Hesperidean Garden is an invigorating orange citrus fragrance enveloped in an herbal bouquet. Top notes of citrus and sweet basil give way to a prominent orange peel note. Mint leaves and chamomile combine with agave nectar and tomato leaf in the base. Orange and lemon essential oils keep Watermint and Clementine bright and juicy, while mint and eucalyptus essential oils reinforce the green, herbaceous accord. Hesperidean Garden is infused with natural essential oils, including orange, lemon, mint, spearmint, and eucalyptus.
Top | Basil, Citrus
Middle | Mint, Orange Peel
Base | Tomato Lead, Agave
In Greek mythology, the Hesperides were the nymphs who were known as the "Daughters of the Evening". They were also called the Atlantides from their reputed father, the Titan Atlas. The role of the Hesperides was to serve as guardians who tended to the Garden of Hera, or the Garden of the Hesperides.
The Garden of Hera was a sacred place, and was famously home to the Golden Apples mentioned often throughout Greek myths and legends. The original golden apples had been presented to Hera by the goddess Gaia, when Hera had wed Zeus; and it was the Golden Apples that was said to give the golden tinge of sunsets. In the myth of the Judgement of Paris, it was from the Garden that Eris, Goddess of Discord, obtained the Apple of Discord, which led to the Trojan War.
The Garden of Hera was home to more than just an orchard and plants though, for it was also a hiding place for many powerful tools of the gods, including Hades’ helmet of invisibility, Athena’s shield, and the sandals of Hermes.
In later years it was thought that the "golden apples" might have actually been oranges, a fruit unknown to Europe and the Mediterranean before the Middle Ages. Under this assumption, the Greek botanical name chosen for all citrus species was Hesperidoeidē, or "hesperidoids". Even today the Greek word for the orange fruit is Portokáli after the country of Portugal near where the Garden of the Hesperides is believed to have grown. Through the ages, the Hesperides and their glowing, golden apples– or oranges– came to be regarded as the source of the golden light of each sunset.
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.