Slow down. Nurture your body. Celebrate the little things.
What began as a tiny heart-shaped lotion bar to soothe my son’s dry skin evolved into a “Plan Bee” for my life.
My journey into creating skincare products began in 2001 after the birth of my son, Ric. Born with special needs, Little Ric inspired me to reimagine everything it meant to take care of a baby — and my family.
In the kitchen, my husband and I embraced handmade, making fresh baby food to keep Little Ric’s health challenges in check. By paying careful attention to ingredients and eliminating foods that complicated his little system, we began to feel more confident in navigating our new lives as parents.
One challenge we weren’t prepared for, though, was finding a natural solution to relieve Little Ric’s very dry skin. Nearly 15 years ago, the availability of truly natural, gentle products was slim, and Little Ric’s dry, sensitive skin reacted to everything.
Using my experience in the kitchen and tapping into my formal education and experience as a healthcare professional, I began experimenting with gentle recipes that could nourish Little Ric’s skin. After several months of trial and error, I created a simple solution: a heart-shaped lotion bar. It saved his skin.
That lotion bar was the beginning of many things for our family. Besides bringing relief and comfort to Little Ric’s dry skin, it brought us even closer together.
Just imagine: Using a lotion bar requires time. Slowing down. Nurturing the body.
Every evening after bath time, we glided that heart-shaped lotion bar over our son’s skin, letting every bit of moisture absorb while offering touches of love and creating precious memories.
It was in this nightly ritual that I learned how to embrace unexpected journeys and celebrate the tender moments — the little things — that are the foundation for a heart-made life.
Today, I’m happy to offer you and your loved ones a carefully edited selection of deeply moisturizing, natural products made with the intentions of helping you slow down, nurture your body and celebrate your own tender moments.
Our family has big dreams for Rachel’s Plan Bee, and I’m proud to say that Little Ric is still the centerpiece of this growing business: my very best product tester and certainly my biggest fan.
Nurture yourself and see how you bloom.™
We are a small family business on a mission to make your skin happy.
We create products using honest, natural and pure ingredients infused with joy and compassion to inspire self-love and acceptance. Our focus from the beginning has been to seek out the best natural, organic, wild crafted, fair trade and minimally processed ingredients to include in our products.
We strive to listen more and continuously improve the customer experience. It's all about doing work that we love, sharing it with you and revealing the inner beauty found in all of us. We invite you to come with us on this journey and if along the way you embrace a body care ritual that enhances your natural beauty, encourages you to take time out to nurture yourself and makes you smile, then our mission is accomplished.
- We do not test on animals, only willing humans.
Our product recipes are meticulously created to be free of the following ingredients:
- artificial colors
- artificial fragrances
- We will always list the entire ingredient label for our products on our website so that you can make an informed choice before you purchase our products.
- We promise to never stop learning -- the more we know, the better understanding we have of what your skin needs.
We believe that taking care of our skin begins with a wholesome diet, fresh clean water, lots of laughter, a good night's rest and simple nourishing ingredients found in nature.
We believe that less is more when choosing what to include in our products. Simple effective ingredients and nothing more....well, maybe a little wish for happy skin.
Our life has taught us that it doesn't have to be perfect to enjoy the little things. Taking a warm bath, giving our dog a belly rub or making a cake from scratch on a lazy Sunday afternoon are some of life's simple pleasures.
Our heart tells us that we are more alike than we are different and that we all have something to contribute to this world - every single one of us!
We believe that laughter is a serious mood booster and we do lots of it here -- all day, every day. We don't take ourselves too seriously and have stories a mile long of daily life occurrences that bring us back to what's important. Psst...it really is all about the little things.
We think giving back is more important than getting stuff in life. As our company grows, look for ways to join us in helping causes that we hold close to our heart.
Finally, we believe that every single day holds the promise of a new beginning, an opportunity to laugh out loud and to live life with purpose even when things don't seem to go as planned.
