CHECK IT OUT: The Souq Organics in White Plains, Quezon City
Discover organic beauty and skincare finds in this cozy little store.
The Souq Organics
Unit B, Ground Floor, Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip
No. 79 Katipunan Ext., White Plains
Contact Nos. 421-5745; (0917) 557-6955 or 59
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(SPOT.ph) In the age of giant malls and mass-market buys, a little store carrying carefully chosen brands in a not-too-busy corner of Quezon City is a breath of fresh air. The Souq Organics opened its doors in March in the quietly inviting Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip in White Plains, an area that can make anyone want to linger for a bit and spend an afternoon browsing through small shops offering one-of-a-kind wares.
With large glass windows letting in plenty of natural light, The Souq Organics' simple, spacious interiors puts the focus on the products lining the shelves-something that, according to Em Matias, who co-owns the store with her husband, was quite intentional. "We want the products to be the star and to be highlighted more than the boutique itself. Thus the use of unpolished wood parquet for flooring, raw and recycled wood for the shelves. Almost everything we used in the boutique is recycled."
Not surprisingly, the stars of the store are spotlight-worthy. Having been assigned to work in West Africa for a number of years-and done a lot of travelling in the process-Matias and her husband discovered organic products that have earned a strong following abroad but were not yet available in the Philippines. Among them, Huiles & Baumes, a French brand whose products contain 50 to 99% organic active ingredients; and Pangea Organics from the U.S., with products that are free from petroleum, detergents, synthetic preservatives, and artificial colors, in packaging that is completely biodegradable-the box that the bar soap comes in, for one, grows into a tree if you plant it.
"We only carry products with strict standards in organic certifications," shares Matias. "We also scrutinize the ingredients to ensure that the products are really truly organic." The store also carries Fushi from the U.K. and Australian brand Mukti Botanicals, along with The Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil.
Photos courtesy of The Souq Organics