Meet the maker: Soniya Gaikwad – Pratha Naturals

India is a veritable treasure house of beauty secrets that are getting lost in today’s commercialisation. Soniya Gaikwad, a Pune based entrepreneur, contemporises this age-old wisdom of our rich heritage into ready-to-use bath soaps through her venture ‘Pratha’, which means tradition.

Get back to your roots!

Nothing compares to a warm, bubblebath, to ease the knots in your body. And this experience is unsurpassed when you are soaked in the goodness of a homemade organic soap.

India is a veritable treasure house of beauty secrets that are getting lost in today’s commercialisation. Soniya Gaikwad, a Pune based entrepreneur, contemporises this age-old wisdom of our rich heritage into ready-to-use bath soaps through her venture ‘Pratha’, which means tradition.

Soniya Gaikwad – Founder of Pratha Naturals

Pratha creates organic handmade soaps for different types of users. The soaps have been customised to give you a feeling of refreshment and to battle various skin woes such as dryness, stickiness, tanning, ageing and even acne. Her creativity unleashes, as she designs her creations in eye catching shapes.

Colourful and catchy – the handmade soaps are loaded with benefits

“We wanted to be in a field with no limit for imagination, creativity, expansion and at the same time, giving us extreme pleasure to work. From many years’ effort and research, we came to know that we can give people a better option for bath and beauty products,” says Soniya, the creator at Pratha Naturals and Handmade.

Her recipes use everyday items, natural botanicals, butters and natural oils. They add oils of coconut, palm, castor, avocado, almond, hazelnut, tea tree and olive for a rich creamy lather. Butters like cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter and ingredients like honey, haldi, saffron, aloe vera, essential oils, natural herbs, nourish your skin and cures stress.

These homemade concoctions are inexpensive and completely safe. Made in small batches, they are hand stirred with safe fragrance oils, hand cut and hand wrapped.

The soaps are hand wrapped in smart eco-friendly jute packaging

“We have a great heritage of these products, which are getting lost. So we want to revive them and let people feel the difference on their own” – Soniya.

Many great ideas are known to have been born over long and relaxing baths. No wonder, people all over the world are ready to spend big bucks for a personalised and luxurious bath. So why not try it, when it’s natural, inexpensive and comes with the warmth of love?

What to look for at Pratha?

Pamper your skin with Haldi-Chandan-Kesar:

An absolute beauty soap that helps in relieving acne and scars.

Anti Aging Raspberry Soap:

With its significantly high levels of antioxidant compounds

Asian Glory Soap:

Made from wild rose found in the western hills of Sahyadri

Or just try the Jasmine Love made from jasmine extracts,

Your naughty lil champ doesn’t love to bathe?

Give them a heart shaped Vanilla Soap or yummy multicoloured Tooti Frooti soap.

They would love to spend time on it. The aromas are specially created to stimulate the brain activity of children, and make them feel refreshed and happy after the bath.

Wish to gift your loved one something different and extraordinary?

Pratha’s Gift Packs: Soaps of different shapes and sizes, wrapped in attractive packaging.

“Get back to your roots, spend some time and see how graceful our traditions are” – Soniya

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Nisary Mahesh

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