough for daily use on all types of hair, including colored hair. Shop our shampoo bars HERE!

June 20th, 2018

  • In cold process soapmaking, sodium hydroxide (AKA lye) is used to turn oil and water into soap through a chemical reaction called saponification. Though lye is a material to be used with caution and respect (hence the Breaking Bad attire), without it we wouldn't be able to make an all-natural soap! (Side note: no lye is present in the finished bar of soap. Science is cool!)

June 18th, 2018

  • "Plant lady is the new cat lady" (but we love cats, too!) #mondaymeditations

June 17th, 2018

  • Father's Day brunch in Athens wouldn't be complete without a visit to the magical R. Wood Studio

June 15th, 2018

June 14th, 2018

  • "I've ordered this soap routinely and love the smell and quality. My boyfriend actually ends up using it more than me!" – Review of our Cedarwood + Spruce 2 in 1 bar! Grab some for you or as a quick gift for Father's Day!

June 13th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: Pouring a batch of karma (patchouli + rosemary) soap! The loaves rest under blankets for 24 hours before bars are cut and laid out to cure.

June 12th, 2018

June 11th, 2018

  • "Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." #mondaymeditations

June 9th, 2018

  • The last Avondale Art Walk of the season is tonight from 5 to 9pm! Food, drinks, music, art, and community – what better way to spend a Saturday night?

June 8th, 2018

  • Who needs thieves when you have bandits? Our house version of the popular purifying essential oil blend is back in stock! Shop Bandit Essential Oil HERE!

June 7th, 2018

  • Our June soap of the month was inspired by Dads and brews (Father's Day is June 17th!). Modeled after a refreshing IPA, the sent is a citrus, floral, fruity, and piney blend of bergamot, clary sage, lemongrass, and fir needle essential oils. We topped it off with ground hops to bring the earthy beer note. (Fun Fact: Before hops became the standard for beer making, all kinds of wild herbs such as sage, yarrow, pine, and wormwood were used to make beers. With new craft breweries opening all over the US, be on the lookout for these old recipes to make a new appearance!). 

June 6th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: we've got quite the lineup of soap loaves to cut! Soaps pictured: Harmony and Karma

June 2nd, 2018

  • "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." – Lady Bird Johnson #mondaymeditations

June 1st, 2018

May 31st, 2018

  • A *fresh* batch of our Fresh soap curing in our production studio! The grapefruit + tangerine scent is perfect for summer!

May 30th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: Full backstock shelves are happy backstock shelves! 

May 29th, 2018

  • PSA: This is the LAST week you can get your hands on our popular soap of the month, Rejuvenating (clary sage, marjoram, + lavender), before it's gone for good! Come snag some while you can! Get it wrapped or unwrapped.

May 28th, 2018

  • Happy Memorial Day! "In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it" – Barack Obama

May 25th, 2018

  • Soap ends waiting to be made into samples! Get a free soap sample with every purchase. Shop all products here!

May 24th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: our sugar scrubs are 100% natural and made by hand in small batches to ensure that each jar is the perfect texture, scent, and quality. Shop all sugar scrubs here!

May 23rd, 2018

  • "It's rich and nourishes my skin, and it smells lovely. I have sensitive skin and I'm always careful about the moisturizers that I use, but this lotion has given me no problems. My skin loves this product!" A glowing review on our lavender + geranium lotion. Shop all lotions here!

May 22nd, 2018

  • Did you know we sell Atlanta-made, all-natural makeup from Sally B's at our Avondale location? From color correctors and powder foundation, to blush and lipgloss, we have just what you're looking for when it comes to green beauty!

May 21st, 2018

  • "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" – Audrey Hepburn #mondaymeditations

May 18th, 2018

  • Scenes from our workshop: whipping up bottles upon bottles of our handmade, super-moisturizing body lotion! Shop all lotions HERE!

May 17th, 2018

  • It's watering day at our Avondale location! Come in and pick up a succulent or an air plant!

