Holy Lama Yogi Soap
In a store in the old historic area of Fort Cochin, I noticed the Holy Lama Yogi Soap from Holy Lama Naturals. What drew me was not the soap itself–which smells great–but the packaging. The little “bowls” are made of palm leaf. (You can kind of see it in the photo.)
I had noticed such packaging on a earlier train ride, when an extended family served snacks in little bowls made of leaves. These bowls were barely manufactured; after they were used, they were discarded and virtually fell apart into individual leaves. I wish I had salvaged one since I didn’t find them later in a market.
Packaging made of palm leafs makes so much sense for a company based in the southern state of Kerala, which means “land of coconut palms”. The trees are everywhere, and the uses all parts of the tree are numerous. My favorite is the oh-so-many ways it’s used in the food… but I digress.
I am happy to have found natural packaging, and also to support Holy Lama Naturals, an all-woman enterprise (according to its website.) The tag on the soap says:
A Soap ‘hand made’ in India with the unique properties of two of ayurveda’s most esteemed botanicals–Neem and Tulsi. Incredibly mild, hence can be used on the face too. No synthetic fragrance or color is added to it. Free From Animal Fat