From the forest and its people…
…with hope and wisdom.
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Our network of minor forest produce harvesters care for the future of the forest.
Much of the ingredients and ideas are sourced from the community.
Products are made in small batches by Adivasi women and youth at the forest villages.
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Forest-dependent communities in India harvest a range of wild resources. While some of it is for subsistence, a large part of Minor Forest Products (MFP) collections contributes to their income. Forest Post helps assert value to a whole range of forest produce through engaging with MFP gatherers and bringing together women’s groups trained in value-addition.
Our indigenous women’s enterprises are scattered in six villages in the Chalakudy and Karuvannur River Basins in central Kerala’s Western Ghats. They are into production of beeswax skin care, bamboo craft and value-addition of wild foods.
The raw materials come from seasonal harvests from central Kerala’s forests as well as other parts of India. Forest people almost always know where to find the resources and what time of the year. They also know how much to harvest without exploiting. It is as if “sustainability”, a much used word today, is embedded in their native wisdom.
We try to find recipes that keep your lifestyle as close to the environment as possible. True skin care and good food do not need synthetic elements to interfere with nature’s bounty. Get yourself or your dear ones something that adds a touch of unadulterated wilderness and rawness into you.
Since a lot of our products use forest produce harvested and value-added by the people at the Adivasi villages, they all feel a strong sense of connect with the final product. This too is rare to come by in a world driven by corporate forces.
Beeswax Soaps & Rubs
Beeswax comes along when honey is gathered from the deep forest. Handcrafted soaps and rubs from Adivasi collectives.
Hair and body care has a special place in native wisdom. Herb infused hair oils and natural body scrubs are absolute essentials.
Inspired by indigenous culinary styles and seasonal forages in the forest. For the more adventurous amongst us.
Bamboo Weaves & Crafts
Traditional reed bamboo weaving combined with contemporary designs in bamboo craft.
Young women from Chimmony, Marayur and Chengalpet showcase their recently acquired macramé and crochet skills.
Rationale of Our Intervention
Securing livelihoods among Adivasi communities that live in or near forests can contribute to conservation in the long run through preserving knowledge of forest resources. Our forest produce-based women’s enterprises are scattered in four villages in the Chalakudy and Karuvannur River Basins – Karikkadav, Anapantham, Chimmony, Kallichitra, Adichilthotti and Vazhachal.
Best Selling Products
The cinnamon soap is a delight! The sweet and indulgent smell fills up not just the bathroom, but all my senses! The beeswax moisturizer is very healing. I used it for a yeast infection and it was gone in no time!
You know it’s not just a product when every step is taken with consideration for the environment as well as the indigenous community, and that’s what makes forest post different. Rose and geranium soap is the sweetest moisturizer for the whole day, and aloe basil is the softest soap even on the most sensitive, allergy-prone skin of one of my family members. Really thankful to the beeswax mint lip balm that keeps me refreshed for hours even under the mask!
The hemp vetiver and the aloe basil soaps were great for my skin. The mildness of the soap didn’t cause my eyes to burn when it accidentally went in, which reflects on how natural the product is. The cedar and hemp body rub was not too creamy for oily skin. Great to know that the products are made from forest produce and most importantly by women from the indigenous community. I highly recommend these products to people looking for something not only good for the environment but also promotes livelihoods!
The beard balm is very convenient to carry during travels, since its not a messy oil bottle. A small quantity is sufficient, it easily spreads and makes the beard look groomed. It also feels nourished. It lasts for a long time, and I am happy that it is a natural product.
Every bar of Forest Post is a joy and a gift. Ever since we started keeping the bars in our rooms, our guests have experienced immense satisfaction and joy during their bath rituals. The goodness of the forest and the gentle aroma of freshness is what we look forward to with every new soap added to their glorious list. Little Flower Farms is grateful to Forest Post for not just existing but also thriving.
What an awesome range of products! I stopped having skin allergies and dryness after using Forest Post soaps. Really cool.
Soaps are many in the market and many I have used from hand made to what not. But these forest beeswax ones, well ever since I used them it’s like body polished by the elements of nature, and the best thing about it is I don’t need a deodorant. Nature waxing my body with all its essence to soothe my soul.