How it all began

In 1982, Gary Austin was a chef faced with a problem. His and his wife Karen’s first child Aaron was allergic to grocery store soap. Inspired by SallyeAnder’s can-do spirit, he used his culinary skills to produce a simple, hand-made Castile soap. Castile soap is based on olive oil, not animal fats. Aaron’s skin healed and Gary and Karen realized that there is a large community of people with sensitive skin and other conditions who were in need of Gary’s soap. The SallyeAnder company and the Austin family committed themselves to making ethical, effective, and sensitive-skin friendly products that solve our customer’s needs. Since then, every product decision has been made with one intention: delivering handmade skin and home solutions for all ages that are 100% hypoallergenic and support skin health and vitality.

Who is SallyeAnder?

Before there was a bar of soap, before Gary Austin started to think about making soap, there was a strong, inspiring woman known to all as SallyeAnder. Ten year old Gary Austin saw her as the embodiment of can-do rural American spirit. Gary describes her: “She was our family’s next door neighbor, and kind of like an adopted great aunt for me. SallyeAnder worked her family farm in New York’s wild Adirondack Mountains. She was practical, intentional, no-nonsense. She grew hops and potatoes and raised cattle. She was a bartender and a bouncer, she baked bread, she fed and cared for her parents, two sisters and a brother from her garden and farm. Through her we discovered the natural world.” SallyeAnder was never taken in by the fake or things that were fancy for no reason. SallyeAnder understood hard work, honesty and a practical kind of love. She taught us the values our company continues to live by.

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