BORN OUTSIDE THE PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRY
Akamai adjective / aka·mai - \ä-kä-ˈmī\ / smart, intelligent, clever
Origin: Hawaiian | First Known Use: 1841
My wife, Marni, and I founded Akamai in 2016. We didn’t start this company to make a quick buck — we saw a problem in the area of personal care products (loaded with toxic chemicals, high costs, too much complexity/not enough health, and a lot of myths/bad advice), and we were inspired to show a better way. Something better for our health, wallets, and the planet.
So who are we? A few quick data points...
- Age: both 55 (been told by many we appear to be in our 30’s)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Vince: INTP (logician); Marni: INTJ (architect)
- Where we grew up: Midwest
- Where we live now: Boulder
- Favorite hobby / sports / wellness: Vince: running / neuroscience & behavioral psychology; Marni: painting and cooking
As a serial social entrepreneur, I’m used to making a difference and changing the status quo. On the front of the green wave, I started the company reusablebags.com in 2003 (later rebranded reuseit.com) and raised consumer awareness about the problems with use-and-toss items like plastic bags and bottles. My vision was to use simple lifestyle changes to help save the environment, save money and waste less. By 2013, reuseit.com had grown to 300,000 customers, empowering them to eliminate an estimated 1.1 billion use-and-toss items. Reuseit.com was twice voted as Green America’s Green Business of the Year.
After a course in organic chemistry weeded me out of majoring in Microbiology, I discovered Philosophy. I was, and continues to be, profoundly influenced by Stoicism, Rationalism — The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn was a game-changer for me. When not serving Akamai’s mission, you can find me mind-training, thinking, and trail running, as well as spending time with my two children.
I have spent 15+ years researching, refining, and creating health-focused DIY personal care products that leverage 100% natural ingredients in their whole form. My goal is to craft products that are simply better than anything else available while addressing root causes vs symptom management. I’m obsessed with creating powerful, practical, effective, and affordable products that harness our body’s ability to heal naturally.
A tireless researcher and problem solver, my passion for wellbeing blossomed 18 years ago when I became a mother. My sense of purpose aligned and grew after I discovered the Weston A Price Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to traditional, nutrient-dense whole foods and healing arts), the discovery of Rudolph Steiner (founder of Anthroposophy), and the Waldorf education system — I co-founded the Urban Prairie Waldorf School in Chicago. In addition to working on Akamai, I focus on raising our high school children and recharge by painting, making jewelry and hiking with the family dog.
You won't regret the purchase. This soap simplified my shower routine, and it really works exactly as described. Toss out all the other bottles cluttering your shower and get this bar.
I have tried natural toothpastes or powders from time to time as I am health conscious with sensitive teeth. Personally, I believe this is the best mineral toothpaste powder I have used to date. It's pleasant enough, cleans well, and doesn't cause irritation. In fact, one tooth so painful I could hardly touch it became pain free after using the product for about a week. That sold me on it!
I love the company and all of the products I’ve tried but the oil pulling mouthwash is a total transformational product! I had a cavity that was bothering me and after using this I no longer feel any pain or sensitivity. I use it 3 times weekly and my mouth has never felt better!
I have used this soap for about 3 years. Totally trust it Keeps me feeling fresh all day.
Loving skin fuel for removing makeup even waterproof mascara, works in a flash. Use 1or2 pumps for face and neck. Them wait a few wash off with warm wash cloth. Works amazing! Then applying black balm as my night time cream. Skin feels super healthy and alive! Another home run from Akamai!
I liked the infused black floss kit a lot as well as a few other items that I purchased from Akamai. I keep finding new uses for your products. I have been using clean products for several years now, hopping around among a few brands that I like. Now I have a company I can stay with long term and use fewer products overall!
Light feel, light scent, deep conditioning, and brightening. I love this product.
I am liking this toothpaste. My teeth like it. The color looks to be coming back into my teeth- they were beginning to look transparent before. My gums are happier too. I am a satisfied customer.
I really love just having this one bar in my shower. I don't like clutter or things everywhere so I appreciate how simple my shower is now without all the bottles I used to have.
Minimalist, healthy, all-in-one soap/shampoo/shave lotion bar lasts a long time. Skin and hair oil is soothing, really helps counter the Colorado dryness.
Love these products. They are all natural and leave me feeling clean.
My face is super dry, and my skin is extremely sensitive, so I can't use a lot of products. I use Skin Fuel on my face with no issues! Yay, my skin doesn't hate me now!
I use this on my infant daughter’s eczema and it works to smooth and heal her lesions. Thank you!
This is skin magic. Even in winter when all the things are dry and cracking, this is liquid wonder.
Love, Love my Akamai 3 in 1 bar. I have used it to shave & to shower but decided my #1 use is to shampoo with it! I have long hair & can't believe that I don't even need conditioner!