~ 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, last erupting in late 1700s, is stone source of Ward Pumice. It crowns top of California in Northwestern United States
Limited time special!
- 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 (no longer offered there)
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 effectively be actual fiery souvenirs of United States' first fireworks celebration, mountain's last eruption thought late 1700s, around time of nation's birth.
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 fast 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 in 5 size categories 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, 45-47 - Domestic selections, bulk & packaged (#5-7)
Items # 23, 25, 26 - International bulk orders
Items #38 - 41 - Shop grade, 3 sizes
Only sampling of available stones listed on price page is orderable online. 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 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 might be perfect fit.
Inventory & Rationing
Hallelujah, California drought's ended. Rationing's relaxed some.With part-time creek sole source of Mt. Shasta stone, less snow pack last 5 years meant less melt washing stones down mountain. Started rationing to keep longtime repeat buyer in stock.
Creek stopped flowing last week. (Past years went bone-dry month earlier.) While clear weather holds, switching to more leisurely efforts to find missed areas -- over 4 square miles of alluvial lands to comb means never finding them all.
Some rationing still in effect:
.6-.7 oz stones -- current buyers of size only
2-2.2 oz. stones -- to all, 80 ct. per 60 day period; (item # 047) 2.3-2.9 oz stones -- present buyers 60 ct./mo.; new buyers 35 ct./mo. (# 003) 3-3.9 oz. stones -- old buyers, 50 ct./mo (# 010); new buyers, 30 ct./mo. (# 004)
All other size categories unrationed
If new and seeking select-grade pumice least likely to run out or be rationed, and they suit needs, consider:
-- 1-1.3 oz (average 2-1/4") - have goo-gobs - free shipping - #024 online
and smaller, down to .4-.5 oz. range (1-3/4" average - custom order, not online for want of pic) and larger:
-- 4-4.9 oz (average 3-3-1/2") New reduced price - #020 online -- 5-5.9 oz. (3-1/2-4") - Reduced price - limited-time free shipping - #021 online -- 6-6.9 oz. (3-1/2-4 to 5") - limited-time free shipping - #028 online -- 7-9.9 oz. (4-1/2-5") - shipping special - #046 online Seconds/shop-grade supply good for all sizes and bursting the seams with medium. Exception: very largest (over 20 oz.) for which not much demand lately, so haven't gathered as many (really weigh down field bag and eat cargo space fast.)
Besides annual summer harvesting dependent on snow and glacial melt, also factor is continuing ability of still-agile but slowing-down 67-year-old to get out in hot weather, ferret out sometimes elusive stones, and hike them out (tho love nature adventure and makes one great work-out, often keeping me feel more like 50-something).
Stray note: Pul-leeze don't think rationed select sizes are only ones worth buying. 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 October 1, 2017 ~
39th anniversary on the land