About Us

Bad Penny Soapworks is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and owned/operated by Penny Bencomo. There's no wholesome backstory here about having a child with sensitive skin that needed an alternative to detergent-based supermarket "soap." Penny started making soap in 2011 and took a protracted break until the craziness of 2020 drove her to cope with uncertainty with creativity. The combination of science and artistry (along with an addiction to handmade bath products) were exactly what she needed to get through an interesting year and start Penny on a new career path.