frequently asked questions
What is the shelf life of LATHER products?
Once opened, our products will last from six months to one year.
Do LATHER's Olive Oil Soaps last longer than commercial soaps?
Yes, if LATHER soaps are properly cared for they will last longer than commercial soaps. Proper care includes allowing soaps to dry out between uses and keeping them out of direct water when not in use.
Why are LATHER's Olive Oil Soaps better for your skin?
Olive oil is very moisturizing to the skin. It is rarely used in soaps anymore because of its high cost. LATHER soaps are specially formulated to better match skin's natural pH and maintain a healthy balance.
What LATHER products are suitable for men?
All LATHER products are appropriate for both men and women, however we offer an Almond Shave Crème and Deep Clean Pre-Shave Scrub specifically tailored for men's shaving needs. Other men's favorites include our Clove Soap, Sea Kelp Body Wash, Licorice Root Eye Treatment, Shine Control Face Lotion and Mint Thyme Hair Wash.
Where do the plants, flowers, and herbs used in LATHER's products come from?
LATHER searches the world for the finest natural ingredients. Our products contain rare ingredients like yuzu from Japan, shea butter from West Africa, bamboo from India, and monoi and kukui nut oils from Hawaii.
Do LATHER products contain preservatives?
Preservatives are a necessary part of grooming products. Without preservatives, creams and gels would become a breeding ground for microbes. Preservatives are used simply to prevent the growth of or destroy microorganisms that would otherwise damage our products and compromise their safety. We use a combination of natural and synthetic preservatives that are proven to destroy harmful bacteria, yet are gentle to the skin.; All LATHER products are paraben-free.
Why should I exfoliate my skin?
Exfoliating is important part of a skin care regimen. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the skin's surface and keeps skin looking healthy and smooth. LATHER's Forbidden Rice Body Scrub, Cranberry Sugar Rub, Almond Creme Body Buff or Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub are recommended for the body. For the face we recommend Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub, Sweet Almond Exfoliating Crème, Deep Clean Pre-Shave Scrub or our Facial Polishing Powder with any LATHER face wash. Consult our skincare guide for product advice on your particular skin type.
Where can I get more information about LATHER products?
Will LATHER products give me allergies?
It is possible to be allergic to one of the natural ingredients in our products. If allergies are a possibility, please test a small quantity of product on a small patch of skin.
Where can I purchase LATHER products?
LATHER products are sold at our own retail stores located in Pasadena, CA, Scottsdale, AZ, Atlanta, GA, and Fairfax, VA, as well as at the LATHER Spa at The MODERN Honolulu in Honolulu, Hawaii. You can also purchase LATHER online, by calling our toll-free number, 877-6-LATHER, or by visiting one of the select boutiques, spas or resorts that we are proud to partner with. If you would like a current copy of our catalog, you can request it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between perfume oils and essential oils?
Perfume oils are generally synthetic and have been created to smell like a specific plant, fruit, or other aroma. Both perfume essences and essential oils provide scent to a product, but only essential oils have added medicinal properties. Obtained directly from the plant, essential oils are naturally complex with as many as 175 different chemical components. For a complete list of LATHER's essential oils, please see our essential oil glossary.
What is LATHER's Mission?
LATHER aims to offer consumers high quality body care and aromatherapy products made from unique, beneficial ingredients cherry-picked from around the globe. We do not use synthetic fragrances or colors, and rely on natural essential oils and botanicals to treat your skin. Read our full mission statement here.
Has LATHER been mentioned in the press?
Yes, LATHER products have been featured in many worldwide magazines and newspapers including Marie Claire, Vogue, Oprah, In-Style, The Los Angeles Times and US Weekly. Please see our Press section for details.
Does LATHER have an environmental policy?
For years, LATHER has worked to reduce our environmental footprint through initiating in-store recycling programs, using renewable resources and offsetting our carbon emissions. Going one step further, we have begun transitioning all of our packaging — from bottles to tubes to jars — to plastic made with EcoPure, an FDA compliant, organic compound added in small amounts to traditional plastic. For more information about EcoPure visit www.goecopure.com.
Does LATHER conduct animal testing?
No, LATHER does not test on animals nor will we work with labs that conduct animal testing. We are a proud member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and are listed in their annual Shopping Guide for Caring Consumers.