I’m not sure how Lynn and Robin, and their company, R.L. Linden & Co., came across my radar. It was prior to the launch of their line, but barely so. That fact doesn’t matter now, because I did, and I’m so glad.
I started following them on Twitter and Instagram, and salivated over initial three products they launched. Over the past few months, I’ve watched these ladies jumpstart the sales on their initial three products and go into overdrive with the creativity and collaborations. In a short few months, they’ve developed eleven hand, nail and cuticle treatments for a Denver-based spa called Base Coat Modern Nail Salon x Gallery. They’ve also partnered with another Denver-based store, Ironwood, to develop a signature perfume. They’ve collaborated with yet another Denver-based brand called Winter Session, to develop leather headbands and the cosmetic bags for their travel-sized minis. (It's enough to make a girl contemplate a move to Denver.) These self-declared “Nature Lovers, Product Nerds and Purveyors of Pretty” are also a Master Nutrition Therapist (Robin), and a tea blender and an herbalist focusing on women’s health (Lynn).
Aren’t these kickass women the kind you want to be cool enough to hang with?
These amazing, creative women sent me a lovely box of goodies and I finally got to try some of their products. In my box, I received (along with a sweet, handwritten note):
A sample of the Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist. My former skepticism of toner is already noted and now debunked as it’s the skincare product that I use up most frequently. This delicate but gorgeously-scented mist is wonderfully calming and has a softening effect on my skin. My nose tends to settle on the honeysuckle, which I’m a sucker for and reminds me of summers on Cape Cod. I used up this sample in about two days flat, so I think we have a date with destiny. I’m also finding a new love of rose, but that’s for another blog post…
La Balmba Rosa Healing Rose Balm is described as a combination gloss/balm. I have a lip balm addiction (I’m not quite ready to call it a problem), so this was the first product of theirs that hit my radar and the first sample I cracked open. Flat out, it's amazing. This has a great slip to it, a bit of shine without being greasy, and a gorgeous pale pink gloss effect. It feels cushiony on, and wears for a good long while. After only a few days, I noticed its healing benefits on my lips. I love too that it can be used to heal cuticles, and other boo boos. Knowing me and my brow obsession, a little of the extra product on my finger may be used to tame those suckers.
Now, seriously, talk about some creativity. Ms. Tilly Rosalie’s Beauty Tea is both for steeping and sipping (with honey or agave), or soaking. Genius, these ladies! The first thing that you notice about this is how absolutely beautiful it looks. I almost don’t want to use it, but really, that’s ridiculous. This ain’t potpourri. You notice the smell next, floral, but herbaceous and gorgeous. Steeped loose, it makes a beautifully pink tea; I drank it with some raw honey and while I’m new to linden in tea, I definitely picked up the tartness of the hibiscus and a sweet, aromatic second punch of rose. I’d love to try it in the bath, but want to use the rest of my sample to make another cup! They also suggest that the tea can be used as a facial steam, eye compress and aromatic plant bath.
Finally, was a sample of For Your Eyes Only, an oil-based makeup remover. I’m a big fat fan of coconut oil in many forms, particularly its ability to cut through makeup, or eye makeup, as a first step in a double cleanse, or a complete step when my skin is itchy and annoyed (or I’m tired or lazy). This oil is lighter than solo coconut oil, with at least equal efficacy, and the addition of vanilla makes this so pleasant and calming.There’s so much that appeals to me about this line, from its love of and roots in herbalism, to its practical application of a love of flowers, to its spirit of collaboration with other independent business owners, to the multiple uses of each products. Brava, guys, brava. I’m looking forward to more fun, inventive and ingenious developments from these two… and new ways to play with the products I already have. Robin and Lynn, can I be you when I grow up?