What a bar of soap was to a millennial:
When we were younger, our generation had not a clue about what shower gel was. We had the usual handful bar of soap that did its humble magic on us children. We loved how the soap was so fragrant and how it made our bodies so fragrant that we’d smell our hands after mother gave us a good wash down. I remember using just a small amount of brands at that time, and we’re talking about the early 1900s here in India. There was the Cinthol soap that made our body feel like it was on ice because of an element of menthol; then there was the Lifebuoy the generic Indian Body soap that honestly made use smell like we were disinfected by a bottle of Dettol; and then there was the favorite Pears soap; this was a transparent soap that smelled like sandalwood paste and in water it became transparent so one could see right through the soap. I still remember, that the Pears soap would completely encourage us to take a bath every single day once we were back from school (this was our cheap thrill). But the soap truly got over really soon… so mother would then bring in the lifebuoy which could be used for so many days.
Soaps in the 21st century
In the 21st century, soaps have evolved. Soaps are becoming increasingly customizable, rich, so so so fragrant that one would almost not want to use it, and very aesthetic to look at. Not only does the soap evolve, it is the average middle class bathrooms that have evolved into much more aesthetic versions of the typical tile floor and cement walls. To keep up with the update, and for the soaps to match the designer washrooms, artisanal soaps became a solution.
Why artisanal soaps are a thing in this age?
However, it was not just the aesthetics of the bathroom, which would be inexplicable. It was more so that with the 21st century forwarding into the GEN –Z culture that is so much about creativity, pop colors, trends, independence, supporting and banishing social taboos and people running their own small businesses to shake the mainstream capitalist regime, artisanal soaps become more than just a hobby. It became artwork, it became a source of tiny joys in life, and it became all that was great about modernization and being your own boss.
If you are still new to the world of artisanal soaps, you will be astonished at the variety at hand. The multitudes of fragrances, the array of colors used, the customizability of the ingredients that goes into the soap to suit a customer’s skin needs, the creativity in the designing procedure and the joy of the maker when they finish a fresh batch of extremely artistic handmade soaps will absolutely astound you and realize how the business of making artisanal soaps are becoming an artistic niche on its own.
About artisanal soap makers in India
There are thousands of artisanal soap brands throughout India; and there are quite a few artisanal soap brands that hail from the North east of India that we will explore in the piece. As we all know, the North East of India is a vast space of lushly flourishing nature spaces. Even geographically speaking, the north east of India is very very close to the Himalayan mountain ranges that are a storehouse of rich and plush minerals and plants and natural resources. The states in the north east of India share this very rich and fruitful soil from the Himalayas in their foot hill. Not only the soil, but even the kinds of naturally occurring medicinal plants are a class apart and so superior in its quality. There may be certain medicinal plants that one may never find anywhere else. For example one can find the Yasergumba or colloquially known as cordyceps only near the Himalayan region.
With such a large selection of ingredients at one’s disposal, even if one decides to make natural cosmetic products it becomes a high demand product. Coming back to artisanal soaps; NE Origins, plays host to a number of small businesses all across the North East of India. These businesses also include the artisanal soap making art turned into a means of income for people living in these regions.
The entire value chain surrounding artisanal soap making
The artisanal soap makers take it upon themselves to travel to remote areas, artisans and farmers who grow these amazing ingredients. Once they find these wizards, they deploy them as the company’s primary supplier of a certain ingredient that further benefits rural farmers of the region with their livelihood. With these amazing and fresh natural ingredients in front of them, the artisanal soap makers, not only create some of the most out of the box artisanal soaps, but customize these soaps using high quality ingredients just so that it enriches your skin. This helps a customer’s entire experience with using something that is homemade and at the same time also helps create competition to the mainstream soaps and their prices.
Artisanal soaps and their benefits of use:
- The soaps are not made out of intense chemical that dries out the skin instead of nourishing it. The soaps are made using naturally occurring ingredients that help keep the skin smooth and supple.