May 16th, 2018

  • In the summer of 2017, we opened our apothecary section in the back of our Avondale store. We were excited about bringing medicinal herbs and teas into a boutique setting, and we wanted to stock a variety of high quality, organic herbs. We chose Mountain Rose Herbs out of Oregon to be our main supplier and our initial offering was over 130 herbs and teas. 
    I (Emilie) especially wanted us to be a resource for organic culinary herbs, as those are difficult to find. As I read (and read) more about herbs, I learned that much like food, locally grown is always best. So I set out to find local medicinal herbs grown in Georgia to offer in our shops and I came up pretty short. Georgia has a great agricultural presence, but most of it is food focused. So it occurred to me that after waiting all these years, it was finally the time to start growing our own ingredients.
    As of this spring, my home garden is serving as a testing ground for many different medicinal herbs. We are growing Lavender, Rosemary, Calendula, Arnica, Passionflower, Yarrow, Borage, Clary Sage, Monrarda, Tulsi, Echinacea, Elecampane, and St. John's Wort, as well as the usual assortment of culinary herbs, vegetables and flowers; much of it started from seed!
    My hope is that we can increase our growing space and herb offerings over the next couple of years and that we will ultimately be able to encourage other local farmers to get involved and increase the number of herbs that Georgia is growing. From everything I have read and learned, the need for local medicinal herbs far outweighs the supply.
    It has become a passion for me and a focus for Mama to help build on the small medicinal herb infrastructure that already exists here in Georgia and to continue to introduce people to the plants that support our health and to make them more accessible on a local scale. We would love to grow enough herbs to sell and also to distill for use in our products. We would also ultimately love to offer plants so people can plant their own medicine gardens.
    There are so many ways to bring medicinal herbs into our lives and we are so excited to contribute to this effort. And this is only the beginning!

May 15th, 2018

  • Our May soap of the month was inspired by all of the bold and fragrant herbal smells beginning to emerge in our herb gardens. A heavenly blend of clary sage, marjoram, and lavender, this bar will leave you feeling refreshed! Shop May's Soap of the Month HERE!

May 13th, 2018

  • Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at Mama! "If you weren't my mother, I'd choose you as my friend."

May 12th, 2018

May 11th, 2018

  • For the Foodie Mama: Our new culinary section at our Avondale store is full of yummy gifts for your favorite gourmand. (Be sure to let her know that we now carry a large selection of bulk organic culinary herbs and spices!) Products pictured (all available at our Avondale location): Cloister Bourbon Honey, Beautiful Briny Sea Magic Unicorn Salt, The Herbalist's Kitchen, Stainless Steel Spoon with Clip, Stoneware Jar with Lid and Spoon, and Organic Culinary Herbs and Spices.

May 10th, 2018

  • For the DIY Mama: Know a creative mama who loves to make it herself? Our Avondale shop has a wide variety of supplies to choose from – whether she's making soap, candles, lotions, creams, or whipping up something brand new, we've got you covered! We also carry a great selection of recipe books for your own concoctions. Products pictured: Organic Bodycare Recipes Books, Citric Acid, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Roller Bottle, Plastic Pipettes, Plastic Bottle (8 oz.), Round Plastic Jar (20 oz.), 2 oz. Essential Oils (all available at our Avondale location!).

May 9th, 2018

  • For the Aromatherapy Mama: Natural scents are all the rage right now, and we have a great selection of essential oils for your natural mama! Plenty of EO diffusers and books, too (Plus, we only use EOs in our products, so you know....) Products Pictured: Diffuser (available at our Avondale location), The Aromatherapy Companion (available at our Avondale location), Medicinal Essential Oil Blending Kit, and Eucalyptus Bath Salts

May 8th, 2018

  • For the Plant Mama: Our garden section at our Avondale shop has everything you need for the obligatory Mother's Day plant gift! Products Pictured: Secret Garden Soap Tray, Plants (available at our Avondale location), Planters and Pots (available at our Avondale location), Striped Stoneware Plant Mister (available at our Avondale location), and wrapped Gardener's Soap

May 7th, 2018

  • For the Posh Mama: Have a Mama in your life with a taste for the finer things? Treat her to a mix of these stylish goodies! Products pictured: Rose Quartz Facial Roller, Sally B's Evening Shimmer (available at our Avondale location), Sally B's Organic Lip Gloss (available at our Avondale location), Dia Flora Perfume Spray, Dry Brush for Body (available in stores), Avocado Oil Face Soap, Card (available in stores)

May 6th, 2018

  • For the New Mama: New moms deserve all TLC, so gift her with all-natural, handmade products that she'll love so much, she may even share them with the baby! Products pictured: Boost Your Breast Milk (available at our Avondale location), Herbs for Children's Health (available at our Avondale location), Calming Mood Tube, and Baby Mama Gift Set

