We live at the source and we are sustained by the source. I have been an entrepreneur, activist and beauty minimalist since my early teens. I knew toxins in our water, food and what we put in our skin were leaving a legacy of waste in our rivers and oceans. I started making skin care products in 2002 after a rafting trip down the majestic and wild Copper River, a trip that deepened my connection to the healing powers of Mother Nature and inspired a company ethos to protect the Copper River and Alaska salmon way of life in perpetuity through business as a force for good.
I first experienced the therapeutic and softening qualities of glacial minerals after an exciting lunch spying on brown bears fishing for wild salmon (on the opposite side) of the river. Surrounded by the magic of bear tracks, carpets of magenta fireweed flowers and eagles soaring overhead, my friends and I took a dip in the inviting glacial pools leftover by the high water of the summer. Our feet sank into the deep buttery mud and we proceeded to cover ourselves in the luxurious mud, pretending to be a guests at the most wild spa in the world. The divine sensation of the silky mud and ensuing soft skin started my journey to discover the power of the plants and minerals to heal and detoxify skin.
I started Alaska Glacial Mud Co. in 2006 and originally launched with natural and purifying glacial clay facial masks and glacial clay mineral soap bars for daily cleansing and a luxurious weekly self-care. However as I grew older, so did my skin care needs – aging skin demands more daily hydration and nourishment! I’d always envisioned expanding the line and knew the skin care market was crowded with choices. If the future of Alaska Glacial included more products, I felt they had to be really special – innovative ingredients, non-toxic, effective science-based formulas and offer customers a unique value proposition in what was already a crowded marketplace.