With passion for skincare and the environment
Proudly and mindfully handcrafting vegan, safe, healthy, clean products for you and your family for more than a decade!
Strawberry Hedgehog began when I, as a vegan college student, was having difficulty finding, let alone affording, quality vegan body products. I was sensitive to conventional products, with everything from asthma to migraines to breakouts and swelling triggered by the miscellany of chemicals on the shelves. I was frustrated with misleading packaging and after reading countless labels got a good idea of what went into various products. I started making goodies for myself, friends and family, in 2003 and named the product line after the beautiful local strawberry hedgehog cactus.
It grew organically from interest from friends and family by word of mouth to a point in 2007 it became official and it continues sustainable, steady growth. Strawberry Hedgehog is a small but ever-growing professional endeavor. In 2009 our bulk soaps were introduced into the Arizona Whole Foods Markets and by 2011 I had outgrown my home kitchen. In October 2011 I moved production to my first soap factory at the Mariposa Longhouse in Central Phoenix just southeast of Camelback and 7th Ave. In three short years I outgrew that space and in October 2014 I took the leap from my first small factory space into a larger factory/retail space near at 15th Ave and Indian School to keep up with growth and in summer of 2016 we moved to an even larger space at 15th Ave and Thomas! It is that location in Phoenix where I make all of my own products in small batches.
Production continues to expand but every single brick of soap is still made by me. I do get tons of wonderful help on the Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique side from my partner, Matty and dear friends, also known as the Soap Gnomes. We do all of the making, prepping, packaging, shipping and have a ton of fun doing what we do and I think that shows in the quality of the products.
Strawberry Hedgehog products are all made with love and the highest quality plant based ingredients available. I am proud of the products I create, free of any animal products, preservatives, weird chemicals and artificial dyes or fragrances. I take pride in making plant based products to maximize the quality of the product and its effectiveness for my customers while also preventing animal cruelty.
Many companies emphasize a lack of animal testing alone while they usually continue to use animal byproducts involving cruel factory farming practices. By purchasing products that are 100% vegan and therefore free of animal byproducts as well as free of any animal testing you are ensuring no critter was ever hurt to give you fabulous skin and you are helping the planet by not contributing to the ecologically devastating effects of massive factory farming.
I consider myself eco-conscious as a lover of nature and all critters, with furry babies of my own, all rescues of different sorts. I am proud to use locally made waste-veggie oil biodiesel in my Strawberry Hedgehog vehicle. When I am not making soap I am helping build community and am an adjunct geology instructor at a local community college where I try to incorporate concepts of sustainability into any class I am teaching. I hope this has helped you to better understand what our products are all about and where your Strawberry Hedgehog products are coming from so you can feel better about supporting something/someone you feel good about.