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Ethos (social enterprise)

Handwash 500ml - Kaffir Lime, Manderin + Black Pepper

  • $34.95

Made in Auckland

100% profits fund sustainable development to help impoverished Cambodian villagers adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Inspired by Kampot's famous black pepper plantations, this mild hand wash combines the natural cleansing power of black pepper with fresh citrus notes.

Ethos products exist solely to create social & environmental impact. There is no better definition of true beauty.

GENTLE plant-derived cleansers, black pepper & coconut oil combine to leave hands effectively cleaned & moisturised.

Each bottle contains naturally-fermented coconut oil that’s hand-squeezed in the traditional fashion, not machine-pressed or centrifuged. This age-old method retains more of the coconut’s skin-nourishing micro-nutrients, and creates fair-wage employment for local women. Ethos buys coconuts direct from the tree so family growers can earn better incomes. 

Instead of using synthetic preservatives (industry norm), Ethos spent two years developing products with plant-derived preservation, so as not to contribute to the 75,000 or so metric tonnes of synthetic preservatives rinsed down the drains each year globally.  


100% of Ethos profits go back into the sustainable development of poor communities in Cambodia, re-planting coconut trees in Kampot which act as carbon sinks, and growing Ethos so the enterprise can in turn increase its impact.

Most rural Cambodians struggle to earn enough to meet their basic needs and are under-nourished – eg one third of under 5 year-olds have stunted growth.  To help address this unsustainable crisis, Ethos develops real (direct) trade  and an income source for them, building on the tenacity of Kampot’s family coconut growers & coconut oil pressers.

Ethos has the goal of supplementing the incomes of 600 growers, planting 10,000 coconut trees in Cambodia & Aotearoa by 2030, and establishing new income opportunities in this region.

Ethos partner village enterprise hand-squeezes the coconuts at origin, producing the finest virgin coconut oil from fresh coconut milk. This traditionally time-honoured process retains the highest antioxidant levels and creates employment for 14 local women.


Ethos is a social enterprise, born in Cambodia, an extension of the deep roots technology developer Gerard & nurse Hana have put down there in the last decade.

Volunteering in remote parts of Cambodia in 2009 left them unimpressed by the low value placed on indigenous knowledge by aid. Their approach has instead respectfully focused on the value of local knowledge, & environmental & economic sustainability.

The network of 128 village producers they’ve collaborated with since 2012 contributed over NZ$280,000 to their local economy. In 2020 they turned their attention to increasing the incomes of as many of Kampot’s coconut growers as they can, & creating employment for the women who handcraft the coconut oil. 

Everything they do at Ethos challenges the conventional skincare industry – using profits to create social & environmental change, knowing the trees that their coconuts come from, and featuring Ethos people, not models in brand materials.


Ingredients List: Aqua (purified water), Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, Decyl glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Glycerine, Sodium levulinate, Sodium anisate, Natural fragrance (extract of essential oils), Caprylhydroxamic acid, Glyceryl caprylate, Caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Citric acid, Piper nigrum (black pepper extract), Xanthan gum, Cocos nucifera (coconut oil).