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. We DO NOT use melt and pour soap bases, artificial ingredients, or any other nasties.
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. It made such a difference in our lives when our son (The “boy” of Bean and Boy) arrived shortly after with pretty severe eczema and we felt like we were better equipped to deal with it.
Since then we’ve had our soap recipes certified and we have introduced new combinations specifically targeted at problematic skin as well as a household range of castille soaps. Now we have our own bricks and mortar shop in Westcliff-on-Sea, UK, and we’re excited to be selling on Etsy too.
Now we make our soap in our workshop, 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. Eatch 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
P.S: For those of you local to us, we took over Margaret Raymond Florist on Hamlet Court Road just before lockdown started! It is an exciting time and we’re working hard to make lots of changes in the shop to make it more eco-friendly, and an exciting place to buy locally-made artisan gifts and of course your favourite soaps – as well as floral arrangements for special occasions and every-day celebrations too. We do hope you’ll come and see us once lockdown lifts.
You're welcome to click and collect your order from our store. We are open 9 - 5, Monday to Saturday. We will email you a confirmation once your order is ready to collect, but it is usually packed within 24-48 hours of you ordering. There is no charge for this service.