From the Alabu website…

Our Story

On a sunny winter day in 1997, a friend recruited my help for a soap making project. She thought it would be a good chemistry lesson for my home-schooled children. So, we crowded into her kitchen (equipped with goggles and gloves), and learned how alkali combines with oils to make soap.

My friend had to convince me to try the soap. At first, I was a little afraid to try it because the old fashioned soaps I knew growing up were very harsh (they made their own lye from wood ashes). Thankfully handcrafted soaps have really progressed.

I never realized how drying commercial “soaps” were until I tried our handmade goat milk soap (I have learned most commercial “soaps” are actually detergents). I was finally able to get out of the shower without feeling dry and itchy or like my skin shrank. I was hooked on making my own all-natural soap. I started researching, reading, and learning all I could about making the best soap, and the more I learned, the more I was sure I never wanted to use commercial “soaps” again. I started to read the ingredients on commercial soap labels—yikes!!!

At first I started making it for my family and friends and giving it away as gifts. Eventually my husband, Dean, convinced me that we should go into business and sell our soap. That’s how Alabu was born.

Since then, we have continued to grow. We have now expanded from just soap to a line of all natural skin care products. My son, Hal handles most of the day to day operations, and Dean and I have taken more of a supporting role.

Natural continues to be at the forefront of all that we do. Our products have the ability to change the way you think about all-natural skin care, and as someone that cares a lot about the health of my skin, I can assure you that you’ll love our products.

—Maryclaire Mayes, Founder

Almond Moisturizing Goat Milk Soap

The Franciscan Padres brought the almond to California in the mid 1700’s. However the moist, cool weather didn’t provide the optimum growing conditions. It wasn’t until the late 1870s that Successful cross-breeding and research inland provided the almonds we know today. At Alabu they’ve taken the delightful, spicy aroma-filled almond essential oil and added it to this all-natural soap. This wonderful fragrant skin-moisturizing lather is sure to soothe and relax you. The almond essential oil comes from real California-grown almonds!

Vanilla Infusion Lip Balm

The Vanilla Infusion Lip Balm is the same smooth soothing formulation in the Original Lip Balm, but with the addition of vanilla-infused coconut oil.

Replenish Facial Moisturizer

The Replenish Facial Moisturizer is made with 100% olive-derived Squalane. It’s very high in Vitamin A and resembles the skin’s own natural oil. It is naturally present in our skin but the amount we produce declines as we age. It is thought that a deficiency of Squalane can result in dry skin and premature aging resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. Squalane is said to help keep the skin supple and moisturized and to form a protective coat against fungi and bacteria on the skin, as well as boost the skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, and protect itself.


As someone who often has skin reactions to harsh soaps and lotions, I appreciate natural products. Alabu products smell nice and are easy on my skin. The lip balm is smooth and keeps my lips soft. I really appreciate that Alabu is a family company too…I think it’s important to support family run businesses, especially when they promote healthy and natural living like Alabu does.

Alabu has a variety of soaps to choose from, and you can see them all on their website.

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