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Offer: RoukiBeauty: Seeks local handmade skin care products

RoukiBeauty is a social enterprise that provides clients with the most innovative, locally made skin care and wellness products from all over the world. We offer original little treasures, each with a story and a person behind it.

We create relationships with community groups in developing countries who are committed to providing high quality, locally produced items. In turn the profits they generate with their sales go toward improving their communities and their lives. All while keeping faithful to the principles of fair trade.

RoukiBeauty is currently seeking to add new skin care products to our offering. They must be consistent high quality, locally made, and ideally from local ingredients. For example, hand made soaps and lotions. Special favor is given to:

- cooperatives and community organizations who produce these skin care products.
- purchase raw ingredients locally from groups reinvesting in natural resources (planting trees, etc)
- abide by the principles of fair trade and fair work practices.
- innovative eco-friendly packaging

Contact us if you have a fantastic, locally made skin care product. If your product matches out needs, we might purchase a small initial amount on a trial basis.


Jensine's picture

An Afghanistan suggestion

Tamara -
This is such a special and important endeavor! Have you heard of the infamous Sarah Chayes of Afghanistan & the handmade soaps with the women there? The quality is supposedly fabulous and the program very beneficial to the Afghan women.

Check it out! Here is her online store:

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Jennifer Ruwart's picture



Welcome! I've been meaning to welcome you for over a week now!

I just re-visited your beautiful website. Do you remember when we did our project on Gal in grad school? My mother-in-law still uses Henia de Pravo!

I would love to hear more about Rouki Beauty, how it was started, what your plans are, etc. Will you tell us your story on your journal so it shows up for the community on Voices Rising?

All my best,

p.s. How is Noah?

Hello ladies,

thanks for the suggestion Jensine. I went to the website and think the soaps are totally beautiful. I'll find out more.

Jennifer - will add this to my list of things to do over the weekend!

Noah is fabulous - my little sunshine. He's got 2 bottom teeth coming in. It's so cute.

Thanks for asking! maybe one day we can see each other's kids live.

Najima's picture

soaps in Ha Noi

Hi Tamara,

There is a small company in Viet Nam that locally produces high quality organic soaps and loofahs. I highly recommend their products. Please note that though all materials and labour are Vietnamese, the owner is an ex-patriate. You can find more information here:

Also, there is a small company here that produces carbon-filter face masks to protect the wearer's skin and lungs from pollution. Would you be interested in those at all? They are high quality silk and the company employs people living with HIV. Please let me know if you would like their contact information.

Tamara Herzberg Tesch's picture

Thanks Najima

Thanks very much! Their products look lovely. At the moment I need to get the current stock out of my closet, so I'm not taking on anything new. But I've saved it in my favorites folder!

I am selling Arghand soaps (in addition to other products). They are beautiful and delicately scented. That was a suggestion from Jensine, and an awesome one at that.

Yes, do send me info on the masks. If they are priced right I'd like to see if anyone in Mali wants to use them. There's a lot of pollution there!


erica's picture

fair trade cooperation

Hi Tamara,

We are a fair trade organisation and are pleased to learn of the great job you are doing , to improve the welbing and safeguard the livelihood of marginalised producers based on fair trade practices.

NDOPCRAFT is a fair trade organisation and a signatory of the fair trade code of practice.We work with women groups engage in producing hand made skin care products using natural and ecofriendly raw materials.Our women groups of the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon (CWF) Christian Women Fellowship are producing quality handmade soaps,baskets,music instruments well as local producers producing mask,carved wooden articles,toys.

Our organisation will be grateful to supply your company quality handmade fair trade products from Cameroon.

We look forward to working with you.

Best regards

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