The View From Watery Mountain

Spotlight on Ingredients: Palm Oil

Almost everyone has heard about the consequences of the irresponsible cultivation of oil palms.  From the displacement of indigenous populations, to the destruction of rain forests and the effects on endangered species and their habitats, palm plantations have been the target of numerous efforts to reduce worldwide demand for palm oil. At Watery Mountain Essentials, we care about people, animals, and the planet.  So, why do our soaps include palm oil? The palm oil you’ll find in Watery Mountain Essentials soap has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a global organization that sets environmental and social criteria...

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Spotlight on Ingredients: Aloe Vera

Spotlight on Ingredients: Aloe Vera

In this series, I’ll briefly describe some of our favorite Watery Mountain Essentials ingredients and their benefits. The earliest mention of the healing properties of aloe vera was discovered on a clay tablet from Mesopotamia dated 2100 BCE.  An Egyptian papyrus from 1550 BCE describes using aloe to treat both internal and external ailments.  As aloe spread around the world from its place of origin in Africa, it became part of traditional medicine in many cultures.  Today, aloe is popular worldwide and is cultivated commercially for use in foods and cosmetics. While aloe readily grows in the wild in tropical...

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Vegan and Vegetarian Bath Products

Hopefully you’ve noticed that part of caring about people, animals, and the planet here at Watery Mountain Essentials includes carefully and accurately labeling our products.  People make many different kinds of personal choices regarding the ingredients they’re willing to accept in their food and other products.  We honor those choices and want to be sure you know exactly which of our products are compatible with your lifestyle.  Vegetarian friendly – look for the fruit and vegetable icon on our products Vegetarians avoid animal flesh of all kinds, as well as products that require an animal to be killed, but many...

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Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!

The first day of Spring brought snow to Watery Mountain, but you can see that the Eastern Redbud in the front of the picture is getting ready to put on its spring show of bright pink blossoms.  We spent our "snow day" crafting new products, so watch for body wash and hand lotion to be posted on the website soon!

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Warrenton, Va 40th Annual Spring Festival

Warrenton, Va 40th Annual Spring Festival

We're very excited to announce that we've been accepted to participate in the 40th Annual Warrenton Spring Festival! Admission to this event is free.  There will be live entertainment, food available for purchase, activities for children, and tons of juried craft demonstrations and displays.  This event attracts artisans and festival goers from all over, so don't miss it, rain or shine! Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00-4:00 on Main Street in historic Warrenton, Va.

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