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Lanesboro business makes scents


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found anywhere else as he makes the products himself and in small batches.

The all natural body care products contain no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfates or parabens. If a customer prefers to have a scented product, they can choose from scents that Peter has created or create their own scent choosing from over 40 essential oils which come from more than 25 foreign countries. ESSENCE of Lanesboro has more than 9,700 possible combinations for products so a customer should have no problem finding a scent they love. A scent the customer makes can be as light or as strong as they wish. Patrons can bring their empty containers back to be re-filled or bring their own container they would like filled.

Some of the products found at ESSENCE of Lanesboro are lotions, facial cleansers, liquid soaps and shampoos, hair conditioners, bar soaps, facial masks, lip balms, massage oils, body balms, and roll-on perfumes. The roll-on perfumes are new to the shop and patrons seem to love them as they are easy to put in a purse or pack in a make-up bag.

Using fresh ingredients and having fresh products for customers is of utmost importance to Bilkey, which is why he makes his products in small batches. Bilkey explains that other products can sit in distributor warehouses for months and then on store shelves for who knows how long before purchased by a customer while his products are freshly made.

Some of the most popular items at ESSENCE of Lanesboro are the lip balms selling over 4,600 in 2012. Peter says “If I’m famous for anything right now, it’s my lip balms,” stating that customers have fallen in love with the chocolate lip balm as it is so luscious. Bilkey uses real Dove dark chocolate to make the chocolate lip balm Who doesn’t love chocolate?

The second most popular lip balm is the coffee lip balm made with the freshest local coffee from Pedal Pushers of Lanesboro. Some other examples of the many flavors of lip balm are orange geranium and chai spice.

Peter describes the lotions at ESSENCE of Lanesboro as “extremely rich” and there are five kinds to choose from ranging from ultra light cream up to extreme cream. The M .....
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In peace, with honor

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Jason Sethre The story of the sword continued on Saturday, September 21, 2013, coincidentally also recognized as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. Orval Amdahl, along with his wife Marie, traveled from their home in rural L ..... 
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One man’s souvenir, another man’s heirloom

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb given the name of “Fat Man” was dropped over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was the second atomic bomb dropped on a major city in Japan in less than four days, as a measure of response to the Japanese attac ..... 
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Leather and Pipes ride to Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Leather and Pipes Motorcycle Run visited Lanesboro, Minn., on August 17, 2013 during this year’s sixth Annual fundraiser for the event with riders raising money for cancer awareness and to help find a cure. The Leather and Pipes Rally began ..... 
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Beneficial Tournament Tees up for 16th Year

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers Saturday, August 10, 2013 brought a large group of people to the Lanesboro Golf Course for a tournament to remember those from the past and to support the future of others. The 16th Annual Burro Pride Golf Tournament raises money t ..... 
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Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days 2013 was Ideal

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers The weather for this year’s Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. was perfect for a weekend spent with family and friends. Everyone attending the event was blessed with sunshine and smiles from friendly faces. Friday, August ..... 
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Summer Field Day held at Haz-Broy Farms

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Southeast Minnesota Forage Council (SMFC) along with the Midwest Forage Association held a Summer Field Day on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Haz-Broy Farms near Lanesboro, Minn. Owners of the farm, Brian and Judy Hazel, were gracious enough to hos ..... 
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Surprise Sculpture appears in Lanesboro

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro, Minn. had its very first session of the Sculpture Surprise program for the summer on Tuesday, June 11. Several children excited to explore their own creativity met at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Directed by Courtney Ber ..... 
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Lanesboro celebrates annual Rhubarb Festival

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Mitchell Walbridge Town celebrations are pretty common around southeastern Minnesota, celebrating the founding of a town or highlights of the geographical area. What is uncommon, however, is when a festival is completely centered around a vegeta ..... 
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