I'm Naomi Murray and I am an introvert. I straddle the line between nerd and geek. A self-identified social awkward, l’m a science-loving, book reading, podcast-listening, entrepreneur. My lab coat and respirator totally give me away. I also love tending my garden; cultivating the ground is so satisfying to my soul. Something I came to appreciate from both my grandpa who had an unbelievably green thumb, and my mom who got me started at an early age with a terrarium.
My start down the path of natural skin care began with an unlikely source. In 2007 while helping butcher a steer, I made use of the beef tallow by taking up soap making. The chemistry of saponification (soap making) hooked me. Soon after, I found my passion for native plants was influencing my handmade creations. Batch upon batch was inspired by local plants - Wild Rose, California Juniper, Incense-Cedar, Wild Carrot - all fed my vision for new creations.
In 2009 I founded Mountain Girl Soap to support others on their journey to better skin with all-natural soap and skin care made with native botanicals sourced in Northern California. I'm an active member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) where I earned a certificate in Master Soap Making. I hold certificates in Aromatherapy and Botanical Body Care Product Formulation and I am also a member of the California Native Plant Society. My passion for native plants has led me down an exciting new path of distilling my own essential oils and hydrosols. With the expansion in this area, a new name seemed appropriate and I changed the business name to Mountain Girl Essentials.
Fast forward to today and I'm blending luxurious oils with aromatic plants to make fabulous all-natural products for healthy and vibrant skin. So if you want to energize yourself and experience glowing skin made possible with the power of plants, check out my products page.
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