Natural Soap Making Workshop
A UNIQUE WORKSHOP IN THE RICE FIELDS
Looking for a fun & educational activity for the whole family? Immerse yourself in the Sumatran botanicals & delightful scents with this tour combining walk and workshop. Walk through the village for about 40 minutes with the lovely Aini (woman entrepreneur producing natural soaps) until reaching her beautiful house in the rice fields. Stroll among her lush organic garden to pick the needed ingredients and learn more about plants, herbal properties & uses. Enjoy a fresh herbal drink from the garden before learning how to make natural soaps using natural oils and selected plants from her garden. For children a fun little toy will be included in the soap! At the end of the workshop enjoy a traditional meal all together with a view on the rice fields (optionnal)!
Duration: half a day (4 to 4.5 hours)
Intensity level: low
Group size: minimum 1 person
Departure Time: at 09:00 or at 12:00 pm
What to bring : your camera, comfortable walking shoes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses
345,000 IDR - 23€ - 24$
for solo traveler
315,000 IDR - 20€ - 21$
per PERSON AS OF 2 PEOPLE
+65,000 IDR - +4€ - +5$ PER LUNCH as of 2 people
This tour is a collaboration with our friend Aini, that we are supporting since her beginnings. Aini is an amazing and lovely woman entrepreneur who is making eco-friendly and organic beauty products with ingredients harvested directly from her amazing organic garden, ensuring freshness & naturalness. She is committed to produce beauty products without nasties in order to offer natural and plastic-free alternatives to local people. Her mission definitely resonates with ours so we couldn't help supporting her business! For each trek booked with us, we are using a part of our profits to order some of her organic soaps to give to our guests to make sure they're not harming the environment with chemical soaps while trekking through the jungle and taking shower in the river. We are also ordering several of her products for our guesthouse since the launch of her business. We aim to provide plastic-free jungle treks and reduce the overall plastic use, these soaps were the perfect match to make reduce the plastic packaging waste of guests in Bukit Lawang. We also have a small eco shop at our eco lodge where you can buy some of Aini's amazing organic products!
After breakfast, Aini, will pick you up at your guesthouse around 9:00 am or 12:00 am, depending if you'd like to do the tour in the morning or in the afternoon.
She will take you for a 40 minutes walk to reach her beautiful place in the paddy rice fields. You will first walk along the river to cross the touristic village of Bukit Lawang. You will pass many guesthouses, warungs (local food stalls & restaurants), souvenirs shops and witness some amazing street art on the way. Then you will walk through the traditional village where local are living. Witness the every day rural life and watch people washing their plates or doing the laundry in the river, children playing around, different animals walking around, farmers working in the fields and much more... Aini will tell you more about the plants, fruits and crops you will see on the way. Once arrived at Aini's place, you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the paddy rice fields with the Gunung Leuser National Park on the background.
Aini will give you a small house tour and you will immediately be amazed by the beautiful organic garden. You will be welcomed with a fresh herbal drink from the garden! Quenched, you are ready to explore the amazing organic garden of Aini, who is putting a lot of efforts into it and who is committed to not use any chemicals! You will learn more about Indonesian plants and flowers growing in there but also about herbal properties and uses. You will hand-pick all the ingredients you need to make your natural soap.
Let's begin your soap making workshop! Aini will share her her secrets for creating natural soaps with the freshly harvested ingredients from her garden. She will show you step by step how to make natural soap using different tools, natural coloring and natural scents... You will create your own soaps using the hot and process methods (This hot process doesn't require any lye/caustic soda and is 100% safe. You will use coconut glycerin, aloe verra, natural coloring and scents from organic plants). You're joining the tour with your children? They will love this activity as they will put a fun little toy inside their soap! A fun way to raise awareness among children about the importance of washing your hands! The process is really easy and children will easily be able to follow the different steps of soap making with Aini's assistance. At the end of this workshop you will of course take home your own hand-crafted natural soap! The perfect way to have a little piece of Sumatra with you while traveling or at home!
If you'd like, you can have a traditional lunch together at Aini's place at the end of the workshop (available as an add-on for +65,000 IDR / person as it will include lunches for Aini & her assistant of course). Enjoy a yummy nasi campur with a view on the rice fields ! Nasi campur is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It consists of a bunch of white rice and a variety of side dishes, ingredients, and condiments. It is a kind of buffet where everyone can freely choose between different kind of meat, fish, egg, vegetables and sauce...
If you'd like to see the other natural beauty products Aini is making, she will show you her shop before leaving! Try the several delightful scents of her solid soaps, You can buy some of her amazing products directly there. Delight your senses with the enchanting scents of her solid soaps, liquid soaps, body butter or coconut oil...
Then a tuk tuk will come to pick you up and bring you back at the entrance of Bukit Lawang. You will then need to walk for 15 minutes on the path along the river to go back to our guesthouse (you will already know the way). You should be back between 1 and 2 pm if you're doing the tour in the morning and between 4 and 5 pm if you're doing it in the afternoon.
Tour includes : Aini who will be your teacher for the day, walk through the village, organic garden tour, plant picking from the garden, making soap with hot process workshop, all ingredients & tools for soap making,1 soap per person to take home, herbal drink from the garden
Traditional lunch (food + drink) with a view on the rice fields included for +65,000 IDR / person (this price includes the lunch of Aini and her assistant as well)
Tour excludes : water, additional organic products made by Aini (available for sale)
365,000 IDR For 1 person
315,000 IDR / PERSON iF 2 PEOPLE OR MORE
including TRADITIONAL LUNCH
435,000 IDR FOR 1 PERSON
380,000 IDR / PERSON IF 2 PEOPLE OR MORE
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