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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: Highlights from the Last 15 Years

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When Lemongrass Spa Products opened it’s doors no one would have predicted it would become the successful community of thousands of health minded people it is today. There was no ribbon cutting, no confetti falling from the sky or even any helium balloons when I founded the company on that July day in 2002. On a shoestring budget I made bath crystals, room spray, body polish and a handful of other products in my home and through word of mouth, sold them to neighbors at little gatherings. The Lemongrass Spa Lady became my nickname and with two babies in tow my hectic work-at-home life quickly became even busier! My goal was to book at least two events a week in order to make the car payment, cover the insurance and buy groceries while my husband, Bryan, commuted down to the city of Denver. Little did we know that this little cottage business in Bailey, Colorado would become our livelihood and our family’s venturesome future. As we reflect upon fifteen incredible years, here are some of the company’s milestones.

2002 Lemongrass Spa Products began with 24 items. Pink Grapefruit is the first scent we sold; it came in Bath Crystals, Body Polish and Hand & Body Lotion. Our slogan, “made by hand for your body” was on the front cover of the 8 page catalog, prinKaren2003Clara1.jpgted with an ink-jet printer. 

2003 Heidi’s mother, Karen, relocated to Bailey and began working at Lemongrass Spa and also helped the Leist’s take care of their daughters, Emily and Clara. 

2004 Bryan resigned his IT position to work full time with Heidi at Lemongrass Spa Products, becoming the company President and accounting officer.

2005 Product labels changed from being printed by hand using an ink jet printer to a professional label company.

2005 Lemongrass Spa hosted its first annual convention for consultants in Denver, Colorado.

2006 The company moved operations from the Leist’s home to the first warehouse in Pine, Colorado where Customer Service, Sheer Minerals Makeup and some production continues to reside.        

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2007 Convention was held in April at Platte Canyon, High School in Bailey, CO. The company had twelve employees at the timeLGstaff2007.jpg

2007 Three directors earned our first Spa Destination Incentive Trip to Scottsdale, Arizona which included $175 in spa treatments, celebration dinner and a three-day, two-night’s stay at the Caleo Resort and Spa.

2007 Baby Bottom’s Up Balm was renamed and rebranded to Healing Elements Balm and eventually became our Top Selling Product.

2009 Operation Freedom Feet was launched and the company began sending care packages with Cucumber Foot Kits overseas to deployed female soldiers.

2010 The Sheer Minerals Makeup line was introduced offering customers loose mineral foundation, blush and brushes.

2012, 2013 Trip earners sailed via Royal Caribbean to the Bahamas two years in a row.

April 2013 Lemongrass Spa announced it had reached 1,000 active sales consultants.

2014 Colorado Biz Magazine named Lemongrass Spa Products in its Top 100 Woman Owned Companies List. 

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August 2014 Opened our second production and shipping facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida

August 2015 Introduced bi-annual, full sized magazine style catalogs. CatalogCoverAug2017.jpg

2017 The product line has grown to 430 items and 75 employees.

June 2017 Twenty five consultants earned our exclusive Spa Destination trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

July 2017 Celebrated our 15 year anniversary at our Light the Way convention in Denver, Colorado where Nicki Keohohou, founder of the DSWA served as our keynote speaker. 

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The future success of our company is eminent because of the incredible dedication of our sales consultants and employees. Our goal is to continue to serve our customers with 97-100% natural, healthy and innovative products along with a superior business opportunity aimed at helping families build an abundant lifestyle.

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Heidi Leist is founder and CEO of Lemongrass Spa Products, a direct selling company specializing in natural and organic skincare, mineral makeup and baby care products.  Heidi’s passion is empowering women and men to live the Lemongrass lifestyle by balancing natural skincare with healthy eating, exercise, faith and family.  Learn more about us on Facebook at Lemongrass Spa Products Corporate or follow Heidi @LemongrassHeidi on Twitter.

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