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New Stockist: The Hive Bulk Foods

We’re absolutely thrilled to be a part of the family of vendors over at The Hive Bulk Foods!

This cozy store in Bangsar specialises in helping consumers adhere to a zero-waste lifestyle, where general sundries are sold without packaging, and you can buy all kinds of things by weight. They have an impressive range of personal care items too, from tooth powder to soap bars. It was great to see other local cosmetics brands I look up to, like Root Remedies, Jeanie Botanicals, Claire Organics, and Native Body & Skin having their own space there as well. Okay, maybe I felt a little star-struck to be placed alongside them, haha… :”)

If you think that this whole thing about going packaging-free and zero waste is a hippie / hipster lifestyle (read: expensive) affair, please reconsider it. The Hive’s owner, Claire, does everything she can to make this kind of lifestyle one that is not only sustainable for the environment, but for the pocket too. Affordability is a key consideration for sustainable consumption, and she’s working hard to find solutions that will encourage the public to seriously consider going packaging-free with their daily household consumables.

Here’s what the place looks like:

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I love looking at their neat rows of wooden shelving, with glass jars full of nuts and grains, honey, coffee, and household items that are meant to replace their disposable / throwaway counterparts. We can do so much to reduce packaging waste from ending up in landfills, just by tweaking our purchasing habits. I do hope you’ll pay The Hive a visit, and perhaps consider buying your regular grocery items there so you can avoid creating yet another throwaway item when you get home from the usual supermarket run.

Here’s their address:

92A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar (above Speedmart)
59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

017-680 4221

Follow this link to navigate to their shop in Bangsar using Google Maps.

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Stamping Use By Dates On Our Soap

soap with date stamp

At some point in time, I reckon every single one of us has picked up a bar of soap (or any perishable good, for that matter), and wondered if it was still safe to use. Or how long it has been around.

This is especially important for us since we are trying to cut down on packaging as much as possible, and still present a useful, safe product to you. So I headed over to the stationery shop, bought a simple date stamp, and pressed it into the sides of all our Goat’s Milk and Patchouli, and Tangy Lavender soap that I made recently.

Voilà! Recommended Best Before Dates printed right on the side of your soap bars–so you’ll never have to wonder if they are still good to use again. 🙂 We’re making this part of our standard production procedure now.

(Now I’m wondering why I didn’t think of this earlier…!)

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New Natural Rubber Dropper Bulb For All Skin Treats Bottles

I’d like you to know that for all new batches of Skin Treats moiturizing oils, I will be using more costly dropper bulbs made of natural instead of synthetic rubber. I was told that they are much better at resisting chemical reactions when exposed to essential oils compared to synthetic rubber, even at 100% concentration.

And in case your wondering–no, I’m not about to raise prices on account of my packaging cost going up. 🙂

On a side note, I’m a bit amused that while Malaysia is a rubber producer, these bulbs were made in Taiwan. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I would have liked to have found a local manufacturer and supplier of these types of high quality bottles and droppers.