On a recent trip to Bhutan, the founder of Bhutanese Inspiration, Irene Sam, was touched by the Bhutanese’s respect for nature and their love of natural beauty. While connecting with locals, she also learned that Himalayan herbs are potent in their benefits to the human body and overall emotional wellbeing. An experienced soap maker and maker of organic cosmetic goods, Irene immediately thought of bringing the healing benefits of these herbs to individuals outside of Bhutan.
“When one hears the word ‘entrepreneur,’ one always thinks of these highly ambitious people who want to make lots of money. Making money is their aim in life. But when you talk to a lot of Bhutanese people, their goal is first to serve their communities and better the life of others. With this good intention, they make money from whatever they do and everything seems to be so auspicious. In this regard, money is not the main goal. It is the byproduct of sharing happiness and whatever skills or products there are to benefit others,” she says.
Back in Macau, she started to formulate her oils and products since many beauty products on the market today are full of harmful chemicals and unnecessary packaging. To keep things simple, Bhutanese Inspiration now has an anti-aging face oil, three types of perfume oils and five types of handmade soaps available.
For anti-aging benefits to the face and body, Bhuntanese Inspiration selects high quality hyssop oil directly from farmers in the Himalayas and combines it with frankincense from Oman to create a light, silky oil. Frankincense has been used for thousands of years for therapeutic and healing properties. Strengthening skin and improving its tone, elasticity, a defense mechanisms against bacteria, frankincense lifts skin, reduces scars and acne, as it heals wounds. Beneficial for the fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, it heals dry and/or cracked skin, reducing redness and skin irritation, while producing a more even skin tone. The pentacyclic triterpene structure of frankincense oil contributes to its soothing effect. Due to its natural properties, hyssop oil helps those with sensitive skin as its natural cleansing properties minimize the appearance of pores and makes skin look softer and smoother.
Using sustainably collected wildcrafted herbs from Bhutan and around the world to create sensuous bathing experiences, Bhutanese Inspiration’s handmade soaps are well-known for their gentle cleaning and skin nourishing properties. Skin is left supple and moisturised, thanks to the amount of super fat added, which is based on several types of oil such as rice and wheat.
One of their best selling soaps is Rosemary, Mandarin, and Coconut. The smell of rosemary oil reduces anxiety and its nutrients protect skin damage caused by sun and free radicals, with natural antiseptic properties, it’s a disinfectant; mandarin is rich in vitamin C and finally, coconut milk is rich in copper, which prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.
Another one is the Rose, Strawberry, and Pink Clay. Rose maintains the skin’s pH balance, controls excess oil and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. Its astringent-like properties also cleans pores and tones skin. Rich in vitamin C, strawberries revitalize the skin while pink clay improves skin elasticity and cell renewal, while gently exfoliating to leave skin silky soft and smooth.
Best of all, Bhutanese Inspiration also has a selection of perfume oils. Most perfumes sold at department stores contain harsh chemicals, alcohol, and artificial scents which can be harmful to those who have sensitive skin. Bhutanese Inspiration’s exclusive perfume oil blends only contain natural herbs and oil. Together with the beneficial and moisturizing elements of high quality oil such as jojoba and argan, aromas present themselves in their most natural state, bringing one closer to nature.
Our personal favorite is the Frangipani. The sensual, floral aroma is linked to femininity, bringing peace and harmony back to life. It connects one to nature and the universe with calming qualities, reducing negative effects of everyday stresses, and uplifts the inner spirit.
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