Lo & Behold
HANDMADE IN SMALL BATCHES
Woman-owned and based in Durham, North Carolina, Lo & Behold handcrafts 100% natural body care. Each product is handmade in small batches without any fillers like water or alcohol - so a little goes a long way. Our versatile products are gentle, therapeutic, and made with love.
Lo & Behold brings you an entire globe of exotic botanicals while remaining sustainable and true to our roots through our local partnerships with dedicated and innovative NC farmers, cultivators, producers, nonprofits, artists, and markets. We use as many locally grown and certified organic ingredients as possible, and all our labels feature original, local artwork from Amy Richards Illustration and Davie Paper Co.
In partnership with nonprofit Partners for Youth Opportunity, we employ high school and college students from families affected by poverty, immigration, and incarceration - helping them gain professional experience and save for college.
Our products are never tested on animals and are free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and synthetic ingredients like artificial fragrances and preservatives.
My name is Lizzie Chadbourne and I am in love with every product that I make and sell. My passion for natural beauty grew out of an interest in crafting, an enthusiasm about herbalism, and a recognition that I could treat my body better. After years of education, experimenting, and research - and with an improving complexion - I started Lo & Behold because I knew I had something special to offer that was making people happy. My mission was for Lo & Behold to maintain an uncommon air of fun while exceeding the highest standards of the natural care industry.
I feel lucky to be achieving my goals as a small business owner in my home state. North Carolina’s natural beauty inspires me and I’m excited to be finding a meaningful niche in its community. I source as many local ingredients as possible from small farmers and work with other independent, local companies, including using original artwork from NC artists for the product labels. A few years of selling at local craft and farmers’ markets has given me the opportunity to incorporate customer feedback into my product design. I am very proud that my products are carried by over 60 independently owned businesses.
One of my favorite aspects of my business is partnering with a Durham-based nonprofit, Partners for Youth Opportunity. The mission of (PYO) is to partner with the community to provide Durham youth with opportunities to connect, develop, and contribute through mentoring, employment and educational support. Lo & Behold is a work site through PYO, providing professional experience and helping students save for college. Interns and employees at Lo & Behold gain exposure to a broad spectrum of small-business experience while saving money for college.
We have been a work site since 2014, with a total of nine student interns during that time. Two of the six high school interns have been hired as year long employees. In addition we have hired two college students in the PYO program for more full time positions as our Administrative Assistant and Production Assistant.
Thank you for your interest in Lo & Behold. I promise that when you try Lo & Behold, you will love the textures and aromas, experience noticeable results, and will look forward to using the products day and night. I love to hear from customers! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products or thoughts about natural skin care.