TierraandLava

Tierra & Lava ~ Natural Luxury with a Conscience

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala · 128 Sales

TierraandLava

Tierra & Lava ~ Natural Luxury with a Conscience

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala 128 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   ~Meet the new Tierra & Lava Collections! ~ COMING SOON

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Last updated on Jun 7, 2018

~Meet the new Tierra & Lava Collections! ~ COMING SOON

Lucy Ashman

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Lucy Ashman

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About

Our Tierra & Lava story

It all started with soap.

I moved to Antigua, Guatemala just over 10 years ago and this coincided with the start of my passion for creating products from natural ingredients and with a growing consciousness of what we put on our skins and in our bodies without a thought. My first plant-based soap emerged with all its beauty and medicinal properties intact. And from that first batch of soap, grew a range of products both inspired and created from nature with your wellbeing and pleasure in mind. 

I live up a mountain just outside of Antigua Guatemala surrounded by mountains and three volcanoes one of which is the active Fuego volcano. I have my own organic non-GMO gardens where I grow herbs and flowers used in my products. The village I am fortunate to call home is also home to amazing beekeepers, organic coffee farms and a village co-operative as well as backstrap weaving and nispero and avocado harvesting.

Skincare products have always been a passion of mine because they connect with so many of our senses – touch, smell and sight. My dream was to create products that do all that and also felt good enough to eat (and that are so natural that you probably could eat them without making yourself too sick. And if you use them mindfully, you can even hear them as you massage the cream into your skin, or rub the scrub over your body. I love constantly learning about, using and blending new and ancient ingredients nature offers us and am so excited to be able to share this via etsy.

This brings me to the other side of my passion – wanting to have all the luxury of amazing skincare products without any of the crap. So everything I do is built on a foundation of using ingredients as close to whole as I can find – locally sourced in an ethical way so I know where they come from and how they are produced, working with local communities and cooperatives and helping to bring awareness to certain unique materials.

My inspiration comes from my love of food, an interest in Mayan rituals and uses of botanicals as alternative health care. So there are a lot of yummy, vegan products and a lot of precious ones.

Finally, part of my vision is to have products that leave little to no carbon footprint and this is something we are continuously striving for. In order to do this, we work closely with local and organic suppliers - both providing fair wages and employment in my community as well as fair prices for supplies. We take great pride in being familiar with the source of our key ingredients and introducing our supplier family to the world. This vision is also reflected in our packaging. All Tierra & Lava products are packaged in glass, aluminum or cardboard. Our soap is wrapped in a combination of brown paper and a label with as little colour as possible while still conveying the vivid culture of Guatemalan handmade textiles. And our tags are made of handmade recycled paper.

Our packaging is not all locally sourced as yet, as it is prohibitively expensive and requires mass production (and we are so very little) but we hope to be able to work with local factories in the future and in the meantime our packaging comes from reputable third parties with eco-friendly and repurposable options.

As mentioned earlier, our ingredients are key and we are passionate to share some of these unique ingredients and products with you. Some of our ingredients are special because of the way they are sourced, some simply because of their nature and uniqueness and some because of their traditional and sacred uses in the region where they come from.

We are Ethical, Genuine, (mostly) Vegan and operate using Sustainable Principles and Packaging,

No
Animal Testing (except on friends and family)
Paragons or Petroleum based ingredients.
Artificial colorants or fragrances.
GMO's.
Sulfates & detergents.
Phthalates.
Synthetic ingredients


Have fun looking through my stuff and I am always happy to talk in more detail if you are curious about anything.

Cheers,
Lucy

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  • Lucy Ashman

    Owner

    I live up a mountain just outside of Antigua Guatemala surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. Have fun looking through my stuff and I am always happy to talk in more detail if you are curious about anything. Cheers, Lucy

Production partners

  • Leticia Ramos

    Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

    She is a local seamstress and part of the village cooperative that Tierra & Lava is also a part of.

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