Handmade Skin Care: Made With Love | Our Love Story With Sensitive Skin Care Products

How Ayr Skin Care Began

Ayr Skin Care started around 2001 in my laundry room. In an effort to reduce the amount of toxic ingredients in my beauty regimen and address my allergies, I started by making detergent. Soon, I was making all of my makeup and personal care items in my kitchen. There were many failures, like an attempt at a natural mascara that ended in smeared raccoon-like eyes, but through it all, I discovered a passion for creating natural and organic skin care.

After having three children, my college chemistry was a bit rusty, so I studied cosmetic chemistry on my own and refined my education in classes with cosmetic chemists at schools all over the world.

My skin care formulas were becoming more complex and soon my friends and family were reaping the benefits as my first test subjects. As their demand grew, I began to piece together my line. Even though I knew that my products would be non-toxic and vegan, I furthered my studies in traditional skin care formulation before diving into the organic world, in order to understand how to create the feel of a luxury line by using more natural ingredients.

Handmade Skin Care—With Love, From Our Family to Yours

The company sprang out of this humble beginning, and I was immediately supported by my children and husband. Today, Ayr Skin Care remains a 100% owned, family-run business devoted to crafting only the best sensitive skin care products.

My husband, using his background in design and architecture, built and outfitted our Southern California lab. His help in setting up the company was invaluable. Without him, Ayr Skin Care’s dream may never have come to be a reality. My eldest daughter, Fiona Briggs, not only takes our amazing photos and manages our marketing, but she is also our V.P.! Our other two children also help with the business. My son manages our inventory and ingredient database, and my youngest daughter helps in the warehouse, lab, with deliveries, and whatever else we need. The strength of the family and in business is everyone doing their part to ensure smooth daily operations.

Unlike most other sensitive skin care product lines, we don’t outsource our formulas or have our products made in a third-party manufacturing facility. I am in the lab every day hand-making the products that we sell, to ensure every batch is held to the highest standards of quality and freshness. When you open your Ayr Skin Care products, you know that each item has been handmade and formulated for sensitive skin care, quality-tested and packaged by hand. I take great pride in sourcing the highest quality organic and natural ingredients and bringing them to you.

Love Behind the Company Name

During my childhood, it was my mother who instilled a love of organic food and who also struggled to take care of my sensitive skin. With no unscented laundry products or detergents back then, my mother had to find creative ways to deal with both my food and topical skin allergies. Everything required triple rinsing! Now that my mother has passed, and I know how much time and attention she gave to me, I know that none of this would have been possible without her raising me as she did. She and my dad did a beautiful job of inspiring me to be the best that I could be.

One thing that really was passed down was a love of family. My mother was born in the seaside town of Ayr, Scotland. She immigrated to the United States when she was 25, met my Dad, and raised our family. It is to her beginnings that we pay homage in the name Ayr Skin Care. It helps remind me every day of her love and her constantly reminding me that family is everything. To have a business that is family first and run together and to pass on the love that my mother taught me, is at the heart of Ayr Skin Care.

We sell real, handmade skin care, with the highest quality level that is possible. We make it every day, and our love goes into each product that we make. From our family to yours . . .

Best wishes,


If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at info@ayrskincare.com.