About Us

I’ve always been a product junkie, searching for the perfect shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash. I’m that person with six different sets of shampoo and conditioner taking up space in the shower. From inexpensive drugstore brands to super expensive salon offerings, I’ve tried them all.

I love the scent of nag champa (yes, I’m an old hippie), and found a fantastic shampoo and conditioner with that scent. The only problem was that when I used it, it was overwhelming. There are days when I would like to smell like something other than nag champa. So, I emailed the small, natural-products company that makes the shampoo and conditioner to see if they had an unscented, or more mildly scented, version of the same products.       

I was surprised when someone wrote back to say they can’t make an unscented product and didn’t know if any of the other haircare products they offer were more lightly scented. Huh? There are two puzzling things about that response. First, if you’re making your products, as you claim, how hard would it be to leave a batch unscented for me? Knowing what I know now, I can say with assurance that it would be easy peasy. As an aside, if you want any Watery Mountain Essentials products in an unscented version, just let us know. We’ll be happy to do that for you. Second, how can you have a customer service person who hasn’t sniffed all your products and can comment on the scents? If you contact us at WME, you’ll reach people who use and produce all of our products. We’re a family business, so you’re guaranteed to hear back from me, Doris, my husband, Kirk, or my mom, Lois. 

To continue the story, we’re dedicated DYIers when it comes to almost everything else. So, I thought “Why can’t I make my own shampoo and conditioner, in any scent I want?” Down the rabbit hole I went! 

I have a background in science, so I quickly discovered that formulating bath and beauty products involves the perfect-for-me combination of science and creativity. I read, I experimented, I read some more, I experimented on my family and friends, and began to create products everyone loved. Strangers - lots of them - started commenting on how good we smelled and complimenting our hair and skin. That’s when we decided to start selling our products. 

Oddly enough, I still haven’t found a nag champa fragrance I think is good enough to include in our product line. I have, though, discovered some really wonderful and unique scents I think you’ll love. When I find the perfect nag champa, our customers will be the first to know. 

That was how Watery Mountain Essentials began. My family lives on Watery Mountain in Warrenton, Virginia. We make all our products by hand, right here on the mountain, and we use them every day. If you have a special request or a question, just ask us. We’re proud of what we make and want you to be happy. We’ll treat you like family!