Wednesday, March 25

Spring Rain

We had a classic Texas spring thunderstorm this afternoon- thunder, lightning, hail and a downpour for 15 minutes, followed immediately by sunny skies. This is my absolute favorite kind of weather- the drama of a thunderstorm, and the reward of crisp, cool, sunny afternoon afterward! I celebrated by making these fresh olive oil soaps:

Tinted with bright and shiny micas, these cuties are scented a fresh coconut lime verbena. Yay spring!

Sunday, March 22

One More Reason We Love to Live in Texas!

Bean Street Market is located deep in the Heart of Texas, and here's one more reason why we love it here:

Texas, for the fourth consecutive year, has been identified as the best state in which to do business by chief executive officers in a Chief Executive magazine survey.
Results of the magazine’s fifth annual “Best & Worst States” survey were released earlier this month. The next four best states behind Texas were North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. The survey of 543 CEOs asked them to evaluate regulatory issues, tax policies, education, quality of living and other factors. The survey ranked California as the worst state for business, preceded by New York, Michigan and New Jersey. -
So we make our little soaps, sing our little song, and appreciate how lucky we are to live in the Lone Star State!

Friday, March 20

Happy Spring!

Ahh, the first day of Spring!

This is one of our shea butter soaps in ginger peach and almond biscotti. *Almost* good enough to eat!

Wednesday, March 18

Bean Street Market is on Etsy!

We're so excited! We're on Etsy! If you've been following along with The Market Blog, you know soy candles are our first love here at Bean Street.

Our Etsy shop specializes in soy candles handpoured in unique, vintage and recycled containers... handmade and vintage... a perfect Etsy fit!! Drop by sometime- we're adding more every week! And while you're there, browse around some of the other shops at Etsy- there are some truly creative and talented people in the neighborhood! And stay tuned- more from the Market soon!

Monday, March 16

So Why Bean?

Where did the name Bean Street come from? Well, soy(bean) wax candles were our first product here at the Market, so our name is kind of an homage to our roots. We also like to use soy wax in our bath and body products too, when we can. Why soy? There are many benefits to using soy wax over traditional paraffin wax. Soy wax is made from hydrogenated soybean oil, a renewable resource (paraffin wax is a petroleum product). Soy candles burn cleaner, so no sooty mess on your walls or furniture. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin, which allows us to make wonderful products like our romantic massage candle! Soy candles also "throw" scent very well, resulting in a stronger fragrance when you burn your candle. And finally, when we use and you buy soybean products instead of paraffin, we are all supporting American farmers who produce soybeans, and American jobs!

So that's the story of the Bean Street name, and we're sticking to it! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 15

Welcome to the Market!

Welcome to the Bean Street Market Blog! Bean Street Market is where you can find fantastic bath and body products, handcrafted with love and care. Our handmade soaps, lotions, scrubs, and balms leave your skin clean, refreshed and renewed. Our handpoured soy candles add that perfect touch of scent and light to your home. The fragrances we use include fresh fruits, soft florals, and warm spices, with a few surprises thrown in for fun!

This blog showcases new product offerings at Bean Street Market, the beauty and benefits of handmade bath and body care, and anything else that interests us (and hopefully you too!) Hope you visit us often and soon- thanks for stopping by!
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