- 100% certified organic soap & botanicals
- 3.5 oz.
- Handmade in & fairly traded from El Salvador
Made by: Shuchil
The forests of El Salvador thrive with a lush diversity of native plants that locals have harvested for healing power since the days of the ancient Mayans. In San Salvador, Matilde Carillo de Palomo uses traditional Mayan recipes to create herbal soaps that soothe the body and quiet the mind.
Matilde learned her craft from her father, an herbalist who spent decades studying the properties of local flora. Their company, Shuchil Soaps, creates spa-quality products from plants grown on the de Paloma farm, including hibiscus, lemon grass, vanilla, and coconut. Shuchil Soap's products have been given a Certified Organic designation in the United States, Germany, and Asia, and a recent grant from the Humane Society of the United States will allow a new line of organic pet shampoos to garner a USDA Certified Humane stamp.
The company prides itself on hiring women from rural areas and paying them fair wages for the first time in their lives. Shuchil was committed to keeping their farm despite the constant threat of guerrilla attack, and a handful of loyal employees stayed on. When the war ended, Matilde's father expressed his gratitude by giving everyone one of the employees a piece of land to build on. Over twenty years later, everyone is still at Shuchil’s farm working with the company and living in a thriving community that includes a school, health clinic, and soccer field. Matilde's next project: training retired women in the craft of soapmaking to ensure their well-being in old age. "The elderly suffer from abandonment in El Salvador, and we want to help them live a life with dignity," she says. "We will also continue to teach pre-Columbian recipes used by our Indians and passed down from generation to generation."