People often ask about where the name Fat and the Moon comes from. The word 'fat' is not always embraced in our culture, especially within the context of bod and beauty care products.
Yet, when our founder Rachel Budde considered her influences at the beginning stages of concocting body care potions, fat was an obvious muse. Fat is the medium for external herbal medicine. Fat absorbs the medicinal constituents of plants so we can apply them to our skin. Not only does fat (as in the myriad plant oils) suspend the properties of plants, it has healing properties all on its own. When we use herb infused fats on our skin, we feed ourselves a nutrient-dense meal.
Our name also is an ode to the Moon, as it has a profound effect on life on this planet; especially as all life is animated by water. Water makes up most of our bodies and the bodies of plants. The health and vitality of each cell of our being is completely dependent on water. No water, no life. The movement of water, as we see in the tides, is in a perpetual dance with the Moon. Fat and water need a spiral movement to mix; in the movement, there is creamy cohesion, interplay, and the joining of forces. That, dear friends, is why Fat and the Moon.
Continuing a 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.
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. We provide nourishing products because we are nourished by making them.