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Who chooses Lux?

There's nothing "average" about our average customer. You're a unique individual who already knows your own needs and likes.

Why do you choose Lux Aromatica? Mostly you've told us you love our essential oil scented products, but that's just part of it. You want to support a company where someone will to talk to you about your needs. You like taking the time to read labels, and appreciate transparency in the labeling of products. You want to know the source of what's going into the air you breathe or what you put onto your skin. You want to learn more about finely crafted fragrance and skincare products, and want the products you bring into your home to be made from honest-to-goodness pronounceable ingredients. We enjoy talking with you, listening to what you need, and we do our best to deliver what you've asked for.

You want to know that the company you support and rely on for your skin care is ecologically and socially responsible.

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Being green

Who needs lots of sexy packaging that goes into the landfill? The minimal outer packaging is made from recycled, reusable or biodegradable materials. Since we're all sharing the planet and none of us escape (not even to Mars), we do our best to do our part.

As part of our hand-made manufacturing process, we get a LOT of stuff. When we order ingredients, they come to us with tons of protective packaging. All that packaging material gets re-used, re-purposed, or recycled. Literally nothing goes in the trash.

  • Packing peanuts: if you get packing peanuts from us, it's because they came to us in packaging. Save them and use them when you ship Aunt Sally her birthday gift.
  • Bubble wrap: resist the urge to pop it. We know, it's so much fun, but really, re-use that stuff. Using AIR for protective packaging keeps your shipping costs way down.
  • Boxes: we use these at home for lasagna gardening. It keeps the weeds out and the moisture in.

What do you crave? Will you enjoy your candle while settled on the sofa with a book? While relaxing with just a glass of wine and your thoughts? Or for romantic ambiance? Maybe for light, when a big snowstorm knocks out the power? Or just because it smells good? Does it help you feel creative when you're working? Imagine accords that uplift, soothe, and harmonize. Blends that ground you after a rough day, cleanse you after a good work-out, or transport you for a while.

 

Our Beginnings

We at Lux Aromatica are a husband & wife team who hand craft small-batch, premium quality apothecary products. We founded our business in 2008 after deciding that our dream of having a lavender farm with our own handmade products could happen in our kitchen, without waiting for the farm. I'd just lost my dad to cancer and realized none of us are promised 70 years - life is meant for living now.

Lux Aromatica was launched from our garage in Norfolk, Virginia, then traveled with us to Newport, Rhode Island, and back home again to Virginia, where we found a little piece of land to plant lavender.

Our customers enjoy learning about ingredients and meeting the artisans at our apothecary shop, opened on Earth Day 2014. We graduated the production studio from our garage to a lovely space in the historic Silk Mill building in Orange, Virginia, and moved the shop to Charlottesville in spring 2016. While the studio remains in Orange, our shop, C'ville Soapbox, is your local source for handmade fragrance.

 

Hand Crafted...

Lux Aromatica means "Fragrant Light" in Latin. We make candles, lotions, perfumes, soaps and various other skin-loving goodies. We also offer bottled pure essential oils for those seeking aromatherapy. Your skin is your largest organ - it absorbs everything you put on it. Taking good care of your skin is just as important as being mindful of what you eat!

We design our luxurious formulas from natural ingredients such as essential oils, soy wax, beeswax, botanical butters and more. Our packaging contains recycled, reusable materials and we design our own labels. Our products are also available at online, at indie boutiques coast-to-coast and we have participated in celebrity gifting. If you're staying at one of our local B&B's, chances are you're using our soap! Sign up for one of our rare but fun email missives!

Free of coal-tar additives, parabens, phthalates, silicones, sulfates and formaldehyde. Proudly cruelty-free and made in the USA.

 

Who we are

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Kerensa is from Amherst, Virginia and holds a Bachelor's Degree of Architecture from Virginia Tech. She learned sewing and needlework as a very young child, always asking her mom if she could “soft” the fabric. Before founding Lux Aromatica, her professional work centered around high-end textiles and things of the home - a love that took her to live in Florence Italy for three years, where she worked in Italian leather and furthered her study of oil painting and photography.

Having bought her first essential oil at age 12, using essential oils for scenting her candles was the logical thing to do. Her candle hobby began in the 1990's with recycling the wax of old candles into new ones. Tending the slowly melting wax became a meditation, the process soothing and unhurried, and is still one of her favorite parts of the process. She also enjoys reading, gardening, playing with the pets, bicycling, restorative yoga, pirate-lore, and anything beach.

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Brian recently retired from the US Navy as a Chief after sailing the world's seas for 20 years. Having spent his Navy career as a Machinist's Mate, he become very excited about the possibilities of microwave essential oil distillation techniques for our tiny lavender farm. With his business degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, he brings an appreciation for intelligent business systems to the team and now manages our Charlottesville location, C'ville Soapbox, as well as our wholesale business.

He is an apprentice soap-maker and loves volcanoes, anthropology, gardening, and scary movies. He began playing violin and viola as a child, and plays mainly classical with the local orchestra, as well as fiddle & Irish styles. You may just hear him at the Soapbox next time you stop by Main Street Market. Originally from New York & Florida, he spent half his life in Hampton Roads, and now we count him a Virginian.

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Giving

Lux Aromatica is proud to support local charities and currently provides donations of soap to local shelters for homeless people and survivors of domestic violence. We send soap to overseas military service members and when disaster hits, we send soap where needed. Through out the year, we find other ways to give.

If you would like us to consider donating to your charity, please provide a letter of request containing information about your organization and proof of your 501(c)(3) status. We will review your request and contact you if we are able to help.

 

Lavender Farm

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Lavender plants will go in the upper field in Spring 2017...

 

A splash of color:

 

Bottom land down by the river. Being in the flood plain, it's not good for lavender, but will some day be seeded with native sunflowers.

farm land

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