Soap nuts (also known as soap berries, washing nuts, soap nut shells, wash shells etc.) are a versatile and effective solution for so many uses including personal skin care, laundry and cleaning around the home. Botanically speaking, soapnuts are the shells of the fruit of the soap berry tree (Sapindus spp.) and are loaded with natural surfactants (saponins) that are released in the washing water. If you are looking for a safe, effective, easy to use and all-natural alternative to the harsh, often irritating, chemicals found in conventional detergents and soaps, then soap-nuts are for you! They have been used traditionally for centuries by many cultures throughout the world for washing clothes, household cleaning, and as a soap for personal hygiene. Forestopia soapnuts are a sustainably harvested non-timber forest product gathered from the wild by women’s harvester collectives in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.