Eco Nuts Organic Soaps are soap nut berries that grow on a tree that naturally contain soap.
They grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas.
The natural soap found in these berries is called saponin.
Saponin is a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric, & leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.
Eco Nuts Soap Nuts are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis.
Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and even cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts Soap Nuts are also great for septic and grey water systems. Unlike commercial soaps, that have artificial foaming agents, soap nuts do not produce lots of bubbles or foam. While commercial detergents and soaps have marketed heavily around that visual, foam simply is not an indicator of cleaning power.
All Soap Nuts by Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides.
Saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil.
They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth.
About the Founders:
Mona is a scientist, actress, model, comedian and an authority on all things truly eco. A graduate of Hampshire College, she has done wildlife rehabilitation, studied salamanders in western Massachusetts, discovered new species of micro spiders in the Costa Rican rainforest, and worked with leopards, lions, tigers and bears. She has been in movies and on TV since her debut on Sesame Street at age 5. A former animation artist, she has done much of the graphic arts for the company. Having suffered from a “normal detergent” allergy all her life as well as a sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, Mona is extremely discerning when it comes to products that touch her skin and has been very active in raising environmental awareness. Mona often speaks at industry events and is the one who usually writes the Eco Nuts blog posts.
A serial entrepreneur, Scott started his first successful business at age 16. A former Pirates of the Caribbean Actor, Scott played Duncan in the first two movies before hanging up his pirate hat to pursue a more fulfilling role as president of Eco Nuts. He is an ecological enthusiast with a love for nature, animals and a pristine environment. Scott loves the water, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding. His love for the ocean inspired him to make plastic-free products, and Eco Nuts as close to a plastic-free company as possible.
How We Started:
It bothered us that when we took walks on the beach, it was littered with the plastic bottles of so-called eco-friendly detergents and cleaners.
We first learned about soap nuts because Scott’s uncle recommended them for Mona’s skin allergies. Mona has very sensitive skin was using the detergent her Dr. recommended but was still having problems with eczema and rashes.
At the time there was a handful of small companies selling them to consumers. When we ordered our first soap nuts, we were also disappointed. This product, that is naturally eco-friendly and has so many benefits, routinely was packaged in a lot of plastic.
Mona, the scientist, was also surprised to find that the sellers of this wonderful product knew little to nothing about them other than that “they work great.” When it came to understanding the science behind how saponin (the natural soap) worked, nobody had any understanding about what they were selling or how to troubleshoot problems.
We realized we could not only package and market soap nuts better than anyone else, but we could also build upon the wonderful properties of saponin and create other products. Our goal was to be as plastic free as possible to truly make the entire package as eco-friendly as possible – from contents to container. We wanted to be sure no one would ever find a plastic bottle on the beach from our company, so we decided not to use plastic jugs at all.
We called our company `Eco Nuts,’ which we thought was a great description for these fantastic little berries as well as wonderful play on words for people like us who are crazy about the environment. We hope you will join us by becoming an Eco Nut, too!
In October of 2012 we appeared on the hit prime time show Shark Tank on ABC.