Soap making in Bhutan started in 2008 when the Sustainable Development Secretariat and the Programme for South – South Cooperation for Sustainable Development approved a project called “Bhutan-Costa Rica Cooperation on Development of Organic Soap“.
With the help of a soap expert from Thailand, Bio Bhutan employees developed unique soap compositions based on the rich flora of Bhutan. The soap contains mustard oil, spices, bee wax and natural scents from essential oils distilled from lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) and wormwood (Artemisia vulgaris).
For two years, a team of Bio Bhutan employees, consultants from Thailand and Bhutan taught communities in eastern Bhutan in sustainable collection practices for lemongrass, bookkeeping, community organisation and soap making.
With funds from the government of Bhutan, UNDP and the project, a soap- manufacturing unit was constructed in Sherichu at the premises of the Lemon Grass Cooperative. Today, five permanent employees manufacture high quality soap based on renewable natural resources from Bhutan. The soap is sold to hotels, grocery shops in Bhutan and begins to find its way to export markets in Asia and Europe.
Bio BHUTAN‘s organic soap contains plant based natural antiseptic and skin care ingredients:
- mustard oil
- essential oils distilled from artemisia and lemongrass.
The soap bars are wrapped in traditional deshog paper manufactured from the bark of the Daphne plant.
Soap is available in two sizes of 30 and 100 g.