We are thrilled to be the exclusive source of some very special soaps from Kenya! For the past several years we have been providing technical training and mentoring to a small soap making business called Pendo Naturals in Kenya (pendo is the Swahili word for love). The Lovin Soap Project generously assisted with funding for training and the initial capital investment. Pendo is located in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi. It is a vibrant community but challenged by poverty and a lack of business opportunities, particularly for women. The COVID pandemic has been difficult for Pendo as a majority of their retailers and markets are closed and tourism has ground to a halt. So, we decided to bring a selection of their products to the US.
Every soap purchased makes a direct and positive impact on the lives of the women who own Pendo. We pay their standard retail rate, which gives them a good profit margin to grow their business and help support their families. These are products you will love and feel good about supporting.
Each soap weighs around 3.3 oz and comes with a beautiful hand-stitched bag made from local Kenyan fabric. The soaps are all made with essential oils and most ingredients are organic. There are five varieties available:
Charcoal Pine: A purifying facial bar ideal for oily skin. Scented with pine essential oil. This is a pretty strong scent; I would not suggest it for folks who are sensitive to fragrance. Ingredients: saponified oils of palm, palm kernel*, shea butter*, avocado*, pine essential oil, activated charcoal, and Himalayan sea salt.
Chia Seed: A body bar scented with organic lemon eucalyptus oil (similar to citronella). Contains chia seeds for exfoliation. Ingredients: saponified oils of palm, palm kernel*, shea butter*, avocado*, lemon eucalyptus essential oil*, chia seeds.
Lemongrass: Creamy coconut milk combined with organic lemongrass essential oil. For face and body; ideal for dry skin. Ingredients: saponified oils of palm, palm kernel*, shea butter*, avocado*, lemongrass essential oil*, coconut cream powder.
Tea Masala: Scented with a touch of spicy cinnamon essential oil, this soap contains Kenyan tea for gentle exfoliation. Ingredients: saponified oils of palm, palm kernel*, shea butter*, avocado*, Kenyan tea, cinnamon essential oil.
Turmeric: Lavender and Rosemary essential oil are combined with turmeric powder for a soap that smells lovely and is suited for all skin types. Ingredients: saponified oils of palm, palm kernel*, shea butter*, avocado*, lavender & rosemary essential oil, turmeric
In order for your soap to last as long as possible, please use a well draining soap dish so that it can dry between uses. Handcrafted soap contains naturally occurring glycerin which is great for your skin but can make your soap dissolve more quickly if left wet. We have our own tumbled pebble soap dishes as well as the ingenious Soap Standle, or you can use any one you like.
If you live in the Atlanta area and would like to pick up your order, you may choose the local pick up option at checkout. In this case, your order will not be shipped and you must arrange to pick it up (near downtown Decatur.)