Andrew Pears was born on the outskirts of Mevagissey and eventually moved to London where he spent many years trying to perfect a clear soap.
Clarity was at that time associated with cleanliness. When he had almost achieved his goal, he stored the soap in some wooden brandy barrels. These gave the soap a distinctive colour and smell. Both of which proved so popular that he decided to end his quest there.
Pears began to experiment with soap purification and eventually managed to produce a gentle soap based on glycerin and other natural products. The clarity of the soap gave it a novel transparent appearance which provided a marketing advantage. To add to the appeal, Andrew gave the soap an aroma reminiscent of an English garden. These attributes continue to be a key element of Pears soap through to the present day.