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Our home is an island on the mainland surrounded by rugged coastal mountains and glaciers of the the Chugach, the expansive alluvial Copper River Delta, protected waters of the Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. This slender strip of mountainous rainforest and wetlands provides us with healthful clean air, pure water and abundant resources. Come for a visit and be prepared to tune out the chaos – we haven’t got any traffic lights, billboards, box stores or fast food!

Our story begins high in the mountains where ice grinds rocks into dust, where minerals are carried to the sea in great abundance by the Copper River, and where earth's most basic elements supply the  building blocks to sustain a beautifully wild ecosystem. Turns out these same nutrients are good for our skin!


Lauren Padawer
Founder, Alaska Glacial Essentials Skincare


The idea for Alaska Glacial Essential Skincare started on a life changing rafting trip down the Copper River in the year 2000. We stopped for lunch in a canyon near the mouth of the Copper River to spy on brown bears fishing for salmon on the opposite side of the river. After lunch, we took a dip in the glistening pools leftover by summer’s high water. Immediately our feet sank into luxurious buttery mud that had settled out of the turbid water and they proceed to cover their faces and bodies with the silky mud, pretending to be a guests at the most wild spa in the world, surrounded by bear tracks, carpets of fireweed and the calls of eagles soaring overhead. The divine sensation of the glacial mud and ensuing soft skin started my journey to discover the power of the plants and minerals to heal and detoxify skin.

After much research, the “glacial facial” was born and Alaska Glacial launched with a line of natural and purifying mud masks and mineral soaps and a company ethos born to support the very place that inspired its birth, the Copper River.  We donate 10% net profits back to organizations that protect this majestic corner of the world.

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 innovative – made with glacier water, wild and potent Alaska botanicals, and functional ingredients that would deliver in exceptional results-driven formulas.


I 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, Charlie Kim, Founder and Formulator of Alaska Dream Co. based in South Korea, who was looking to source Alaska glacial mineral clay in his products. We struck a friendship and as it turned out he had been spending several years developing an exceptional line of Alaska glacial water mineral-based skincare products. I shared my product development goals with him and with his help, new Alaska Glacial products became a reality. In 2020, we launched the new Glacier Collection of facial care products, which includes a cleanser, toner, serum and cream formulated with mineral-rich Alaska glacier water, wild Alaska botanicals and results-driven delivery systems based on advanced Korean skincare research. These products combine the best of K-beauty formulations with with bioavailable mineral-rich glacier water and wildly potent 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. We call it AK-Beauty!

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SUSTAINABILITY

From ingredients, to packaging, harvesting and manufacturing, our commitment is both to your skin and Earth’s skin.

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GIVING BACK

We are inextricable linked to the Copper River and the wild salmon that connect us all, from river to sea.

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SUSTAINABILITY

From ingredients, to packaging, harvesting and manufacturing, our commitment is both to your skin and Earth’s skin.

Read More >

GIVING BACK

We are inextricable linked to the Copper River and the wild salmon that connect us all, from river to sea.

Read More >