Healthy Sunscreen

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Lavanila SPF 30 SunscreenBy now, we all know how dangerous the Sun can be.  UV radiation from the Sun is a straight-up human carcinogen, and unfortunately you’ve probably experienced the results of overexposure:  hopefully only a sunburn here or there, but quite possibly something more serious such as premature aging or (gasp) skin cancer.  But…we love us some sun, so staying indoors isn’t even close to being an option.  Therefore we press on and trust that our SPF products will protect us from all the dangers while allowing us to enjoy the beauty.  Sunscreen = good!!!

But here’s a question for you…while our sunscreens are protecting us (and our precious loved-ones) from the Sun, WHO IS PROTECTING US FROM OUR SUNSCREENS?!  Many of the traditional/popular sunscreens we grew up slathering all over our bodies have helped prevent sunburn for sure…but they also likely contained many harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into your bloodstream over time. Traditional sunscreens typically use harsh chemicals like PABA, oxybenzone, parabens and synthetic fragrance that reportedly can accumulate in the bloodstream and cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Yikes – not good.  So are you damned if you do, damned if you don’t?  Not quite, because no we’ve got you covered — head-to-toe!!  We’re proudly introducing our Healthy SPF Collection with superior sun protection without any of the dangerous ingredients.  We use a new generation of mineral sunscreens that is completely free of harsh chemicals and infused with a superior complex of minerals, anti-oxidants & shea butter for daily protection that nourishes, soothes & hydrates.  If you’re scoring at home:

  • Superior protection…
  • No Harsh Chemicals…
  • No Nanoparticles…
  • Not bad for you…
  • Actually good for you…

More specifically, here are the benefits of our Healthy SPF Collection:

  • 100% Natural SPF 30 Body Protection
  • Chemical-Free
  • Natural Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide deliver high-level protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays that can cause damage & premature signs of aging. (fine lines, wrinkles & spots)
  • Infused with anti-oxidant rich Green Tea & Soothing Cucumber
  • Organic Shea Butter effectively hydrates with no greasy after-feel
  • Non-whiting formula
  • Non-comedogenic
  • No: Oxybenzone, Paraben, PABA or Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Nano-Particles. Minerals are non-coated.

We want you to enjoy the Sun, not fear it.  So hit the beach this summer, sit poolside, relax on vacation…and do it all with the confidence that we’ve got you covered from head to toe.  So as usual…please help us SPREAD THE HEALTH!!!

LAVANILA’s Five Finalists: “Thanks to Mother Nature” Contest

May 6, 2011 1 comment

Once again, we’re overwhelmed by the power and creativity of our loyal fans.  We knew you’d all come strong with some great submissions to our “Thanks to Mother Nature” contest, but we’d be lying if we said we knew you guys were going to be this awesome!!

For Mother’s Day, we asked you to come up with a way to honor LAVANILA’s Mom (Mother Nature, of course).  No other rules, really.  Just post something on our wall – a picture, a video, a story, a poem, etc – to express your appreciation for Mother Nature…the Mom that gave us all of the ingredients necessary to start our Healthy brand (among other things, obviously).

And as usual…you delivered!!!

Before we get to the 5 finalists for this contest…we wanted to enthusiastically thank YOU ALL for your creativity, passion, and effort throughout this contest…and in support of our brand in general.  As a tangible sign of our appreciation, we’re giving away a free Healthy Deodorant (you will LOVE this product!!) with your next purchase on lavanila.com to ALL who submitted an entry to this contest.  We’ll contact each of you with a specific code as soon as the contest is over.  We really were amazed with everybody’s thoughtfulness!!

