HELLO! I am Marilene Richardson –
Chief formulator & owner of SongCroft Naturals.
From childhood, I experienced many things that are considered alternative healing and natural living as part of my everyday life. My memories of bathing rituals and home remedies that my mother brought from the Japanese country-side are ingrained in my very soul. I learned from a very young age that caring for your body and skin would have positive and long-lasting results.
Back in the late 1980s, I studied as an aesthetician at the Paul Mitchell Academy and learned even more about the importance of healthy skin and body care products. My awareness of the toxicity of some of the chemicals used in personal care products became personal when I became ill and extremely chemically sensitive. The mission to create my own brand became a personal passion so I began to study, work with aestheticians, healthcare providers and labs. I perfected many of my formulas 20 years ago.
I have continued to study botanical medicinal with such leaders as Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, president of the American Herbalist Guild and instructor at Bastyr University, Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute and Glen Nagel of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. I have completed an Advanced Professional Herbalist certification through Karta Purkh Singh Kalsa. I have my own clinical herbalist practice where I help clients and other health care providers reach patient goals. I have been a contributing writer for HerbMentor.com for over four-years.
People sometimes ask me to share a bit more about my personal life so I’ll share some of that here. I have been married to my best-friend Bri for more than 22 years. We have two children together. Our kids grew up with cloth diapers, attachment parenting, playing on the farm and eating organic whole foods. We have enjoyed hiking and camping together. We are lucky to have kids that enjoy spending time as a family. My favorite foods are blueberries and cherries. I love world music, sacred music from many faiths (I love listening to people sing/play from their souls), working the land, my old dog Willow and living a rather simple life. My life goal is to be an old woman able to look my children in the eyes and be able to say I did my best to be a good person, to contribute to society in a helpful way and to live light on this planet. My favorite quote is, “Live simple so others might simply live.” Oh, and I am obsessed with octopus and monkeys because…awesome!
Did you know? Many of the ingredients in the Songcroft Naturals products are grown on our family farm, SongCroft. SongCroft is a working permaculture farm with bees, dairy goats, chickens, fruit trees, and lots of culinary as well as medicinal herbs and vegetables. Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.
“Permaculture offers a radical approach to food production and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of great diversity and stability. The design principles are equally applicable to both urban and rural dwellers” – Bill Mollison
Our family is committed to making a positive difference in the global community. We grow much of our own food, practice self-sufficiency skills in our daily lives, and we even built our own home, ourselves, using many local and reclaimed materials.
The cute guy in the photo is my husband for 22 years, Brian. Together, we have two lovely children. Many of the products I have created for SongCroft Naturals were with my own family in mind. I wanted to know that my kids were using products that had ingredients I could feel good about.
SongCroft Naturals was born when my passions came together—-herbalism, healthy living, the desire to help others, organic farming and creating amazing products at affordable prices. My goal is support your needs for healthy personal care products that you can trust.
Songcroft Naturals is an American, family-owned business born on our farm, Songcroft, in Snohomish Washington. We do not manufacture overseas. Everything is created by hand and packaged in the United States. Our ethics are all about using safe ingredients and staying as close to a net-zero company as we can while providing high quality products at an affordable price. Not only do we practice truth in labeling but we go a step further by using European INCI standards on our labels so you know exactly what is in each product.