Utama Spice is a traditional skincare company based in Ubud, Bali. We focus on applying ancient Balinese herbal knowledge to create products that not only enhance your skin’s natural beauty but also provokes your mind to consider the raw power and beauty of nature. We do this by using only 100% pure natural ingredients. We got our start in 1989 when Dayu Suci and Melanie Templer saw a need to retain Bali’s amazing herbal knowledge and traditions. This knowledge was being quickly lost with the advent of modern products containing dangerous chemicals. As the demand for traditional remedies declined, the herbs and spices used in these remedies were too quickly being lost further perpetuating the cycle.
Dayu, with her extensive knowledge of traditional Balinese remedies, and Melanie, with her never ending quest to discover the wonders of the natural world, quickly rediscovered the amazing benefits of essential oils and other natural ingredients. They started making their remedies by hand for their loved ones. We have continued their passion today in the hope of sharing their discoveries with you and your loved ones.
TRI HITA KARANA PHILOSOPHY
We started small and we like it that way. We adhere to the Balinese cultural concept of Tri Hita Karana, which commits us to respecting and working harmoniously with humanity, nature and the divine. As a business we understand the importance of the individual to maintain the health of the global village, so we strive to lower our impact on the environment. We do extensive research to support the local natural resource base and to enhance local farming skills in such areas as organic farming, bee farming and seaweed farming. These farming communities produce the raw materials for our products. If you wouldn’t cook with it, you shouldn’t put it on your body.
At Utama Spice we take pride in developing and producing every aspect of our all-natural skincare products. From picking the ingredients for our teas to mixing our own bases, everything we do is to ensure the highest quality and purest product.
Our factory is more like a kitchen with our production team taking on the role chefs. Every surface is stainless steal and sterile to avoid cross contamination. Our team is highly experienced with many being part of the Utama Spice family for over ten years, and are the total embodiment of our Tri Hitra Karanaphilosophy. As we are still small we are able to give our products the time and care needed for the creation that goes into any well-made hand crafted product. We have strict procedures that ensure the products and the raw materials are checked at every stage, guaranteeing the highest standard of quality control.
Passion, care, and experience are essential in every stage of our production. The end result is a product so fresh and natural you will want to eat it, and why shouldn’t you? At Utama Spice we know that your skin is your body’s biggest organ and should be treated as such. This is why when we make our products we think of it as making food for the skin.
As Utama Spice has grown throughout the years so has our need to employ more team members to help nurture our development. The majority of our team is made up of young, local, independent women from the surrounding villages. Many of our team members have been with us from the beginning and have an excellent understanding of our products and of Balinese herbal techniques. With the majority of the team being below the age of 30 Utama Spice hosts an exciting and dynamic work environment encouraging comments, feedback, and ideas from all members of the team no matter their position in the Utama Spice family. We have a very flat management structure with the team leaders often standing beside their team and getting involved. This ensures that they always understand the work place through the eyes of all team members.