Since this was a contest (with a HUGE, AWESOME prize), we did have to choose 5 finalists (although we wish everybody could win).  While it was nearly impossible to pick just 5, here are the best of the best submissions chosen by our esteemed panel of Healthy judges (alphabetical order, first name):

Adriane Coblentz Herring

Adriane Coblentz Herring

 Adriane Coblentz Herring:  Adriane clearly gets it!!  Not only does she explain how she ENJOYS Mother Nature in her anecdote, she also tells us how she goes out of her way to PRESERVE Mother Nature.  We love the selflessness and eco-consciousness…

 Brooke Whisnant:  Brooke graced our wall with an incredibly well-written, original poem that delivered a beautiful homage to Mother Nature.  And in the true spirit of Mother’s Day, Brooke eloquently describes how her bond with Mother Nature is now shared with her daughter as well

Brooke Whisnant

Brooke Whisnant

Mimi N Damwyk:  Even if Mimi doesn’t win this contest, she might just have a future in LAVANILA’s marketing department!!  Mimi wowed us with a photo of a smiley face.  What makes that so exceptional, you ask?  It’s possible it might have slipped past some, but the most astute LAVANILA fans will notice that Mimi used a Vanilla Bean for the mouth!!  And we don’t have confirmation, but it looks as though the rest of the face is comprised of LAVANILA ingredients as well (is that Tiare flower as the bow?!?!).  While the bottle of Pure Vanilla Body Butter in the photo is clearly causing the happy face to smile (J), it’s Mimi’s creativity and knowledge of our brand that make us grin from ear to ear.

Mimi N Damwyk

Mimi N Damwyk

Sabrina Quintana Another awesome anecdotal submission!!  Sabrina honors Mother Nature with a beautiful commentary about how a natural and organic lifestyle has improved her family’s general well-being.  We couldn’t agree more with her post, and we are so thankful that LAVANILA has touched her family’s life in a positive way.  We’ll continue to make our Healthy products so that Sabrina and the rest of you can always enjoy them, and we thank Sabrina for recognizing that LAVANILA (and other brands like us) are trying to make a Healthy difference in this world!!

Sabrina Quintana (Nieto)

Sabrina Quintana (Nietone of our fans wrote “LAVANILA, this could be your first commercial”. We’d be

Stacey Rastetter:  If you haven’t already seen Stacey’s video, you should check it out asap.  In response to this videl one of our fans wrote “LAVANILA, this could be your first commercial”.  We’d be HONORED to have such a creative/heartwarming/relevant video as our commercial…and that pretty much sums up how good this submission was.  We’re guessing Stacey’s little masterpiece will press our fans to continue to push the envelope in future contests.  We wish we had more to say about this submission, but we’re still in awe!!

Stacey Rastetter

Stacey Rastetter

Starting now, people will be allowed to vote “like” which submission they think should win the MOTHER OF ALL LAVANILA SETS – which is one of everything that we make, and it is valued at more than $1200.00.  “Voting” will be open through Sunday, and the winner will be announced on Monday morning (5/9).  So please encourage all of your friends/family/facebook community to vote for you!! VOTE HERE

While the true intent of this contest was to honor Mother Nature for Mother’s Day and offer our loyal Healthy community an opportunity to win some great prizes, we are reminded of how lucky we are to have all of you in our Healthy family.  Some of our best content comes from you, and we urge you all to continue to provide us with great content that we can all share and learn from.  Let’s never stop SPREADING THE HEALTH!!

LAVANILA Honors Mother Nature for Mother’s Day

May 2, 2011 3 comments

All of us at LAVANILA are looking forward to celebrating our Moms on Sunday…gifts, flowers, pampering, rest and relaxation…you name it, our Moms deserve it.  We wouldn’t be here today without our Mothers, and it’s not even possible for us to properly express our gratitude for making us who we are.

And our Brand is no different.  LAVANILA wants to honor its Mother this week as well, so please join us as salute MOTHER NATURE for providing us with the finest natural ingredients to put in our 100% Healthy collection.  Our brand would not exist today without Mother Nature…so, THANKS MOM!!!

LAVANILA COLLECTION

LAVANILA COLLECTION

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, please join us in showing our appreciation for Mother Nature.  In your own unique way, we would like you to show your appreciation for Mother Nature.  From now until Wednesday the 4th of May, please share a photo, video, poem, or just express your love for Mother Nature in any way you’d like on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

On Thursday May 5th, we will select the 5 most creative, inspiring and fun wall posts from our fans and let the rest of you vote for the winner (the most likes on our Facebook page will WIN).

