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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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.