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Lava® Lamps for Encryption

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Tech security company Cloudflare, based in San Francisco, CA, has created a whole new and important way to use Lava® lamps. The company is taking advantage of the unpredictable flow of Lava® lamps act as a random number generator to encrypt information that goes in and out of the office.

An article published on the explains the process and reason behind Cloudflare’s “Wall of Entropy.”

Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince says, “Cloudflare turns the “Wall of Entropy” into encryption using a camera that photographs the wall every millisecond of every day of the year. Any one of the company’s systems can turn the display of pixels–which changes based on a multitude of factors, like the movement of the lava, the inclusion of anyone who’s walking by, and the shifting daylight–into random numbers. “Any tiny change in that photograph creates a completely random new set of inputs. Because you can’t predict exactly what that wall of lava lamps looks like in any point in time, 10% of the internet is more difficult for somebody to hack or spy on.”

Throwing dice is how Prince likes to think about adding new random number generator types to Cloudflare’s mix. The lava lamp wall is another set of dice that happens to demonstrate to its customers how encryption works–and also looks great in its office. According to John Graham-Cumming, Cloudflare’s CTO, the lava lamp wall generates 16,384 bits of entropy each time it is used.

Lava® lamps are a clever way to engage customers when they visit Cloudflare’s offices, make the company’s often opaque services a little more tangible. They are also a way to demonstrate what they are doing behind the scenes.

Check out these lava lamps on our website and create your own wall of entropy! Or just a cool, flowing wall!

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Join Our New Rewards Program – Lava InsidersTM

Our new rewards program, Lava InsidersTM has launched! Sign up today and earn 10 FREE blobs! Sign up

This program is for people who really LOVE Lava® lamps! Not only do we give you special sales, insider info exclusive products, but you also earn blobs every time you shop on! These blobs can be redeemed for rewards and the more you spend the more rewards you earn! The program is FREE; simply shop like you always do and get rewarded for it!

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS – The best part about being in the club is having access to exclusive limited-run Lava® lamps that are only available for sale to Lava InsiderTM members. We are developing special lamps that have new techniques and designs that celebrate all things Lava®. So whether you are an avid Lava®  lamp collector or just starting out, these special lamps will be a cherished part of your collection for years to come. Each Lava® lamp comes with a certificate of authenticity that includes the year it was introduced.

SPECIAL SALES & CONTESTS – Lava InsidersTM will be able to participate in special sales and contests that no one else can! Bigger discounts and awesome prizes are in your future if you sign up to be a Lava InsiderTM.

BIRTHDAY GIFT – The best way to celebrate your birthday is with special savings on Lava® lamps! We will send you a special discount code on your birthday!


Shop and earn – the more you shop the more you save!

One blob for every dollar you spend on products at

Points are good for a whole year.

For more info, check out the Lava® Insiders FAQ for more information. Terms & Conditions apply.

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Lava® Lamp Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Wondering what to get that special person for Valentine’s Day? Well, look no further than! Our website has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for everyone.


We have Lava® lamps in shades of purple, pink, red and silve to match perfectly with all of your special girl’s decorations and room decor. There are also plenty of classic silver lamps in all colors of the rainbow, if your special girl doesn’t like to be restricted by the traditional ‘girly’ colors. Another great new item this year is our Bright SourceTM line. Bright Source lamps combine a Lava or glitter lamp in the base with a traditional table lamp for two types of lighting. These lamps have been popular as bedside lamps, desk lamps and family room or office lamps. You are sure to find the perfect gift for the lucky lady in your life at


We have Lava® lamps in shades of blue, green, silver, and black, plus a lot of novelty lamps and fun lamps for the man (or boy) in your life. The 27″ grande lamps are very popular with the men: in addition to the blue/yellow above, there are 3 more grande lamps to choose from.


Fun lamps have instant start-up action, use LED lights and come in all kinds of themes: volcano, fireplace, sandcastle, tornado, and even an aquarium of (faux) fish! We have string lights, night lights and twinkle lights that run on batteries so you can move them from room to room, or even take them on the go. If you’re worried about the heat of a traditional Lava® lamp for the younger kids, these lamps that do not get hot at all. Also, new this year, we have chalkboard Lava® lamps that come in green lava or pink glitter in the globes and have chalkboard paint on the base and cap that kids can write on, decorate or doodle on for hours of fun. There are plenty of fun Lava® lamp items that are sure to make all of the kids happy!


If you don’t find exactly the right base/globe combination, try designing your own 17″ lamp to make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Check out our Custom Cool page and choose from 6 bases/caps and 8 globes to create a unique and personalized Lava® lamp. You can’t go wrong with Custom Cool!

