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Foaming formula that cleans without removing good bacteria.
Easily removes dirt, oil, and makeup without drying or stripping.
Suitable for dry, oily, and sensitive skin types.
Enhances the results of the AO+ Mist.
Preservative-free. Unfragranced. Family-friendly. Plant-based.
Our mission is to develop products that restore and nurture the skin biome. To do this, we had to develop strict criteria and processes for ingredient selection, formulation, packaging, and manufacturing.
We use AOB as our core measurement for testing biome-friendliness. Here’s what that means: AOB are one of the most sensitive microorganisms on our skin. Because of this, we believe by formulating a product that’s friendly to AOB means that it will also be friendly to the other delicate microorganisms of the biome as well.
We’ve developed a patent-pending assay that we use to screen all our ingredients and the final formula to ensure that it’s A-OK for AOBs.
One of our early findings was that preservatives have a negative affect on AOB. This shouldn’t be surprising because preservatives exist for the sole purpose of preventing bacteria and other microorganisms from growing in products. No wonder AOB didn’t do well with preservatives, and why you won’t find them in our formulas.
In theory, the motivation for including preservatives is a good one, but at the time, we didn’t know what potential effect preservatives have on our skin biome. This is a new factor to consider.
We had to recreate parts of this process. We manufacture and package our products with strict criteria to ensure that they are 100% pure when they arrive at your door.
Our packaging is selected for maximal protection of the product inside, requiring us to use pharmaceutical grade packaging for products like the AO+ Mist. We include an expiration date on each product so that you know when to discard them.
The cleanser is not temperature sensitive. While refrigeration will give you a cool lather, it will not extend the shelf life, which is 8 weeks after the first pump of the bottle.
DOES THE CLEANSER CONTAIN LIVE BACTERIA? The cleanser does not contain live AOB, but it’s specifically formulated to nurture the good bacteria that you get from your AO+ Mist, keeping your scalp biome healthy.
CAN I STILL USE MY SHAVING CREAM, AND/OR MOISTURIZER? Yes. We’ll never recommend that you abandon products you love. We encourage you to experiment and see what works best for you. As best practice, we recommend applying the Mist as the very last step in your cleansing and skincare routine, after all other products have had a moment to absorb.
Mother Dirt Shampoo and Cleanser were designed specifically to be compatible with the AO+ Mist, and most off-the-shelf products are not considered biome-friendly. Some oils, such as coconut oil, are biome-friendly (as long as they are preservative and added-fragrance free), and will not harm the good bacteria on the skin.
IS THE CLEANSER SCENTED? The Cleanser has a very light scent of rosewater (one of the ingredients).
IS THE CLEANSER OKAY TO USE ON MY KIDS? The Cleanser and Mother Dirt products are safe for use on children. Our ingredients are on each of the product pages, please feel free to run them by a pediatrician or doctor if you would like.