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Montague Ashley-Craig is a Glaswegian and Cosmetic Scientist living in London. Monty studied Chemistry at Edinburgh and UC Berkeley, and Cosmetic Science at the London College of Fashion. She’s worked across the cosmetics industry for big brands such as Aesop and Cowshed in retail and product development, running research and development labs, and as a Technical Manager overseeing the production of tonne batches of product.

MONTAMONTA was founded in 2015 after a friend asked Monty to help her create a handwash for his cocktail bar in London. Although she didn’t set out to develop her own beauty line, Monty now manufactures all of her products in her East London lab and produces ‘superlative skincare from plants and science’, with a primary objective of ensuring her products are made sustainably, from premium quality ingredients.

Monty shares, “there is also a growing trend for “chemical-free” claims amongst skincare products however, everything is a chemical – water is a chemical – therefore, chemical-free products don’t exist. We have stepped away from the natural vs. synthetic cosmetic debate focused on an ethos that unites plants and science.”

We are proud to be using refillable and recyclable bottles of MONTAMONTA handwash in our London eateries and supplying Monty with our spent coffee grounds, which she combines with natural essential oils to make into a revitalising coffee body scrub.