Aphrodite features a delightful blend of bright and crisp green and fruity notes with a rosy floral twist. A top note of effervescent champagne brightens up the heart of heady jasmine, apple, and rose. Notes of cream and sugar enhance the luscious confectionary aspect of this scent, while benzoin and light musk add complexity that elevates the fragrance beyond a sweet dessert. Our Aphrodite lotion bars are infused with natural essential oils, including geranium, lime, orange, and patchouli.
Top | Champagne
Middle | Jasmine, Apple, Rose
Base | Sugar, Cream, Benzoin, Light Musk
The goddess Aphrodite was born from the ocean waves. Her name is derived from the ancient Greek word aphros, which means “sea foam”. Aphrodite loved to meddle in the romantic lives of mortals, which often times lead to disaster.
The most famous instance of the goddess Aphrodite meddling in love affairs is probably one you know: Paris and Helen. This began when Menelaus, the King of Sparta, promised to sacrifice of his best herd of cattle to Aphrodite in return for winning the contest for Helen’s hand in marriage. However, after Menelaus successfully won the contest, he did not keep his word and so the goddess plotted her revenge… his wife would elope with another man.
During a celebratory hosted on Mount Olympus where all but Eric (Cupid) had been invited, Eris threw the Apple of Discord inscribed with "tēi kallistēi"– or "for the most beautiful"– into the party, provoking a squabble among the attendant goddesses over for whom it had been meant.
The goddesses thought to be the most beautiful were Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, and each one claimed the apple. They started a quarrel so they asked Zeus to choose one of them. Knowing that choosing any of them would bring him the hatred of the other two, Zeus did not want to take part in the decision. He thus appointed Paris to select the most beautiful.
Paris could not decide, as all three were ideally beautiful, so the goddesses attempted to bribe him to choose among them. Hera offered ownership of all of Europe and Asia. Athena offered skill in battle, wisdom and the abilities of the greatest warriors. Aphrodite offered the love of the most beautiful woman on Earth: Helen of Sparta. Paris chose Aphrodite and therefore Helen.
Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta (a fact Aphrodite neglected to mention), so Paris had to raid Menelaus's house to steal Helen from him. It is said that Helen fell in love with Paris upon seeing him, and left willingly.
The Spartans' expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War. When the two lovers escaped to Paris’ hometown, Troy, Menelaus brought the entire nation of Greece to fight in the Trojan Wars. The Trojans and Greeks battled for just over a decade and many souls were sent to Hades.
The two principal ingredients in our handcrafted solid lotions are mango butter and jojoba oil.
Mango butter is known for its ability to act as a lightweight moisturizer, and is perfect for use in solid lotions as its melting point is just below our body's base temperature.
Jojoba oil's structural likeness to that of skin's natural sebum makes it perfect for fast absorbing and non-comedogenic moisturization. Jojoba oil's high concentration of vitamin E also packs a punch when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties, which makes our solid lotion bars perfect for soothing skin in both after-sun and deep winter applications.
To leave skin feeling silky smooth, antioxidant-rich grapeseed and vitamin E oils have been added, along with candellila wax-- the softer and vegan-friendly sister of beeswax.
Warm the bar between your hands for a few seconds, working it into your palms to allow it to melt just slightly so it's easier to work with. Rub the bar directly onto your skin, working it into those tough, dry and cracked areas on the arms, legs, knees, elbows and feet.
Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight when not in use.
Our solid lotion labels are curbside recyclable and are categorized under plastic category 4 LDPE, or low-density polyethylene.
The glassine paper used to wrap each lotion bar is both biodegradable and curbside recyclable under paper category PAP-22, or plain paper.
Our plastic lotion bar containers and lids are curbside recyclable and are categorized under plastic category 1 PET, or polyethylene terephlalate.
Orpheus and Lyre is committed to remaining plastic negative. This means that we calculate the plastic footprint of each product, and provide funding to plastic recovery and recycling initiatives equal to twice as much plastic as that product's unique footprint.
This funding creates and improves rural plastic infrastructure used for plastic collection, sorting, and recycling as well as the recovery and recycling of low-value plastic waste from nature, landfills, incineration plants, and our planet's oceans.