When Smitha Kamath’s toddler was diagnosed with acute skin allergies, she did what any mother would do in that situation. She moved heaven and earth searching for all-natural skincare products in Bengaluru for her daughter. But a handful of personal care products wasn’t going to cut it. Thanks to her hunt for harmful chemical-free products, Smitha had realised that we are surrounded by products full of chemicals and preservatives that may have adverse effects in the long run. As a solution, she started Praana Poorna, a Bengaluru-based venture that makes skin-friendly personal care and home improvement products. You can shop for their bio-enzyme floor cleaners by clicking on this link. The multipurpose bio-enzymes, body butter, insect repellent were so effective that Smitha’s friends, family and her customers started asking her to share the ingredients and the process. “They wanted to better understand why I made the shift and taking on the idea behind Praana Poorna, they also asked me how they could stop buying products. These questions tossed at me frequently were the inspiration behind starting the DIY workshop in Bengaluru. We want to transform consumers into community producers,” the IT-professional-turned-entrepreneur shares with The Better India. You can join her workshop and learn how to make personal care products at home. Click here for more details and to book your slot.
From consumers to producers:
The basic idea is to be conscious of your choices. You can let the dominance of the petroleum-based products hold your hand or you can take control of your personal care regime and ensure that products like body butters, cold rubs, insect repellents, and bio-enzyme cleaners, are safe for you. “Through the workshops I want people to understand that there are alternatives to the products you get readily in the market. The idea is to create what we consume. If we can get a group of enthusiastic people together, we can form small communities that make and consume things locally. World over, people are understanding the importance of a localised market and with the workshops, that’s what I want to facilitate,” she says. Her woekshop will convince you that your everyday products can be made easily and without any harmful chemicals. Click on this link to book your place for the Bengaluru workshop.
What you can expect from the Bengaluru workshop:
The five-hour workshop will teach you how to make four different personal care products at home, using ingredients that are easily grown in and around Bengaluru. For instance, Smitha uses coconut oil in many of her products, thanks to its abundant availability in Karnataka. It will begin with a demonstration of how to make the products. Smitha will keep those ingredients ready that need to be processed but she will also guide you on how to do it yourself. “I also will discuss the implications of machine-processed foods like polished rice, milk, oil, sugar and salt on our health and how they can be easily replaced with healthier alternatives. Once the gut is clear, the handmade skincare and haircare products have an easier job to do,” she explains.
The demonstrations will cover skin healing body butter, herb-based antifungal/ insect repellents, a cold rub using camphor and coconut oil and a handmade lip balm. After the demonstration, you can experiment with your own fragrances and personalise your body butter. This bottle is yours to take home! Looking forward to making your own skin-friendly products? Click on this link to book your slot now!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)