And don’t forget, if you spend $50 in our online store, you’ll receive a FREE set of heart string lights through February! It’s a fun added gift, so use code LAVALOVE at checkout to claim yours in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Hot Lava + Hot Yoga = Cold and Stress Relief


Lifespan brands’ very own Tiffany Vargas is a yoga instructor at CorePower Yoga in the Chicago area. Last night she taught a special Hot Power Fusion yoga class with Lava® lamps, evoking the feelings of peace and harmony during the 1960s and 70s. The slow, relaxing flow of the Lava® lamps in the classroom created the perfect vibe for the theme. Tiffany also played some great old tunes from the era and talked about the way people were ahead of their time in the way they opened their minds and hearts to ALL people, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Hot Power Fusion yoga cranks up the heat in the room, which also creates a unique atmosphere conducive to stretching muscles more completely, opening up the skin’s pores and ridding the body of toxins. Of course, being in the bitter cold of the Windy City’s northwest suburbs, hot yoga is a great escape from the unpleasant outdoor temperatures.

One class attendee said she loves doing the hot yoga class in the later evening hours (this session was from 8-9 pm), especially on a cold winter night. It warms her up, loosens her muscles and relaxes her before bed. It’s a great way to get rid of the day’s stresses and calm your mind and body for a good night of sleep.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to attend a hot yoga class for the first time.

Benefits of hot yoga:

  • Detoxification – flushing toxins from the body through sweat. With the high temperature, from 99 up to 105 degrees, you will definitely sweat a lot! Don’t worry about it; don’t feel self-conscious about it. Just let it drip off. That’s what it’s meant to do. Don’t wipe it off either – that can close your pores. This will force your body to produce more sweat for the same area again to cool it down. If you look around the class, you’ll see that everyone else is sweating as much as you. Embracing the sweat is the secret to a successful hot yoga session.
  • Elevates the heart rate, making the body work harder. It’s a great cardiovascular workout.
  • Warm muscles – helps you stretch more deeply into the yoga postures.
  • Improves breathing, which can help with issues like asthma.
  • Focuses your mind, allowing you to develop mental concentration.
  • Helps to relax your body.

Before a hot class:

  • Don’t eat heavy foods before doing hot yoga.
  • Don’t eat within an hour of hot yoga class.
  • Don’t do another strenuous workout on the same day.
  • Don’t wear constricting or baggy clothes.
  • Don’t chug a bunch of water right before class. Gradually drink water throughout the day.

If you’re new to yoga in general, here’s a great introduction from Positive Health Wellness:

Everything You Need to Know About Yoga and Pilates

For more about CorePower Yoga studios, check out their social media and websites:


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12 Days of Lava

Lava Lamp held a “12 Days of Lava” competition on Facebook and Twitter to countdown to Christmas. We gave away a prize per day for a lucky winner from Facebook or Twitter and it was a huge success! We had our highest level of follower engagement of the year, and were so happy to spread some holiday cheer and lava love during December. We might have to run a contest like this again next year for the holidays!

12 Days of Lava

On the first day of Lava, my true love gave to me… some glitter in a Lava® lamp

On the second day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 2 Northern Lights

On the third day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 3 grandes

On the fourth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 4 Bright Source lamps

On the fifth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 5 golden globes

On the sixth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 6 flames a-burning

On the seventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 7 fish a-swimming

On the eighth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 8 night lights shining

On the ninth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 9 castles sparkling

On the tenth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 10 blobs a-flowing

On the eleventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 11 pull lights glowing

On the twelfth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 12 twinkles twinkling






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All I Want for Christmas Is a Lava® Lamp


The VP of Sales at Lifespan Brands, Pat McCartin, found this adorable letter to Santa written by his daughter, Maeve, when she was about 10 years old (She is now an adult, and will surely love seeing this old letter!). Note number 9 – she asked for a Lava® lamp. Too bad her dad didn’t work for Lava Lite way back then. But I’m sure that Maeve got her Lava® lamp from Santa! Also very sweet in Maeve’s letter is number 10, she wished that “The poor children have a happy Christmas!” So cute and thoughtful for a 10-year-old!

Maeve’s letter to Santa made us wonder, did other kids ask Santa to bring them Lava® lamps? We were happy to find all of these letters online and wanted to share them. We hope that Santa brought all of these kids the Lava® lamps they wished for! And also agree with Maeve’s wish above, that ALL kids (and parents) have a happy Christmas!


Dear Mr. Rotund Santa,

Please bring me a new bike and Pokemon cards. I would also like a lava lamp. If it’s not too mush trouble, I would like some Legos.

