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Acala Stem – Lotus Flower Bath Ceremony


Formulated from excellent, non-toxic ingredients. 100% pure organic lotus petals and stamens.
Acala Stem uses organic and non-toxic materials and has a strong partnership with a textile social enterprise in Cambodia, which they have personally visited. The textile mill empowers women by providing the opportunity to work from home with their children, avoid long travel times, earn a good wage, have flexible working conditions, and provide a path to financial independence. The brand's valued textile supplier manufactures from beginning to end, from yarn to finished product with no intermediaries or outside providers, to ensure the quality and ethical practices of all their products. Acala Stem sources their packaging (boxes, cylinders, etc.) from a reputable marketing company in Australia who has first hand knowledge of their manufacturers and where the products are coming from.
Acala Stem’s lotus stem production process requires no water, gas, oil or electricity to produce, making it the most ecological fabric in the world. In addition, the brand only uses natural hemp strings to tie their products, 100% recycled paper for their tags, compostable mailer and DyStar dyes (Certified Oeko-Tex; contain no heavy metals) for their fabrics. Their packaging paper is made from the remaining pieces of lotus stem, ensuring zero waste. In addition, the brand makes scrunchies and fabric bookmarks from off cuts of their fabric. Acala Stem rescued an excess of petals from cancelled hotel orders and leveraged their glass bottles to become their Lotus Flower Bath Ceremony, adding value and reducing waste.
Since Acala Stem’s launch in April 2020, they have helped employ over 60 women in Cambodia to work from home with their children. Many of these women are single mothers, just like the founder of Acala Stem. The brand aims to employ 500 seamstresses in Cambodia by 2025, to be able to work from home and keep their children at home. Acala Stem has donated back just over 350 of their own lotus face masks to The Salvation Army Australia and St Kilda Mums, which is over $14,000 in retail value having gone back into the community. They invested their own funding into clinical testing of their fabric and face masks to ensure health and safety and regularly volunteer at Fareshare kitchen in Melbourne. The brand also educates the broader community, through their social media accounts, about why buying ethical brands is so important and provide a raw, realistic insight into the effects of poverty from fast fashion.

What our experts say...

All about the ritual, from the packing to the experience of the petals opening in the bath and the container, which can be used as a water bottle afterwards, the Lotus Flower Bath Ceremony is so thoughtful and calming. A beautiful gift to any bath-lover – yourself included! Acala Stem has considered the supply chain and visited suppliers to ensure their product aligns with their values.

–Sarah Berry

The Acala Stem Lotus Flower Bath Ceremony is a heavenly way to indulge in the ritual of bathing. Once I learned more about the background of how this conscious and luxurious product originated, it only increased my appreciation for the joy of experiencing it. I am blown away by how much thought, care and consideration has gone into its creation. I also absolutely LOVE that the packaging is plastic free and doubles as a glass drinking bottle once you have finished the lotus petals. Genius!

– Niccii Kugler

I love the bath ceremony and the ritual nature of having a bath with the lotus flowers present. It’s a wonderful way to relax. I love that the bottle can be reused after you’ve used the lotus flowers in your bath. Wonderful that this business is also supporting women and children in Cambodia.

–Fiona Morouco

Exquisitely packaged, in congruence with the reverence given to spiritual symbolism of the lotus, this is a very special bath tea. I love that the creation of this product came about by rescuing the harvest of lotus petals which were intended for tea at hotels in Cambodia, but whose orders were cancelled due to the pandemic. It certainly created a divinely luxurious bath experience and I love the idea of bathing in water infused with all the lotus’ natural minerals and nutrients.

–Emily Fletcher

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