It’s International Women’s Day! As a 100% female owned & operated company we wanted to share our rich, orange, history with you and remind you of who we are, what we do, & why we do it.
From Humble Beginnings
McLoughlin, President and CEO of Seabuckthorn International, started the skin care and nutritional supplement company with her late husband, Colin in 1991. “Colin and I lived on the West Coast of British Columbia. Although he spent much of his early career as a mining engineer his first passion was always growing things. He grew up on a farm in Scotland and was really fascinated with land reclamation, whether it was range land around Cache Creek or a hillside outside Maple Ridge. We started a nursery in the Lower Mainland in 1990 where we grew plants for erosion control. An Asian agricultural specialist that we were working with sent us a Seabuckthorn plant to try out. Little did we know that we would build a company around it.”
In 1995 the Mcloughlin’s sold their home in Vancouver and moved to the Okanagan where Seabuckthorn growing conditions were more ideal. While Colin focused on the erosion control benefits, Susan concentrated on the nutritional aspects of Seabuckthorn.
Who We Are
We are a proudly Canadian & Cruelty Free company committed to conserving the earth, healing your skin, & supporting your health with products made with miracle that is seabuckthorn. In recent years we have made some BIG changes to lessen our environmental impact. We are now a 100% vegan & cruelty free company that only uses 100% natural, pure, and environmentally friendly ingredients. Two of our biggest changes in recent years were the decision to discontinue our capsules (10 Reasons Why We Ditched Our Single Source Capsules) and to eliminate palm oil from our line. Environmental stewardship has always been important at SBT headquarters, but now it is a force that drives us. The generations coming after us are not going to have an easy time – the generations already here aren’t going to have an easy time – so we need to work together to change how we treat not only the planet, but how we treat each other. We have always strived to provide the absolute best customer service possible, while handcrafting the most pure products, and doing our part to lessen environmental impact – and people say you can’t have it all.
Manufacturing natural skincare & nutritional products is still our main focus, but one of our new missions is to increase awareness about what is in your products (natural or not). We can’t even begin to tell you how big & bad greenwashing is (so we won’t) but we think everyone has a right to know what they are putting on their skin & in their bodies.
What We Do
At SBT Seabuckthorn, we are proud to produce only 100% natural, vegan, cruelty & allergen free products. Our planet has blessed us with so many healing botanicals that we have no need for any animal by-products in our skincare or nutritional products.
We are proud to source only 100% eco-friendly & sustainable plants for our therapeutic skincare. Many of the plants used in our ingredients are harvested from the wild or organic farms and made into luxurious oils that help to soothe, nourish, hydrate, replenish, clarify, and protect your skin.
Clean & Green Ingredients
Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for your personal care products to get into your blood stream?
That being said, why would you want scary un-pronounceable lab formulated chemicals to make up your favourite products? Our products are free from SLS, DEA, Parabens, Talc, Silicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Dyes/Colourants, Fragrance, Petroleum, Formaldehyde, & so many more scary ingredients you don’t want lurking in your skincare.
It’s really shocking when you flip over the average bottle of cream or shampoo at the store and find these ingredients lurking in so many common products and big brands. Your skin is your largest organ and it needs TLC too. The average woman absorbs 5 lbs. of cosmetics into their body in a year. If your skin was going to absorb 5 lbs. of anything – wouldn’t you want it to be healing natural ingredients derived from the earth? We thought so.
& Why We Do It
Over the years we have become known for our healing skincare. We are the brand for people who can’t find relief anywhere else – the fact that we are able to provide natural relief is just a HUGE added bonus for everyone. We have helped customers lower their cholesterol, relieve their arthritis, calm their eczema flare ups, soothe their scalps, heal wounds, burns, & scars, and so much more. We are so proud to have created a natural, handcrafted, eco-friendly personal care line that has benefits so great that not only do you love your skin – but you feel good in it and about it.
We are so passionate about seabuckthorn and for us to be able to use such a special ingredient in our skincare & nutritional products makes us proud. What makes us even more proud is the amazing results that our customers have with our product. In the beginning, SBT was about spreading the word about the amazing benefits behind the plant. 15 years later, SBT is all about our customers. Our company wouldn’t be where it is without our amazing customers or the amazing results they’ve experienced with our therapeutic skincare.