May 6th, 2018

May 3rd, 2018

May 2nd, 2018

  • Part 3 of our herb journey: Mama grew a lot in 2014 and 2015, and most of my time during those 2 years was spent managing that growth. (And I also became a mom!)It had been a while since we had time to work on new ideas and I (Emilie) was feeling restless about that. Fresh off my London trip in 2016, I was excited and invigorated in a way I hadn't been for a while. I got back to Atlanta and immediately signed up for a couple of local herb classes. I was over the moon to find a distilling workshop with Ann Harmon in Washington State and immediately signed up for that. I bought as many books as I could find on medicinal herbs and started studying. This journey has opened up a whole new, exciting, wonderful world for me. And the best part is, our staff was super excited and started studying too. It was like this obvious piece was missing, but none of us really knew what it was until we found it – or maybe it found us. In Europe, herbalism has always been part of the practice of medicine and preventative health care, so herbs and tinctures were an obvious complement in a store that makes and sells natural body products. But in the US,  we have strayed very far from plants as medicine, despite the fact that our grandparents probably had some of these plants in their lives when they were young. Many doctors will laugh at patients who drink dandelion tea with the intent to help prevent cancer. In fact, a lot of people spray poison on dandelions that pop up in their yard! The more I read, the more I realized there was so much more to learn and it's all SUCH important, valuable information to have access to. And I realized that our like-minded customers would want to know more about all of this too. In the spring of 2017, we moved our production facility out of the back of our Avondale store into a 2000 square foot warehouse behind the shop, and set to work on building out the back of the store to make way for herbs. To be continued next week!

May 1st, 2018

  • Love your Mama and give her the gift of calm this Mother's Day! Cuz you know she needs it! (Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th. You heard it here first). Shop Mother's Day gift ideas!

April 30th, 2018

  • It's peony season! These beauties are heirloom peonies from my great grandmother's yard in the 1920s, and are the prize of my garden. The cactus bud vases are available at our Avondale store.

April 27th, 2018

  • Batches upon batches of candles curing in preparation for Mother's Day gifts!

April 26th, 2018

  • Our unscented Baby Mama salve is one of our most versatile products and is beloved by all of our staff! Not just for babies and moms – for some of us, the salve doubles as a lip balm, a tattoo moisturizer, an eczema soother, and even a face cream! And mixed with essential oils of your choice, you can extend the use of it even more – tea tree may help poison ivy, peppermint may help sore muscles, eucalyptus as a natural chest vaporub, the list goes on! Are there any Mama products you have more than one use for?

April 25th, 2018

  • I (Emilie) lived in California from 1997 to 2005, and I learned a lot about eating & growing fresh food. I had been around farms some as a child while spending summers with my grandparents who lived in the country and grew some of their own food, but cooking with fresh ingredients wasn't the norm in my suburban Ohio upbringing.
    I started my first little culinary herb garden in our rented house in LA & around this time, I stumbled on a book called "On Good Land" about a small farm in suburban Santa Barbara. I was so inspired by the author's take on food and agriculture in general. I went to visit the farm and an avid interest in growing plants on a larger scale sprouted, though it was more in theory than in practice for many years. This was also around the beginning of Mama Bath + Body, which started in a little building in our backyard next to my herb garden.
    We moved to Atlanta in 2005 & I continued to grow flowers, culinary herbs, and a few veggies in our new backyard, always a little too busy growing my business to put as much time into growing plants as I wanted to. Cut to 2016, Neal's Yard and a chapter in Farmacology (see last week for part 1 of this post): Ann Harmon had been growing herbs, harvesting the plants, distilling the oils, and putting the plant remnants back in her fields as compost. Reading her journey, I realized that I wanted to participate in the full cycle as much as possible.
    Around this time, I found an early "business plan" for Mama, consisting of about 10 bulleted sentences for what I would like to accomplish with the company. I had done most of them (open retail store – √), but one that was still hanging out there was "grow as many of our ingredients as possible." I have always known that it wasn't enough for me to just buy ingredients to make our products. But obviously growing our own coconut and palm trees and making our own oils wasn't possible. (Plus, it is valuable to support these regions by buying their crops).
    I've always felt connected to the slow food, eat local movement, but hadn't really been able to figure out how to make our business fit into this. Finally, dots were starting to connect. More on our journey next week!