Sincerely, Jaeden Becker


Dear Santa,
I love you!! What is your frabrit color? New elf pet, new elf on the shelf, lava lamp, Santa stuffed animal, elf on the shelf stuffed animal.

Gabby, second grade


From Katie O’sullivan.

Dear Santa, I hope you are well. If you are able to bring me a surprise and a lava lamp. That is all – thanks Santa.

Goodbye – oh and tell Rudolph and the elves that I said Hi.


Dear Santa,
How are you doing? Do your raindeer like carrots? By the way, how is Mrs. Clause doing? Are your elfs working harde? Well, anyway all I want for x-mass is this really cool lava lamp that has purple meatal and pink lava lik wed and purple lava in it to. Some more webkinz like maby two or three. And the webkinz that I really want is the kawala and the fire dragon. And by the way I will make homemade cookies just for you and I will leave some carrots for the rainder.
Cassidy Garcia


Dear Santa,

I would like a Intendo DS and a lava lamp. I deserve these items because I’m a very good friend. I would like to know how you deliver all the toys in one night?

Samantha Hoeme

Mrs. Alexander’s class


Dear Santa

Hi! How are all of your reindeer and Mrs. Claus? For Christmas this year I want a microscope, a telescope, a Barbie lip gloss maker and last but not least I want a lava lamp. My sister, Mallory Lesley, 5, wants a Barbie shop with me cash register, a Barbie rock n’ roll house, a bean bag, and last but not least for her a Kit American Girl Doll.

Caitlin Lesley, 9


Dear Santa,

Thank you for the presents you gave me last year. I would like a wii. I would like a playstation 3, dsi, xbox 360 and a lava lamp.


Ethen Allen


And here’s a cute Christmas story about a Lava® lamp that Jazz got from Santa, from the book: The Moon Sisters: A Novel by Therese Walsh

        Published by Crown/Archetype. Copyright. A Random House, Bertelsmann company

The year I turnded six, Jazz got a lava lamp for Christmas. It transfixed us both from the second she plugged it in, with globs of oily crimson that rose and fell like sleepy dancers in a pool of green.

That’s how “Silent Night” looks! I’d said, excited to share what I saw every time I heard the song. I grabbed the lamp, but it slid out of my hands and broke, spilling all those little dancers onto the kitchen floor.

When my parent walked into the room seconds later to find Jazz boring holes into my skull with her eyes like some medieval torturer, Papa covered one of his own eyes to remind us that there were two ways to look at everything.

It’s not the end of the world, Mama said. Maybe Santa will bring you an even better lava lamp next Christmas.


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Lava® Lamp Gift Ideas Guide is your one-stop shop to complete your holiday gift list! Our 2016 Lava® Lamp Gift Guide gives you ideas for members of your family, the kids’ school teachers, friends, coworkers and just about anyone! Everyone loves Lava® lamps! And don’t forget, we will be holding some great sales, so you can save money, get free shipping and even earn a free gift! Check out our website and social media posts for coupon codes for big discounts throughout December.


Gifts for Kids

We have a ton of awesome Lava® lamps that kids of all ages will love. New this year, the chalkboard lamps have been a huge hit with kids. These lamps come with chalk, so kids can create cool designs or write notes on the bases and caps. If your children are a bit younger and you’re worried about the heat of a regular Lava® lamp, we have plenty of options that do not get hot. Kids love Fun Lamps like the volcano, fireplace and aquarium lamps. Novelty lights such as Pull Lights and Twinkle lights are made of plastic and run on batteries, making them totally kid friendly and portable. And don’t forget night lights, which are not only perfect to help the kids sleep peacefully, but also to light up your hallways and bathrooms for kids who wander in the night.


Gifts for Tweens, Teens & College Students

Teens and college kids show their style by decorating their bedrooms, lockers or dorm rooms. Our heart and star String lights are perfect for lighting up lockers, bedrooms, closets and just about any space. Since they are battery operated, they can even wear them to their fave EDM concerts. Kids also love to party, so they definitely need some Party lights! We have disco balls, strobe lights, beacons and a party mixer that flashes to the beat of the music. If partying is not your kid’s thing, you can’t go wrong with a ColormaxTM, classic Lava® or glitter lamp to chill out with.


Gifts for Her

The brand new Bright Source lamps are already a huge hit! Get a set of 2 lamps for Mom’s bedroom or the family room now. We also have some great Lava® lamps with different shades of pink in a bunch of fun sizes.  For the woman who loves bling (and really, who doesn’t want a bit of sparkle in their life) we have a bunch of glitter lamp options as well. And if you know a woman who works hard and needs some relaxation (like pretty much every woman!), all of our lamps have a calming effect with the slow motion of the lava or glitter and low, glowing light. Don’t forget that Lava® lamps make great gifts for your kids’ school teachers. Many teachers use Lava® lamps as a science lesson, so the more lamps in the classroom the better! All of these lamps would make perfect gifts for any of the lucky ladies in your life.


