~ Wholesaling real pumice in
eco-friendly way since 1992 ~
"...flying off the shelves even before we had priced them!"
~ North Shore Soap Factory, Waialua, HI
Genuine Natural Pumice Stone
Foot Care & More
Mount Shasta, stone source of Ward Pumice, crowns top of California in
Northwestern United States
- As nature created - each stone unique
- For bath, kitchen, shop...
- Durable ~ stones can last years
- 19 bulk select grade sizes, 4 packaged; many shop-grade ranges
Versatile StonesThe outstanding abrasive properties of natural volcanic pumice have been recorded since ancient Roman times. No doubt stones were used earlier by rock-savvy cavemen.
Versatile tool of nature, pumice is handy for multitude of uses. Ward's Mt. Shasta pumice is purchased for tool cleaning, stonewashing cloth, fire starters, chinchilla gnaws, science teaching aid... Available for countless uses, they're presented here and graded with skin care foremost in mind.
Using pumice is time honored way to file away foot calluses and slough off surface dead skin. Stones can smooth down gnarliest alligator skin over time, restoring supple softness.
Did you know over 99% of stores' so-called natural pumice is adulterated? Not carved to shape, mind you, but crushed to granule and powder, then "glued" back together and injected into molds? Few do. In corporations' quest for product uniformity and large steady supply, pristine stone's original abrasive quality and durability is greatly compromised. Resulting product is saddled with huge carbon footprint and user's simple yet profound elemental earth connection is lost.
"Our customers love your pumice! They're sending their friends in,
they're telling their mothers...it's pumice fever!"
- Joanne and the
Paisley & Company staff, Kutztown, PA
Ward's sustainably harvested pumice is kept exactly the way nature made it. It's true grit, the venerable scrubbing stone whose abrasive properties pumice-adulterating companies can only aspire to. Why not upgrade your organic body care line and offer discerning nature-loving customers the real thing?
Every volcano spews unique ejecta. The myriad mini-cavities of Mt. Shasta's solid-foam pumice - last eruption believed late 1700s - have thicker micro-cavity cutting-edge walls, making them sharper, heavier, more durable (and less buoyant) than lighter balsa-wood-heft cousins.
love them - they are such raw pieces of Earth. There is something very
primal and natural about them and so refreshingly simple and
unmanufactured. They will go great with my product line."
- Naomi Murray, Mountain Girl Soap & Sundries, Oak Run, CA
Body care users of reformed pumice often complain of scrubbing arm going numb working calluses and product disintegrating in water. Not so with these puppies; they're heavy-duty. They sacrifice themselves slowly. Well cared-for stones can last years.
Stones are surface gathered, hand-picked on foot in summer as snow melt washes them down wild mountain creek near home.
97% of Ward Pumice bought in bulk. Some retailers make own packaging, others offer bulk stones in skin-care baskets or other display container along with hand-out instructions supplied in PDF file, passing on savings and keeping stones affordable and fast to ship. (That said, packaged option below.)
More than earth friendly, these stones are
the earth! An absurdly low-tech business, Ward Pumice Company is one-person
wholesale backwoods operation: gather, rinse, grade and
sort. That's it. No belching bulldozers, energy-guzzling rock
crushers or roaring furnaces; no added epoxy resins or chemical frothing agents; no frantic assembly lines. Twenty-four years at
it makes for sharp eye in field, assuring finding best stones mountain has to offer.
"... I couldn't be more pleased! I
ordered the 11 lb of medium shop grade stones. The webpage estimated 60-80
stones, and I got 100 stones.
- Rebecca Kenny, Red Horse Trading Post, Jacksonville, AL
"Everyone loves them...thank you for doing such an awesome thing to make these available to others!"
- Chelsea Cox, Las Vegas, NV
"Great product. 100% better than Dr. Scholl's pumice stone." - early eBay shopper
Born of Fire
& Air (and Earth & Water)
These pumice rounded not by any efforts of man but aerodynamically by nature on eruption. Formerly under enormous pressure, trapped gases in frothy molten lava globules flung miles high make bubbly escape, creating new-born foamy stones by fast-drying into rounded form by time they hit earth -- or almost dry, often flattening into eggs or oval bars or, rare, pancakes. Stream action can further shape. People are amazed by roundedness, assuming must be worked by man. Not so; nature's sole sculptor of this volcanic popcorn.
