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About the Pumice in ChillDust

It begins deep underground, in the fiery heart of a volcano, water mixing with molten rock...pressure building until finally finding a violent, spectacular release. The trapped water in the viscous, super-heated rock flashes to steam, blasting the magma into a frothy stone that cools, hardens, and falls to the earth as pumice. Sometime later, somewhere high in the Andean mountain range, a chinchilla herd found a drift of pumice powder ash and fell in love: the little critters had found dust bath heaven.

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Examine pumice under magnifcation and what you'll see is best described as a foamed stone. That frothy matrix of tiny pockets and grabbing edges are ideal for capturing dirt and absorbing oils from fur, feathers and skin.

Pumice is fascinatingly versatile, used widely in industry for a variety of processes and products—in personal care exfoliating products, polishing compounds, pencil erasers. It's a functional filler for paints and coatings and a highly-effective concrete pozzolan. It is used filtration media for water, oil, and juices. It's a great soil amendment. And, of course, valuable in several applications for pet and livestock care.

About Hess Pumice

In continual operation since 1958, Hess Pumice operates production facilities equipped with the most current refining technology and machinery. Hess Pumice has a stable source of supply, an exclusive focus on producing precisely controlled pumice grades, and the logistical expertise to ship pumice anywhere on the planet. This focus has made Hess Pumice the world’s leading supplier of highly refined pumice products.

ChillDust™ is a product of Hess Pumice. Hess mines and refines the purest commercial deposit of white pumice on the planet. Pumice is abundant and found in many parts of the world, but not all pumice is created equal.

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ChillDust™ is available in 1 lb bags, 2.5 lb bags (can economically ship multiples up to 27.5 lbs), pallets of 25 lb or 50 lb sacks, and a 2000 lb supersack.

In the southeast corner of the State of Idaho, a score of miles northwest of Malad City, lies a vast reserve of white, pure pumice that is in demand all over the world. That demand is the result of two factors: the quality and brightness of the pumice, and the company that mines and refines it: Hess Pumice Products.

The pumice deposit is located on the shoreline of an ancient lake known as Lake Bonneville...a vast, freshwater lake that once covered much of North America’s Great Basin region (most of Utah and parts of Idaho and Nevada). The Great Salt Lake is all that remains of Lake Bonneville. The volcano that produced the pumice is about a mile to the north of the mine. The volcanic ash (pumice) was deposited in the lake, where it was washed and stratified. This process cleaned the pumice of the undesirable heavy minerals that are often found in other pumice deposits.

From this remarkable pumice deposit comes our ChillDust™ bathing dust and Chewlas™ chew stones.


natural pumice chew stones