April 24th, 2018

  • Whipping up the crowd-favorite honey almond soap in our production studio! Before they end up on our shelves, our soaps start out as 10-pound loaves that are cut up into 5-ounce bars and left to cure for weeks to make sure they last long and work flawlessly. 

April 23rd, 2018

  • Monday Meditations: "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." – Lao Tzu

April 21st, 2018

April 19th, 2018

  • Have you heard about the controversy surrounding palm oil? This ingredient has become controversial in the industry due to irresponsible cultivation and the impact it has on the environment and palm farms' surrounding communities. However, palm oil is an important ingredient in cold process soap making because it improves the soap's hardness and longevity. So why can't we replace palm oil altogether, as a company and as the industry as a whole? Although it seems like a practical solution, it would actually do more harm than good. Responsible, sustainable palm oil cultivation not only produces more oil per unit of land than other oils (leading to lower prices and less land being disturbed), but the palm oil industry also plays a great role in reducing poverty in the areas where palm oil is produced by employing poor farmers. Getting rid of palm oil and replacing it with other oils would actually take up more precious land, increase costs, and put millions of farmers out of a job! We have done our research, and we are committed to only using organic, sustainably grown and harvested, Rainforest Alliance-certified (RSPO) palm oil in all of our soaps. Read more about sustainable palm oil here.

April 18th, 2018

  • We opened the Apothecary section at our Avondale store in August 2017 after a long and winding path that led us to bringing medicinal herbs in our stores and our lives. Mama has been growing steadily for the last 10 years and we had been planning to eventually move our soap and product making operations out of the back of our Avondale store and into a new production space, which meant we had another half of a big store to expand into. Soaps and body products don't take up a lot of space, so for a couple of years, I (Emilie) had been brainstorming about what would go well with our existing offerings when we were ready to make this move. A natural nail bar? A spa component? More gift stuff? I tossed this around for a while and none of those ideas ever quite felt right. I get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings, so every time I'm in another city, I walk around all of the great little neighborhoods and stop into shops; a favorite past-time my husband and I have come to call "shop-popping." I travel with him a lot on his business trips, and while he works, I shop pop. In the summer of 2016, I was in London and I popped into a Neal's Yard Remedies shop, a well-known and respected line of skincare products in the UK. Behind their checkout counter were rows of jars containing loose herbs. At this time, I was also reading a book called Farmacology that had really piqued my interest. Especially the chapter on a woman named Ann Harmon who grew medicinal herbs and distilled hydrosols - floral and herbal waters that are great for skincare and many other things. We had been using certain herbs like calendula, lavender, pepperming, and comfrey in our products for years, so I knew a little about a few herbs that were good for external remedies. And as an avid gardener, I have been growing and using culinary herbs for years. I had always intended to grow some of the herbs we use in our products, but I hadn't quite gotten around to it yet. And I hadn't really put all of the pieces together in how they pertained to my business. Seeing these jars of herbs, along with shelves of supplements and amber dropper bottles, set the wheels in motion. More on our herb journey next week!

April 18th, 2018

  • Cutting up a freshly made loaf of lavender + lemongrass soap in our production space. Our soaps are made in small batches to ensure a quality bar from beginning to end.

April 16th, 2018

  • "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy plants and that's pretty much the same thing." Our garden section at Avondale has been recently restocked!

April 14th, 2018

April 14th, 2018

April 14th, 2018

  • Planning a relaxing weekend or just hoping to find some downtime in between items on your to-do list? Wind down with one of our soaps - our lavender + mint bar pairs perfectly with our poufs!

April 12th, 2018

  • Did you know? We now sell lemon essential oil! Known to be a great antibacterial and anti-fungal, lemon EO makes a great addition to homemade cleaners and smells wonderfully fresh in a diffuser. Pick up a bottle in stores or on our website!

April 11th, 2018

  • Our tea bar is filled with a wide selection of black, green, and herbal teas to choose from. We're loving the herbal Sweet and Spicy blend that can be brewed in one of the teapots we sell in the shop! (P.S. Get a free ounce of tea with your purchase of one of our teapots!).

