Moon Valley Organics

Protecting Our Pollinators

Who They Are

Many moons ago, Kim and Aaron Otto had a dream… and they called it Moon Valley Organics. They started as your average, hardworking farming family who envisioned an organic skin care company that could help people with skin conditions – but, unlike pharmaceutical skin care products, could be grown and harvested from truly sustainable and organic ingredients. To begin this journey, they used connections from their vegetable farming days to connect with local farmers markets, and began to create an assorted collection of body care products using the natural ingredients they had available to them.

Moon Valley Organics, named for the sustainable vegetable farm near North Bend, Washington that gave them their start, soon grew to have 4 bar soaps, muscle rub, lip balm – and of course lotion bars! In 2000, they began selling their products at the world famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, which brought them tons of new exposure and changed the face of the company forever… but not their commitment to sustainability!

Through many years of hard work and devotion to Moon Valley Organics Kim and Otto, along with their employees, are ecstatic about the progress they have made as a brand. They’ve brought on doctors and naturopaths to help them create medical salves, become USDA Certified Organic, and have connected with World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farmers (WWOOF) to educate and give hands-on experience to other farmers. With sustainable packaging, ethical ingredients, and a dedication to our pollinators, Moon Valley Organics goes the extra mile to make sure their products support a healthy, happy planet.

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Why We Like Them

Do you know exactly what’s in your skincare? Moon Valley Organics believes you should – and have all the information about the farm (and farmers!) that helped bring your products to you. From their involvement with the WWOOF Organization educating organic farmers on best practices, to their mostly plastic-free product packaging, they know that true sustainability means leading the way for others.

To add to their long list of accomplishments, in 2009, Moon Valley Organics became USDA Certified Organic, bringing their business into the next level of sustainability. What does this really mean? USDA Certified Organic products pass strict rules and regulations regarding water usage, fertilizers, pesticides, added chemicals, and even production methods. This means no genetic engineering (bye GMOs!), no radiation, and no added substances or toxins. With so many companies and brands masking themselves as “organic” or “natural”, we rely on businesses like Moon Valley Organics to lead the way towards ingredients that are truly good for the planet.

Beyond their commitment to organic ingredients and working with new farmers, Moon Valley Organics is a Certified B Corporation, meaning they pass rigorous third-party standards for social, environmental, economic, and legal transparency and accountability. From the way they treat their network of employees, to their farming practices and environmental performance, Moon Valley continues to grow and develop their business to become the best B Corp they can be.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Moon Valley Organics has their own pet project: pollinator awareness and education! Part of their mission as a company is to benefit diverse pollinator populations, and they do so through a variety of pollinator-friendly products and knowledge-sharing. 10% of net profits go towards pollinator protection projects, and Moon Valley even has a 4-acre plot on their farm dedicated to growing pollinator friendly plants!

So what are pollinators? Pollinators are animals like bees, birds and bats who pollinate flowers while collecting nectar, and through this are able to create nearly 75% of our crops. Unfortunately, these important pollinators are in danger and need our help! Organic farms, such Moon Valley and their partners, have worked to create farms with pollinator habitats and polyculture plants that will ensure they will have a safe place to live that is free of dangerous pesticides and herbicides. From promoting healthy pollinator colonies, to farming education initiatives, to being Certified B Corp, Moon Valley Organics is showing that business can be both successful, and meaningful.

  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny
  • Sustainably Harvested
    Sustainably Harvested
  • No GMO
    No GMO
  • USDA Certified Organic
    USDA Certified Organic
  • Recycled Packaging
    Recycled Packaging
  • Low Impact Ink
    Low Impact Ink

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

Some or all of the ingredients or materials used to produce this item have been sustainably harvested. Sustainable practices involve managing land in ways that prevent overharvesting, preserve the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, and ensure a sustainable harvest for the future.

This product is made without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms. The process of using GMO’s involves manipulating the DNA of plants, animals, and other organisms to produce benefits such as an ability to tolerate herbicides or produce their own pesticides. GMO’s have been deemed as unsafe by many developed nations.

Products labeled as USDA certified organic contain ingredients that are produced without pesticides, petrochemicals, ionizing radiation, or synthetic preservetives. USDA certified products are categorized into three classifications. Items labeled as “100% Organic” with the USDA seal must only include organic ingredients. Items labeled as “Organic” with the USDA seal must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients, and cannot contain any of the USDA excluded methods or ingredients. Products labeled as “Made with Organic Ingredients” must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that contain recycled content.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to print clothing, books, and catalogs in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact inks can include vegetable, soy, or water based alternatives, and generally do not contain harmful toxins like heavy metals or phthalates.

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