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Lo & Behold Naturals combines clean skincare and community collaboration.
Natural products, whether we’re eating them or using them on our bodies, have become something of a trend of late. Elisabeth Chadbourne, founder of Lo & Behold Naturals in Durham, realizes that in the world we live in, it’s hard to avoid chemicals completely, but in the field of skincare, it’s possible—even easy. Lo & Behold, her skincare company, offers clean, toxic-free products made from natural, plant-based ingredients. Chadbourne’s venture began as a hobby; she studied herbalism with a farmer and applied what she knew to skincare, experimenting with herbal concoctions without harmful ingredients after she learned just how many toxic ingredients were in mainstream skincare products.
“If we’re going to be [using products on] our bodies, we might as well be using something we trust,” Chadbourne says. Chadbourne founded Lo & Behold six years ago and the company has grown into a popular local apothecary, a source for everything from coconut and rose hip moisturizing face masks to eucalyptus bug sprays. Chadbourne focuses on partnering with local people, including artists, to design her labels and small farmers to source herbs, flowers, honey and other ingredients for her products. These naturally grown ingredients, along with coconut oils and butters, plant extracts and essential oils, not only scent Lo & Behold’s products but provide added benefits from the plants. “I go out of my way for everything to have a really incredible texture and smell,” Chadbourne says. “You’re not just taking a bath or putting on your face cream, you’re going to have an experience that makes you feel better throughout the day.”
Lo & Behold Naturals can be found in Raleigh stores such as Trellis Beauty, Raleigh Provisions, Edge of Urge and Renew, where Chadbourne helped create a build-your-own bath soak bar. Chadbourne says she hopes her products will offer clients a safe and local alternative to conventional skincare. “I just want everyone who uses the product to feel better about themselves,” Chadbourne says, “and feel great about what they’re putting on their skin.”
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