By Hand From The Heart is a Makers Market event in South India. Upcoming Events: 22nd Edition: 2nd – 3rd February '18 , Jenney Residency, Coimbatore. 23rd Edition: February '18 in Chennai.
Artisan soap maker, Rashmi Prithviraj of Skinsense – Natural Luxury started her home based venture 10 years ago. A certified yoga teacher, Rashmi has been crafting, body care products, based on her grandma’s recipes and Ayurvedic texts. We are please to showcase her works at the August 2016 edition – fresh and small batches of all natural and handcrafted skin and body care products.
What are you bringing to By Hand, From The Heart?
I’ll be bringing with me the entire Skinsense skincare range (soaps, body butters, facial skin moisturiser, non-soap facial cleansers, dusting powders, lip balms, body scrubs,etc) along with some new additions!
What is your favorite SKINSENSE – NATURAL LUXURY pick right now? And why?
Right now my personal favourites are definitely the PATCHOULI NARANGI MALAI soap, LAVENDER BODY BUTTER and TEJAS-SKIN GLOW CLEANSER and of course my new ALL NATURAL DEODORANT!
Creating a new line up. What’s involved?
I’ve never ever sat down to create a new line of products to be honest. I create as the requirement or need arises or when Im inspired by something or someone. I make these products because I need them for myself and my family. Of course , now, ‘my family’ has expanded to include all my faithful, devoted customers as well. So when someone is in need of something specific or over long lazy conversations, an idea may just pop up.
How do you define the SKINSENSE – NATURAL LUXURY aesthetic and consumer?
Skinsense-Natural Luxury products are made with simplicity and purity playing the key role. The products are made up of few unique, potent ingredients radiating a gentle aroma that works to care and nourish your skin from outside in.
The Skinsense-Natural Luxury customer is one who seeks the understated and simplicity in everything. They seek the lesser-known and the unique. They stand out as those who believe in themselves and not influenced by outside propaganda.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten along the way in building your business?
Make and sell only what you will use yourself. Be your own brand ambassador. Nothing speaks louder than that. I think a lot of makers will agree with this!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business.
That in this time of ‘instant gratification’ , very few actually have the patience to wait and allow a product to work its magic. So lesson learnt – You cannot satisfy everyone but don’t let that dampen your spirit. Those that were meant for your product or offering will come for sure and become repeat customers.
There was one customer who called me 5 days after receiving her product saying her wrinkles have not gone yet! Well, nothing to say to this but lots to say for the many others who are repeat customers many times over.
You have been on the BHFTH earlier too. Share the experience.
Skinsense-Natural Luxury first showcased with BHFTH with their first show, so its been a long, happy association with them. They are unlike any other curators because they promote a Maker with the respect that they deserve. On BHFTH shows everyone is one the same ground and people come to buy a piece of ‘art’ and not just another product. It was a lovely association earlier and it continues to be so.
Artisan soap maker, Rashmi Prithviraj of Skinsense – Natural Luxury will be at the By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – 18th Edition
Friday – Saturday, 5th – 6th August, 2016
10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu. India