Handmade Natural Soaps from Mexico's Baja
Located at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, amongst the hills, exists an
old secluded rancho. The ranch began in the 1930's and was a very prosperous
and prestigious cattle ranch for its time and location. In the 1970's the ranch
became abandoned and was left alone for 20 years. Then, in the early 1990's,
we moved in and began restoring it into its rustic, hand-built and classic state
- minus the cattle. We worked hard to bring this ranch back to life, restoring
its water supply, a well, re-thatching the roofs, and rebuilding the rooms with
native woods and materials. This rancho has now become a beautiful, hand-built,
rustic home and soap making factory.
During this time we explored a lot in our “backyard”,
discovering the variety of plants this desert has to offer. We also needed
to figure out a way to make ends meet, and we knew we could do this right
here from our little old rancho.
In 1996 “Desert Soaps” was created to make
an all natural, kind to the body, good for the environment soap. A natural
soap could not be purchased along the entire Baja Peninsula. After years of
refining our soaps, we began making lip balms and body lotions. We shared
our products with friends, who all loved them. Shortly after, we began our
distribution locally to provide a very native and natural product to people
who lived in and visited the peninsula.
of the plants that we hand-harvest come from the region surrounding our rancho,
and the rest come from other parts of the Baja Peninsula. Sweet water from the
original ranch well is used in our soaps and lotions. All the energy needed
to make our soaps comes from 100% sustainable solar energy, making our business
and our body products ecologically sound. Our variety of gift packs were inspired
to minimize the use of plastics as packaging. We travel around Mexico to locate
and work with artisans to design handmade boxes, baskets, and soap dishes for
our products. Each piece is reusable, functional, and an authentic Mexican art
piece that is long lasting in your home.
the business evolved and grew, more help was needed. Most of the local work
force in the area consist of men, as the women are typically left at home to
milk the cows, make the cheese, tortillas, etc…and take care of the house.
The employment we had to offer could benefit the women. Now we employ rural
women living in nearby ranches who are learning a new skill and bringing back
the ancient practice of soapmaking. We are providing long term and stable employment
and unique opportunities for women living in a very remote area.