Hunnybunny Boutique Sells Soap With a Purpose

The ingredients used by name brand manufacturers tend to raise eyebrows when it comes to safety, effectiveness and artificiality. Washington mother Leigh Byers took part in this skepticism when buying bath products for her two young daughters. Her husband suggested she make her own soap, using ingredients of which she approved. A few years later, the Byers family opened Hunnybunny, a small business in Northeast Washington.

The Hunnybunny boutique now sells bath and skin care products that are only made of “things you can eat,” 13-year-old Chief Financial Officer Nya Byers shared on Good Morning Washington.

Nya and her eight-year-old sister, Zuri Byers, are now the owners of the company. The sisters’ parents, Leigh and Andre Byers are now their employees. Leigh manufactures the products and Andre serves as an experimental tester. The boutique currently sells everything in the realm of bath products from soap to sugar scrubs to lotion.

All products have been used by Nya and Zuri themselves. The Byers parents claim that if a product is not good enough to be used on their daughters, it should not be sold in their store.

Following success in their mission to share their all-natural products with the world, Nya and Zuri have moved on to reducing their business’s environmental impact.

In an interview with Good Morning Washington, Nya revealed Hunnybunny’s new, environmentally sustainable packaging: a container that can be used as soap once the product inside is used up. Zuri shared that people should come to Hunnybunny because some businesses sell plastic and other packaging materials that people might not recycle properly.

As some of the youngest business owners in the world, Nya and Zuri are learning the importance of Black female entrepreneurship.

“I know how important it is now for me to own this business now and when I grow up,” Nya shared with the Howard University News Service.

In the same interview, Leigh explained the business’s mission: “Empowerment, empowerment, empowerment. That’s the whole idea behind this.” She continues to share her goals for their girls: “We want our girls to grow up with the mindset of saying I can do anything. I can run my own business and be a successful entrepreneur.”

The boutique has garnered support for its emphasis on empowerment.

“I will say that overall black women are the strongest supporters of our business. They embrace the girls; they embrace the empowerment of young girls being business owners, and they support it,” Andre said in the Howard University News Service interview.