3 Tips for Creating More Calm: How Lip Balm and Bar Soap Became Our New Essentials

As many of us are spending more time at home these days, whether it be working from home or for other reasons, it has become more important than ever to make the most of our space.

Life can, at times, be hectic and overwhelming. That’s why we have built our brand around the idea of minimalism. We believe that less truly is more.

But there’s no need to sacrifice comfort, quality, or even luxury. In fact, by eliminating what is not needed, we can make space for more of those things and most of all, for more tranquility.

How to Make Space for More Calm

  1. Start by eliminating clutter. Do you have a bathroom shelf or bedroom drawer full of lotions, potions, and fragrances? Having too much “stuff” around can feed stress and anxiety.

If the prospect of clearing out the clutter is overwhelming, break it down into smaller chunks. Start where you keep most of your products and set aside some time to declutter. It doesn’t have to be done all at once. Make a commitment to yourself and schedule the time.

  1. Inventory your products. Did Step 1 reveal products that you have accumulated but don’t use? Our founder took some time to do this recently. She found, for example, that she had tons of lip balm stashed away in cabinets, drawers, purses, and travel bags, but the only one she ever used—and used every day—was the one she loved. All the extras that she was “saving for a rainy day” were just taking up space. It’s the products that you use because you love that are your essentials.
  1. Create a sanctuary. Once you have your essentials, find a space in your home that you can turn into your own sanctuary. Maybe you have a favorite chair or like cozying up on a stack of pillows in a corner. Do you have a plant or another piece of décor that makes you feel amazing and stress-free? Set your space up so that it’s perfect for you. You can use your quiet space to meditate, read, or just unplug for a few minutes… whatever brings you a sense of calm.

Our founder went through a similar project recently, creating a peaceful garden sanctuary and sorting through all her skincare and beauty products. She was surprised to discover that there were two simple, but impactful, performance-based products that made up the foundation of her skincare routine. Even on days when she isn’t treating her face with Align or her body with Manifest, she uses these essentials: lip balm and bar soap. More specifically, Connection Lip Rescue and Maitri Charcoal and Amla Oil Soap.

Lip Therapy

Connection is more than just a luxury lip balm. A multi-purpose skincare product, Connection conditions and softens lips, softens cuticles, and moisturizes delicate skin like the décolleté.

Connection lip balm benefits:

  • Shea butter locks in moisture.
  • Antioxidant and nutrient-rich organic avocado oil fights free radicals while softening and conditioning.
  • Rose wax protects the skin like it protects the delicate petals of the rose.
  • Orange flower absolute lends an elegant, opulent scent.
  • Non-GMO Vitamin E moisturizes dry lips and skin.
  • Natural botanical extracts and Vitamin E preserve and stabilize without undesirable synthetics.

Its silky texture and long-lasting effects are why Connection is one of our founder and team’s skincare routine essentials. It’s not only the best lip balm, but the only one we want on our shelves.

Charcoal Soap Bar

With its luxurious, rich lather, Maitri Charcoal and Amla Oil Bar Soap was created with more than just cleansing in mind. Our founder wanted just the right scent… and the perfect feel. And she had it triple refined for a longer lasting, more solid bar with a lower water content so it doesn’t turn to mush in the soap dish.

Unlike many bar soaps, Maitri soap is not drying to the skin. Its texture and suds level are spot on. And rather than being blocky and hard to hold, it’s designed with a contoured oval shape that fits comfortably in the hand.

Maitri charcoal soap benefits:

  • Charcoal removes impurities and detoxifies the skin. It’s also a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
  • Amla oil, rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and tannins, tightens pores, brightens, and hydrates.
  • The Vitamin C in amla boosts collagen production and evens out skin tone.
  • Eco-certified Madagascan vetiver, Italian bergamot, and fresh mandarin offer a fresh and sophisticated scent that’s chic and not overpowering. ⁠
  • Triple refined for a better experience and less waste

It’s no wonder that Maitri Charcoal and Amla Bath Soap has become a best seller and our founder’s all-time favorite.

New Essentials

Inspired by her product purge, our founder decided she had to share these two essentials in one convenient package. The New Essentials Gift Set includes a full-size Connection Lip Rescue and a Maitri Bath Soap -- an essential luxury gift combo that's perfect for any occasion.

Finding Calm

Identifying and accepting what’s truly meaningful to you makes it easy to let go of what does not support that focus. By focusing on what’s important to you, you can elicit a lasting sense of peace and tranquility.

We hope we’ve inspired you to take some time to create that space for calm in your life.