DRUK srann, handmade herbal soap in Bhutan

Training people to make 100% natural soap from homegrown herbs in Bhutan, the world's first wholly organic country.
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Slandha Grapp
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Small Business
Thimphu
Bhutan
2 Team Members

Me and my soap

My 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 srann

Druk 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.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/feb/11/bhutan-first-wholly-organic-country

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.

Other ways you can help

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If you have any question about our project, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending a mail to druksrannsoap@gmail.com or leave your message in our FB page https://www.facebook.com/druksrann anytime. We will get back to you instantly once we have read it.

FAQs

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Do you test on animals? No. We test on ourselves and our family members only .
  5. 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!
  6. What is the retail price of the products? $4-$8 per bar, depends on the ingredients we use for each type of soap.
  7. How much is shipping? All launch perks include FREE Shipping.
  8. 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) 
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    Valued friends

    We express our thanks for your support by keeping you posted about our freebies and news as we always offer to our valued friends.

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    Natural soap at your doorstep

    Special gift for people who live in Thailand and Bhutan only. We offer 1 natural soap bar delivered to your doorstep without any fee! We offer 4 types of soap that will be delivered to you randomly: - Coffee Soap - Turmeric Soap - Bamboo Charcoal Soap - Bamboo Grass (Yanang) Soap

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    A thank you postcard

    We will send you a handmade postcard with thank you note from us to express our appreciation for your support :)

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    Organic Black Cardamom

    We offer a gift set of Organic Black Cardamom Soap from Bhutan to anyone who love organic skin care. Black cardamom is full of antioxidants, vitamin C and the essential mineral potassium. It not only keeps your ageing at bay, but it also helps you in getting a fairer skin complexion. Due to its antibacterial properties, black cardamom is used as a natural remedy for ‘contact dermatitis’ or skin allergy.

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    World Recipe Collection

    We offer a gift set of 4 soaps from 4 countries as following: 1. Beer Lao Soap (from Laos) 2. Black Cardamom Soap (from Bhutan) 3. Lavender Soap (from France) 4. Jasmine Rice Soap (from Thailand) Each soap has its own benefit; Beer hydrates the skin from within, Black Cardamom keeps your skin look younger and fairer, Lavender can be used to treat a number of skin problems, and Jasmine Rice is helpful in increasing the production of collagen maintaining skin elasticity.

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    Gift set of your choice

    We offer a gift set of 12 bars of soap that you could select the products of your choice and we will deliver to your home without any fee! Pick the products on our etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CIAOCIAOatChiangmai) then let us know which one you love.

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    Design your own soap!

    We offer a gift set of 15 bars of soap designed by you! You can pick any kind of homegrown ingredients we use and mix them to get the skin benefit you want, then we deliver the gift set directly to your home without any fee.

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    Name a collection after you!

    We offer a gift set of 24 bars of soap designed by you and will also be named after you! This special soap will be created to sell worldwide with your name on the labels as well. The oils and ingredients for these special collection will be a secret between us. Let the world know your talent when the collections were launched! Every bar of these special soaps sold, one bar will be donated to any foundation you choose. We can change the world together with the soap we created!

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