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Detoxify with a little Lava Love

Several years ago Portland nutritionist Elisabeth Dunham was nearly bedridden due to an onslaught of debilitating symptoms after becoming infected with Lyme disease. After she tried a myriad of cures, she finally found one that worked—products made from lava—and ended up crowdsourcing a Bend holistic healing startup around it.

With the help of several employees, Lava Love operates out of the home of co-founder Jennifer Clifton in Bend. The team specializes in turning Central Oregon’s plethora of lava rock into products that are thought to help heal and detoxify the body and maintain healthy skin.

Lava Love currently offers three products—a soap, a facial mask and a bath powder—each associated with its own wellness boon. Their signature “Volcano Soap” uses pumice to exfoliate and detoxify as it cleans. The facial mask helps to draw out impurities that cause blackheads, and it can be used as a poultice to alleviate joint pain. The bath powder is meant to neutralize the chemicals in tapwater and help draw toxins out through the skin.

For Clifton, a career in soapmaking was an unprecedented move. “I’m an attorney. My background is in business law,” she explains. Before Lava Love, Clifton had a long list of health issues. When she tried the products for herself and noticed a substantial improvement, she was sold.

Lava Love opened in the spring of 2014, and now between 500 and 1,000 products per month make their way to the bathroom cabinets of health-minded people all over the country. Lava Love can be found on the shelves of several Whole Foods stores and small retail outlets in Central Oregon, and also on

Published: September 2, 2015

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