about
earth and salt

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The New
Modern Adult Store

Our ultimate goal is to see all people free to live in their pleasure. Our approach to pleasure is holistic and inclusive, as we know that pleasure is possible for everyone, but it looks different from person to person. We also believe that creating a daily connection to physical pleasure, sensuality, and sex is a transformative process, individually and collectively. 

We sell a curated array of body-safe products that enable our customers to center themselves in their bodies, access their pleasure, and confirm sex and desire as parts of a healthy lifestyle. 

Sexual Wellness 
is Social Justice

As part of our commitment to pleasure for all, Earth and Salt is also committed to social justice as an intrinsic part of our mission. As such we de-gender the sex toy store model, affirm individuals in their identities through our product and class offerings, and support businesses and sex educators from historically marginalized groups. 

Our vendor roster is always 50% or more businesses owned by individuals from historically marginalized groups. Check out our Shop by Values section of our online store to shop by affinity.

We also donate a percent of sales every month to the
BIPOC Urban Farm and Wholeness Center in Winooski, VT.

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Knowledge is Your Power

Our educational courses build upon our product offering, covering all aspects of pleasure, sexuality, and relationships.

 

We know that sex and pleasure is not a silo, but a part of our daily lives. By focusing on contextualizing sex and pleasure, we can help you connect to your sexuality and sensuality, identify areas of desired change in your experiences, and create that change.

Beth Hankes
Owner and CEO

Beth Hankes (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of Earth and Salt, and a sex education certificate student at the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. With Earth and Salt, her goals are to normalize sex and pleasure, provide vital sex education to local communities, and champion other business owners and sexuality professionals, especially those from historically marginalized groups.

 

Prior to Earth and Salt, Beth worked and studied across multiple sectors. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2008 with a BA in Art History and Studio Art, where she began developing her interest in the experience and visioning of sensuality and sexuality. After a stint working for Apple, she sought out a career in museums, completing an ALM degree in Museum Studies from Harvard Extension School, while also working at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School in administration.

 

Quickly realizing that the museum field was not for her, she returned to the corporate world for six years at the healthcare IT company, athenahealth. There she developed an appreciation for business operations but a distaste for corporate America. 

 

After concurrent years of identifying self-repression, questioning her sexual desires, and health issues, she was inspried to open Earth and Salt, with the mission to see all people free to live in their pleasure.

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