Phoenix and Beau | Artisan Spotlight
Phoenix and Beau are the Burrows family and we live in Hitchin, North
Hertfordshire, England. We are Kerry (Dad), Sarah (Mum), Isla (8yrs) and
Sanna (5yrs). We're avid lovers of the outdoors; when we're not working
for Phoenix and Beau you'll find us walking, running, riding the trails
of the Chiltern Hills, splashing along the north Norfolk coastline or
exploring the beautiful Cumbrian national park (and everywhere in
between). Kerry is ex-British Army and Sarah used to work in London as a
formerly trained architectural illustrator.
The beginnings of Phoenix and Beau date back to circa 2014 and really it
was an exercise in curiosity and seeking a better alternative to
cartridge razors and the ubiquitous shaving foam. From that point I
(Kerry) discovered the sheer variety and depth of options and was
captured by the quality, durability and presentation of wet shaving
accessories. Soap making began the following year (2015) and was again
the result of a natural inquisitiveness. I wanted to understand what I
was putting on to and in to my skin and so began a study in to the
efficacy of ingredients and began to play with what felt like a million
soap formulas. I love science and chemistry and that married well with
my love of cooking (akin to making soap) and art.
We've been asked by a lot of our customers why we're called Phoenix and
Beau. Well.. We wanted an abstract name and have used the two middle
names of our daughters; Sanna (Phoenix) and Isla (Beau). Ultimately all
of our efforts and energy that we spend on our company is about leaving
a legacy for our children. It seemed fitting that their names would
stand front and centre in everything that we do. Our brand values are
supreme efficacy, powerful design and a sense of Britishness.
We've enjoyed great success since 2015 and learned countless lessons
along the way. 2020 is a year that we'll be introducing our vegan
shaving soap range and also a new tallow range we've called 'Sovereign'.
Both will be in a smaller format, i.e. around the 60g mark (think
Haslinger) and will be packaged in environment friendly packaging. We
want to move away from using plastics and this will be our first step
towards achieving that.