If you were to meet Hayna Weems, Owner and Mixologist Extraordinaire of On Hand Lotions, you would immediately feel the passion she carries for all things natural. A homeschooling mother to three and wife to one, Mrs. Weems sure knows how to keep herself busy. If she’s not outdoors engaging in free play with her little ones, you can be assured she’s in the kitchen either making her family a healthy home-cooked meal or whipping up a batch of fresh lotion bars or lip balms. Everything in her shop is made by her two hands – EVERYTHING – which means On Hand Lotions is completely independent. On top of that, Hayna uses all natural ingredients. The list is so long I couldn’t even begin to tell you (so read more about it HERE). What I can tell you is how much you’ll enjoy using anything and everything made by Hayna’s two hands. I know firsthand how busy she is making these lotions and potions through all hours of the night while maintaining her at-home Mom status. There’s no denying how great these products are. On Hand Lotions is growing by leaps and bounds and I am beyond thrilled to share this beautiful self-started handmade business with the world.
I have tried many of the products offered by On Hand Lotions. Not only do they all smell GREAT, they all nourish and cleanse and protect and heal so well! I have so many favorites, I’ll have to break it down for you by product. The lip balm is scrumptious. If I absolutely had to choose one flavor over another, it would have to be jojoba mint. It has a little tingle to it which makes me feel like there is a healing quality. It’s really the perfect lip balm for harsh winters like we have here in Upstate/Western New York but I’ve even been using it during our humid summer for a little refreshing lip blast. (Is that even a thing?!) If you’re like me and you can’t decide, splurge for a three-pack.
I’ve been a fan of name-brand facial moisturizers my whole adult life so it took me a little convincing to test anything for my face. I’ve recently tried the Thirsty-Face Moisturizing Serum and I must admit it’s quite lovely. The scent alone is beautiful! The result is a smooth, moisturized skin yet oil-free and with a nice, clean feel. I use it when I’m on the go – just a few drops go a long way!
We cannot forget about the Lotion Bars: the reason On Hand Lotions exists! Whether you have your ‘hands on’ the lemongrass, the four thieves, the cocoa, lemon tart or lavender, your body will thank you. The bars melt into your hands leaving them soft and silky. They last forever! We are still using the same bar from the beginning of spring with plenty to spare.
Keep in mind this neat idea for custom wedding or party favors: Organic Lotion Bars in a cute hinged tin with custom labels!
Let’s talk summer must-haves! Firstly, my little gingers cannot spend more than five minutes in the sun without getting scorched. Enter Sun’s Up! Sunscreen. It’s made with zinc oxide which is simply the best sunblock around with an SPF of 35 or more. We like that it doesn’t leave a white cast that other sunscreens may – a smooth application makes for less time prepping to play outside. On Hand has your solution to those buggy nights. Bugscreen Insect Repellent works better to prevent insect bites than any other product I’ve tried. Our “Sweet” family spends countless hours by the lake during the summer, often in the evening when those dang mosquitoes want nothing more than to eat me alive. This spray may take some getting used to scent-wise, according to some of our younger family members, but it is well worth it! (Imagine a freshly-tossed salad thanks to the apple cider vinegar used in the ingredients.) Believe me when I say that even though this is the least pleasant smelling product offered by On Hand, it’s still waaaaaay better than the other toxic bug sprays you’ll find on the market.
On Hand Lotions is owned and operated by a wonderful woman. She puts so much love and passion into her work. Her knowledge of her products is extensive. She even goes to the great lengths of brewing her own vinegar from her own apples for the bugscreen and infusing her own almond oil with calendula blossoms and chamomile flowers to use in the Thirsty-Face. Small business practices such as these won’t be seen by large companies who mass produce skin care products. Hayna just needs to find a way to bottle her spirit to share with us all. I think that would make the shop complete. 🙂
THE GOOD STUFF
On Hand Lotions would like to share an opportunity to WIN a basket full of skin care goodies! Just in time to grab onto those last moments of summer, the Summer Adventure Pack will include:
-one (1) 4 oz. bottle Bugscreen Organic Repellent
-one (1) Sun’s Up! Scent-Free Organic Suncreen Stick
-one (1) White Chocolate Organic Lip Balm
-one (1) Lemongrass Organic Lotion Bar, medium size, in tin
(a $49 value)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
There are plenty of new products coming this fall, so be sure to stay on the lookout by following On Hand Lotions on Facebook, on Instagram or on the Etsy shop. If only there were smell-o-vision…
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One will receive one (1) Summer Adventure Pack from On Hand Lotions (a $49 value). Contest begins August 7, 2014 at 12:00am and ends August 14th, 2014 at 12:00am and is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced Friday, August 15th, 2014 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook & Instagram pages. Winning prize will be shipped to any of the 50 US States. Entries will be verified.