Six delightfully fragrant fair trade body soaps, sustainably produced in southern India, available individually or as a pack of six (one of each):
Neem Soap - neem has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for fungal skin ailments, acne, psoriasis, eczema, warts. cold sores, and ulcers among others. When diluted in water it can also be used as an insecticide and pesticide for gardens and pets (but be careful to check your pet's skin first).
Ingredients: neem oil, palm oil, mahua oil, coconut oil, coconut oil extract, glycerine, citric acid, zinc oxide, floral lemon fragrance, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide.
Sandalwood Soap - sandalwood is believed to reduce stress, nervousness, anxiety and depression. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are thought to stimulate cell regeneration and assist in healing wounds and scars.
Ingredients: hydrogenated rice bran wax, palm oil, coconut oil, coconut stearic acid, glycerin, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, zinc oxide, sandalwood essential oil.
Rose Soap - rose soap is known as an aphrodisiac and mood enhancer - its scent can inspire a sense of happiness and well-being. It is particularly good for older, drier skins. However, it is not suitable for use during the first three months of pregnancy.
Ingredients: hydrogenated rice bran wax, palm oil; coconut oil, coconut stearic acid, glycerine, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, zinc oxide, rose essential oil.
Jasmine Soap - the scent of jasmine is believed to alleviate depression, exhaustion and stress by producing feelings of optimism, confidence and euphoria. It is also used to relieve dry, irritated or sensitive skin and for muscular spasms and sprain.
Ingredients: hydrogenated rice bran wax, palm oil, coconut oil, coconut stearic acid, glycerine, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, zinc oxide, jasmine essential oil.
Coconut Soap - made with coconut oil, reputed to have anti-aging effects and antiviral properties. It promotes good health and healing, and its cooling and soothing properties provide relief for skin disorders such as eczema and sunburn.
Ingredients: coconut oil, palm oil, mahua oil, coconut stearic acid, glycerine, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, zinc oxide, coconut essential oil.
Honey Soap - featuring the delicious scent of honey.
Ingredients: palm oil, coconut oil, cohua oil, coconut stearic acid, glycerine, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, zinc oxide, essential oils (geranium, lemon and orange - to impart a honey fragrance), beeswax.
The Palam Rural Centre in Southern India which makes these soaps use the finest ingredients and essential oils. They use sustainably sourced palm oil from India. The State of Andra Pradesh is suitable for the cultivation of palm trees, especially in the highlands where farmers struggled with other crops, which have been replaced with palms. When compared to the price of imported palm oil from Malaysia, the local oil is more expensive. However, Palam is committed to conserving nature and protecting endangered animals, and only purchase palm oil locally.
By purchasing these soaps you are helping bring about lasting change for the soap makers at Palam.
Palam Rural Centre provides dignity and security to artisans in Tamil Nadu and helps break down caste walls in society
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