About Us

So, here’s a little background about us:

I Maryclaire Mayes, Founder Alabu Skin Care always thought I was a small town country girl from NJ; I know right, but hey we all have to dream. Even though my dad commuted about an hour near NYC to work, we lived on a 5-acre farm, had a big garden, dabbled in horses, chickens and occasionally cows, pigs and ducks.

Dean Mayes, CEO Alabu Skin CareBut then I met my husband Dean; He grew up in a tiny remote village of 300 people in theCatskill Mountains. Dean’s father walked down the street to work at the veneer company he owned. Dean’s friends were all farmers and they called him a townie. Which I thought was pretty funny because I thought he was darn close to being a hillbilly.  (Here is more about Dean’s “Unconventional Childhood“).

Dean and I worked at an outdoor program for juvenile delinquents in upstate NY and shared a love for the outdoors. We dreamed about making a simple self-sufficient life together. I have always had an interest in all things natural and Dean has always wanted a family business like his dad. We ended up on an old farm in upstate NY, homeschooling our two children growing food for our family and farmers markets before stumbling on the wonders of hand crafted goat milk soap.

We spend most of our time, working with Alabu or outside on our farm. We love spending time with our grown children and our grand children and staying active in our local church.