Bean and Boy is a family-run business making soap by hand in Southend-on-Sea, UK.
We started making soap for our family when our daughter developed a mild form of eczema that was made worse by commercially-produced soaps and washes. We spent months researching, and tried out loads of different recipes and combinations to find the ones that work for our daughter’s skin – and for us too.
We settled on a combination of high quality ingredients, unfussy essential oil blends, and a slow soap-making process that is as close to the ancient traditional methods as possible. There’s nothing else added: no preservatives, no colourants, no fragrances and no additional heat to speed things up. The best things take time, and proper soap is worth waiting for.
What started out as a necessity and family hobby quickly grew into a mini production line in our kitchen as friends and family started coming back for more. When they began “pre-ordering” before batches had cured, we knew we’d hit onto something special that we couldn’t keep to ourselves anymore.
Since then we’ve had our soap recipes certified and we have introduced new combinations specifically targeted at problematic skin. We have also just launched our virtual shop doors at Etsy, and are selling at markets around Essex.
We still make our soap in the kitchen, and each batch is carefully made by hand using the traditional cold process method. We don’t add anything to speed up the process, and we keep things as natural as possible. Each batch is given the full six weeks to cure before we share them with you.
We are really proud of our soaps and we hope you love them as much as we do.
From our family to yours.
Stacey & Graeme
Why “Bean & Boy”?
We wanted to create a brand that we would be proud to give to our children one day. That’s why we decided on a name inspired by our two amazing children and their family nicknames – Bean and The Boy.
Inspired by Bean’s sensitive skin and developing eczema, we worked on creating our own soap range that we’re proud to call “family soap”. There’s something for everyone, and each recipe has been thoroughly tested in our own home.
We know exactly what goes into each bar of our Bean&Boy Soap, and our special recipes have been carefully formulated to ensure that each bar lathers well, cleans brilliantly, and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.