The 5 finalists will have a few days to share their entry with their friends and the submission with the most fan votes (likes) will win an enormous gift basket from LAVANILA (pictured).  This includes one of every product we sell. The retail value of 1 of everything we sell is $1,200+, so get creative, and show us what you’ve got!!

Thank you in advance for your participation and we can’t wait to read your wall posts!

LAVANILA’S HEALTHY MAKEOVER

November 16, 2012 Leave a comment

OUR HEALTHY MAKEOVER…just in time for the Holidays!!

As you probably know by now, we’ve redesigned and re-launched our website in an effort to make your shopping experience more informative and hassle-free.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please visit and look around.  We hope you like what you see!

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Aside from our new look, you’ll notice a bunch of great new features designed to enhance your overall experience on Lavanila.com.  As you shop (or maybe you’re just visiting to learn more About Us), here are some of the key improvements you’ll enjoy:

PRODUCT RATINGS

Ratings: You can now rate and read reviews about all of our products…all part of our initiative to bring our Healthy Family closer together.  This is probably the new feature we are most excited about!!

SOCIAL INTEGRATION

Want to tell your Facebook friends about your favorite Healthy product?  Go ahead and SPREAD THE HEALTH by sharing!!

INGREDIENTS  SECTION

You’ll find a new and improved “Ingredients” section with images, ingredient definitions, and comprehensive “found in” content…all of the information you need to make Healthy choices about your daily beauty routine.

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LAVANILA.COM EXCLUSIVES

We’re constantly refreshing our collection to fit the needs of our customers and our industry’s trends. Now we’re bringing that same simple strategy to lavanila.com — we’re going to create exclusive sets for our lavanila.com family based on what you want, love, and need the most. And don’t be surprised if we ask YOU to create sets for US…after, that is the essence of this strategy!!

ON SALE SECTION + PERKS PAGE

All of our “on sale” items are clearly organized in one section to better steer you toward our most Healthy bargains. We’ll update this section with awesome deals regularly, so be sure to stop in often.

Further, we’ve created a PERKS page that highlights all of our current lavanila.com promotions.  Free Shipping offers, Gift-with-Purchase offers, discounts, etc…you’ll find it all here!

We really hope you like our new site!!  We’ve added some great new content, but more importantly – we’ve now given YOU the opportunity to produce content along with us.  So check out our new look and start spreading the Health by rating and sharing your favorite products.

And as always, we’d like to express our appreciation for having such an incredible community of fans.  PLEASE ENJOY 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER, 11/16/2012 thru 11/18/2012.  USE PROMO CODE LAVRELAUNCH AT CHECKOUT.

LOVE,

LAVANILA

Categories: General Info

MOTHER’S DAY PROMO CODE/VANILLA SUMMER/EARTH MONTH WRAP-UP

MOTHER’S DAY 2012:  Obviously we should be celebrating the Mothers of the world EVERY DAY…but not in lieu of some supreme pampering on Mom’s special day.  So if you’re a Mom…if you’ve ever been a Mom…if you’ve ever had a Mom…if you know somebody who is a Mom…THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!!:

*25% OFF ALL VANILLA LAVENDER PRODUCTS (deodorant excluded)

*25% OFF ALL BABY PRODUCTS

-Use Promo Code LAVMOMMY

-Now-thru-Sunday May 13th

WE LOVE YOU, MOMS!!

VANILLA SUMMER:  Summer isn’t just a season on the calendar.  It’s an emotion.  Summer has a distinct feel…a sound…a taste…a smell.  Summer is so many different things to so many different people.  Here is what Summer is to us:

Enjoy your summer!!!

