Me and my soapMy journey into the way of natural soap began in 2008, when my son was born. I tried to find the non-chemical product for him and gather more knowledge about local herbs and natural ingredients. Finally, I tried to make my own natural products for my son and family, and also gave some to close friends as gifts on special occasions.
As I mostly work as a graphic designer, I used my skills to design the package that makes natural soap become more attractive. Then I started selling them to people who would love to avoid chemical soap which could make their skin dry and and cause skin allergies. Lucky that they loved my design and my soap so much!!
One day I met a friend who was born and lives in the world's first wholly organic country, Bhutan. He was interested in my natural soap because it is an environmental-friendly product that will not deter soil and water. Moreover, there is no soap factory in his lovely country, so we decided to be the pioneer!
Why DRUK srannDruk is another name of Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom that plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic. There are many kind of herbs and plants available there. It is the heaven for people who love natural and organic plants. Unfortunately there are just some organic products exported from there because the big factory is not what they want, as it ruins their soil and water, in other words it destroys the environment.
For DRUK srann, we plan to be a small factory that produces handmade soap and organic skincare from local ingredients. Our natural process will not cause any environmental problem because we do not use chemical ingredients. Moreover, we are going to support traditional agriculture farming and train women to create natural soap from their homegrown herbs. These will make the organic soap more cheaper for the Bhutanese and anybody in the world.
To establish a small soap factory in Bhutan, we need around $3000 to proceed the workshop and buy equipment that have to be imported from India. Another $2000 for office equipment and packaging works, $1000 is for buying raw materials from local agriculturist, $1000 for hiring staff at primary time, $500 for working about license and law, and the rest is our travelling expenses to stay in Bhutan for about 2 weeks.
What we will do to the earth and human
Mainly, we concern about environmental protection. We plan to use local and seasonal ingredients only. Our wasted liquid will not cause soil and water destruction. Our products can be used for everyone even kids and babies. All products and packages can be recycled and is biodegradable.
As we are going to use local ingredients, local agriculturist will gain more income by selling their products to us. Women will be trained and hired to be our staff. Everyone around us will have a chance to use high-quality product at low price.
Once our project is implemented, for every bar of soap sold, we are going to give another bar to people in need by donating it to any foundation in the world. This will help people in rural area keep good hygiene and our earth clean simultaneously.
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- What ingredients do you use to make your soaps? We use only rainwater, lye, and vegetable oils for our basic soaps. Herbs and essential oils will be added in herbal and scented soaps. Lye (sodium hydroxide) is the only inedible ingredient we have to add to complete the saponification process (a process that produces soap http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification). Anyway, lye will not affect your skin because we keep our soaps with us for 4 weeks, until the saponification process has been completed and all the lye is converted into soap.
Do they smell good? Yes, in a natural way they are. We do not add any fragrance that could make your skin dry and irritating. For some types of soap (Bamboo Grass Soap and Lavender Soap for example) we add some natural essential oils to make them smell better.
Where are your products made? Now we manufacture them in Phrae, a small province in the north of Thailand. In Bhutan, they will be manufactured in Thimphu, the capital city.
Do you test on animals? No. We test on ourselves and our family members only .
How long will the products last? Our products are preservative-free. They will last approx. six months on shelf. After using a bar of soap, it will last approx. three months in your bathroom if you keep it away from soaking in the water. Anyway please do not worry about the three-month time, because you would love to use it every day and done with a bar within a month!
What is the retail price of the products? $4-$8 per bar, depends on the ingredients we use for each type of soap.
How much is shipping? All launch perks include FREE Shipping.
When will I receive my products?
- For the products made in Thailand, we will deliver to you within 2 months after our campaign expires (the special soap will be made in March and take 3-4 weeks to reach you in April)
- For the products made in Bhutan, will be delivered within 2 months after we finish establishing our factory (in July or August if we got enough fund)