ROOTS AND FOUNDATIONS
Continuing a family legacy of herbalists and natural healers, Fat and the Moon founder Rachel Budde has built her company around providing handcrafted, herbal body care products to those seeking natural and effective alternatives to chemical-filled products. Like a witch over a cauldron, Budde experiments with age-old ingredients and recipes passed down from various healing traditions to craft innovatively simple products that are good for the body and the earth.
As an herbalist, Budde has a passion for plant bodies and human bodies. She sees the skin as the organ of our edge- the place where we meet the world. Our edges are the places we grow and change. Her purpose in birthing Fat and the Moon, is to provide intentionally made potions to support that fertile edge.
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WHY 'FAT AND THE MOON'?
Fat, in the form of oil, is the gift of the seed. In both plants and animals, fat is where energy is stored. The richness we taste in food, and the suppleness we feel on our skin after a good slather of bath oil, is our bodies recognition of, and pleasure in, that vital energy. Fat and the Moon bod care products are the result of indulgent play of fat and herbs, especially under the influence of the moon.
ETHOS, PRACTICES AND PARTNERS
Fat and the Moon, at its core, is about healing:
Healing is reflected in the way we choose to do business, in right relationship with people and plants. We work with plants that are abundant, ethically harvested and organically cultivated and combine them in formulations that are radically non-toxic. Our priority is to use reusable, recyclable containers, and to minimize superfluous packaging.
Healing is reflected in our wholehearted support of Self Care and Self Love which stands in opposition to the pervasive message that something is inherently wrong with us, and that we need a product to fix it. We see the beauty in all bodies, all backgrounds, all ethnicities, all races and all genders. Our potions are mediums of empowerment through self care.
Healing is in the intimate connection we have with our products; each one is handmade to order by one of our incredible makers. Along with our founding herbalist, our team consists of a budding herbalist, a practicing herbalist, a talented baker and an esthetician. We provide nourishing products because we are nourished by making them.
We love to partner, amplify and collaborate with other people and organizations who are doing life affirming, justice seeking, skill reclaiming and heart centered work. Our partners and friends:
Please reach out if you resonate with our ethos.
We are a small, handmade-to-order business. While we are growing stronger, taller, broader, leafier, we do this by staying true to our human limits. Translation: we are not Amazon. Please cultivate patience, doing so gives the whole world a little peace. Convenience is just another word for hidden costs. The eating, sleeping, vacationing, resting and enjoying of FM employees are additional ingredients which make your potions actually magical.