Colorado Collaboration: How Lemongrass Spa Grew Out of Pine, CO

I’ve just washed my hands for the 15th time this morning. It’s not quite 10AM. It’s part of a life with animals, but my hands get eczema every winter. Does this happen to everyone who keeps chickens? Probably.

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Last winter, my friend Misty started selling Lemongrass Spa products. I liked that they were made out of ingredients I could recognize, but I’m always reluctant to use products made outside this state when so many great products are made right here in Colorado.

“Nice,” I said. “Where is it made?”

“Oh!”, she exclaimed. “You’ll like this. It’s made in Pine, CO!”

I was hooked.

In my endless search for something to stop my feet from itching just as I’m drifting off to sleep, I bought a foot spa kit.

Lemongrass Spa Foot Spa Kit

You know what makes feet stop itching? Soaking! So I developed a strange habit of soaking my feet while working at my desk. I do the whole routine, from the soaking to scrubbing with the walnut hull & salt scrub to slathering peppermint foot balm on my feet. And then I put on socks. The socks are important, even though the kit doesn’t come with them. They keep the balm on your feet long enough to soak it in.

Now, back to the hand-washing problem.

Since the foot kit worked so well, I figured I’d try something for my hands. Here is the routine:

I don't think there is any actual soap in here. It's very gentle.

I don’t think there is any actual soap in here. It’s very gentle.

Then I use this. The scented ones are nice, but I prefer unscented because the cats hate when I pet scents onto them.

Then I use this. The scented ones are nice, but I prefer unscented because the cats hate when I pet scents onto them.

At night I use these. The Body Creme is an unscented heavy moisturizer, the nail balm is an unscented oil mix that prevents hang nails and the Healing Elements Balm is good for the eczema spots.

At night I use these. The Body Creme is an unscented heavy moisturizer, the Nail Balm is an unscented oil mix that prevents hang nails and the Healing Elements Balm is good for the eczema spots.

It’s working. I won’t say I have no eczema, but it’s a lot less than most years!

I don’t know how they make this stuff, but I do know where they make it. Heidi Leist started this business in 2002 in the mountain town of Bailey, CO. Her idea was that she could make spa products in her home to sell and then she could stay home with her baby.

A lot of people have ideas like that, but Heidi did it! She sold the products by demonstrating them at home parties, like she’d seen people do with products from big corporations. The model worked and when she was selling enough that she couldn’t do it all herself, she stuck with it and started signing up consultants.

You can tell this is a Colorado company. Where else do people take spa products camping?

You can tell this is a Colorado company. Where else do people take spa products camping?

It’s not a bad deal, all in all. Consultants can make $400 a month by doing a party a week. I signed up the Chickens and we do online parties (since they aren’t allowed to leave the yard.)

Lemongrass sells makeup too. I started using it now that I spend as much time in business meetings as on farms. It doesn't get all my clothes, but I can still get it off easily at night.

Lemongrass sells makeup too. I started using it now that I spend as much time in business meetings as on farms. It doesn’t come off on my hands all day, but I can still get it off easily at night. It also doesn’t have a lot of preservatives, as you can see.

Many of the products are still made in Pine, although the company is big enough that it has another facility in Florida now. The headquarters are still here and we’re planning a visit for spring.

If you’re looking for gentle, mainly organic skin care and makeup contact us. You can use your skin care dollars to get a great local product and support the Hungry Chicken Homestead Chickens at the same time!

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