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Our Story

We are so glad you found us! My name is Bernadette King and I am the founder and formulator of Ojai Sugar® Sustainable Skincare.

As a California native, I was fortunate to experience the beauty of nature from Ojai to Big Sur to the Santa Cruz mountains where I grew up. It was this beauty and growing up in a family of six girls that inspired my "skin junkie" side and eventually led me down this path.... 

In my early 20's I started focusing on preventative skincare using brands that were deemed "natural". One such brand was Rachel Perry, a pioneer in holistic skincare from 1977 to 2010. I truly loved her products combining natural ingredients and aromatherapy. No surprise she became my muse as I embarked on my journey to learn about plants and their role in skincare.

Starting in 2008, knowledge through exploration, experimentation, and research in the alchemy of plant powered performance ingredients culminated in line of skincare. The mission: clean, natural skincare. Products that will enhance and preserve ones’ own beauty. Since 2010 we've been growing organically, "word of mouth".

In 2020 we relocated from Ojai to our property in Bigfork, Montana where I was able to slow down and realize a "life long" dream to become an aesthetician and take my skin rituals and products into practice in service of others.

My passion is to educate through a sensorial process that will nurture and sustain the health of our skin. Through our formulas we aspire to provide you with a baseline of beauty to look and feel your absolute best about the skin you're in and, the ability to maintain that standard over time.

We ethically source the best quality, all-natural and wild ingredients from suppliers and growers that incorporate sustainable practices in the growing and processing of their plant-based materials. These ethical practices help to ensure the quality and efficacy of our products and, more importantly ensure the beauty and bounty of our planet for generations to come.

If you're reading this story and have yet to experience our amazing products, I encourage you to give us a try. Use code #OSSS at checkout and save 20% today! Let us know what you think because it's YOU and what you think that really matters.
Best, Bernadette