These products fuse personal and environmental beauty.
Photography by Tracy Hill
The Lovely Loba is a Utah-based company that creates unique, innovative, organic and eco-friendly lotion balls specially formulated to soothe even the most sensitive skin. According to creator Lindsey Christiansen, these nourishing spheres use seed butters and oils, herbs, plant and root powders, and essential oils that work harmoniously with skin, body and mind.
Christiansen was raised by a mother who grew up on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and a world-renowned geologist father. She attributes both of her parents with instilling in her a love of cultures and an appreciation of our vast and beautiful earth. Her childhood home was filled with images, art, decor and souvenirs from her mother’s upbringing and her father’s world travels and international friends.
From this upbringing, Christiansen developed her own obsessive intrigue with people and cultures. It started in elementary school, where she interacted with children from the Philippines, Africa and Romania and studied Japanese, American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish.
As a young adult, she spent three months in Cuenca and subsequently explored the Ecuadorian Amazon. This provided opportunities to observe a medicine man who had lived his entire 67 years in the jungle helping to protect and heal the people of his community, “with spoken word, energy, water, sun, flowers, trees, sap, mushrooms, venom and many more things plucked from the jungle floor,” Christiansen says. The eye-opening experience of watching a modern people, “live off of the means of a rain forest and nothing more,” deeply impacted her and ignited her research and understanding of natural remedies, especially for people with dry, sensitive skin like hers.
Then, another pivotal experience shaped her approach to self-care. After a decade in cosmetology, Christiansen developed a “medical mystery illness,” which prompted her to exit the industry. She subsequently created her brand around “loba” (a nickname for her lotion balls) and began to share it with the world.
“My loba blends are not merely a lotion or moisturizer; they are made from organic, raw, pure ingredients with nothing man-made added and completely toxin-free,” she says. “My lobas may be considered green, eco-friendly, raw, CPTG [Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade], ‘no-nasties’ included, but beyond what is not included in them, they are truly healing balms for mind, body, heart and soul.”
Her creamy, nourishing lotion balls are rich in vitamins A and E and filled with anti-aging, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. According to Christiansen, users can enjoy diminished signs of aging, soothed and softened stretch marks, and reduced dermatitis, eczema, rashes and healed burns. She says they also promote advanced hydration, moisturizing and a healthy protection against sunburn and sun damage.
For more information on Lovely Loba blends and their individual benefits, visit thelovelyloba.com.