Living in Asheville, we saw a need to bring cultures and products from all over the world together. We started with a small shop downtown selling spices, incense, teas, root drinks, henna, fresh produce and dates along with a diverse line of body care products & natural remedies. Our goal was to continue the legacy of the caravan trade routes of the Silk Road, and to bring into current use the origins of medicinal plants and aromas for folks to cultivate their own living traditions. Our body care line blossomed from the inspiration we found working at the store and throughout the community.
Our nutrient rich ingredients of vital herbs, oils and resins are found around the world and have been used for centuries for healing the skin and soul.
I love holding and smelling the herbs that I grow and use in the products. I love plants and learning how these simple creations can support the body's immunity and growth. I am fascinated by the process of how shea butter is made from a hard shea nut and whipped into a soft, creamy butter. And how 4 simple ingredients when mixed in a certain order cause a chemical reaction to make a basic high quality soap. I love to find out the the traditions and history living behind these raw materials. It brings so much value to these simple ingredients and makes me want to share these stories every time I sell my products.
I also love helping people find their scent. It is so unique when you see the look on their face when we have caught that memory, that tranquility or emotion that has been locked up deep inside of them.
I love blending new products. I spend hours with each blend, thinking and trying different combinations until I find all the right ingredients to capture a new scent, infusing shea butter or black soap.
Finally, This is an honest business that I truly have put my heart and soul into and I feel good about that. Not one day do I leave my work and not feel that I am supporting a greater cause.
Why do I say “& Beauty”?
Because Nutrients & Beauty should go hand and hand. To nourish as well as to adorn the skin is what makes a simple everyday routine into an elegant Living Tradition.
Our products are created to be layered first for their intensely moisturizing natural vitamins & vital herbal infusions. Secondly for the exquisite botanical aromatics that awaken when you smoothly massage or anoint your body with our fine products. Evoking the Beauty of the Living Traditions.
One of my favorite personal rituals, after bathing, is blending our shea butter with one of my hand pressed herbal oils and moisturizing my entire body. Then I use Appalachian Kush Infusion Shea and layering it over my arms, chest and neck. With a stroke or two, I then anoint myself with our Royal Precious Essence Oil to create a blend that is uniquely mine for just that day. I can make a new blend everyday of the week!
CaravanSerai Products are meant to be blended. Yes, they are unique and exquisite on their own but add a dot of our Indian Rose to Our Earth Attar and transport yourself to 5th Century India where the Science of Love & Ayurveda blossomed.
Evoke your emotions, your imagination and try it for yourself today!
Peace & Blessings
Owner, Blender & Creative Director
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Caravanserai Living Body Care Products are created to evoke the passion of simple everyday beauty into a living tradition. To create memories by connecting people to their own uniqueness, enhancing your natural beauty and creating traditions that will be shared with your loved ones. With the simplest ingredients we create a transporting experience to other times and places connecting you to the global human tapestry of the world.
CaravanSerai is dedicated to helping ancient cultures continue their living traditions by partnering with indigenous communities all along the trade routes. All of our organic raw materials sourced outside of the US are still harvested by women and men living their traditional way of life. We are committed to supporting their living traditions by working with cooperatives and small family owned business. Our herbs used in the Infusion Shea Butters are sourced from local farms and herbalists when possible, because we believe in supporting small american businesses, working mothers and other entrepreneurs like ourselves. By working directly with the families we insure that they receive the money for their work. With direct sales we help continue traditions onto the next generation across the globe. Increasing their autonomy and sharing their story.