Strawberry Moon Skincare is based in Sussex, UK and was founded in 2018 by mum of two and secondary school teacher Sarah Awbery.
I was suddenly very aware of the plastic we consumed at home, thanks to programs like the Blue Planet, I thought how can I make a difference, and the first place I looked was the bathroom, I started to ask ‘Why do we use shower gel? It is just soap that is already watered down, but kept in a big plastic bottle!’, so I started to learn the art of handcrafting my own soap. I also wanted to find an effective deodorant, being a teacher is quite like being a performer, you’re on your feet all day and I often found myself having to ‘top up’ during the day —I never would have believed that there was a better natural alternative, I had tried all sorts of alternatives that promised to be great, I even tried limes! But they never were, then when I enrolled on a natural skincare course I realised that it was possible—our natural deodorant balm is so effective that I don’t use anything else, and when people try it, they find they are hooked, not only is it super effective but it contains no aluminium or other nasties, it actually nourishes your skin, it doesn’t try to block your pours up and really works. Many people find they are sensitive to the baking soda used in most natural deodorant balms, so we have now also developed a baking soda free version which is just as effective.
Friends urged me to make a shampoo bar, my first attempt was not great, I made it using the same method I use for soap bars but with loads of lovely oils recommended for hair, despite my best efforts the bar left my hair feeling squeaky and heavy, like it had a coating on it and felt like I had dipped it in a frier. As I studied more of the natural skincare course, I came to discover more of the art and science behind these products and how you have to treat hair differently to skin. I then spent a further 6 months developing our current shampoo and conditioner bars and they having been selling like hot cakes since day one, they don’t require an apple cider vinegar rinse or any transition period they just work!
We are now branching out into a wider range of products which we hope you will love as much as we do. We recently launched Foaming Mineral Bath Soak (bubble bath in a dry mix), and lotion bars (lotion just without the bottle sold in a solid bar that melts into your skin as you apply it) and finally Body Butter Soufflé (lovely moisturiser made with rosehip oil).
All our products have the same simple principles; we use natural ingredients as a base to all our products, we are 100% Vegan friendly and cruelty free, we package everything in either waxed paper or fully recyclable aluminium tins or glass bottles to ensure has little environmental damage as possible.
We are members of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers.
Sarah Awbery—Founder of Strawberry Moon Skincare