- artificial colors
- artificial fragrances
beeswax - The bee ingredient in some of our products. It is one of the many wonderful products meticulously produced by bees. In our products, beeswax helps the skin retain moisture by acting as a natural barrier. Whenever possible, we source our wax locally from area beekeepers. Interesting fact: A bee has to consume about 8 lbs. of honey to produce 1 lb. of beeswax!
organic shea butter - One of nature's best emollients derived from the vegetable fat of the African Karite tree and highly sought after for its excellent ability to soften dry skin. Think of it like your regular lotion on steroids, but the difference here is that it's all natural. It's that good!
organic coconut oil - An unrefined, cold pressed, virgin moisturizing oil loaded with a powerful anti-oxidants that can soothe dry chapped skin and help reduce itching and irritation after a sunburn. In our home, we use it for everything --- well, maybe not everything!
grapeseed oil - An easily absorbed light oil that like beeswax works as a barrier to prevent loss of moisture. Made from the seeds of grapes (a byproduct of an industry already in place), it is non-greasy oil and in our products works with other ingredients to ease dry skin and improve the condition of your hands and cuticles. No more cracked skin!
organic apricot kernel oil - Another luxuriously beautiful oil with a nutty aroma that leaves no greasy residue and is loaded with naturally occurring fatty acids which help moisturize itchy, angry skin. And we know we don't want our skin to be mad! This is far and away my favorite oil in our line.
organic sunflower seed oil - A deeply moisturizing oil that is expeller pressed and rich in natural tocopherol and vitamins and works wonderfully in our body oil to provide much needed moisture to dry skin.
organic cranberry seed oil - A yummy organic, unrefined fruit seed oil with one of the highest anti-oxidant contents of all veggie/fruit oils. Contains Vitamins A, C, E and K -- that's a lot of vitamins! All this great stuff makes it an excellent skin moisturizer that is easily absorbed with no greasy feel. Featured in our Facial and Body Oil.
meadowfoam seed oil - I like to call this oil "the gatekeeper" because of its excellent barrier qualities. What this means is that meadowfoam is great at sealing moisture in and keeping it there. It lends a beautiful silky quality to our body oil without being greasy.
olive squalane - Closely resembles lipids found in human sebum (fancy description for natural oils produced by our body) and absorbs fully and beautifully leaving no oily residue. It's like a drink of water for your dry skin. Featured in our Facial Oil.
essential oils - We source plant essential oils that are organic or wildcrafted and have created blends that smell great, but are not overpowering. Our aromas are wonderful to enjoy while applying our product, but do not linger and compete with your body fragrance of choice. All of our products contain very low concentrations of essential oils. Also of note, almost all of our citrus essential oils used in our formulations pose no threat of photosensitization when applied to the skin. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, please check with your physician before using any products with essential oils.
moroccan lava clay – Used in luxurious spas all over the world, this clay comes from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco. We love this clay for its ability to gently exfoliate and clarify skin without drying it out. You can enjoy this wonderful ingredient in our Body Polish.
white kaolin - The mildest of all clays that is wonderful for people with sensitive skin. It acts as gentle exfoliator in our polish while not stripping the skin of its natural oils! Basically, it knows what to take away and what to leave behind -- what a smart clay!
non-GMO tocopherol - The fancy word for Vitamin E! We add naturally sourced (non-GMO) tocopherol for both their antioxidant and moisturizing benefits. I can see smooth skin in your future...
preservatives - When an all natural product has a high likelihood of getting exposed to water (think wet fingers in your polish jar), bad stuff can grow over time and spoil your product. We use a 100% vegetable derived natural paraben-free preservative in our polish to help keep it fresh and ready for use. Our preservative has the following certifcations: NaTrue, EcoCert and NPA (Natural Products Association). Using up your product in the recommended amount of time (approx. 4 - 6 months) from opening will also help ensure a fresh product. We still strongly encourage you to keep water out of your natural products. Imagine putting water in your bottle of olive oil at home - not a great idea!
natural scent oils (natural and organic flavorings) – The future is bright in the area of natural ways to scent a product! We are excited to occasionally complement our use of essential oils in some of our products with all natural essences that are extracted from plant material. These natural scent oils are vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free and Kosher. They contain absolutely no artificial flavorings and coloring. Pretty awesome, right? The best part is that we can now safely offer a variety of scents that are not always possible with essential oils!