April 10th, 2018

  • Our Daddy-O line for men features lots of great-smellin' products, including out peppermint + rosemary beard oil! With rosemary-infused jojoba oil as the main ingredient, all of our beard oils are packed with nourishment that will leave any length of beard conditioned and manageable and your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

April 9th, 2018

  • Spring has finally sprung, and this soap simply sings spring! Our April soap of the month features the gorgeous and uplifting essential oil litsea cubeba. This delightful essential oil blend combines light and refreshing litsea with warming sage and grounding patchouli to create a blend that smells so sweet and delicious, we almost called it "I Want Candy." We really hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

April 6th, 2018

  • Each one of our herbs is filled by hand in reusable, recyclable bags. Buy one ounce (or a few) and get a free recipe card to give you ideas for your own DIYs at home! Only at our Avondale store.

April 5th, 2018

April 3rd, 2018

  • Bits of our soaps waiting to be added to our soap sampler jars! Featuring our 9 most popular soaps, the sampler is a great way to figure out your favorite scents without buying each bar individually. Get yours here!

April 2nd, 2018

March 30th, 2018

  • Hello Friday! Swing by our Avondale shop and kick off the weekend with a hot cup of tea. With delicious local tea from our favorite @justaddhoney and organic herbal teas from Mountain Rose Herbs and Starwest Botanicals, we've got you covered for whatever tea mood you're in!

March 28th, 2018

March 27th, 2018

  • Did you know that synthetic fragrance in products may have detrimental effects on our bodies? Companies are able to legally hide thousands of potentially harmful chemicals behind the blanket term "fragrance," never having to reveal their ingredients. We think that's nuts, and it's why every one of our products is scented with only pure essential oils – never any synthetic fragrance!

March 23rd, 2018

  • Our 100% natural soy candles in progress! Why soy? Many commercial candles are made using paraffin wax, which is a by-product of the petroleum industry. Gross! We are committed to only using pure essential oils in 100% soy wax (no vegetable or petroleum blends here!) Soy wax burns cleaner, so no icky black soot on your walls. It's easy to clean if you spill hot wax, and unlike petroleum, soy is a renewable resource! #thisiswhatnaturallookslike

March 22nd, 2018

  • Did you know we sell supplies for your own DIYs at our Avondale shop? We have hobby sizes of essential oils and carrier oils as well as soy candle wax and ROSP organic palm oil. Swing by and stock up for your weekend projects! View our complete list of supplies here.

March 21st, 2018

  • Do you have a love of all things natural? Do you love talking to people? Do you want to join an amazing team with a killer employee discount? Check us out (must be available nights and weekends, please!). Start your application here!

March 20th, 2018

  • Happy first day of Spring! To celebrate, pop into one of our stores this week and mention this post, and we'll give you a FREE tangerine lip balm with your purchase! You will love our citrusy balm, chock full of lip-loving ingredients like beeswax, cocoa + shea butter plus olive + sweet almond oils. And of course, uplifting tangerine essential oil! Hello Spring! P.S. This also applies to web purchases - just mention this post in the notes at checkout!

March 19th, 2018

  • We're so excited for spring, we wet our plants. (Corny, but true. We're giddy about spring!)

March 16th, 2018

  • It's finally here! Introducing 100% natural liquid hand soap straight from the Mama lab. Formulated with cleansing and moisturizing oils of coconut, olive, avocado, castor, and jojoba, and scented with our signature essential oil blends you know and love, this stuff will leave your hands feeling (and smelling) amazing. Pick some up today!

March 15th, 2018

  • Curious about herbs but don't know where to start? Join us anytime between 2-5pm this Saturday at Mama Apothecary in Avondale for a workshop to learn how to identify, harvest, and incorporate these powerful plants (dandelion, chickweed, and violet) into your daily routine! Click here to sign up for this FREE workshop!

March 14th, 2018

  • Some of our soaps curing on their racks to add some color to your Wednesday. We use a variety of herbs and flowers - like activated charcoal and alkanet root to spinach powder and rose clay - to give our soaps their vibrant natural color. Who needs synthetic dyes when nature makes such great colors? Shop all bar soaps here!

March 13th, 2018

  • Exciting new projects are blooming at Mama this year!

March 12th, 2018

  • Lagging behind from springing forward? Our exhilarating scent combines energizing peppermint with clarifying rosemary essential oils that will help you beat the time change and keep you focused and awake all day long.

