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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 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!!!



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!

Our Beginning. Our Blog. Your Brand.

April 15, 2011 2 comments

I used to sneeze every time I wore perfume.  My eyes would water, and I would sneeze.  It wasn’t really brand-specific either… I had this reaction to pretty much every fine fragrance I tried.  Why?  What ingredient

(ingredients) was causing this reaction?  Why can’t I smell great without the irritation?  Laura DiGirolamo, my dear friend and eventual business partner, experienced the same problems with her fragrances, and then some:  sneezing, headaches, nausea, and irritation.

Honestly, that’s how this whole thing started…

Why were we sneezing and crying when we put on our favorite fine fragrances?  The simple answer:  CHEMICALS.  Phthlates, Petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol, Silicone, Sulfates, Parabens. to name a few of the culprits specifically.  Traditional fragrances feature these chemicals prominently in their formulations, so we figured maybe we should just stay away from these products.  Easy enough I guess.

But wait…the beauty products we had been using for years contain chemicals that are probably giving us headaches and making us sneeze.  Really?!  Are there other by-products of these ingredients?  Are there more serious health risks here?  Yes and yes.  Phthlates have been linked to birth defects.  Parabens and sulfates are often flagged in Cancer research.  Petrochemicals are used to make things like explosives and pesticides.  Why are these things in our perfume?

So our personal curiosity turned into a professional crusade.  The story was no longer sneezing and headaches – it became much bigger and more important than that.  It became about HEALTH.  We were so passionate about the harmful effects of the harsh chemicals that poisoned our daily beauty routines that we were compelled to act.  Could we create a fragrance and beauty collection completely free of harsh chemicals and 100% Healthy, while delivering a sophisticated, luxurious scent in the process?  Why not?

The result – LAVANILA.  We are so incredibly proud to bring you the world’s premier 100% HEALTHY Collection of elegant, luxurious beauty products.  Completely free of Harsh Chemicals.  No Petrochemicals, Phthlates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Silicone, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, or Parabens.  Instead of using harsh chemicals, we packed our products with immune-supporting botanicals, anti-oxidants, pure essential oils, and 30 essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

So as long as we are fortunate enough to do so, we’ll create HEALTHY products for you to enjoy.  The only thing we ask in return is that you help us SPREAD THE HEALTH!!

We’re going to continue to use this space to tell you about product launches, promotions, philanthropic efforts, industry news, and personal triumphs.  We look forward to our HEALTHY journey together…

Naturally yours,

Danielle Raynor & Laura DiGirolamo

Founders of Lavanila Laboratories