Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Zen Seed

At a Glance

Dozens of varieties of artisanal soaps, bath salts, oils made by women in Ajijic.

Street View

Address

Colón #5-A Ajijic

HoursClosed Now

Mon10:00am -6:00pm
Tue10:00am -6:00pm
Wed10:00am -6:00pm
Thu10:00am -6:00pm
Fri10:00am -6:00pm
Sat10:00am -7:00pm
Sun10:00am -7:00pm

Phone

376.766.0360

Photos

Inside the newly renovated Zen Seed shop on Colón Street in Ajijic.

Inside the newly renovated Zen Seed shop on Colón Street in Ajijic.

Soap with rosemary.

Soap with rosemary.

Soap with oats.

Soap with oats.

Inside the Zen Seed factory in Ajijic, Delia O'Rourke (right), owner of Zen Seed, adds the lye-water mixture to the hot oil while one of her employees keeps the mixture in motion.

Inside the Zen Seed factory in Ajijic, Delia O'Rourke (right), owner of Zen Seed, adds the lye-water mixture to the hot oil while one of her employees keeps the mixture in motion.

Measuring out incense powder to add to the oil. Zen Seed makes dozens of scents of soap and are constantly trying out new ones.

Measuring out incense powder to add to the oil. Zen Seed makes dozens of scents of soap and is constantly trying out new ones.

The aromatic additives, in this case, incense, is added to the oil while one person maintains a constant stir and the other uses an immersion blender to evenly distribute the powder.

The aromatic additive, in this case incense, is added to the oil while one person maintains a constant stir and the other uses an immersion blender to evenly distribute the powder.

Measuring how much incense powder to add to the oil.

Measuring how much incense powder to add to the oil.

Delia and her daughter, Sofia, mix smaller batches of certain aromas which will be combined with other soap to create a multi-colored, multi-scented soap.

Delia and her daughter, Sofia, mix smaller batches of certain aromas which will be combined with other soap to create a multi-colored, multi-scented soap.

Stirring, stirring. The soap needs to be stirred until it lightens in color and develops a

Stirring, stirring. The soap needs to be stirred until it lightens in color and develops a "trace." Before electric mixers, this could take hours, but today this happens within minutes.

Pouring the soap into wooden molds covered with plastic.

Pouring the soap into wooden molds covered with plastic.

Pouring the soap into molds.

Pouring the soap into molds.

Delia adds a different colored and scented soap on top of this batch of soap.

Delia adds a different colored and scented soap on top of this batch of soap.

Decorating the soap.

Decorating the soap.

Adding another color and scent of soap on top.

Adding another color and scent of soap on top.

Using a stick to make designs in the soap.

Using a stick to make designs in the soap.

Soap so beautiful that you wanna eat it. But don't.

Soap so beautiful that you wanna eat it. But don't.

Molds are used to create small soaps in fun shapes.

Molds are used to create small soaps in fun shapes.

Pressing the soap into the molds with a spatula.

Pressing the soap into the molds with a spatula.

Small molded soaps.

Small molded soaps.

Stacking multiple layers of molds.

Stacking multiple layers of molds.

Using a stick to create designs on the surface of the soap.

Using a stick to create designs on the surface of the soap.

Covering the soap so it cools down at the right speed.

Covering the soap so it cools down at the right speed. The soap needs at least 24 hours to cure to the right hardness.

Zen Seed

Zen Seed

Soap in storage at the Zen Seed factory.

Soap in storage at the Zen Seed factory.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Myrrh and incense soap: anti-wrinkle, moisturizes dry skin, removes blemishes and stretch marks. Excellent for damaged skin and acne marks. Coffee soap: eliminates toxins and fat, activates skin. Good for liquid retention and removing cellulite. Rosemary soap: natural anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, toning and relaxes tired muscles. Good as a shampoo for hairloss. Chocolate soap: euphoric, stimulating, antioxidant, pleasurable. Firming and moisturizing.

Myrrh and incense soap: anti-wrinkle, moisturizes dry skin, removes blemishes and stretch marks. Excellent for damaged skin and acne marks. Coffee soap: eliminates toxins and fat, activates skin. Good for liquid retention and removing cellulite. Rosemary soap: natural anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, toning and relaxes tired muscles. Good as a shampoo for hairloss. Chocolate soap: euphoric, stimulating, antioxidant, pleasurable. Firming and moisturizing.

Marbled soap.

Marbled soap.

Oil- and glycerin-based soaps. Bath scrubs and brushes.

Oil- and glycerin-based soaps. Bath scrubs and brushes.

Shampoo soap! Made from mint, nettle and parsley. Prevents and stops hair loss, promotes hair growth. Mint and eucalyptus soap is an expectorant, antiseptic, emotional releaser, energizer and helps release the airways.

Shampoo soap! Made from mint, nettle and parsley. Prevents and stops hair loss, promotes hair growth. Mint and eucalyptus soap is an expectorant, antiseptic, emotional releaser, energizer and helps release the airways.

Marbled soap.

Marbled soap.

Lemon candy: good for normal to dry skin, moisturizing and purifying. Delicious aroma that wakes you up.

Lemon candy: good for normal to dry skin, moisturizing and purifying. Delicious aroma that wakes you up.

Honey glycerin soap: natural healer, brightens your skin, antiseptic. Green tea glycerin soap: prevents premature aging of skin due to its antioxidant catechins.

Honey glycerin soap: natural healer, brightens your skin, antiseptic. Green tea glycerin soap: prevents premature aging of skin due to its antioxidant catechins.

Bath salts in various aromas: lavender (relaxation), herbal (respiration), citrus (energy), rose (love), vanilla (calm), green tea (detox).

Bath salts in various aromas: lavender (relaxation), herbal (respiration), citrus (energy), rose (love), vanilla (calm), green tea (detox).

Sage smudge sticks.

Sage smudge sticks.

Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

Bath bombs up close. These fizz up and release an aroma when you add them to water.

Bath bombs up close. These fizz up and release an aroma when you add them to water.

Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

Coconut oil, body scrubs, aloe vera gel.

Coconut oil, body scrubs, aloe vera gel.

Massage oils in many scents.

Massage oils in many scents.

Lotions in many scents.

Lotions in many scents.

Chocolate body scrub.

Chocolate body scrub.

Coconut oil.

Coconut oil.

Eye pillows.

Eye pillows.

Bath salts, files for feet, bath brushes.

Bath salts, files for feet, bath brushes.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Inside the newly renovated Zen Seed shop.

Inside the newly renovated Zen Seed shop.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.