March 11th, 2018

  • I have been reading and enjoying and so thoroughly inspired by this book. I had a rare afternoon to myself today, so I stopped by the @wyldecenter, picked up some plants and planted a lettuce garden in the rain. It was one of my better stolen afternoons. #saladforpresident #growwhatyoueat #foodforthesoul 

March 9th, 2018

March 8th, 2018

  • Happy International Women's Day from our women-owned-and-run business to you! #girlpower

March 7th, 2018

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March 5th, 2018

  • Monday Meditations: "The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement."

March 2nd, 2018

  • Happy March! As we see tips of plants poking out of the ground, all we want is MORE GREEN! Our March soap of the month was inspired by spring, so we made a bright essential oil blend full of spring herbs such as peppermint, rosemary, sage, and eucalyptus. Plus, we added a little French green clay for a light detox. Pick up a bar in-store, or expect it soon in your soap of the month subscription box!

March 1st, 2018

  • We keep a good stock of homemade tinctures – herbs extracted in alcohol – here at our Avondale shop to keep our staff healthy. Tinctures are inexpensive, easy to make, and powerful plant medicine that can help you stay well year-round. Stop by our Avondale shop to pick up your own herbs and a tincture recipe card to DIY at home, or pick up a packaged tincture from one of the trusted brands we sell!

February 28th, 2018

  • Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those mornings when you're running behind! Many commercial dry shampoos contain toxins that can be harmful to your health, but our 100% natural dry shampoo comes in two colors and contains only safe, oil-absorbing powders that lift the roots and let you extend the time between washes. Shop dry shampoo and hand and face towels here!

February 27th, 2018

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February 24th, 2018

  • Are you expecting, know someone who is, or have little ones of your own and wanna treat yo’self? Our Baby Mama gift sets have everything from gentle soap to handcrafted salve to soothe baby cheeks and mama bellies.

February 23rd, 2018

  • Our organic dried herbs at our Avondale store have so many uses - a favorite for cold and flu season is Mama’s own Immuni-Tea, hand-blended here in the shop with nutritious, immune-boosting herbs like elderberry, nettle, rose hips, and holy basil. Drink to your health!

February 23rd, 2018

  • Take your aromatherapy on the go with our mood tubes - power packed essential oil roll-ons that will help you face any atmosphere with a level head.

February 22nd, 2018

February 21st, 2018

  • Get your zen before it’s gone! Our limited edition scent combines cleansing lemongrass with warming Chinese ginger and will leave your skin and home feeling tranquil.

February 14th, 2018

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February 6th, 2018

  • Our first soap of the month subscription shipped yesterday! Cardamom is the perfect scent to combat the February blues. Cardamom soaps of the month will be online and in our stores by the end of the week. Click here to check out our soap subscriptions

February 4th, 2018

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December 14th, 2017

  • So excited to announce the launch of our soap subscription box because we've been working on this baby for a while! Sign up for limited edition soaps delivered to your doorstep every month. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Click here to shop Soap Subscription Boxes!

December 6th, 2017

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October 30th, 2017

  • Interested in joining a growing company with awesome co-workers and an excellent employee discount? Mama Bath + Body is hiring for both part-time and temporary (holiday) positions, starting immediately! Click here to learn more.

October 27th, 2017

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October 23rd, 2017

  • Our BabyMama body oils are great for everyone, especially those with sensitive or dry skin. They are packed with nut free oils (calendula infused olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil) with vitamin e (great for reducing the appearance of scars). Our body oils are lightly scented making them a perfect alternative for anyone who prefers to stay away from heavily scented lotions. Click here to shop our BabyMama Body Oils.

October 20th, 2017

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August 14th, 2017

  • Not just for babies! Our ultra-healing salve is a favorite for after sun care, dry spots, post-tattoo care, cuticles, and even (unscented) for pet paws! Click here to shop our salve. 

 August 9th, 2017

  • Mercury goes into retrograde again this Saturday, so stand by with our new Anise + Spearmint soap. This GORGEOUS bar pairs notes of black licorice (anise) and mint and looks like a starry night. We promise this calming & refreshing EO blend will help offset any planetary unease! Click here to shop our August Soap of the Month.

August 4th, 2017

  • You know when you enjoy a delicious taco and then your hands smell like it the rest of the day? This soap will change your life! (It's also great for chefs, cooks, and anyone with B.O.) Click here to shop our Chef's Soap. 

July 31st, 2017

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June 22nd, 2017

June 20th, 2017

  • Finished loaves of our best selling Honey Almond soap. 

