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Our story starts with a simple question, “what are you putting on your skin?”

Our Story

kate mixing a fresh batch of cocoa butter at the butter atelier
pouring melted cocoa butter
a man holding a freshly made body stone in his left hand

Five core ingredients

Only five core ingredients. Natural, simple, and safe.

  • Cocoa Butter

    Rich in polyphenol and flavanoid antioxidants, cocoa butter helps combat cell damage, healing and soothing all skin types.

  • Sweet Almond Oil

    Packed with vitamins A, B, E, K, and zinc, sweet almond oil acts as a natural remedy for eczema.

  • Apricot Kernel Oil

    Rich in essential fatty acids known for smoothing and improving skin’s texture, this base oil is our in-house favorite.

  • Avocado Oil

    This deeply nourishing emollient absorbs more slowly than our other base oils but drenches your skin in thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamins A and D.

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

    A feather light emollient that softens and hydrates dry skin without the grease.

Essential oils

All natural essential oils to scent and supercharge with purpose.

  • Rose

    Supports moisture retention, restores intimacy, and alleviates feelings of anger and frustration. 

  • Frankincense

    Brings peace, ushers in balance, and is one of the most rejuvenating, deeply healing essential oils for the body and soul.

  • Neroli

    Rich, sweet, and citrusy. Wonderful for treating restless sleep and insomnia.

  • Lavender

    Calms emotional anxiety and encourages compassion and gentleness towards ourselves and others.

  • Chamomile

    Fresh and soft-smelling, with an apple-like aroma, chamomile is perfect for bedtime.

  • Bergamot

    A highly fragrant citrus possessing anti-septic qualities, bergamot soothes and balances the nervous system, brings confidence, and alleviates frustration by spurring creative thought.

  • Vetiver

    Alluringly rich and smoky, vetiver's earthy tones ground a scattered, anxious mind and support a meditative state.

  • Eucalyptus

    Herbaceous and fresh, deeply purifying. Eucalyptus clears negative energy, stabilizes moods, and promotes positive emotions. Naturally healing and soothing for sore muscles.

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

    Full spectrum, non-psychoactive, with less than 0.03% THC, but very high in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Our Core Values

We are passionate about our mission: delivering everyday luxury with self-made, self-care products that are fundamentally good for you.

Self Made

Few founders in today’s e-commerce environment know exactly what goes into their products, using contract manufacturers, consultants, and stock formulations to make “versions of the same.” We believe that knowing how to make things yourself is the greatest pledge of quality you can give to your customer. We are proud supporters of “intentional manufacturing.” We care so much about what goes into our products that we are present and in the room to see what goes into every batch. We use batch tracking and ingredient traceability to provide full transparency to our customers.

Self Care

Our society is increasingly focused on taking care of our bodies: through diet, exercise, the products we apply. Yet we are constantly surprised by how many people have lost touch with their bodies: the physical feeling of skin beneath their fingers. The quiet, mindful moments that can come from spending time touching, feeling, and knowing your body’s surface. Our brand promotes the power of touch for self-care, including anxiety relief, pain management, sexual awareness, and body monitoring (e.g., breast self-exams).

kate laughing while making body stones and nichola showing work on a macbook laptop

Kate McLeod

Co-Founder and Formulator

It’s been a long, winding journey. I went from Wellesley to Goldman Sachs, hopped the pond for culinary school, became a pastry chef on both sides of the equator, called off a wedding and returned to the USA for my first love, found solace on a yoga mat, and accidentally stumbled into the beauty world via a chunk of cocoa butter. It sounds cliché, but it’s true: every step, every detour and unexpected path, brought me to where I am today. BODY STONES are a culmination of my non-traditional journey – they embody everything I love, everything I have learned, and everything I want to share.

I am a graduate of Wellesley College and the Courtauld Institute. I currently live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with my husband Justin (Founder and CEO of Hinge) and my newborn son, Oliver (“Ollie”).

Nichola Gray

Co-Founder

Before joining Kate McLeod as a co-founder, I was a manager at Booz & Company, where I led strategy engagements with Fortune 500 clients across industries. My struggle with infertility forced me to look more critically at the products I was putting on my body. This experience sparked a desire to build a brand that was truly innovative in its approach to non-toxic formulation and manufacturing. With help from a mutual friend (and a healthy amount of good luck), I found Kate… covered in cocoa butter… ready to build BODY STONES into a business. I immediately signed up to join her on this adventure and haven’t looked back!

I am a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School. I currently live on the Upper East Side with my husband Peter and my 10-month old daughter, Aquinnah (“Quinnie”).