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Skincare Goals for 2023

I know we’re now towards the end of January but it’s never too late to review the previous year and set some skincare goals for 2023. My own list of goals is in the processing of being developed -actually, I think goals are an ever evolving things and not just set once a year. I […]

The Beauty of a Simple Skincare Routine

How many steps should your average skincare routine contain? Four? Five? Ten?! Unfortunately, our skincare routines are often overused, overcomplicated and over the top for many (not to mention time consuming!). Thankfully,  it really can be a case of more doesn’t always mean better results! Sometimes beautiful skin can be easily achieved by a stripped […]

3 Transitional Skincare Tips to Welcome The New Season

Suddenly it appears to be that we have woken up in October AND are already knocking on the door of November 2022! If you’re anything like me, this year has felt like a rollercoaster ride to nowhere at times and the thought of preparing for autumn / winter after the intense summer heatwaves we’ve had […]

3 reasons to include Raspberry Seed Oil in your routine.

If it’s one thing I absolutely love about this time of year it’s the berries. Blackberries and raspberries come out in droves and there’s nothing quite like foraging in the hedgerows for those little bursts of flavour, am I right?!  Whilst you might expect a delicious spread of raspberry jam on your toast first thing, […]

Consider this your SPF reminder

Here’s a secret. One of my most frequently asked questions is what is the best anti-ageing product I can buy for my skin?! My answer? Spoiler alert: it’s not actually an anti-ageing product at all – it’s SPF! Sunscreen is an absolute essential for your routine if you’re planning on reducing the impact that the sun’s […]

Meet Your Holiday Travel Essentials

Beach days, heatwaves and flights are FINALLY here and at Barker & Sloane we know that the secret to fuss-free travel is simpler than you might think. The only bad thing about getting away on holiday at the moment? Knowing what to pack, are we right? We know you like to enjoy the finer things […]

3 Simple Steps to Heatwave-Proof your Skin

There’s nothing better than embracing everything the outdoors and a rural way of life has to offer but let’s face it, sometimes a UK heatwave can leave a serious mark on our skin (pun absolutely intended). With soaring temperatures, blistering sun and a distinct lack of available shade your skin can take a beating during […]

Skincare Goals for 2022

It may seem like a long time ago when we saw the New Year in with possibly a few too many bubbles but at least the hangovers will have definitely gone by now! Believe it or not we’re still only in the 2nd week of January so it’s not too late to review the previous […]

Do I need a Cleansing Balm?

Before I answer that, let me ask you a question back. Do you worry about your skin? Most of us do, be it anything from ageing through to the daily fight with blemishes. The truth is that to fix these you have to go back to basics. And that means, cleansing your skin every day […]

What’s the difference between Dry or Dehydrated skin?

What’s the difference between dry or dehydrated skin? We all know that water = hydration right? But if this is the case, why isn’t everyone walking around with glowing, plumped-up skin? Because when it comes to skincare it is slightly more complicated than that…  Usually dry, dehydrated, hydrated and moisturised are terms that are frequently […]

Real Women: On a Mother level

Mum’s are the best! Often taken for granted, being a Mum is no mean feat – just take a moment to think about it. Your Mum gave birth to you, she nurtured you, she endured sleepless nights, constantly worried about you (most likely still does!) and faced endless piles of washing. Maybe you’re a Mum […]

Real Women: First Time Yummy Mummy

Victoria Knowles-Lacks What better way to celebrate the Motherhood journey than to start at the very beginning with a brand new Mum! We chatted to Victoria Knowles-Lacks about coffee, her own Mum and of course the star of the show, Baby Rex. Victoria is the founder of the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club and breakthrough […]

Real Women: The Double Trouble Mum

Rhea Freeman Does having twin boys mean you’ve got double trouble on your hands? We spoke Rhea, wonderwoman extraordinaire to find out more. Rhea Freeman is an award winning PR adviser, social media expert, and small business cheerleader who focuses on the rural and equestrian industry, and is usually found on her computer or phone, […]

Real Women: The Farming Mum

Rachel Spensley Being a Mum to human children is one thing but when you’re running a farm too, you have loads more mouths to feed and to care for every single day. We chatted to Rachel Spensley about her farming passion and will her children follow suit?

Real Women: The Entrepreneur Mum

Victoria Bodey Our next Mum is another superstar (aren’t they all?). With so many amazing women setting up their own businesses alongside their families, collectively they show us that you can flourish whilst juggling professional and mum personas. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Victoria Bodey, Founder and Director of Equiboodle, Gloucestershire’s […]

Real Women: The Nanna Years

Louise Ktoris There is something very special about watching your own children experience parenthood for themselves. We chatted to Super Nan and Gundog Breeder, Louise Ktoris (also known as Lois, Mrs K, Mamma K and now Nanna K!) about life as a young Grandma. In her own words, Louise stumbled into the world of Gundogs […]

We’ve been shortlisted for a top Rural Award

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’re in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a Rural Business Award. Barker & Sloane has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Creative or Artisan Business category at the 2020/21 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with […]

The Barker & Sloane brand

Sometimes pictures speak more than words. And no doubt you’ll have noticed yourselves that video is becoming part of our day to days lives so this is the Barker & Sloane brand story in visual form. Simply put, this is our story. It’s the story of who we are, our ethos that is embedded into […]

Top Skincare Tips for Mask and Face Coverings

Let’s face it, with the announcement that face coverings are now mandatory in shops in England, grabbing your face mask is as essential as grabbing your keys when your leave the house. If you’ve already been donning a mask for a while, no doubt you will have already encountered a number of skin issues like […]

COVID-19 Update – We’re still open for Business

A note from our Founder, Claire, about Barker & Sloane and COVID-19 in this unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic is a worry for us all and is having an impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon and the way we live our daily lives. As we all continue to navigate through […]

Beauty Shortlist Award winners announced

Can you believe it?! News is just in that Barker & Sloane has won an award in the global Beauty Shortlist Awards 2020! To say that we are over the moon is an understatement. So without further ado (cue the drum roll….), let me tell you that; out of 39 countries, over 6,000 products and […]

About last season – Guest Blog by Emma Brown

All about last season and my field trials of Barker & Sloane skincare…. So last season for me kicked off with an amazing Ladies Day shooting in Wiltshire organised by Kington Events with some of my favourite humans all wearing Emma Brown Tweed and for me entering the field and seeing my clothes in action was […]

Barker & Sloane – The new name for skincare for rural life

Formerly Purdey & Sloane…. You may or may not have heard the news from our social media profiles but despite us holding the UK Trademark for Purdey & Sloane for cosmetics, we have been embroiled in a legal issue with James Purdey & Sons (Gunmakers), who were claiming that our trademark was invalid and were […]

Behind the Brand

Interview with Claire Barker, Founder of Barker & Sloane When you’re head down preparing to launch a new business, it’s good to step back and reflect where you’ve come from and why you started it all in the first place! We are lucky to be working with Tara Punter PR who recently tied me down […]

Claire Barker

Award Winning Cosmetic Formulator and addicted Lady Gun.

“There is nothing better than spending time outdoors enjoying a rural way of life but let’s face it, whilst fresh air is great for the soul, the Great British weather isn’t so kind to skin. Targeted skincare specifically for the elements helps reduce a ruddy complexion and stops uncomfortably dry skin caused by the wind.”


Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.Coco Chanel


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