The Handmade Soaps range uses virgin coconut oil and forest beeswax and contain no sulfates and parabens. We also do not use palm oil in the soap recipe, as a symbol of commitment to protect rainforests – Orangutan habitats – that are at stake when palm oil is in demand.
Beeswax is a natural anti-allergen and protects skin from damage. It contains Vit A that softens and hydrates. The nourishing properties of coconut oil gives lustre to skin.
The beeswax in the soaps is sourced as a byproduct when indigenous people harvest honey from the wild. The chunk of beeswax is thrown into a steel tub of water and heated until the beeswax melts and merges into water. This liquid is then filtered into another steel vessel through a muslin cloth to get rid of any impurities such as dust. In a couple of hours the beeswax hardens and forms a floating block on top of the water. It is taken away from the vessel and wrapped in fine fabric and kept in a cupboard. Later at the time of soap and balm making, the beeswax is cut into smaller pieces and grated into the rest of the ingredients.
The entire production takes place at a self-help group of indigenous women in Kerala, India. For these women, this venture is a meaningful way to engage with their forests, and put their creative skills to work.
The beeswax soap range offers three flavours:
GERANIUM & ROSE PETALS: that uses sun dried rose petals along with Geranium essential oil for fragrance.
HONEYSUCKLE AND TEA TREE: Exfoliating soap uses two essential oils and Moong-gram powder which is a traditional natural scrub.
ALOE AND SWEET BASIL: soap uses fresh pulp of the Aloe vera plant and Sweet Basil essential oil. Aloe has cooling and anti-ageing properties.