We are born high in the mountains where ice grinds rocks into dust, where minerals are carried to the sea in great abundance, and where the elements supply the fundamental building blocks to sustain a beautifully wild ecosystem. Our home is Alaska. We are Alaska Glacial Essentials.

We live at the source and we are sustained by the source. Founder Lauren Padawer has been an entrepreneur, activist and beauty minimalist since her early teens. She knew toxins in our water, food and what we put in our skin were leaving a legacy of waste in our rivers and oceans. Lauren started making skin care products when she was 23 after a rafting trip down the majestic and wild Copper River, a trip that deepened her connection to the healing powers of Mother Nature and informed a company ethos to protect the Copper River and Alaska salmon way of life in perpetuity through business as a force for good.

Lauren 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, she and her friends took a dip in the glistening glacial pools leftover by the high water of the summer.  Their feet instantly sank into the deep buttery mud and they proceeded to cover themselves in the mud, pretending to be a guests at the most wild spa in the world.  For Lauren, the divine sensation of the silky mud and ensuing soft skin started her journey to discover the power of the plants and minerals to heal and detoxify skin.

Alaska Glacial Mud Co. originally launched with 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 Lauren grew older, so did her skin care needs – aging skin demands more daily hydration and nourishment! Lauren always envisioned expanding the line and knew the skin care market was crowded with choices. If the future of Alaska Glacial included more products, they had to be innovative, non-toxic, effective science-based and and offer our customers a unique value proposition in a crowded marketplace.



As a natural extension of the glacial clay used in the facial masks and soaps, Lauren wanted to formulate new products with Alaska glacier water, which proved to be challenging due to its high mineral content. It took several years to find the right cosmetic chemist, but with the help of another fellow Alaskan and his Korean skincare company Alaska Dream Co., the dream has become a reality.  Alaska Glacial Mud Co. transformed into Alaska Glacial Essentials and launched a cleanser, toner, serum and cream using formulated with mineral-rich Alaska glacier water and results-driven delivery systems based on Korean skincare research.

These new products are expertly formulated with bioavailable mineral-rich glacier water and boosted with the most potent wild botanicals from Alaska (including blueberries, lingonberries chaga mushroom and lupine seed oil) and well known functional ingredients like squalane, resveratrol and hyaluronic acids to heal, protect and defend skin for life.

Glacier-fed water sources are naturally free of chemical toxins and manmade substances and contain a unique profile of minerals and other trace elements provided by Mother Nature, along with ideal measures of total dissolved solids, alkalinity and dissolved oxygen. This natural balance is the foundation for all animals and humans to thrive.

Glacial pool

Most personal care products (containing water) are made with ground water that has gone through an energy intensive purification process of removing toxins. These methods strip water of its structure and mineral content, causing it to become acidic, mineral void, and bio-chemically aggressive. The water is left empty and seeks to extract minerals and re-balance itself from whatever living system it occupies, including our skin.

Glaciers are formed by compressed and recrystallized snow. Unlike biochemically treated distilled or purified water, Alaska glacier water’s physical hexagon structure is uninterrupted. It is naturally alkaline and full of minerals, ions and trace elements with strong molecular coherence.

Glacial water is uniquely suited to help nutrients transfer on a cellular level – the hexagonal structure of glacial water mimics skin cells and its active polarizing molecules archive and transfer information (including light and sound) helping products to penetrate skin and resonate with energetic vibrations of cells to boost skin hydration and vitality.

All Alaska Glacial products are made with Alaska glacier water and include well-known non-toxic functional anti-aging, brightening and anti-wrinkle ingredients combined with wild botanicals from Alaska including sustainably sourced blueberries, lingonberries, lupine seed oil and chaga mushroom. The best of K-beauty combined with wildly potent Alaska ingredients. We call it AK-beauty. These products are supercharged to leave skin your skin cleansed, primed, toned, nourished and moisturized for your next adventure.

Your skin. Earth’s Skin.

The wilderness experience during the Copper River rafting trip 20 years ago also instilled a respect and awareness for the Copper River’s bounty and the importance of protecting our planet’s last remaining wild places. We want our children to be able to have the same experience.  We believe in harmonizing commerce with the potential for environmental and social impact for the greater good while helping us self-care along the way to improve health and deeper our connection to the natural world. Alaska Glacial is proud to contribute 10% of all profits (or 2% of total revenue, whichever is greater) to local organizations that love, work and fight for wild salmon wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, watershed education and sustainable community development in the Copper River watershed. Together we can raise the next generation of stewards and protect wild places and wild salmon in perpetuity.

Lauren Padawer - founder