Soapnuts or “bubble nuts” as we like to call them, are fruits that grow wild in Indian forests. That a fruit could be used to wash seems too good to be true, yet, soapnuts have been used for centuries in rural parts of India as a natural soap. The soap properties in soapnuts made them the perfect natural detergent because it cleans without having the artificial chemicals that conventional detergents have.
There are quite a few variations of the soapnut that grows across India. Sapindus Mukorossi are the larger variety that grows wild on the Himalayan slopes of north India. Although some of them grow in forest areas, it is common to find these soapnut trees along the periphery of farms or on common village land.
The other variety of soapnut is the smaller and darker Sapindus Trifoliatus that is native to peninsular India. They mostly grow in the remote dense forests inhabited by indigenous tribes. These tribes are heavily dependent on collecting forest produce and selling them in the market as a means of income.
As you can imagine, there is no such thing as an organized soapnut plantation. Soapnuts just grow wild among other trees in forests and hence are pure and organic by default. There are places where soapnuts are simply left to rot in the absence of market linkage. We sustainably collect them so they can be put to use in replacing the harmful chemicals associated with conventional detergents. Every packet of BubbleNut Wash is thus with hopes for a cleaner planet.