Frequently Asked Questions
Is Alaska Glacial Essentials the same company as Alaska Glacial Mud Co.?
Yes! We started in 2006 making glacial mineral mud masks and soaps made with Alaska glacial mud , but in 2020 we expanded to include a variety of skincare products made with Alaska glacier water, so we decided ALASKA GLACIAL ESSENTIALS more broadly encompassed our glacial mineral-based products. Our legal name is still Alaska Glacial Mud Co. LLC.
Is Alaska Glacial Essentials located in Alaska?
Our home is Cordova, Alaska located along the Southcentral coast sandwiched between the Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta.
What does your company manufacture?
Alaska Glacial Essentials manufactures pure glacier-derived natural skincare and spa therapy products for face & body. Our glacial mineral skincare products are made with Alaska glacier water and our △rtiiplex concentrate that includes berries and plants from Alaska. All products have been carefully researched and formulated with the best Korean beauty delivery systems. We like to say it is where K-beauty meets AK-beauty, where the best skincare research in the world meets the purest ingredients from Mother Nature.
Where does the raw Alaska glacial mineral mud come from?
Alaska glacial mineral mud raw material is sustainably hand-harvested from the Copper River Delta, the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific Coast of North America.
Is the raw glacial mud harvest sustainable?
Yes! The Copper River deposits nearly 100 million tons of the pristine sediment annually. Fewer than 2,000 residents live in the Copper River Watershed, which drains an area of 17 million acres or 69,000 sq kilometers. No matter how big we get, the amount we harvest is a “drop in the bucket” for this river’s volume.
Is Alaska Glacial sustainable?
All products are manufactured using only natural, wild and certified organic ingredients. We do not use synthetics. All products are cruelty-free. We use community hydropower to process the raw material. All packaging is post-consumer and/or recyclable and all ingredients are biodegradable. We also support the Copper River Watershed and the famed Copper River salmon by donating 10% of profits to four local organizations that support education, restoration, preservation and legal defense of the Copper River.
What are benefits of mud masks and facial clay?
Clay was one of the earliest substances to be used as a beauty mask- probably something to do with the fact that we all loved playing in the mud as children! A purifying mask helps draw toxins from the skin, absorb excess oils, and exfoliate dead cells. Because of its high mineral content and moisturizing effect, Alaska Glacial mud helps nourish the skin and nails. Another benefit of an Alaskan mud mask is the ritual itself. It’s a time to pamper yourself and take a break. It is difficult to do much more than sip tea or wine while waiting for your masque to dry. Set an intention for this ritual, perhaps loving and nurturing your skin.
What are the skin benefits of our glacial mud?
Like sea water, glacial mineral mud contains over 60 major and trace elements. Among them, Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe are known benefactors for skin. The texture of the mud is a natural exfoliant, microdermabrasion and skin softener. It has been touted for its healing properties among Natives along the Pacific Northwest coast. The mud is also enriched with botanical extracts from Pacific Northwest and Arctic plants.
See our ingredients. What are constituents in glacial mud?
The mud is composed of minerals including over 60 trace elements. The top minerals are quartz, feldspar (microcline and albite), calcite, dolomite, hornblende, muscovite, biotite, chlorite, montmorrillonite and smectite. The approximate abundance of each of these phases varies according to the particle size of the material analyzed: quartz is more abundant in the coarser glacial silt size fractions while montmorillonite and smectite are more abundant in the finer glacial clay size particles.
How is your glacial mud uniquely different from other glacial muds?
Alaska Glacial Mineral Mud is sustainably hand-harvested from a freshwater river delta on the coast of Alaska. The river drains four distinct mountain ranges that have volcanic and metamorphic origins so the mineralogical analysis of the mud is as diverse as all the minerals in these separate ranges.
How does it compare to other muds on the market?
Glacial mud is an incredibly pure mineral based composition. It is most similar to Dead Sea Mud in color, particle size and macro minerals. The major differences are that it is harvested in a freshwater environment and contains no odor and does not require desalination or deoderization. Most Dead Sea muds are washed to remove odor and high salt content and trace minerals are thus lost in this refining process. Unlike Moor mud, it is not peat-based, but rather inorganic. It is basically glacially ground rock dust.
Are your products certified organic?
Certified organic and wild-crafted ingredients are sourced wherever possible in our ingredients. While the “certified organic” label has shed light on food and plant-based personal care products, there is no such label for supplements and mineral-based cosmetics. Since the USDA certified organic label regulations are based only on food ingredients (and have been only secondarily applied to cosmetics) many mineral-based products are left out in the cold. The fact is that if it can’t be grown, it can’t ever be called certified organic. So how do we create a standard for personal care products and nutraceuticals that contain non-agricultural ingredients such as clays and minerals since they simply exist in nature? The beauty business is a bit like the Wild West and there’s no policing on the term “pure minerals”. It is necessary for consumers and the media to question the origin and sustainability of mineral based cosmetics. One organization that has helped establish guidelines for safety, sustainability and cruelty-free cosmetics is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. And Alaska Glacial is one such mineral-based cosmetic company that is a proud signer.
Are your products gluten-free?
Our products are gluten-free.
How can I use my coupon code?
You can type (or copy/paste) your coupon code in the shopping cart during checkout. Just look for the section called “Coupon” and enter the number there.