We have all come across personal care products that have the tags ‘for dry skin’ or ‘for oily skin’ but most of the time, these products are full of toxic chemicals and may even cause an unwanted counter reaction, because they are not suitable for your skin type.
The quest to find a solution to these problems, led Priya Mariswamy to found ‘Soapsmith,’ a customised soap making venture, in Bengaluru.
“Since my teenage years, I wanted to start something of my own so when the time came, I decided to start Soapsmith with the idea of creating soaps that are made from natural herbs, fruits and vegetables,” begins Priya, adding that she also founded the company to pass this skill to others.
Soapsmith came into being in 2012, and in 8 years, Priya has trained almost 1000 students in soap-making through her workshops and many of them have gone on to run their own businesses.
“When I initially started Soapsmith in 2012, the demand for natural products was just increasing. In the last 8 years, almost 10% of the soaps available in the market are completely safe and toxin-free. People have become more aware of the need to switch to organic products,” she explains.
All the raw materials such as herbs, vegetables and fruits that are used for making these soaps are sourced naturally from local farms in Bengaluru. The oils are also hand-milled and the butter used is imported from South Africa and Brazil.
“Many participants find it difficult to source raw materials after the workshop is done but we’ve made sure to give them the necessary information in our handouts so that this problem doesn’t arise,” says Priya.
We also ensure to follow up with the participants after the workshop through Whatsapp groups and check if they’re facing any difficulty in making soaps and clear up any doubts that they may have, “ she adds.
You can join her workshop and learn to create soaps exclusive to your skin type.
What To Expect At The Workshop
The 4-hour workshop being held in Bengaluru on the 9th of February will be divided into theory and practical sessions so that the participants get a wholesome understanding of soapmaking. This will include the history of soapmaking and an in-depth understanding of the oils, herbs, fruits and vegetables being used for the process. It will also include natural colouring and swirl and design techniques.
“You don’t need to have any sort of prior knowledge to attend the workshop. We explain all the fundamentals of soap making in the theory part of the workshop”, Priya explains.
The workshop will also include a discussion where the participants explain their skin problems, try to understand their skin types and later on create products that will exclusively suit their needs.
How will this workshop help you?
If you’re looking for ways to tackle your skin problems or just looking for a soap suitable for your skin type, this workshop is sure to give you a solution.
“It truly depends on how passionate each person is. If you are truly looking for something that can cure all your skin problems and wish to opt for something that is completely natural then this is the best way to start,” concludes Priya.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)