About Us

Christina May is a UK Contract Soap Manufacturing and Private Label Soap Supplier.

Our speciality is manufacturing premium triple milled soap products for contract manufacturing and private label based on traditional methods and formulations.

We are a family run company based in the heart of the English countryside with over 18 years experience in making soap.

Christina May manufacture soaps for clients both large and small in all shapes and sizes. We currently produces over 4 million soap bars a year, therefore making us one of the largest UK soap manufacturers.  We have a diverse client base of both domestic & international clients. Our manufactured soaps are supplied in major UK & international retailers, hotel and gift suppliers and a wide range of emerging niche markets for soaps.

Using only pure vegetable soaps we aspire to make soaps of the highest quality. To guarantee that the texture of the bar is smooth and silky we use a triple blending and refining process to ensure the soap mix is perfectly smooth before it goes to be pressed. Using these principles we are able to help you fulfil your market aspirations for your hard bar soap.

In a dynamic and rapidly changing industry Christina May has extensive knowledge and experience on how to successfully bring hard bar soap to market in all areas. With knowledge in all areas of soap manufacturing, Christina May will help with all of the processes involved in bringing your soap to market. Be it soap bar size, fragrance, packaging choice or simply some good advice in the world of soap, we are there to help.

When walking down the high street you will see a plethora of soaps in shop windows made by Christina May for our contract manufacturing & private label clients both in the UK and abroad.

Our history

Christina May was founded in 2000 by Bob & Juliet after they discovered a large number of vintage soap moulds lying disused in a machinery workshop in a farm in Kent.

Prior to creating Christina May Bob was a founding partner in one of the UK’s most successful industrial software companies, Boward. Which specialised in large complex control systems for major enterprises.

When the company was sold Bob & Juliet sought to retire to their idyllic country cottage in East Sussex. There they looked forward to a long peaceful retirement. However, whilst cleaning the garage Juliet discovered a 25 year old book on the science and alchemy behind making soap. When she gave the book to Bob ancient memories flooded back from a book read decades ago, Bob became fascinated with the art of soap making.

When Bob & Juliet returned from the Kent workshop they became inspired by the wonderful designs of the vintage soap moulds and set to recreate the luxurious soaps they remembered from childhood. Within days the kitchen had become a soap laboratory with essential oils and various soap bases scattered throughout the room. With ovens of hobs of varying temperatures, the Aga proved an apt assistant in the making of soap.

Soon however Bob came to the realisation that the smooth creamy nature of a great soap bar was not just the combination of the right ingredients but also the mechanical working that the soap has to go through. With this realisation came the need for the investment in a fully automatic soap production line. There, Christina May was created, formed from Juliet’s given name and Bob’s mothers’ middle name.

Years were spent in perfecting the art of soap making to make the perfect soap. A soap bar that would blend perfectly with perfumes & special ingredients. A soap that is smooth and silky in texture, moisturises rather than dries the skin and is infused with a luxurious perfume that lasts until the end of the bar.

Continuing in the family tradition, Bob & Juliet’s son Oliver joined the company in 2012 to work alongside his parents with Oliver’s partner Ailsa joining the company in 2016.

In 2017, on the back of sustained growth Christina May received funding from the European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development to help install a second soap production line. This new production line has increased the productive capabilities of Christina May by more than 100%, allowing the company to grow further and cater for increased hard bar soap demand, and has also created jobs within the local rural economy. More details of this investment can be found here.

In 2018, owing to continued sustained growth Christina May received additional funding from the European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development to install an automatic wrapping machine to cater for increased demand both domestic and abroad. More details can be found here

A family company with family values,Christina May has gone from strength to strength and today has a wide and ever growing portfolio of customers.