BOTMA & van BENNEKOM
Designers: Rianne Botma, Simone van Bennekom
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
BOTMA & van BENNEKOM are Rianne Botma and Simone van Bennekom. Our dream was created and brought to life in a little garden house in Rianne’s place in Amsterdam. The original idea came during a trip to one of the Canary Islands, where Rianne met a woman who made her own soap in a traditional manner and sold it in the local market. Back in Holland Rianne felt inspired and began to dream about making her own soap.. She decided the next morning that she would pursue this dream. Over a period of time she collected all the information she could about herbs, oils, and their effects on the skin. It was time to call Simone and start their first soap experiment.
Out of love for all the goods things nature can give us, and out of love and wonder for our biggest organ; the skin, we continued our study in natural products and the art of making the best natural soaps possible. Did you know that the skin absorbs everything until it makes its way deep into your bloodstream? This is why it is so important to choose products that are actually good for you and provide something extra for your body, instead of hazardous substances that really can cause you harm over time. For this reason our products are free from parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate (SLS) and synthetic fragrance and dyes.
We make all products with our own hands and choose all ingredients carefully. For instance, we only work with organic oils like olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and almond oil. All ingredients that make your skin healthy and beautiful, and keep it that way. To give the soap a wonderful fragrance we only use organically certified, mild essential oils that are food grade, and so can even be used in food. This makes our soaps usable for people with sensitive skin. The natural, earthly colours in our soaps come from different types of clay, wheatgrass, activated charcoal- and cacao powder.
We want to treat our skin with love, but we also want to treat our environment and people around us with that same amount of love. We think it is important to know where our ingredients come from and how they are made. For instance, we don’t use palm oil because the production of it causes the environment, and the people in the tropical areas where the palm trees grow, a lot of harm.