The whole thing started because we were tired of "girly" soap. We were tired of the frilly names, of the flowery, perfumey scents, and of the tiny sized bars of soap that wouldn’t last a week in the shower. We wanted big bars of soap with scents a guy would like, and were frustrated that we couldn’t find any. Out of that frustration Burly Stone was born.
It seemed simple enough - learn to make soap. We spent hours, days researching formulas and ingredients and realized, oh shit, maybe its not so simple. But we plowed on and made our first batch, then another, and another. We spent months learning - refining formulas, ingredients, and techniques. With each batch our skills and the quality of the soap we were making improved. Then we had our "a-ha" moment. We realized that these soaps we were making - these big bars of soap with offbeat, masculine scents? There's gotta be a lot of men (and more than a few women) who want high quality soap that comes from a guy's point of view. They want a man-sized, bold bar of soap without the attitude. They want Burly Stone.
We developed soap formulas using the highest quality oils & most robust fragrances we could find. We worked up scents like The Rebel, that combine leather, orange, clove and bay rum scents, and The Mechanic, with peppermint, tea tree, and basil. When we had our formulas nailed down tight, we commissioned a special effects artist to make one-of-a-kind soap molds that would look like blocks of rough hewn stone. I kid you not – no one else on earth has soap that looks like ours. Each bar is big (almost 3/4 of a pound!), rugged, and totally, uniquely Burly Stone.
Since our launch in April 2014, we've added beard elixirs, hand balms, dog soap, and solid colognes to our product line up. And while we've got lots of other cool stuff for guys planned, we make you this promise: we’ll never make anything that we don't use ourselves. It's the surest way we know to stay true to ourselves, and true to Burly Stone. We just want guys to look and feel their best, without any unnecessary crap.
I've been a lot of different things in my life - painter, designer, bakery school drop out, 3D animator, bartender, award winning screenwriter, chicken owner and more. Hell, I was even in the Guinness Book. But if you had told me a few years ago that the chuck-a-luck wheel of fate would have landed on soap maker? I would have thought you were effing crazy. But the wheel has stopped spinning and here I am, proud co-founder/owner (along with my husband, Maurice Beebe) of Burly Stone. I gotta tell you, those other gigs? They aint got nothing on this one.
Generally I'm the "public" face of Burly Stone - I do all the social media, posting, web work, etc. I also formulate the recipes, scent combos, and make, pour, cut, and label every item that we produce. Yep, we are that hands on.
Maurice (long story, but yes, you can call him Punk) has owned and operated his own restaurant for over 27 years. He's an incredible chef & business person. He's the "sensible" one behind the scenes. He makes sure we have our ducks in a row, and helps keep me grounded. He's my go-to if I have any questions about the business side of things, or just need a more... grounded point of view.
Sophie & Roxy ("The Girls", as they're affectionately known) are the reason we developed The Mystic Hound, our dog soap. They're pretty casual about wandering into the shower, so bathing them has never been a big hassle.
Sophie is our 11 year old boxer. She’s sweet, shy, and occasionally crazy. Luckily she’s not as crazy as when she was a puppy – My emergency brake, and portions of Punk's wallet still have the bite marks to prove she went through teething. She goes by the nicknames The Nub & Sofa Bean. Most often found shivering underfoot during thunderstorms.
Roxy is our 5 year old rescue. She's incredibly agile, completely lovable, and will eat your socks & underwear if given a chance. Oh yeah, she's also a dirty girl - really. She spends a ton of time laying on her back, legs in the air, just looking' for a little belly rub lovin'... and she usually gets it.
We're continually blown away by the responses we keep getting. Whether it's press (guys making soap is a little on the unusual side, I guess), or incredible feed back from customers here and on our Facebook page, it's just overwhelming. You guys make us feel great.