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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Evergreen

by Violet on March 11, 2013

Update: Our winner is #50, Jeanne! Big thanks to John and Jessica for this giveaway!
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A commitment to simple, eco-friendly purity is evident in everything you see in today’s featured shop. From the shop name to the unadorned packaging to the straightforward photos, you know that a product from Evergreen will be something you can feel good about.

lemon cheesecake balm

Evergreen is a collaborative effort by siblings Jessica and John Gardner. When they couldn’t find a natural, locally sourced lip balm to meet their standards, they decided to make their own. This one contains just four ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Local beeswax, vitamin E, and honey.

Honey Sweetened Lip Balm

While lip balm is Evergreen’s first passion, they have plans to expand their line with soaps and lotions. Right now they offer a handful like this one called Sleepy Time Lavender Vanilla. (It sounds so heavenly, I keep finding myself trying to sniff it through my computer screen.)

sleepy time lavender vanilla lotion

In the meantime, their lip balm flavors run the gamut from cool mint to almond biscotti to sweet pink frosting so you’re bound to find something to suit your mood. And at just $3.75 for a tube, it’s most definitely an affordable indulgence.

mint lip balm

Curator V: You are a brother-sister collaboration. Can you introduce yourselves and tell us who does what?

Hello! We are John and Jessica Gardner a dynamic brother and sister team and co-founders of Evergreen. We collaborate on everything but we each have our individual strengths. Jessica is the best lip balm chef in the World and is in charge of creating the recipes for a lot of our products. John is in charge of the business and marketing side of things.

Curator V: How did you start making lip balm? What made you decide to turn it into a business?

We wanted to make a natural, eco-friendly and locally sourced product. After looking around it was hard to find any products that fit our goals. So, we started experimenting with different ingredients to find the perfect consistency.

We decided to turn it into a business because we both want to work for ourselves and really enjoyed the process. We’re both artists so we really enjoy the design and freedom that we get from owning our own business.

Curator V: You are committed to using local and eco-friendly products. Can you give us some examples of that?

We are committed to creating an eco-friendly product. Our tins are re-usable or recyclable, the tubes are recyclable, we use recycled paper for our labels and tags, our muslin bags are re-usable and we buy them from another Etsy shop. Our lip balm is made with sweet almond oil, organic shea butter and locally sourced beeswax and the only preservative we use is vitamin E.

Curator V: There are a lot of lip balm makers on Etsy. What sets Evergreen apart?

We’re different because our lip balm reflects our passion for the environment. Our secret is our simplicity and packaging. Our lip balm is hand crafted and we put a lot of thought into how our lip balm is packaged and presented. Each lip balm comes in its own muslin bag hand stamped with a tree so it’s like getting a little present in the mail. We also offer a variety of flavors that cannot be found in most stores.

Curator V: Do you have a best selling product? What do you think makes it so popular?

Our best selling lip balm is Chai Tea. We don’t really know why but it smells amazing and it is a unique scent.

chai tea tin

Curator V: What can we expect from Evergreen in the future?

In the future we’re working on creating a larger product line to include more lotions and soaps. Last summer we worked on creating cold processed soaps and we will be adding some of our favorites to our shop this year.

Jessica and John are giving away a pair of their lip balms! One winner will receive both a tin of their bestselling Chai Tea and a tube of juicy Strawberry. To enter, visit Evergreen then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite product. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, March 17th. NOTE: This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only.

strawberry lip balm tube

(Reading this via a feed? Here’s a direct link to the giveaway.)

{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather Paulding March 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

Sleepytime lavender vanilla lotion. I love the purple bottle!

2 Sarah O March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

This peach lip balm sounds so good!!! I might have to get it!


3 lindsay March 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

Moisturizing Solid Lotion in honeydew melon!

4 Nancy March 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

The Lemon Cheesecake Lip Balm sounds amazing! I’m getting hungry just looking at the picture :) What a great giveaway!!!

5 Ashley C March 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

The Watermelon lip balm sounds yummy for summer!


6 Kim @2justByou March 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

Uuummm….I just found a new favorite Etsy shop!!! Here is my first favorite item:
Thanks for the chance!

7 Emily March 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I’d love the Energizing Citrus Scent lotion.

8 Starlite813 March 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Strawberry Lip Balm

9 Mooshi March 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Creamsicle Lip Balm

10 Rainbow March 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Creamsicle Lip Balm

11 Emily March 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Strawberry Lip Balm

12 Gigi March 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Fresh mint

13 Wehaf March 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The pink lemonade lip balm sounds great!

14 Katherine Valdivieso March 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Mint Truffle Lip Balm!

15 jena March 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm


16 Wendy March 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

The watermelon lip balm sounds like the greatest thing ever! :]

17 Juliet March 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

the pineapple party lip balm!

