~ 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
- Low $30 wholesale minimum
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 clothes, 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 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 consistent supply, pristine stone's original abrasive quality is 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 lightest, 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 far more 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.
98% of Ward Pumice is 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, see packaged option below.)
More than earth friendly, these stones are
the earth. An absurdly low-tech business, Ward Pumice Company is a 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 and 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 are rounded not by 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, new-born stones fast-drying into rounded form by time they hit earth - or almost dry, often flattening into eggs or oval bars or, less common, pancakes. Stream action can further shape. People are amazed by roundedness, assuming they 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 the world over for its majesty and believed metaphysical properties. And, while not sure, stones might be actual fiery souvenirs of United States' first fireworks celebration, mountain's last eruption thought to be in 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 account necessary - for fastest service
- Net-30 accounts offered 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 a piece
- Utility/shop grade seconds pre-discounted at $3.50/lb.
- Order internationally with euros, pounds, yen, Australian or Canadian dollars via PayPal - More information - click & scroll
- 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 stone sizes and grades listed on price page are orderable on online purchase page. Also, simple shopping cart doesn't allow quantifying beyond those noted or permit specifying domestic or international orders. If what's wanted isn't listed online or in desired quantity, call or email query and once order's made will generate 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.
Inventory, Drought Rationing, Future Supply
Relatively good stone harvest this year, so rationing relaxed a bit. Part-time creek, sole source of Mt. Shasta stone, sent down fair amount in hottest weather. It has since mostly stopped flowing with cooler weather starting.
California in fifth year of drought; less snow pack to melt and bring down stones means fewer stones to gather, hence some continued rationing to keep current repeat buyers in stock as much as possible.
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, to repeat buyers only (email or phone in order.)
2-2.2 oz stones - repeat buyers only, 60 ct. per 60 day period, email or phone order
1.4-1.9 oz stones: restrictions lifted
If new and seeking select-grade pumice least likely to run out and they suit needs, consider .8-.9 oz. (roughly walnut mass) size and smaller, down to .4-.5 oz. range (1-3/4" length average). Also good stash of larger select 4-4.9 oz (3-3-1/2"), great stash of 7-10 oz.stones (up to 5-6" length) and 6-6.9 oz. -- and veritable embarrassment of 5-5.9 oz (4") stones.
Seconds/shop-grade supply good on all sizes except largest (over 20 oz.) and smallest (under .4-.5 oz.), neither gathered much due to current low demand.
Again, annual summer harvest depends on snow and glacial melt washing stones down mountain. Also factor: continuing ability of still-agile but slowing 66-year-old to get out in hot weather, ferret sometimes elusive stones out, and hike them out.
Stray note: Don't think restricted sizes are only ones worth buying or that overall stock seriously depleted. Storage areas bursting with various-sized stones of both grades, some having accumulated for over 15 years. 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 September 15, 2016 ~