It's not often that I mix blog and business, but today felt like the perfect day.
As most of you know, I write Clean simply for the joy of it. I love to come here and share with you. But since I don't offer blog sponsorship or affiliate links or ads, I'm paid only through your kind words and presence here.
My other passion, LüSa Organics, is how we make a living.
As some of you already know LüSa Organics is my small organic body care company.
And I mean small. LüSa at the moment consists of Pete and I and four other wonderful souls: Karen, Steven, Brandi, and Kim. Along with Lupine and Sage (our kids and the Lü and Sa of LüSa) the eight of us imagine, create, package, label, ship, and otherwise make the LüSa magic happen.
And I can't think of a more rewarding way to spend our days.
Unlike large body care manufacturers, our production space is more of an friendly herbal kitchen than a laboratory.
We infuse locally grown organic herbs in organic oils, mix up wholesome fragrant ingredients, then pour and label each tin by hand.
On sunny days Steven (our production specialist – the guy who makes the LüSa you love!) loves to pull his work cart up to the window and make product in the fleeting Wisconsin sunshine.
Our soaps are also made by hand combining organic oils with herbs, essential oils, and sodium hydroxide to create mild, fragrant soaps for the whole family. After curing for one month in our scent-tacular curing room, it's ready to ship off to your bathroom or kitchen sink.
We truly love what we do. I like to think that because everything we make is crafted by hand it's infused by the good energy of the good folks who create it.
Because of this LüSa products have some serious good juju.
And because we homeschool, our kids are frequently immersed in LüSa life. It's a wonderful environment for them to learn about small business, time management, and communication skills. (As well as earn a little pocket money doing odd jobs now and again.)
The children help assemble displays, invent new products, and bag scratch-and-dent soaps. Last year Sage invented a tool for LüSa to help us accurately drill the mason jar lids for our straw cups, he refinished our break room table, and recently learned how to use Photoshop and InDesign while helping me with product labels.
Lupine loves to mix up perfumes and other products to share with customers and help our staff with labeling tins and boxing orders. She also really loves sculpting with soap trims.
Sometimes the nearly grown children of our employees come to work, too, making the family feel of LüSa even more profound.
It's a simple formula: great people. Great recipes. Great ingredients. And the very best intentions.
With that combination I don't think we could ever go wrong.
At the end of the day if I had to describe LüSa in a few words it would be this: Good honest people making good honest products.
It might sound a little hokey, but it's really how I feel. In a day and age when much of what we buy is not as it appears, I'm honored to be on the other side of that story – very much real and honest with who we are and what we create.
I hope you enjoy our creations as much as we do.
Just for fun I'm putting together a LüSa wintertime care package for three lucky winners.
Each gift will contain a few of my favorite products (for wintertime or anytime).
Wisconsin EO diffuser
Small Da Balm
and a LüSa soap of your choice!
To enter just leave a comment below. And for an extra entry share this post via email or social media. Then leave a second comment to let me know.
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Comments are now closed. Congratulations to our winners!
bhayamudra who said…
Would love a chance to try some of your winter products! <3 Ali
Allison who said…
Cathy Johnson said…
Wonderful products, wonderful company! Sharing this on my FB right now. Also placing an order, hoping that da balm will help my husband with what appears to be an outbreak of eczema on the back of one if his hands.
I'll close comments later this week and announce winners in this post.
But wait. There's more!
(Of course there is, silly.)
If you place an order with LüSa Organics before March 1, add a comment of "BLOG SURPRISE" to your order and we'll add something extra to your order, with our thanks.
Be sure to leave that comment on your order, not on this post. Karen (who ships your orders) has a generous heart, so I expect the more you order the more she'll add.
If your order more than $60 you can also take advantage of a rare free shipping offer with coupon code "60shipCLEAN" before March 1, 2015.
I know. I never do that. Get on it while you can!
Oh, and one last thing.
I don't know how important each and every order is to a big corporation. But I do know how important it is to a small company like ours.
When you say yes to ordering from a small independent company you do great things. You feed us, you clothe us, you put a roof over our head. You help us buy seeds for the garden and hay for the sheep, violin lessons for Lupine and a chemistry book for Sage.
You make this life possible. Everyday.
Your choice to buy small makes all the difference for our family.
So thank you. Really, truly. Thank you.
It means so much.
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