Chance finds passion in creating soap
The Indigenous Soap Company is based in Honolulu and owned by Cherokee Nation citizen Love Chance. Chance explored natural and healthier ways to create soap while studying medicinal herbs in Hawaii. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
An unwrapped one-ounce bar of Tea Tree Patchouli soap and an unwrapped five ounce bar of Makai soap from The Indigenous Soap Company. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Love Chance and her daughter Ka’ae sit at a booth with soap from her business the Indigenous Soap Company. Chance said ISC has been in business for 13 years. COURTESY
HONOLULU – After moving to Hawaii to study medicinal herbs, Cherokee Nation citizen Love Chance took that knowledge and created The Indigenous Soap Company, which explores natural and healthier ways to create soap.
“I was trying to figure out how to put medicinal herbs into something that the average person can use and so I came up with soap. (I) started making soap using herbs that are good for skin healing from like Native cultures, that’s how I came up with the company name Indigenous,” she said. “Everybody’s got to use soap so the average person is now incorporating medicinal herbs into their daily routine, which is pretty awesome.”
Chance said her soap is made locally in Kaimuki, which is a neighborhood in Honolulu. She said there are no chemicals, fragrances or aesthetic colors in the soap, which makes it healthier for skin.
“Sometimes when people buy soap the first thing they do is smell it, and if it’s a fragrance or it’s a chemical that you’re smelling; it’s already not good for you. You’re just poisoning yourself already,” she said. “Ours are made from plants and plant oil. So even the essential oil that you smell, it’s healing through your olfactories so when you smell them I think the body intuitively knows which one you should use for your body because plants and people resonate with each other.”
She said her best selling soap is ‘Aina, which was inspired by Hawaii.
“We usually…put it on any skin irritations, and it helps obstruct any impurities from the skin or helps to heal,” she said. “That one is kind of a lighter soap and people with eczema and psoriasis they love that. It’s actually our best selling soap. We’ve been in business for 13 years, and every month it’s our best selling soap.”
Chance said when creating the soaps, purified Hawaiian water, sodium hydroxide and vegan fats are mixed together then the company goes through an extra step that sets them apart from other soaps.
“After you mix those together a typical bar of soap can be made. So (can) anything you find commercially, but we go the next step, and it’s called super fatting and after the soap is blended the reaction has already happened called saponification. It’s when the water, sodium hydroxide and fat mixed together,” she said. “After the saponification process happens we add the healing herbs and oil. So those actually end up staying on the skin. It’s not a whole lot that stays on the skin because you wash it away but there’s a trace amount that stays on the skin.”
Chance said Indigenous is “organic” with its ingredients and how the business is ran.
“We grow organically. For 13 years I have just grown by my means. We don’t spend money on advertisement. We donate $400 worth of soap every month to people all over,” she said. “It’s kind of like an organic business in a way on all levels.”
She added the soaps are sold online and in about 150 stores in Hawaii and about 12 stores in the rest of the United States. She said ISC only sells seven types of soaps with a few different types made during the holidays.
She said a standard bar of soap is five ounces, costs $8.50, is designed to fit in your hand and can be used for 30 showers. She said there is also a one-ounce mini soap that is $3.
Chance said the philosophy for the business is “we are all indigenous.”
“Every single person has a culture and so once you start connecting back to whatever your culture is, life has so much more of a purpose,” she said. “Everyday you wake up and you have so much more of a purpose, and so I guess that’s the philosophy behind Indigenous is we are all indigenous.”
For more information, visit www.indigenousoap.com
or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/indigenoussoap/
Honolulu--- ᎣᏂ ᎬᏩᎾᏛᏅᏗ Hawaii ᏭᏂᎷᏨ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Love Chance ᎤᎩᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏙᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏁᎰ ᎤᏬᏢᏔᏅ ᎣᏟ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏙᏢᎾᏁᎯ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏲᎰ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏅᏩᏙᎯᏯᏛᎨ ᎬᏬᏢᏙᏗ ᎣᏟ.
“ᎦᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎩᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᏉᏢᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎾᎨ ᎤᏛᏒᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏟ ᎠᏉᏢᏗᎢ. ᎠᏯ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲ ᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᎣᏟ ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏛᏒᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎣᏁᎦᎸ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏒ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᏁᎲ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏳᎵᏍᏙᏓᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏅᏙᏗ ᏕᏥᏲᎥ ᏁᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎾᏂᎥ ᎤᏅᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎣᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏩᏙᏢᏅ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎨᏒ, ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏌᎻ.”
Chance ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎣᏟ ᎾᎿ Kaimuki, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎥ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᎵ Honolula. ᎠᏍᏗᎬ Ꮭ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏱᎩ, ᎤᎦᎾᏍᏗ ᎦᏩᏒᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏬᏚᎯ ᏧᎵᏑᏫᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏟᎢ., ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏁᎦᎸᎢ.
“ᎢᏴᏓᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᏩᏍᎪ ᎣC ᎢᎬᏱ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᎾᎵᏒᏍᏗᏍᎪ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏩᏒᎬ ᏃᎴ ᎠᏑᏯᎾᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏱᏣᏩᏒᎩ; ᎦᏳᎳ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎨᏐ ᏨᏙᏗᎢ. ᎡᏍᎦ ᎿᏓᏛᏁ ᏨᏌ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏦᎩᎭ ᎪᏢᏔᏅ ᎤᏛᏒᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏛᏒᏅ ᎪᎢ ᎤᏓᏁᏅ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎪᎢ ᏥᏣᏩᏒᎪ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏫᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏤᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏣᏩᏒᏥ ᎨᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏰᎸ ᎤᏅᏙ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏨᏙᏗ ᎯᏰᎸ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏛᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᎾᏙᎵᎪᎢ.”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎣᏍᏗ ᎦᎾᏕᎬ ᎣᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ‘Aina, ᎠᎢᎾ, ᎾᏍᎩ Hawaii ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏔᏅᎯ.
“ᎢᏴᏓᎭ…..ᎣᏥᏅᎵᏰᏍᎪ ᏱᏚᏇᏃᏘᏏ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏣᏁᎦᎸ ᎤᏗᏫᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎦᏌᎦᎯᎨ ᎣᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ eczema ᎠᎴ psoriasis ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎣᏥᎾᏕᎪᎢ. ᎣᎦᏓᎾᏂ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎦᏲᎦᎴᏅᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎣᏥᎾᏕᎪ ᎣᏟ.”
Chance ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏳᏬᏢᎾ ᎣᏟ, ᎠᎵᏢᏗᏍᎪ Hawaiian ᎠᏑ, ᏐᏗᏯᎻ hydroxide ᎠᎴ ᎤᎳᏦᎯᏓ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏄᏅᏁᎳ ᏃᏊ ᏓᏂᎲᏍᎪ ᏓᏂᏟᏏᏍᎪ ᎾᏃ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎣᏟ ᎨᏒ.
“ᏃᏊᏃ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏱᏓᎵᏍᏔᏂ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎣᏟ ᎪᏢᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏂᎦᎥ ᎤᏂᎿᎥᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰ, ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏎᎰ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᎵᏦᎯᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏂ ᎣᏟ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏑᏰᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏎᎰ saponification. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏑ, ᏐᏗᏯᎻ hydroxide ᎠᎴ ᎤᎳᏦᎯᏓ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᎦᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎬᏁᎶᏅ ᎾᎿᏃ ᎣᏥᏢᏍᎪ ᎠᏓᏅᏫᏍᎩ ᎤᏛᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᎬᏔᏂ ᎣᏁᎦᎸ ᎤᏓᏅᎵᏰᎣᎢ. ᏝᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏱᎨᏐ ᏱᏓᏑᎴᎯ ᎠᏓᏅᎦᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᏲᏟ ᎤᏓᏅᎵᏰᎣ ᎣᏁᎦᎸᎢ.”
Chance ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏁᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎤᏛᏒ” ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎾᏑᏴᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎪᎢ.
“ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᏛᏒᎢ. ᏦᎦᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏙᎦᏛᏏ. Ꮭ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏲᏨᏗᏍᎪ ᏙᏥᏃᏣᎸᏍᎬ. ᎣᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ 400.ᎠᏕᎸ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎣᏟ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫ ᏂᎬ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᏛᏒ ᎣᏥᎾᏕᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ.”
ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᎤᏃᎮᏢ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏟ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎪ ᎠᏏᎳᏕᏫᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏛᎾ 150 ᏓᏓᎾᏅ ᎾᎿ Hawaii ᎠᎴ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎢᎦ ᏓᏓᎾᏅ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ISC ᎦᎾᏕᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎣᏟ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏂᏓᏅᏁᎰ ᎾᎿ holiday ᏱᏚᏟᎵᎶᏟ.
ᏌᏊ ᎣᏟ ᎯᏍᎩ ounce ᎨᏐᎢ, ᏚᎬᏩᎶᏛ 8.50, ᎠᏎᎸ ᏦᏰᏂ ᎤᏠᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏦᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᎬᏙᏗ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᏂᎭ ᏌᏊ ounce ᎤᏍᏗ ᎣᏟ ᎾᎿ 3.00 ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ.
Chance ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎦᏪᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᏓᎾᏅ ᎾᎿ “ᏂᎦᏓ ᏂᏕᎰᎢ.”
“ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏗᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎢᎩᎭ ᏱᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏯᎴᏅᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎾᏛᏁᎵ, ᎥᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎤᎪᏙ ᏧᎬᏩᎵᏗᏯ ᎨᏐᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᏧᏙᏓᏋᏓ ᏯᏱᏥ ᎢᎩᎰ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏛᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎠᏎ ᎢᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎢᎩᎲ ᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏍᏗ.”
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, visit www.indigenoussoap/.