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SOAPNUTS ARE 100% NATURAL AND CONTAIN NO CHEMICALS AND/OR FOAMING AGENTS FOUND IN COMMERCIAL DETERGENTS
   
 
SOAPNUT - varieties 

Sapindus Trifoliatus is the Soapnut tree that grows in South India.  Their fruits and seeds are slightly smaller than the North Indian soapnuts.  The shell is of a red colour and become darker after they are harvested and dried.  The tree grows upto a height of 12 meters. Flowering and fruiting occurs between the months of October to January.

Sapindus Mukorossi (Himalayan) is the Soapnut Tree that grows in North India.  Their fruits and seeds are slightly bigger than the South Indian Soapnuts.  The shells are a golden colour when harvested but become a darker red colour once dried.  The trees grow upto heights of 20 meters.  Flowering and fruiting occurs in the months of May to February.

Grow your own soapnut tree

Its easy if you have the seeds!!! Soapnut seeds germinate quite easily.  Just soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water.  Then sow them about an inch into the soil.  A sunny location with well drained soil is ideal.  Be patient however, the tree starts flowering after 9 years.

 

 

 

 

 

  ARE ALL SOAPNUTS ORGANIC ?

Soapnuts trees grow wild over some parts of India & Nepal.  This is classified as wild produce and comes from lands that are completely organic and where no pesticides, insecticides or any artificial mediums have ever been used. 

There are however cultivators who have developed plantations of soapnut trees in many states across India.  For a increased yield and better quality of the fruit, many of these plantations, apart from a select few who practice organic farming techniques, use urea and other such chemicals on the lands.   There is a common misconception that all soapnuts are naturally organic, which unfortunately is not true. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  STORING SOAPNUTS

Soapnuts absorb moisture very easily. They become dark & sticky in a very short period of time if left exposed to air. Ideally the nuts should be packed in an airtight container or the plastic bag should be tied tight with a rubber band.

However, sticky soapnuts do not mean that they have gone bad. They will still wash & clean perfectly.  Soapnut powder, however, if not stored perfectly in air tight conditions, will become lumpy very easily. Once in lump form, the powder is difficult to use, even though it still retains all its original washing properties.

GOOD FOR SKIN

Soapnuts are Hypoallergenic.   They are naturally antibacterial and antifungal and very gentle on the skin.  Washing your skin regularly with soapnuts can also help prevent many skin diseases and is gentle enough to look after your skin.  The chemicals in detergents are absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream.  In comparison, soapnuts are a 100% natural product.