OUR STORY

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. 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.

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ETHICAL + LUXURIOUS + RESULTS DRIVEN

As a glacier mineral-based skincare company, I naturally wanted to expand the product line with Alaska glacier water as the main ingredient combined with Alaska botanicals in sophisticated formulations with lasting results.  I had reached out to several cosmetic chemists over the years who were intimidated by the high mineral content in glacier water and felt it was too complicated.  In 2010, I was contacted by a fellow Alaskan and cosmetic chemist based in South Korea, who was looking to source Alaska glacial mineral clay in his products.  We kept in touch for several years and in 2018 he came to Cordova for a visit.  We struck a friendship and as it turned out he had been spending the previous years researching and developing a line of Alaska glacier water, mushroom and berry based skincare products.  I shared my product development goals with him and with his help my dream became a reality.  In 2019, I began transforming Alaska Glacial Mud Co. into Alaska Glacial Essentials and in 2020 launched the glacier collection facial care line, which includes a cleanser, toner, serum and cream formulated with mineral-rich Alaska glacier water, Alaska botanicals and results-driven delivery systems based on Korean skincare research.  These products combine the best of K-beauty formulations with wildly potent Alaska ingredients. We call it AK-beauty.

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.

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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.

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Lauren Padawer - founder