M A L Ā K O is inspired by century-old Thai well-being wisdom to create meaningful products that not only nourish, balance, and uplift on the inside, as well as the outside, but also make a positive impact on our community and the planet.

We choose the best, time-tested botanical ingredients for their potent healing properties, and create formulations that are gentle, yet effective – to enhance the body’s recovery process, transform the mood, and improve the appearance of the skin

Our ingredients are harvested by British farmers and growers in Thailand. Directly purchasing from them provides us with a full history of our product from seed to bottle; giving us the confidence to promise a high quality product. Cutting out the middle man also allows us to pay farmers better wages, which they then invest back into their business and livelihood.

Made in small batches in the UK, every formulation of ours is lovingly created with mindfulness for our environment and is cruelty free, as it should be. We use eco-friendly materials that can only be recyclable and reusable, and bio-degradable and FSC certified packing cartons; meaning it all comes from responsible, eco-friendly and socially beneficial sources.

Interview with the founder

1. What does skincare and wellbeing mean for you?

The demands of a modern-day busy life can impact the mind and skin. For me, skincare is another way of self-caring and it’s one of the important paths to achieve wellbeing – to live in harmony with your mind and body.

2. What is your daily self-care routine?

I try to press pause and incorporate tiny moments of self-care routine throughout the day to support my wellbeing – from a good stretch, connect with my family and friends, breath in and take a moment to tender care my body and skin.

3. You have a range of beautifully designed sustainable skincare products. What do you look for in a skincare product that fits with your values? 

Since I work with lots of farmers and growers myself, I do, more or less, understand the challenge they are facing as a small business. Because of this, apart from looking for products that are natural and functional for my eczema-prone skin, the products I chose must be produced and bought in an ethical way, from sustainable sources, having a lower impact on the planet.

4. What do the following terms mean for you? Brief descriptions 

– clean = free from harmful substances

– organic = the principle concerning the way people interact with nature to support ecological balance for the future

– natural = from nature

– sustainable = A process concerning the balance of ecosystem and the community’s quality of life.

– ethical = truthful, fair, and honest

5. What is the story behind the launch of your own natural and sustainable skin care brand?

My skin became very sensitive and inflamed when I moved to the UK and had to rely on steroid creams many years to treat my eczema. On top of that I also developed keratosis pilaris on my skin. I was stressed with my job, with my life and my bad skin, and this is when I began my research and the journey to create natural skincare products that aren’t just skin deep. Products that can help my skin and also relieve stressful minds.

6. Any projects or launches planned for 2020?

You have to wait and see ;-)

7. What do you feel more grateful for?

I experience so much kindness from people.

I’m so grateful for the love and supports from our customers I received since launching MALAKO back in 2008.


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