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All About Indigenous

We recently stopped into Indigenous Soaps production space and office to pick-up hand-made soaps for our October Makana subscription boxes and were immediately taken by the fresh, herbal scent of the modest space. Owner Love Chance had just finished making a batch of skin salves to heal reef cuts - a common recreational hazard for surfers and divers - and was also in the midst of wrapping up small batch of special edition bars of ‘Awa Soap that she would be selling at the Kava Festival this weekend. Love harvest the ‘awa herself from a friend’s farm. Just as ‘awa relaxes the mind and body, it’s also good for soothing sun or windburned skin.

In her early twenties, Love began a quest to “go all natural” in every aspect of her life. She started studying Hawaiian healing arts such as Lomi Lomi massage and La‘au Lapa‘au medicinals. Indigenous Soaps quickly grew out of this quest and launched in 2002, making all-natural soaps with Hawaiian-grown ingredients in healing blends.

This ‘Aina Bar we are sharing with our Makana subscribers is the original blend that Love started selling, and is still the best-seller. Loaded with kukui nut oil, olena (turmeric), aloe and with a fresh rosemary scent, this bar almost beckons you and your skin into the shower.

oahu All Natural