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

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Photos of Zen Seed

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

Soap with rosemary.

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.

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

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Revolution Day

Soldaderas on Revolution Day

Women played a significant role during the Mexican Revolution, which girls from the local schools commemorate every year on Revolution Day.

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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.

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 "trace." Before electric mixers, this could take hours, but today this happens within minutes.

Pouring the soap into wooden molds covered with plastic.

Día de los Angelitos

Day of the Little Angels: Remembering Children on the Day of the Dead

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Pouring the soap into molds.

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

Decorating the soap.

Adding another color and scent of soap on top.

Using a stick to make designs in the soap.

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

Molds are used to create small soaps in fun shapes.

Pressing the soap into the molds with a spatula.

Small molded soaps.

Stacking multiple layers of molds.

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Frida Kahlo Catrina

Frida Kahlo Catrina on the Day of the Dead

A woman dressed as a catrina of Frida Kahlo on the Day of the Dead in Chapala, Mexico.

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

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

Soap in storage at the Zen Seed factory.

Lake Chapala Sunset

34 Sunsets at Lake Chapala

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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.

Marbled soap.

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.

Marbled soap.

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.

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

Sage smudge sticks.

Sayaca during Fiesta de San Sebastián

Carnival & the Masked Sayacas of Ajijic

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Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

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

Fizzy bath bombs in lots of scents.

Coconut oil, body scrubs, aloe vera gel.

Massage oils in many scents.

Lotions in many scents.

Chocolate body scrub.

Coconut oil.

Eye pillows.

Bath salts, files for feet, bath brushes.

Guelaguetza

Oaxaca’s Guelaguetza Dances Come to Chapala

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Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Inside the newly renovated Zen Seed shop.

Inside the Zen Seed shop.

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Frida Kahlo Catrina

Frida Kahlo Catrina on the Day of the Dead

A woman dressed as a catrina of Frida Kahlo on the Day of the Dead in Chapala, Mexico.

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