Hello, I am Lanae Rhoads owner of Laveé Lanae. I am a maker of all things. Anything that contains the word handmade shouts to me, “Can you do this, try me, make me, figure this recipe out!” And of course I have to see if I can do it better. There are a lot of things that I don’t make well and I will leave those to my friends. But, soap, skincare, lotions, makeup, or anything to do with caring for your skin naturally is my passion. I started making skincare (soaps and lotions) in 2005 after I had been fighting with my skin for years. A friend gave me some handmade, goat’s milk soap from a farmer’s market and it changed my life. Within a week my skin was cleared up and within a couple months I thought, “If they can make it so can I”. I was off and running and haven’t slowed down since. If you can imagine a cosmetic or body care product I probably make it or am in the process of trying to make it.
I realized very quickly that I wouldn’t be working with synthetic fragrance oils. When I began learning the process that was the allergen triggering my skin reactions. Due to that, I scent every product with essential oils extracted directly from the leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of the plants found around us in nature.
I also refuse to use ingredients that aren’t sustainable in their harvesting, planting or growing techniques. 2017 will be the year of saying goodbye to palm oil products. I had been using palm oils sourced from the US, but my supplier began purchasing from Malaysia. I needed to make a change. That change includes beginning to use lots of sunflower seed oil. Sunflower oil can be sourced from a farm in Northern Minnesota, only a few hours from where I make my soap. Shrinking the carbon footprint of my soaps just that much more. YAY!
As much as I love using raw ingredients (and most of my products contain organic, raw, local, edible ingredients) I also appreciate the benefit that a little bit of chemistry can bring to the party. I make emulsified lotions that contain preservatives carefully chosen for their efficacy and their gentleness. I use emulsifiers that come from non-gmo sugar and canola oil. I use olive oil isolates to get the best result for the product I am creating and for the customer I am creating for.
I love what I do and I love teaching my customers about what I do. If you are interested in learning more I teach classes on a monthly basis. Or you can come in and talk to me (or poke through my workshop) about the process or the ingredients I am using at 15 N. 3rd Ave W in Duluth. Meeting those who buy my products is one of my greatest joys!