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We make our lotions by hand in small batches to assure that they are always fresh. It's important to us that we only use the finest natural ingredients available to soothe and soften your skin. Aloe vera hydrates dry skin and soothes inflammation. Calendula is well known for its healing properties. Naturally occurring hyaluronic acid is a gentle super-moisturizer that works on a cellular level to smooth skin. We carefully chose exquisite oils such as meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba seed oil and shea butter because each of them adds it own emollient properties to a soothing lotion that absorbs quickly and never leaves a greasy residue.

Ingredients include Aloe vera, calendula-infused in sunflower oil, meadowfoam oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, lanolin, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and essential oils.

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Our Citrus Scented Calendula & Aloe lotion is available in a 4 oz bottle.
As with all handcrafted lotion products, this should be used within 6 months of purchase.

Please visit our Etsy Store if you want to purchase some of our lotions.


Skin Care    Your Skin's Force Field    Skin Problems    Lotion Myths   

Skin Care
  Your skin is unique. Some people have no skin issues, while others can be tormented by severe itchy, cracked or dry skin. If you are one of the millions who suffer from dry skin, oily skin, or any other malady of the skin, you know what itís like to search in vain for a cure. Itís important to educate yourself on products and their ingredients and try different options to find the one that works best for you. It may be a commercial product from the dollar store or it could be a custom handcrafted product that only one person makes. Keep in mind that whatever you find might not continue to work as your body and skin change over the years.

Your Skinís Acid Mantel
  The outer layer of our skin is referred to as the acid mantel or Stratum Corneum (reference). This is our bodyís force field. It keeps bad things (bacteria, germsÖ) out and good things (moisture) in. The acid mantel is acidic as the name implies. It can be damaged from scratching, harsh cleaners or a chemical imbalance in our bodies.

Skin Problems
  There are various skin problems, such as eczema, rosacea, and acne, that while not life threatening are nevertheless chronic and can cause distress. As we mentioned before, the best thing to do is educate yourself on your condition and what is in the products you are using. When you try a new product you should test it for several weeks to see if it helps improve your condition.  
Some people have skin that is especially sensitive to high pH because it disrupts the acid mantel. If acne bothers you, you may benefit from a soap that has lower pH. Another acne issue is oily skin. Contrary to what many people think, one of the worst things you can do to control acne is to use a harsh abrasive soap that strips the oil from your skin leaving it red and irritated. Look for a mild moisturizing soap. We have several soaps that are especially formulated for acne-prone skin. Our liquid soap is real soap, with all natural oils and is pH adjusted to make the soap closer to your skinís pH than many bar soaps. We also have a goat milk and oatmeal soap that is a mild cleanser with a slightly lower pH than most bar soaps due to the milk and oatmeal, which can be helpful to skin. Our charcoal and zinc soap was specifically made for several types of problem skin, including acne. Charcoal draws impurities out of the skin and zinc is known to for its skin soothing and healing properties.
  Eczema and Rosacea
Your skin may not react well to the synthetic detergents that are present in most commercial soaps. For example, one of the main ingredients in detergent ďsoapĒ is sodium lauryl sulfate which is a proven skin irritant (reference 1, reference 2). Try using real soap that has good cleansing qualities and has no synthetic detergents. A gentle moisturizing soap is a must if you suffer from dry itchy eczema-prone skin. If you have rosacea issues, a gentle non-irritating soap is also essential. Weíve formulated several of our soaps to be especially gentle for delicate skin.
  Keeping Your Skin Moisturized
The next important step to healthy skin after cleansing is moisturizing. A good moisturizer can serve several purposes; adding moisture to your skinís outer layer, adding a barrier to help slow moisture loss and filling tiny spaces in your skinís surface to give it a smoother feel. In addition to applying moisturizer, you should remember the following steps for keeping healthy skin:
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Immediately apply a moisturizer after bathing
  • Cut down on sugars
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veggies

    The Truth about Lotions
      Lotions and creams are at their very basic made of water, oil, an emulsifier, and preservatives to keep them safe from microbial contamination. You have probably noticed that commercially made lotions usually contain a long list of ingredients with names that sound like chemicals you canít begin to recognize. Most of them actually are synthetic chemicals, although with enough research you could probably identify a good portion of them (sample list of over-priced cosmetics). Some are synthetic moisturizers. Many others are stabilizers for a long shelf life, fragrance and color additives, massive amounts of preservatives, and synthetic silicones added to give the lotion a slick application. Bear in mind that some ingredients may not even be listed at all. Corporations have been given the legal right to not disclosure some ingredients if they feel it could compromise a trade secret. It is important to understand that the FDA is limited with respect to regulating cosmetics (reference). With the exception of color additives, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their product safety testing information with FDA. The moral here is that if you are relying on the FDA to protect your skin from harmful cosmetic ingredients, you may be making a mistake.

    Thistle Creek Lotions, Salves, and Balms

      Whether the commercial products you buy in the store are inexpensive or practically priceless, none are really any better for your skin than a good handcrafted lotion made with natural ingredients. Whatís essential in a lotion or salve is to pick the oils and botanicals that are proven to help your skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is also especially important to know exactly what you are putting on your skin. In general, the fewer ingredients a product contains the easier it is to pinpoint a particular ingredient that may be causing your skin to react badly. At Thistle Creek Honey Company we make these promises to our customers:
  • We carefully research all ingredients and only use those with proven beneficial qualities.
  • We organically grow our own ingredients when we can; when we canít we only buy from trusted sources.
  • We disclose all our ingredients on our product labels.
  • We make our products in small batches so they are always fresh.
  • We follow best practices methods to assure the quality of production.
  • We never sell a product before without using it ourselves as part of our own daily routine.


    Aqua (distilled water), Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) infused with Calendula, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Butyrospermum parkii Seed Oil (Shea Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60 (and) PEG-150 Stearate and Steareth-20 (Emulsifying wax), Stearic acid, 1% Propylene Glycol and Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (preservative), Hyaluronic Acid, fragrance