Gifts For Him

Do you have one of those hard-to-buy-for guys on your list? Well, what man wouldn’t want a Lava® lamp? Try the travel stamp decal lamp for the jet-setter who is always flying off to all corners of the world. Or maybe there’s a guy on your list who is a musician or loves to go to music festivals – give him the concert Colormax Lava® lamp. The outdoorsman in your life would love the fireplace lamp, which brings a (faux) fireplace inside during the winter when it’s too cold to be outside camping. If none of that fits the man in your life, get him a Grande! You can’t go wrong with the classic style in the super big size for his man cave.


Customized For Everyone

Custom Cool Lamps are the perfect way to give a personalized, special gift for everyone on your list. Create a dazzling glitter lamp with a shiny, metallic gold base and cap for the girly girl in the family or put together a black base and cap with a green and black globe for your nephew, the Hulk lover who already has a thousand superhero action figures. Or maybe your child’s happy, positive teacher who loves rainbows and unicorns would also love a rainbow Lava® lamp to match the rest of her classroom decorations. You can mix and match a globe with the perfect base to complement any type of personality: the wild partier, the yogi, the serious student or the nostalgic grandparent. Customize your gift for all of the people on your holiday list.

For more ideas, check out our Gift Guide boards on Pinterest:

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Glow Sculpt Class by the Light of Lava


Tiffany Vargas, Product Manager at Lifespan Brands, moonlights as a yoga instructor at CorePower Yoga in Buffalo Grove, IL and other area studios. She worked very hard over the past year to get certified to teach yoga classes and has really enjoyed bringing her love of yoga, fitness and healthy living to her students. Tiffany also loves to use her creativity to find exciting ways to engage students in her classes and keep them motivated with the right music and exercise equipment. Recently, she was able to combine her day job of developing Lava® lamps at Lifespan Brands, with a special class called Glow Sculpt.

Yoga Sculpt is a high intensity, yoga class with weights and cardio. It combines traditional yoga postures and adds an element of weight lifting within each exercise. Fun, upbeat music is played to keep your energy up throughout class and having fun is a MUST! For the Glow Sculpt class, Tiffany dimmed the lights and added glowing elements for a new party atmosphere. The Glow Sculpt class was just like going to the club and working out. The studio had glow sticks and body paints for the students to use when they arrived at the studio and encouraged them to wear bright colors to class. Once they entered the room, the party started. Club music played as black lights and Lava® lamps lit up the room.


Students loved Glow Sculpt and asked CorePower Yoga to do it again soon. There is nothing like having fun when you work out and adding the element of Lava® lamps and glow gave the students another reason to come to yoga that night.


Each month, the studios at CorePower Yoga have themed classes to give their students an opportunity for something different than the classes they regularly attend. Some include themed music and costumes, while others incorporate the core values and traditional teachings behind yoga such as chakras and meditation.

Mediation is another important part of mental and physical health that is closely connected with yoga. It is all about connecting your breath and slowing your mind. While this was not the intention of the Glow Sculpt class, elements of meditation are incorporated into cool down stretches of many yoga classes. A Lava® lamp would be a great visual element for anyone to use in meditation, regardless if you are doing yoga with it. The soft glow of the lamp will calm the mind and the slow movement of the Lava flowing up and down the globe could help slow down breath and regulate your heart rate.

For more about CorePower Yoga studios, check out their social media and websites:


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Instagram – CorePower Yoga main account –

Twitter –

Facebook –

website –


And for a great article about yoga and your overall health, check out this article by Positive Health Wellness:

Everything You Need to Know About Yoga and Pilates

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Awesome Lava® Lamp Art Contest for Spirit of Children


Together with Spirit Halloween stores, Lifespan Brands held an art contest for kids in hospitals across the country during their Spirit of Children events in October. Spirit Halloween stores provided costumes for all of the children and their families, pumpkins to paint and other fun, spooky Halloween activities. Lifespan Brands provided blank Lava® lamp pictures for kids to color, paint and bedazzle with glitter to make their very own custom lamps and enter in the competition.

