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Coimbatore

Woman entrepreneur Rebecca makes waves selling organic soap through social network

Prasath Selvaraj

This 29-year old woman entrepreneur has made waves selling organic soap through social networking sites.

Rebecca Paul has a degree in MBA and runs an event management company. She started making organic soap for her two-year-old son who developed allergy to soaps bought from the market.

Rebecca told The Covai Post that skin is the most exposed part of the body. Exposure to sunlight, pollutants in the atmosphere and moisture makes the skin dry and allergic. To protect the skin people go in for cosmetics, soaps and other lotions most of which have chemicals, she says.

There is now a growing awareness about such products which has resulted in demand for organic products. It had to be noted that cosmetics cannot help the skin grow fair or bright as this depends on secretion of melanin in the body, she said.

Soaps with a minimum 75 per cent total fatty matter (TFM) are considered grade 1 and safe for human use. Rebecca makes two kinds of organic soaps – one based on readymade melt and pour method and the other through cold process using certified essential oils. Both are Grade 1 based on TFM value, she said.

She making 30 types of soaps with various flavours and having different benefits. She also makes soaps with water melon and rainbow patterns which go well with children. Besides soaps, she also makes lip balm, mosquito-repellent body butter and lotion bar.

“There is a general view that organic products are priced high, resulting in lower demand,” said Rebecca who selling a 150gm organic soap for a maximum of Rs 150.

She also conducts workshop in organic soap-making.