Himalayan Origins: promoting a holistic way of living

by Team Conscious Carma

Himalayan Origins, was launched in Uttarakhand towards the end of 2020. “The idea behind the creation of this brand was to promote a more holistic way of living while respecting our moral and ethical responsibility towards Mother Nature. We used our natural surroundings in the lower Himalayas to build products that are natural and devoid of any harmful chemicals while ensuring they were zero-waste and plastic-free”, says founder sisters Neha Parmar and Soumya Parmar

The shampoos and conditioners come in soap bar formats versus bottles, serums and oils come in glass bottles versus plastic and the body soaps are packaged in paper versus plastic. All our products are safe and gentle for you as well as for the earth. As we like to believe we are “On Earth, For Earth”.Our vision is to be able to come up with products which allow a person to make a switch to a plastic-free alternative in their daily lives. We want to be able to make a change in consumer habits right from the consumption get-go. So when a person thinks of buying a liquid shampoo they think twice about it given the wastage that is there in the whole supply chain and consumption of liquid shampoos

We are also glad to share that our venture also helped in generating employment for the local women and men in Uttarakhand which has proved to be very empowering for them during these difficult COVID driven times. 

While Neha is an environmentalist and a wildlife photographer, Soumya has been an avid traveller and a leading digital marketing expert, both on a never-ending quest for a plastic-free and chemical-free life. We like to believe that human beings were put on this earth to be the gardeners and guardians of this beautiful and bountiful planet. Somewhere the tribe has lost track and instead of harmony chosen the path of utter destruction.

From the time they started, till now, the brand has come a long way.  They started with 6 products, now have almost 16 products ranging from zero waste skin, to haircare and accessories.  They started with their online store and marketing via social media and now they are retailing across 8 platforms including Amazon and 3 retail stores, 2 hotels. And have recently launched their first external market outside of India in Singapore and are now available across key online platforms there as well.

Along the way we have faced several challenges, especially in getting the right kind of packaging which is plastic-free, so as to ensure we minimise plastic. We tried recycling programs with our customers, but we still have a long way to go to scale those. Getting materials to the hills and dispatching finished goods across the country is always an issue but over time we have made headway as to how to streamline it. We are a small team, and each time we make people switch to using our plastic-free range of products we are making an impact for the betterment of the planet

Our vision is to be able to come up with products which allow a person to make a switch to a plastic-free alternative in their daily lives. We want to be able to make a change in consumer habits right from the consumption get go. So when a person thinks of buying a liquid shampoo they think twice about it given the wastage that is there in the whole supply chain and consumption of liquid shampoos

Available at

Online: https://himalayanoriginsindia.com, Amazon India, Kindlife.in, Vanity Wagon, Sustainkart.com, OneGreen, Sublime etc. 

Offline Retail stores: Arista Organic Store Mumbai, Naturessoul Delhi, HelloOrganik Pune 

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