EARTH MONTH WRAP-UP

We didn’t quite reach our awareness goal for Earth Month 2012, so we’re already hard at work in the lab trying to think of bigger and better ways to celebrate next year.  We’ll probably even include YOU in these discussions throughout the process, so please…well…please just continue to be the amazing/supportive/intelligent/thoughtful/talented/creative fans that you’ve been all along!!  In the meantime, here is the final TREE tally for Earth Month 2012:

FACEBOOK FANS ADDED = 175 TREES PLANTED

TWITTER FOLLOWERS ADDED = 73 TREES PLANTED

BONUS = 100 TRESS PLANTED in honor of our downed tree at HQ on Earth Day

TOTAL = 348 TREES PLANTED

THANKS FOR HELPING US SPREAD THE HEALTH!!

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LAVANILA CELEBRATES EARTH MONTH 2012

April 10, 2012 1 comment

Last year, we had an awesome time with our Earth Day initiative.  Adding to our already-successful partnership with the Nature Conservancy’s “Plant a Billion Trees” program (we “plant a tree” for every order placed on lavanila.com), we decided to PLANT A TREE for every facebook fan we received between 4/21/2011 and 4/22/2011 as a special homage to the very ecosystem that provides all of our 100% natural ingredients.

The program was a huge success for us – we added 700+ fans on facebook, and in turn we planted 700+ trees.  So naturally, we’re doing it again this year…but this time we’re upping the ante!!

We’re extending the dates because we’re celebrating Earth MONTH (not Earth Day).  And not only are we going to Plant a Tree for every new “like” on facebook between now and 4/30, we’re also going to give our entire community 30% off their entire purchase once we hit 4,000 “likes” (http://www.facebook.com/lavanilalabs).

All we ask is that you pass this along to your friends and family who will appreciate our vision and embrace our brand.  In return, we’ll plant hundreds (thousands??) of trees and give you 30% off any purchase on lavanila.com.

As usual, thanks for helping us SPREAD THE HEALTH!!

DETAILS

Dates:  April 10 thru April 30 (11:59pm EST on 4/30) 

Partner: The Nature Conservancy

 

ADDITIONAL FACTS

Why Trees?

Trees are a crucial part of the Earth’s ecosystem. They are green machines that naturally clean our air and water by absorbing pollutants and stabilizing soil.

What is LAVANILA’s interest in planting trees? 

LAVANILA is committed to business and manufacturing practices that minimize our impact on the environment.  Planting trees provides breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils and a stable climate.  We are proud of our ability to make an immediate difference.

 

Who is the Nature Conservancy?

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Categories: General Info

This Earth Day; Help Lavanila “Plant A Forest”

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

We’re trying to make a difference, and we want your help…

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Nature Conservancy’s “PLANT A BILLION TREES” initiative, we’ve decided to increase our efforts for Earth Day 2011.  While we will continue to plant one tree for every order placed on lavanila.com throughout our existence, we are also going to plant one tree for every new Facebook fan we receive between April 21st (12:00am EST) and April 22nd (11:59pm EST).  For every new “like” we get on our Facebook page, a tree will be planted.

Lavanila Earth Day

Lavanila Earth Day

We’re not asking for anything in return…there are no purchase commitments attached.  All we ask is that you help us grow our Healthy community, and in turn we will plant a tree in your honor and continue our ongoing, evergreen (pun intended) initiative of restoring Earth’s precious ecosystem.

So please tell your family, your friends, your colleagues…anybody and everybody. LAVANILA is making a difference, and we need you to help us SPREAD THE HEALTH!!

DETAILS*

Dates:  April 21 & April 22 (Earth Day)

Times:  12am EST on April 21 to 11:59pm EST on April 22nd.

Partner: The Nature Conservancy

*Please visit our site  for more details

 

ADDITIONAL FACTS

Why Trees?

Trees are a crucial part of the Earth’s ecosystem. They are green machines that naturally clean our air and water by absorbing pollutants and stabilizing soil.

What is LAVANILA’s interest in planting trees? 

LAVANILA is committed to business and manufacturing practices that minimize our impact on the environment.  Planting trees provides breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils and a stable climate.  We are proud of our ability to make an immediate difference.

Who is the Nature Conservancy?

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

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