Our Story – About Tierra & Lava
Welcome to Tierra & Lava
It all started with soap.
We have created non-toxic skin and hair care products from 100% natural plants, minerals and oils. Our inspiration is Central America’s ethno-botany (scientific study of traditional knowledge and customs of local plants as natural health). We invite you to celebrate our bountiful flora biodiversity and centuries old natural healing Mayan traditions.
At the heart of our business are 1) ethical sourcing, 2) empowering economic impact for our local community and 3) zero waste production and packaging.
Our passion for creating products from natural ingredients started with our growing consciousness that everything you put ON your body should be as safe and natural as the food you put IN your body. We create natural luxury cosmetics that nourish your skin and have the power to connect with so many of our senses – touch, smell and sight. We have all the luxury of amazing skincare products without any of the crap. Each ingredient is sourced directly from our garden or from a small local supplier. We partner closely with independent artisans and small family farm cooperatives so we know where each hand-crafted ingredient comes from and how it is produced. For over 10 years we have carefully studied the use of botanicals as alternative health and skin care. We currently have over 70 products inspired and created from nature with your well-being and pleasure in mind.
SOCIAL IMPACT FROM CRADLE TO CRADLE:
Having a conscience means that first and foremost, we are a social impact company intent on a completely human connection in every aspect of our business – from operations to packaging to waste management. We provide living wages to our team members and our local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to grow substantially as we create a market for their special ingredients. Our products can’t be made without making a direct local impact.
Our vision is to leave little to no carbon footprint and we continuously strive for zero waste. We use alternative energy with wind powered web hosting. Using as little plastic as possible is our top packaging priority; our packaging is glass, aluminum, cardboard, recycled paper and sustainable cellulose paper. All of our packaging is either 100% reusable or biodegradable. Limited by our local choices, some of our packaging comes from reputable companies outside Guatemala, but as we grow we will create sustainable options with local factories.
HOW DID WE START AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Our Founder Lucy is inspired daily by the natural beauty of Guatemala and has been tinkering with natural formulas since the age of six! Marina joined Lucy to help share our special products beyond our local community. We want to bring the world’s awareness to Central American ethnobotany (traditional uses of plants). Demonstrating what is possible, we plan to lead a ´social impact business´ (triple bottom line) movement in Guatemala.
You CAN have it all. You don’t have to compromise when you buy natural cosmetics – you can have a quality natural product that is kind to your skin and the earth. When you become part of the Tierra & Lava Tribe by purchasing our products you will make a real positive impact on our shared environment and directly help our local supplier family keep working and growing. We have skin care you can trust and feel good about – both inside and out!
100% local, natural and non-toxic
Only plants, minerals and oils
Animal Testing (except on friends and family)
Parabens or Petroleum based ingredients.
Artificial colorants or fragrances.
Sulfates & detergents.