June 15th, 2017

June 14th, 2017

  • Greasy hands deserve good soap! If your dad has working hands, he'll love our mechanics soap. It's a super effective, all-natural version of the commercial versions, complete with citrus scent. Click here to shop our Exfoliating Soaps.

June 13th, 2017

  • Your dad called and wanted us to tell you that he has enough ties. He did mention that he would love our all-natural, super lathery shave soap and a boar bristle shave brush this Father's Day. (But you didn't hear that from us!) Click here to shop Gifts for Dad.

June 12th, 2017

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May 18th, 2017

  • Just a cat enjoying a morning bath with our Rosemary Shampoo Bar. Prissy gives this shampoo bar two paws up! Safe for humans + pets! Click here to shop Hair Care.

May 13th, 2017

  • Haven't had a chance to pick up a Mother's Day Gift yet? Stop by one of our stores. We would love to help you pick out a gift for all the mama's in your life. (Bag comes with purchases of $100+). Click here for Mama store locations + hours. 

May 12th, 2017

May 11th, 2017

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May 4th, 2017

  • Mother's Day is May 14th! We have gifts for every mama in your life, including new moms + moms-to-be. Order by Sunday, May 7th to guarantee your Mom gets her gift on time! Click here to shop gifts for Mother's Day.

May 1st, 2017

  • Mother's Day is coming up (on May14th to be exact) and we've got you covered! We have great gift ideas for every kind of Mama, including Moms-to-be. Order by Friday, May 5th to guarantee your Mom gets her gift on time. Click here to shop gifts for Mother's Day.

April 29th, 2017

March 21st, 2017

  • This is what natural looks like! It's hard to make the switch to all-natural for your hair products, but we are working hard to give you some great options. We even have a dry shampoo option for dark hair. Click here to shop Mama hair care products.

March 4th, 2017

  • Check out our fun new Soap of the Month! Scented with a delightful combo of Cedarwood and Lavender essentials oils and colored with activated charcoal and spinach powder. Available through the end of March! Click here to shop our Lavender + Cedarwood soap. 

January 27th, 2017

  • Our highly anticipated Odds and Ends sale starts today at 10am at our Avondale store ONLY! Take an add'l 20% off of reg priced items too. Web sale starts tomorrow (Sat) at 10am sharp! Click here to shop our online sale.

December 29th, 2016

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December 15th, 2016

  • Can I have some remedy? Why yes you can! Our new essential oil Remedy Sticks are available individually or in a handy 3 pack (that happens to fit perfectly in a stocking. Click here to shop our Remedy Sticks.

December 14th, 2016

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November 29th, 2016

  • You asked — we listened! Beard Oil is here! Our new beard oil is packed with nourishing oils that will leave any length of beard conditioned and manageable. Available in our classic Daddy-O scents as well as unscented. Shop our beard oils in store. Click here to shop Beard Oil. 

November 23rd, 2016

  • Is holiday prep giving you a migraine? Try our new Headache Remedy Stick! Cooling peppermint essential oil and soothing lavender are great for quick relief of migraines and headaches at their onset. Apply directly to your temples as often as needed. We also have Sinus and Blemish Remedy Sticks! Click here to shop Remedy Sticks.

November 18th, 2016

  • With the holidays upon us, we are busy in the Mama Kitchen! All our soy candles are 100% natural and hand-poured right here at our Avondale Estates store. Click here to shop our soy candles.

November 15th, 2016

  • Release some essential oil goodness in your child’s bedroom with our Rosie Pig + Lulu Duck Diffusers ($49.99). Eucalyptus and lavender are perfect essential oils for a child’s room for the cold and flu season. (Plus, these adorable diffusers also double as a humidifier.) Diffusers and essential oils are available at both Mama stores (Avondale +@KrogStMarket). Click here to shop our diffusers and essential oils.

October 27th, 2016

October 21st, 2016

  • Homemade soaps and soy candles make perfect holiday gifts! Last classes of the year are posted! Reserve your spot at www.loveyourmama.com/classes
  • Stop by the shops (Avondale Estates + @KrogStMkt) or www.loveyourmama.com to pick up one of new fabulous essential oil diffusers! 1. Urbane Diffuser ($59.99)  2. Grab-and-Go Diffusers ($29.99 + $14.99) 3. Car Diffusers ($15.99) 4. SpaVapor+ ($39.99). Click here to shop diffusers and essential oils.

October 20th, 2016

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