Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Lavender Fields Forever

Last Saturday, we visited Glendarragh Lavender Farm in Appleton, Maine. They were almost ready to harvest the lavender and opened their farm to visitors. What a beautiful place!

I've always wanted to see fields of lavender but didn't know about Glendarragh until recently. They grow a dozen varieties of English and French (lavandin) lavender at their farm, in a range of colors from deep purple to pale pink, white, and of course, lavender. You can read more about them and see some harvest photos on their Facebook page

I had fun taking some pictures (it's much prettier in person). As we strolled among the blossoming hedges, the scent of lavender followed us on the breeze. It was a warmer floral than the sometimes piney scent of the essential oil, somehow sweeter. My kids enjoyed the lemon lavender ice cream, made with the farm's lavender buds.

Of course I had to come home and make some Lavender Lemonade lip balms. It's a specialty flavor, a purple-hued lemon-flavored balm with a hint of lavender. 

Lavender Lemonade lip balm
Have you ever visited a lavender farm? 

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Flavor of the Month July 2014

Summers are for cold treats - and for lip balm versions of cold treats! This July, our Flavor of the Month is Root Beer Float. We add a generous scoop of vanilla to a mug (tube?) of fizzy root beer, for a sweet balm your lips will love.

Root Beer Float is available at 15% off through July 31 like all of our Flavor of the Month balms. (We still have a few Balm on the Fourth of July balms, too! Make sure to order soon!)

We'll also be including a Root Beer Float lip balm in orders placed by our favorite customers (Flavorites). Remember, we don't pick favorites, so you get to decide at checkout whether you'd like to join! Look for the check box at checkout this month.

Do you like root beer floats? What's your favorite summer treat?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Nautical Themed Wedding Favors

Anchors aweigh, it's a nautical theme day! 

Not to take the wind out of your sails, but you don't need to go overboard planning a maritime bridal shower or bachelorette. Even a simple celebration can share oceans of love with the bride-to-be. 

Anchors Aweigh Bridal Shower Favors | Tag Design # 1376 (matching label #360)

Want smooth sailing for the new couple? Share wisdom and marriage tips at the bridal shower, so the bride can learn the ropes from friends and family. Your advice can help them keep their relationship on an even keel.

Down the Hatch Bachelorette Favors | Label Design #361 (matching tag #1377)

You don't have to drink like a fish at your bachelorette party. Instead, choose your favorite cocktails in lip balm form. Mimosa and Pink Champagne are two of our most popular bachelorette party flavors. Down the hatch!

Oceans of Love Bridal Shower Favors | Label design #362 (matching tag #1378)

As she prepares to take the plunge, all that planning may leave the bride feeling like she can't keep her head above water. These little celebrations will get her back in the swim of things and feeling happy as a clam!

Dropping Anchor Bridal Shower Favors | Label Design #363 (matching tag #1379)

With your help, she'll have a whale of a time tying the knot. Talk with us about nautical theme favors for bridal showers and bachelorette parties!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Yum Recipes

There are so many things to like about summer, I couldn't pick just one...so I picked ten of my favorites to share with you today. Here are our favorite summer recipes from the past few years, all together and linked to their original posts.

Have a yummy summer!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: June Bug

Years ago I couldn't resist making a June Bug lip balm (I think it was a Flavor of the Month). It had a very bright, neon green color, and tasted like coconut, melon, pineapple, and banana.

If you're a fan of these tropical, summer flavors, you might like to try the real thing. Here's how you make one:

June Bug
3/4 ounce banana liqueur
3/4 ounce coconut rum
3/4 ounce melon liqueur
3 ounces pineapple juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a collins glass filled with ice.

What do you think of this fun summer drink?

Find more cocktail recipes online at about.com and Drinksmixer.com, and follow our Mixology board at Pinterest.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Thanks for Your Opinion

A few weeks ago I asked for your opinion about starting a Flavor of the Month Club. Thank you for sharing your thoughts at our online survey!

I'll be sharing the results of the survey in a future post, but for now I want to congratulate Elizabeth S., the winner of our $10 coupon for participating in the survey.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Flavor of the Month June 2014

This month's flavor isn't exactly new; we've been making a version of this layered lip balm for years. First we poured them in clear jars, but later decided that they were much more fun in tubes.

This year, Balm on the Fourth of July is our Flavor of the Month for June, so there's plenty of time to get this stars and stripes balm to celebrate Independence Day.

The stars are on the label, but the stripes are inside: three stacked flavors in one tube. Start with yummy strawberry, followed by tart lemon ice in the middle, and finish with sweet blueberry.

Balm on the Fourth of July is available through July 4, at 15% off like all of our Flavor of the Month balms.

We'll also be including a Balm on the Fourth lip balm in orders placed by our favorite customers (Flavorites). Remember, we don't pick favorites, so you get to decide at checkout whether you'd like to join!

I think the last time I made Balm on the Fourth, the red layer was cherry flavored. I hope you like this new version! Have you ever tried a layered lip balm?


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