I listen to the trees, the wind, the dirt. I hear the stories of the plants and I seek to unite the natural world with our hectic daily lives of productivity. Listening to whispers in a stream or the chirps of bird songs are not highly valued in this age of do more, be more, go more. And yet, these moments of connection remind us that we are of this world, that we are all intertwined and our actions matter.
I began making skincare to move away from the toxins that are in so many products. Skin absorbs, very rapidly, whatever we place on it. This is why medicated pain patches are so effective. If I’m covering my body in chemicals, then those chemicals are entering my system through my skin. I might as well eat these carcinogens. I knew I could make better products, products that connected us to nature instead of further driving us apart.
My products are made from flowers, leaves, bark and resins of plant stands that I steward. Plants I have been watching grow and change over the course of my life. The Rhus and Ceonothus that I would run through as a feral child in the foothills of southern California, the douglas fir, cedar and piñon high in the mountains where I escape urban existence. The startling red flowers of Ocotillo and the heady floral aromatics of desert lavender deep in the heart of the desert floor. These plants were my earliest friends and remain my greatest teachers. The smells of black sage and coastal sagebrush are my perfume.
The earth has provided all we need for health and wellness and I try to embrace a lifestyle of honoring the gifts of nature and contributing to the health of this world and all its inhabitants.
I feel like the items I make are whole and complete, nourishing and healthy. I hope you can find as much joy and delight with the natural world as I do! It is a privilege to be able to provide a way for folks to connect with their environment.
When using a soap that contains all natural ingredients, bathing becomes an indulgent time to reconnect with nature and the health benefits our earth provides. I have always felt that this is the best bar of soap I've ever used and it is so encouraging to receive the same feedback from those who try it.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop. I hope you find an herb-based soap or oil combination that speaks to your heart.
"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. "
~Thich Nhat Hanh