18 Claire March 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I want to try the energizing citrus scent lotion.

19 Melissa March 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

chai tea lip balm, mmm.

20 MelodyJ March 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I like Natural Hand Lotion-Sleepy Time Lavender Vanilla.

21 Katy March 13, 2013 at 1:58 am

I think the Strawberry Lip Balm – Made with All Natural Local Beeswax and Organic Shea Butter in a tube sounds wonderful!

22 Arinna March 13, 2013 at 2:46 am

My favorite is the lemon cheesecake lip balm! :)

23 Elizabeth C March 13, 2013 at 3:43 am

I really like the sound of the sweet pea natural hand lotion!

24 angie March 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

Oh…the French Vanilla and Almond Biscotti looks yummy!!

25 Olivia March 13, 2013 at 6:56 am

I’m a fan of FRESH MINT! (but wouldn’t mind trying the mint truffle!!)

26 Kat March 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

This looks great: Coffee House Collection – Lip Balm Made with All Natural Beeswax and Organic Shea Butter – Lip Balm Tin 4 Pack.

27 jessica edwards March 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

creamscicle lip blam

28 angie lilly March 13, 2013 at 7:58 am

ooooo I would love love love to try the Beeswax Votive Candle – 100% All Natural Beeswax – 1 Votive Candle! Love beeswax candles!!!

29 kate s. March 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

i love the Natural Lip Balm – All Natural https://www.etsy.com/listing/96472993/natural-lip-balm-all-natural?

30 Lori G March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Lemon Cheesecake sounds divine!

31 Chelsea W March 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Almond biscotti lip balm sounds like it would be really sweet!

32 KarenZ March 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I’d like the cuticle balm!

33 lauren March 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

chai tea lip balm!

34 Heather March 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I’d love the sleep time handlotion!

35 Martha March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Definitely sleepytime lavender vanilla lotion! Everything sounds so delightful!

36 Carol March 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Oh my, I love them ALL! If I have to choose though it would be the Lemon cheesecake lip balm. It sounds yummy but without the guilt!

Great Etsy shop too:)

37 Kim Pollock March 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm
38 Tory March 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Oh my… the lemon cheesecake lip balm, of course! Yummy!

39 Jennifer Irving March 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

Very cute. would love teh Pink Frosting Lip Balm

40 Jill D March 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

So hard to choose; I would love to try the Mint Lip Balm! It seems like it would be great. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

41 Jenn R March 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

I would love to try the Almond Biscotti Lip Balm. I think it could be my favorite.
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42 dana March 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

chai tea lip balm sounds amazing! It would probably make me want that drink all the time though… the packaging for everything is so cute! I sort of want to try all the lip balms.. especially pink lemonade!! Thanks! :)

43 Teresa Tripp March 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

the pink lemonade one sounds really good!!

44 beverly e March 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

I like the Lavender Vanilla Natural hand lotion! I’ll bet it smells wonderful…

45 Valerie Winebrenner March 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

The Fresh mint and Lemon lip balms sound wonderful!

46 rose March 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I’d like to try the Moisturizing Solid Lotion. ambrerose at(aol)dot(com)

47 Erin P March 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The Lemon Cheescake Lip Balm sounds amazing!

48 crystal March 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

Natural Hand Lotion – Sweet Pea scent!

49 liz l March 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

Pink Frosting Lip Balm

50 jeanne conner March 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

French Vanilla Lip Balm

51 Danielle Sauers March 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

My favorite product is the Creamsicle lip balm

52 cassandra March 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

i like the pistachio ice cream lip balm

53 Sylvia Zajis March 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

My fave is the Coffee House Collection – Lip Balm Made with All Natural Beeswax and Organic Shea Butter – Lip Balm Tin 4 Pack


54 Stari March 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

Fresh mint lip balm

55 Nancy Zicker March 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

Mmmmmmm, lemon cheesecake lip balm!

56 Caroline B March 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

Natural Hand Lotion – Sleepy Time Lavender Vanilla

57 Tiffany March 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

You had me at Lemon Cheesecake! Hello delicious!


58 Edna Tran March 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I have my eye on the Mint Lip Balm and Chai Tea Lip Balm!

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