As bonus, every working stone doubles as centuries-old specimen of California's majestic Mount Shasta, officially designated sister mountain to Japan's Mount Fuji and noted world over for its majesty and believed metaphysical properties. Stones might be actual fiery souvenirs of United States' first fireworks celebration, mountain's last eruption being thought late 1700s, around time of birth of nation.
Packaged Option - 4 sizes
For those wanting stones prepackaged, cello-packaged option is offered. Label back gives history, use, and care instructions. Label is recycled paper, bag biodegradable cellophane.
< Front of paper label
"Thanks again for an awesome product, wonderful deal, and personable service."
- Amie Vollmer, chinchilla rescuer, Virginia Beach, VA
"The stones look better, work better, feel better in the hand than our former supplier's. The size is great. A nice add-on to our natural body-care basket offering."
- LATHER Inc., Pasadena, CA
- Order stones online, by email, phone or check
- Wholesale only - $US 30. minimum. Up to 20% volume discount - see schedule (scroll down)
- Pay by credit card thru PayPal - no PayPal account necessary - for fastest service
- Net-7 accounts to verifiably well-established concerns after first PayPal order
- Orders shipped at cost via USPS priority; also FedEx (air only) thru your account
- Select stones start at $.20 ea.
- Utility/shop grade seconds pre-discounted at $3.50/lb.
- Order internationally with euros, pounds, yen, Australian or Canadian dollars via PayPal - More information - scroll down
- 5 international online selections - items #23-27
- California buyers not re-selling stones pay 7.5% sales tax when ordering by phone and email; tax absorbed by me if ordered online
Items # 1 - 10, 17 - 20 & 28-9 - Domestic selections, - bulk & packaged
Items # 21 - 27 & 37 - International bulk orders
Items #38 - 41 - Shop grade, 3 sizes
Only sampling of available stones listed on price page orderable online. Also, simple shopping cart doesn't allow quantifying beyond those noted or permit specifying domestic or international order. If what's wanted isn't listed online or in desired quantity, call or email query; once order made, will send custom PayPal invoice for online payment.
Green awareness is soaring as we awaken to our planet's interconnectedness. For growing numbers of organic body care product providers -- and others wanting genuine pumice stones for chosen applications -- Ward's Mount Shasta pumice is a perfect fit.
May 2017 Report:
Inventory, Rationing, Future Supply
Hallelujah, drought's ended! Rationing relaxing a bit. Part-time creek is sole source of Mt. Shasta stone: less snow pack meant less snow melt to wash down stones, hence rationing to keep current repeat buyers in stock as much as possible.
Lag time to replenish stock is late July/early August, so rationing's still in effect and might continue, tho on milder level, after.
2.3-2.9 oz stones, for repeat purchasers only: 35 ct per 60 day period
3-3.9 oz. stones 50 ct. limit per 60-day period, for repeat buyers only (email or phone in order.)
2-2.2 oz stones - 60 ct. per 60 day period to all (email or phone in order, not listed for online order)
If new and seeking select-grade pumice least likely to run out and they suit needs, consider 1.4-1.9 oz. size (2-1/2" average) and smaller, down to .4-.5 oz. range (1-3/4" average), and larger select 4-4.9 oz (3-3-1/2"), 5-5.9 oz., 6-6.9 oz., and 7-9.9 oz.
Seconds/shop-grade supply fairly good all sizes - esp. medium - except very largest (over 20 oz.)
Besides annual summer harvests depending on snow and glacial melt, also factor is continuing ability of still-agile but slowing-down 67-year-old getting out in hot weather, ferreting out sometimes elusive stones, and hiking them out (tho love the adventure).
Stray note: Don't think restricted sizes are only ones worth buying, or that overall stock is seriously depleting. Storage bursting with various-sized stones of both grades, some having accumulated over 15 years. Many sizes moving fast now once went begging. See Prices page.
"Just arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. We will definitely be purchasing from you."
~ 8 Raindrops (natural body care), Brisbane,Australia
~ Site updated May 19, 2017 ~