Hi! My name is Haritha, owner, and founder of Lotus 369. Welcome to my website. I live in New York and am a wife and mother of two boys.
I am of Indian origin. Ever since my childhood, my family has used only natural homemade soap rather than the usual soaps being sold in the market. Most of the soaps available in the market today contains any of these 6 ingredients which cause damages to skin either immediately or over a period of time. These includes Fragrance, Parabens, Sodium Lauretha Sulphate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Methylisothiazolinone & Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Triclosan.
Our homemade soaps were made out of our farm-grown, plant-based roots and lentils. We used these age-old methods to nourish the skin and promote healthy hair growth. I had no skin or scalp problems. This tradition was passed on in the family from my grandmother to my aunt and mother.
I came to New York in 2001. Lured by the collection of products in the US market I started using store bought bath and body products. (you can make additions and deletions as needed here.) I began facing all sorts of skin problems, and I realized my skin was super sensitive to chemicals used in cosmetics, bath soaps, chap sticks, eyeliners, and every cosmetic product available in the market. I was frustrated and found myself searching for products that suit my skin type. Nothing really worked, and even if it did, it wasn't for too long.
Our skin is a great indicator of what is going on inside the body. I focused on a healthy diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables, did away with processed foods (add a sentence on healthy foods, if you want) and reverted to healing my skin using my mother’s recipes. I didn’t think further as I was very much involved with my career in the IT field.
In 2006 my son was born, with a sensitive immune system and severe food allergies. He ended up being hospitalized for several days and he was prescribed steroids to help him heal. My mother started using age-old natural methods that were gentle and actually began to nourish his skin.
He outgrew his food allergies over time, but his skin remained super sensitive to harsh chemicals. I was left with no other choice but to start making small batches of lip balm, soaps, and lotion bars made of natural ingredients. I shared some of these with close friends and family who had sensitive skin and were looking for natural homemade products.
I traveled to India, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Las Vegas and other places etcetera, where I met many adults and children with skin issues. They couldn’t use the cosmetics and products available in the current market. I wanted to fix this predicament. I quit my IT job in 2017 and began to focus on extending my family’s expertise to the people suffering from skin sensitivities. I started making large batches of our homemade products. Thus, Lotus 369 arose in 2018.
I formulated with all-natural organic ingredients and made sure they were suitable for all skin types. Keeping in my mind that my curated products were worthy of gifting, I made the packaging unique using eco-friendly material.