Who we are…
Herban Beautanicals is a small, family-operated Texas business making high-quality soaps, shaving & beard, and bath products by hand in small batches using only the finest botanicals & raw materials.
The idea to make quality soap & bath products began with making a hand & body lotion for my mother. I have actually been making soaps & bath items for family since the early 2000’s. Around that time, my mother developed a bothersome skin rash on her hands and feet…she was dealing with dry, sore, and cracked skin on her hands & feet. Her doctors tried various over-the-counter and prescription lotions and creams, with no positive results. They eventually discovered she was allergic to lanolin…a common ingredient in both prescription & over-the-counter lotions. I began researching skin conditions and ingredients in her products…I ended up developing my own solid lotion bar to moisturize, nourish, and sooth her skin that didn’t contain any harsh chemicals or potential irritants like lanolin. And then Butter Me Up! was born…a solid lotion bar that was nourishing, moisturizing, and free of lanolin & other ingredients that could irritate skin. More products followed as friends & family tried my recipes and asked for new items.
In 2006 I moved to Austin, TX with my first industrial job in the chemicals industry. As I continued to pay attention to ingredient labels, I researched the stuff in the products I used in the shower or bath and for shaving. I became more concerned when I recognized more & more overlap between the ingredients in the conventional bath products I was using and those in strong industrial blends used in my job. It was at this time I began to move away from conventional brands & labels to more earth-friendly and safe products…but they were hard to find, expensive, and often weren’t as nice.
In 2009 I moved again, this time to Houston, TX and the Oil & Gas industry. I continued my experiments to make my own products that were safe for me, safe for the environment, worked well, and smelled nice…but now I had different friends and colleagues to test them on. Some experiments were not so good (loofah in a soap is not the ideal combination) and others were a success (Hunny Bun is still here today). Before long, some friends encouraged me to try selling my items at local craft shows or holiday markets…and I was hooked!
Fast forward a little and in 2012 I did my first shows as a vendor…then in 2013 I got help to design my logo and come up with a name. I also joined the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GoTexan program. Finally, in 2014 I filed for my DBA and Herban Beautanicals was officially born. Later in 2014 my career moved me to Calgary, Alberta in Canada…where I couldn’t operate as a Sole Proprietorship and couldn’t participate in the GoTexan program…Herban Beautanicals went on hold for a while.
I moved back to Texas in late 2015 and resumed Herban Beautanicals in the Dallas area. In 2016 I moved once again for work to Midland, TX…whee I discovered I didn’t have the free time to continue my side hobby-turned-busniess for some time. Things changed in 2019 and I not only resumed making my soaps & lotion bars, but I also joined the Midland Downtown Farmers’ Market (MDFM) as one of their vendors to sell to West Texans. I also resumed my membership in the GoTexan program, got certified by Leaping Bunny, and took steps to make my labels compostable & my packaging recycled/recyclable.
And then 2020 happened…people were scared, stores were closed, and the MDFM was closed for several months. Eventually, things eased up and the markets resumed with fewer vendors & customers. However, my mother was diagnosed in mid-2020 with gallbladder cancer. After surgery, she was put on chemotherapy and I couldn’t visit her without self-isolating at least 2 weeks prior to visiting. Herban Beautanicals was once again put on hold as many customers visiting the market still refused to wear masks. At this time, I focused on developing new products and improving the website.
We are committed to:
- The safety and well-being of our customers
- The safety and integrity of our environment
- Finding the best raw materials for all our products
- Using recycled or recyclable packaging and supplies
- Reducing our carbon footprint and impact
- Full transparency about our ingredients, our sources, and our production
We take care to select only the best and safest ingredients for all our products. Find out more on Our Ingredients.
We love our customers and welcome your feedback & suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right…or what we can improve on.