Meet the Maker: Lauren Padawer of Alaska Glacial Mud
Name: Lauren Padawer
Brand: Alaska Glacial Mud Co.
Certifications: CertClean, Bcorp, Made In Alaska, Leaping Bunny, Campaign For Safe Cosmetics
Former Life/Day Job: Commercial Salmon Fisherman
Personal Motto: Pessimism Is Not an Option
As one of 7 women in her hometown who fish commercially, it is no surprise that Lauren, founder of Alaska Glacial Mud, is persistent, practical and positive. Lauren discovered the buttery mud from Copper River in Alaska one day while she was on a camping trip – she had the most wild spa experience in the world, her skin felt so soft and was glowing after the experience. Well, since 2007, Lauren has been bringing the Alaska mud into the natural beauty market across North America today.
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When did you start creating natural beauty products? Why did you start?
I began making natural beauty products in 2002 following a rafting trip on the copper river in Alaska. I loved the buttery texture of the mud and wanted start a business and product line that would philanthropically support the copper river watershed.
What’s a myth about conventional beauty products/routines you wished everyone would stop believing?
There’s no single miracle cream. Skin care is a lifestylistic approach of good hygiene combined with nutrition, hydration and sleep.
Why was getting the CertClean certification important to you?
The CertClean certification and being part of the CertClean community distinguishes our brand for having quality ingredients.
How are your products special/different?
Alaska glacial mineral mud is the most mineral rich mud on earth. Our formulated products enhance the mud with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and essential oils to detoxify, nourish and soften skin.
What does success look like to you?
To me, success is having longevity in the marketplace and slowly developing a brand based on market demand and unique effective ingredients whilst giving back and being your own boss!
What’s a product you absolutely love and know is amazing, but it just doesn’t get enough attention?
I love Sambucol tablets; they are fizzy immune-boosting supplements with echinacea & elderberry, but more righteous ingredients than airborne! They’re hard to come by in the USA.