We asked women social entrepreneurs to tell us about a gift they make that supports a cause, helps save the earth or raises awareness of an important issue. See the full list in our ‘Gifts With a Mission’ Guide. Today we feature:


Wangsa Jelita Natural Bar Soaps

Product: All-natural bar soaps

Price: $12.50

Website: wangsajelita.com

Co-founder Nadya Saib says her Indonesia-based company, Wangsa Jelita, empowers local farmers by purchasing crops (such as roses) and incorporating them into natural products, like these soaps. The company is setting aside 10% of profits to develop a processing facility to further support farmers’ livelihoods.

Editors’ Comment: We thought the soaps smelled fantastic and the ingredients — green tea, olive oil, turmeric — sparked interesting conversations. Wash up before the holiday party or wrap one up as a sweet-scented gift.

Find more gifts with a mission in our complete guide, 12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back.[/box_light]

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