About Indochine Natural

Our story

We believe that the natural body care enjoyed by earlier generations should be available to us today, every day. This guiding principle brought together the two Indochine Natural founders. Ms Le Thanh Thuy, a Vietnamese fashion designer, and Dr Mike Thair, an Australian scientist.

We both experienced skin irritations caused by conventional body care and home cleaning products. We were frustrated at the lack of synthetic-free and preservative-free products on the market. This frustration turned to motivation, and we started to produce our own products. The company has grown organically from this modest beginning in 2006. Our initial start-up was in Viet Nam in 2006. In 2009 we established a production facility on Penang Island, Malaysia.

Mass-produced chemical-laden body care products from anonymous factories have become the norm. We offer something different. We embrace handmade, plant-based products. We formulate products to cleanse gently and nourish hair and skin. Our products also respect our planet.

We are inspired by the scents of the historic spice route between Indochina and Europe. We formulate for whole-body bathing rituals. Products are created to enrich your sense of wellbeing and to soothe the mind, body and spirit. Immerse yourself in the Indochine Natural experience, enhance the everyday.

Our inspiration

We are based in Penang Island, Malaysia. This is a place of beauty and intrigue since its time at the centre of the spice trade. The island has a perfect crosswinds location at the heart of Southeast Asia. Malaysia was a key maritime base for trade routes from Europe, the Orient, India and China. In the eighteenth century, European traders flocked to the Straits of Malacca and Penang Island. They sought exotic treasures including cinnamon, clove and ginger. These were used not just to flavour, but to heal. This rich history inspires our products; these exotic ingredients infuse our products. We formulate products with the natural, evocative fragrances of the spice route.

Our mission is to bring you the natural, sensual delights of a bygone era, and to help reconnect you with the simple pleasures in life. Let the spirit of the spice route reawaken your mind, rejuvenate your body and restore your soul.

Our range

We are passionate about creating a purely plant-based, all- natural skincare range. Our ingredients are as close to their natural state as possible. This way they keep their full profile of healing benefits. This is why we prefer to use whole plant oils. We generally avoid processed plant extracts, as often these have the potential for contamination. This may come from the chemicals used in extraction processes.

We have grown our body care range step by step from the ground up. We intentionally choose plant materials that heal, restore and rejuvenate. At the same time, we like to formulate providing unique aromatic experiences.

Our philosophy

We believe in simplicity, integrity, and authenticity. We believe in high quality, all-natural products for everyday use. We believe in wellbeing.

We choose to follow a tradition of artisan-made, organic product creation. We formulate with only natural plant ingredients to craft our body care range. And while your body relaxes, your conscience can too. Our products are all-natural, environmentally friendly, ethically handmade, cruelty-free and fair-trade.

We are committed to the environment. We honour the environment by minimising waste in our production processes.

We are committed to recycling. We create our natural home cleaning products using recycled cooking oil. This makes use of a waste product that is often disposed of without regard for the environment. We believe in learning from the generations that have gone before us and protecting the planet for the generations that are yet to come.

We draw on our rich culture and vibrant history of Penang Island. Located in the heart of the spice route, we create an intoxicating mix of body care products designed to nourish your mind, body and soul.

Fair Trade

Indochine Natural operates under Fair Trade standards. We also work with disadvantages groups, enabling them to improve their living standards. To achieve these goals we have initiated a number of Fair Trade activities.

Ingredient disclosure & quality

We personally test every product before it leaves our production facility. We believe in full ingredient disclosure. Our customers have the right to know exactly what they are putting on their skin and hair. Our production facility operates under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions. We maintain a fully documented Quality System which is open for inspection by our wholesale customers.

We take pride in the quality of our products and the safety of our customers. Our quality control (QC) process covers every aspect of our production. It includes all steps from the incoming ingredients to the final product.

Our production facility and all products are registered with the national cosmetics authorities. Our products have also been notified by international authorities.

Company growth

We are a small company, choosing to grow at a sustainable rate. We aim to develop long-term Fair Trade business relationships to produce good quality products and reliable service.

The company started in Viet Nam in 2006. We incorporated in Malaysia in August 2008. The production facility and office were relocated to Penang Island, Malaysia, in 2009.

We support the sustainability store

The Sustainability Store is one of the largest free directories dedicated to expanding the market for environmentally and socially responsible products and services.

Giving back

Indochine natural is made up of a team of dreamers, believers and friends from incredibly diverse backgrounds who have come together around a common goal and shared vision… whatever we do in business must have a positive impact. Learn more about ‘Giving Back’.

Dr Mike Thair and the Team