Hi! I'm Lauren Weliver, the owner and creator at Hippie Candy. I've always enjoyed nature—and in 2015, when my husband, Howard, and I sold most of our possessions to buy an RV and explore the country, we quickly fell in love with national parks. Together, we toured 28 states, covering 30,000 miles and visited: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, Redwood National Park, Yosemite National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Glacier National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park! My favorite park was Yosemite, Dry Tortugas and Arches – although all are amazing.
Based in the beautiful mountains of Taos, New Mexico, Hippie Candy is a woman-owned, small-batch soap company that operates out of a 225-year old room with an ancient kiva. At Hippie Candy, I believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. That’s why every bar of Hippie Candy soap is made with all-natural, non-toxic, skin-loving ingredients, and no artificial colors or harmful chemicals. I color my soaps with natural clays, custom-blend my own essential oil scents, hand-pour and cut every batch, and add artful toppings like dried flowers, berries and herbs. Every bar of Hippie Candy is all-natural, inspired by nature and a work of art!
My soap scents are inspired by my love of travel—and I've designed each bar to bring the great outdoors inside your shower and transport you to a different national park. Escape to the Rocky Mountains with the cool, refreshing scents of peppermint, rosemary, lavender and patchouli when you lather up with Wild Thing. Let the scents of juniper berries, bergamot and amyris transport you to Taos, New Mexico when you unwrap Taos Vibes. Or picture yourself on horseback, riding across the high sierra at Yosemite with the warm, leathery fragrance of Free Spirit.
I'm also committed to reducing plastic waste, and protecting our natural environment. Hippie Candy soaps are wrapped in biodegradable, recyclable, plastic-free packaging, and contain no harmful chemicals or additives. This helps keep pollutants and plastics out of our waterways and soil.
My travels restored my connection with nature, and reminded me how important it is to take action to protect our natural resources. Thanks to the thoughtful actions of earlier generations of Americans, our national park system now protects more than 52 million acres—and now, we have an opportunity to aid in the preservation of these precious lands for the future, by supporting and advocating for our National Parks. For every bar of Hippie Candy sold I donate $1 to national parks. Get clean. Give back.