Lifespan Brands received almost 100 wonderfully creative Lava® lamp pictures from kids who are patients at children’s hospitals around the United States and Canada. We must say, ALL of the pictures were so great! Lifepsan Brands staff loved seeing all of the colorful and imaginative ways that the kids decorated their Lava® lamps! There were bugs, animals, nature scenes, monster faces, rainbows, geometric designs and many more. It was very difficult to choose winners and we congratulate all of the kids who submitted their beautiful artwork. We wish we could give prizes to everyone!!

Here are this year’s winners, who will each receive the Grande Lava® lamp of their choice.

From the top left: Bumble Bees by Spencer, Blue Anchor by Nicolas Muniz, Blended Color by Ellie Everton, Rainbow Wax in Polka Dots by Elyse Pineda, Rainbow Volcano Explosion by Keilyn Hernandez Fawks, Red Vampire by Benjamin Mansfield

And we wanted to share more of these great pictures by children who definitely deserve honorable mention.


But then, ALL of these kids, who somehow manage to maintain a happy and positive attitude while staying in the hospital during Halloween and the holiday season, deserve more than an honorable mention! They have earned our respect, touched our hearts and deserve the best health care from the childrens’ hospitals where they are being treated. Their families who support them throughout their sicknesses, take care of them and sacrifice so much for the kids are also truly inspiring.


It was an honor for Lifespan Brands to be a part of the Spirit of Children events and so heartwarming meet these sweet, adorable kids! During this Thanksgiving and Christmas time, please think of all of the sick kids across the country and consider volunteering or making a charitable contribution to help them out. And also, remember to be thankful for your family’s health! We wish all of the kids a speedy recovery and a happy, healthy holiday season!!


Spirt of Children

Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals. Each year with the help of our vendor partners, Spirit sponsors and hosts Halloween celebrations in children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Members of the Spirit field team bring everything needed to have the best party possible from costumes and decorations to goody bags. Everything brought to the hospitals is donated by Spirit and our vendor partners. It’s a remarkable event that touches thousands of pediatric patients and brings countless smiles and laughter to children who might otherwise miss out on the joy of Halloween.

Additionally, throughout each Halloween season all Spirit stores conduct in-store fundraising campaigns. Last year alone we collected $7.2 million cash and merchandise donations. We have raised over $29 million for over 130 children’s hospitals since 2007. What makes this program so unique is that at the end of each season, every dollar, 100% of the money collected in our stores or donated by our loyal and passionate customers and vendor partners is given to the Child Life departments.

Spirit of Children chooses to partner with and support Child Life whose main function is to provide developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medical treatment. Trained Child Life Specialists help children and their families cope with the many stresses involved when a child is in the hospital. While each hospital is unique in their needs, the money we collect and donate to child life has been used to purchase such educational and entertainment items as: Laptop computers, iPods and iPads, Flat screen TVs, medical education dolls and equipment, and toys designed specifically for children with physical challenges. In addition to toys and equipment, money raised has been used for such things as: funding field trips, adding staff to keep playrooms open longer and on weekends, developing rehabilitative art programs and weekly music therapy programs.

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A Bright Idea in Lighting


Lifespan Brands™ is so excited about the new, innovative lighting concept for your home that will arrive at the end of this month! Bright Source™ is a line of 2-in-1 lamps that combines the flow of glitter or Lava (wax) with a traditional table lamp for several lighting options. For reading or work, use the conventional lamp; for glowing mood lighting or relaxation, use just the Lava® lamp; or use both for double the fun. Bright Source™ lamps are designed with beautiful finishes and elegant touches, which will add excitement to your home. Rich textures, pops of color and mesmerizing motion create an eye-catching lamp for any room. Whether you’re planning to Netflix and chill or hosting a party, a Bright Source™ lamp will add the perfect accent piece to any space.


To kick off the launch of Bright Source™ lamps, we are holding a Bright Source™ Room Makeover Contest through November 21st. To enter, post a photo on our Facebook page of a room in your home that could use some spicing up. Maybe your bedroom needs bedside table lamps, but you’d also like some cool mood lighting with the soothing flow of a Lava® lamp. Or maybe your family room or man cave needs some interesting design elements to add color and excitement. Show us your room in need and you may be the winner of 2 Bright Source™ lamps plus a $250 gift card to help finish decorating the room. Buy some new pillows, artwork for the walls, candles and a fresh coat of paint to complement your new Bright Source™ lamps and complete your stylish, newly redecorated room!

Post a photo of the room that you would like to makeover on our Facebook page to enter the Bright Source™ Room Makeover Contest now! We will pick the room most in need of a makeover on Monday, November 21st and announce the lucky winner at 1:00 CST. You can have your beautiful new room set up for the holidays!

Bright Source™ lamps will be available on our website at the beginning of December. Check them out and pick your favorites to light up your holidays at