Sat•Suma’s journey began during the lockdown in 2020. We’ve been working towards living a more sustainable life for a few years now and through the lockdown found myself simplifying and trying to minimalize our lifestyle even more. And so, I started making cold process soaps out of the need to find a safe, eco-friendly soap for our family. After spending a few months researching and reading up about how to do it, I finally dived straight in and made my first batch and there was no looking back from then.
Story behind the name
While Satsuma is commonly known to be a citrus fruit, our version of Sat•Suma finds its roots in Sanskrit. ‘Sat’ translates to the true essence of something while ‘Suma’ means flowers. We thought that it made for a lovely portmanteau while also going hand in hand with the values of our brand.
Our goal with Sat•Suma is to be an honest, conscious skincare brand that provides its customers with clean yet luxurious skincare products while helping them take one step closer to a more sustainable lifestyle. All our soaps are handcrafted in small batches using only responsibly sourced natural ingredients. These skin-loving oils, butters, herbs and clays are all nourishing and gentle on your skin and safe for the Earth. Our soaps are inspired by the magic of Mother Earth and Handmade with love.
About the founder
Part-time filmmaker, full-time mama, co-founder at @JunglegymStudio. All this while moonlighting as a soapmaker for her new business @sat.suma.skin . Clearly, Naina loves to keep herself busy.
A filmmaker by profession, Naina spent many years in Mumbai working on commercials and feature films. She moved back to Pune a few years ago to help set up Junglegym Studio along with her husband Nikhil and currently freelances as a director. She is also mama to a delightful 3-year-old named Maya and two cats, Kaza and Tabo.
Over the last few years, Naina has been consciously working towards living a more sustainable lifestyle. And so, while trying to find the perfect eco-friendly soap, she decided to try her hand at making soap at home. And that’s how @sat.suma.skin was born.
“I love making things. I had been spending all my time at home (Schools being shut for our daughter), there was barely any film work going around and I really needed to find something to do for myself. So I decided to figure out what it takes to make soap. And as they say, the rest is history!”, adds Naina.
Naina’s goal with Sat.Suma is to create a conscious skincare brand that uses natural ingredients to create clean, honest yet luxurious products that are good for you and safe for the Earth. Currently, Naina makes only cold-process soaps but hopes to expand into other skincare/bathing essentials as well.
Products available on their website:
This creamy, nourishing bar is made with restorative Indigo and gently cleansing French Green Clay to soothe and refresh your skin. A breezy blend of zesty Lemon and Lime along with earthy Rosemary will leave your skin renewed, making this soap a perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Awaken your senses with this refreshing floral, scented bar. The sweet notes of Rose Geranium, Lavender, Grapefruit and Bergamot help create a calming bathing ritual. With soothing French Pink and Red clays and restorative Indigo this bar will leave you skin soft and hydrated.
The luxurious butters in this formulation help nourish dry winter skin. Turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps boost the radiance of your skin. Moringa has antibacterial properties and is known to be helpful in preventing breakouts on your skin. Walnut shell helps gently exfoliate your skin. The essential oil blend of this bar is a match made in heaven, with Lemongrass and Honeysuckle oils.
Inspired by the tranquil, azure waters of Havelock, Andamans. Seascape smells like the cool sea breeze on an evening stroll on the beach.
A gentle soap loaded with skin loving ingredients like Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, Sweet Almond oil and more. This bar uses a mix of French Green Clay, a natural exfoliant that gently removes dead skin and Indigo, known for its skin restorative properties.
Naturally scented with a fresh blend of Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon and Tea tree essential oils, this bar smells like the cool sea breeze on an evening stroll on the beach.