Dulse & Rugosa is a mother and daughter business with our feet firmly planted on a small Maine island. In fact, Carly was just about born on remote Gotts Island thirty years ago. Back in those days- this is before cell phones and internet our only way of communicating was a CB radio with a link to the Camden Marine Operator. Gotts is one of the super remote islands with no ferry, real cars (by that I mean inspected regularly) and no electricity except from the sun. So, when it was near Carly's due date, we thought about the tides a lot! In my experience, it is always low tide out on Gotts when you really need to get off.
We'd already decided on Carly's name- I knew she would be a girl. She is named after our dear island neighbor, Carl. When my contractions started we knew it was time to get off. Wondering about the tide? Low of course. This meant we had to go around another island which was an extra 20 minutes. We left at dawn and the sky was brilliant- one of the rare occasion I've seen the Aurora Borealis. The thought went through my mind to name her Aurora but she has always, even in my tummy been Carly.
We had a few more adventures on the way to the midwife including our car overheating and needing to call for a tow. We started at dawn but Carly wasn't born until six that evening. I guess she wanted to wait until all the chaos had settled. The next day, we headed back to the island. Of course, it was low tide again and we had to land on an awkward beach. A kind neighbor gave us a ride up the hill in his WWll jeep.
Because Carly spent her early years roaming the fields, forest and shores of the island she has a deep love of place. Dulse and Rugosa started with this love of place.
Our mission reflects the experiences and joys of Maine island living.
At Dulse & Rugosa our mission is to bring you nourishing and effective skincare made with botanicals harvested from our Maine island home. From our farm, our island shores and the sea we gather hardy Maine plants with benefits to your skin, hair and scalp. Our botanicals include four varieties of Maine seaweeds, hand harvested from our mineral rich waters. Dulse & Rugosa, nourishing body and soul.