- When you buy handmade soap from a soap maker, you can be sure than humans and animals were not harmed in testing the ingredients and it is cruelty free. It is a combined effort and entrepreneurship that benefits financially not just the owner, but the local people ranging from farmers to locally sourced manpower.
- Variety is offered to you. You can choose not just the kind of fragrance that you need but also the ingredients that you’d like to apply on your skin. You can choose not to but a soap that may give you rashes or other skin problems.
Artisanal soaps are an amazing product of the 21st century and the world is very wide. It has ample space to explore in case you like to venture some more into the world of an improved value chain that benefits rural spaces within the comfort of their homes.
If you’d like to purchase some amazingly fragrant and good-to-the-skin artisanal soap from the North East of India, visit the Ne Origins page to explore more options.
The Angry Mother Anise Tangerine Soap
Saponified oils of organic extra virgin olive, Shea butter, coconut, anise, tangerine & mimosa essential oils, activated charcoal
17 in stock
The angry mother soap company can be best described as an inventive and a creative affair organized by the women of Nagaland. The women of this north eastern state have come up with the unique and nostalgic name, and the products that they handcraft and make are rather made with utmost affection than anger.
The range of products that the company makes vary from soaps, lip balms, hand washes, body care and essentials, which are all made with eco friendly ingredients and even packaged in an eco friendly method. This revolutionary company makes the best daily-care products using natural elements that take care of the body, such as Tea Tree Thyme, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Anise, Clove, Eucalyptus, Papaya, Citronella, Basil and Goat’s Milk. The products are gentle on the skin and properly natural in their ingredients as well as their making process. An eco-friendly endeavor such as this company ought to be supported not just for their ideals but for their amazing range of products that are handcrafted and innovative in nature.
|Dimensions||12 × 10 × 12 cm|
MadhabiGi® Nomangkha (Unscented) Handmade Soap
100% Pure, Natural, Vegan and Organic MadhabiGi® Nomangkha (Unscented) Soap is a handmade by the women artisans of Manipur. It is made of natural oil-based soap and handpicked ingredients.
50 in stock
Our Nomangkha Soap is perfect for the season because of the anti-parasitic & Anti-Bacterial properties of Nomangkha leaves. It is useful in the time of Cough & Cold. The richness of Vitamin E oil with Plant Glycerin will moisturize and keep your skin soft and Supple
|Dimensions||8 × 2.2 × 5.2 cm|
Blossom and Bubbles Pink Clay and Lavender Soap
Pink clay and lavender soap is made with pink clay, lavender essential oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Pink clay helps to improve skin elasticity and cell renewal for supple younger looking skin. Pink clay helps in gentle exfoliation and leaves the skin smooth and soft. It helps in minimizing blackheads. Lavender oil helps in lessening acne, helps lighten the skin and reduces wrinkles.
20 in stock
Blossom and Bubbles is a soap company based in Sikkim. They make beautifully scented and artisanal soaps that pamper your skin with love and care. The soaps are all handmade with the use of organic natural elements and ingredients to ensure no harm is caused to your precious skin. The ingredients benefit your skin in many ways and give you a glow and a soft skin.
|Dimensions||6 × 6 × 3 cm|
Soielife Cordyceps Soap (Yarchagumba)- 70g
Cordyceps soap contains Cordyceps millitaris fruiting body extract that contains bioactives that has antioxidant properties, humectant and skin soothing properties. We use high quality and lab tested Cordyceps militaris fruit grown in our Cordyceps farm in Namchi.
18 in stock
Soielife is a company based in Sikkim and is a product based company. The company’s main focus is on cultivating medicinal mushrooms and develops products related to those medicinal mushrooms. The company also makes 100% organic durable exotic soaps using herbs and materials found in the Sikkim Himalayas. Order Cordyceps Soap Online
|Dimensions||9 × 5.5 × 3 cm|