The Present

Whilst having traveled our chosen path of exploring new techniques and natural products while maintaining the highest quality standards for over 75 years, we stand tall today as a company that is renowned for offering total value to our customers.

Our brand portfolio now extends to a range of categories including Herbal beauty products, herbal baby soaps, herbal shampoos, herbal liquid soaps, herbal facial washes, herbal creams, floral perfumes, laundry soaps, detergent powders, liquid detergents and cleaners. They all bear the stamp of Swadeshi quality, assuring you of the purity of our ingredients and superiority of our products.

At Swadeshi it is our firm belief that our heritage, culture, family values and traditional herbal concepts play a key role in the designing and manufacturing of our products that have made their mark not only nationally but internationally as well.

Company History

Ours is a story that began in 1938. Inspired by beauty treatments that women in the exotic east used to pamper themselves and retain younger looking healthy skin, we created our very own soap for discerning women in Sri Lanka.

Initially our soap was developed under the quality certification of the Coconut Research Scheme. Over time we grew our repertoire and transformed into a public quoted company. Our first products were based on two age-old ayurvedic ingredients, namely aromatic sandalwood and mysterious margosa. In 1941, we made waves in the local market with our pioneering effort of

Rani Sandalwood – beauty therapy soap and Khomba Margosa – ayurvedic herbal soap.

Proud to be Sri Lankan and proud of our rich herbal ayurvedic heritage, we focus on personal care products that offered safe and gentle care using hand picked ingredients from nature. Based on this philosophy we grew to what we are today- a multi billion dollar company with many firsts to our credit in the industry.

People, Nature & Traditions

At Swadeshi we believe that our “People, Nature & Traditions” should be recognized and protected to the best of our ability.

In order to re-kindle the spirit that’s inherently Lankan with its multitude of traditional values, we, the staff of Swadeshi play an integral role in several annual ceremonies including the illuminating ceremony at the historic Kelani Rajamahaviharaya, religious activities at the Katharagama Kiri Wehera temple, the Katharagama shrine, the Rathnapura Saman shrine, Devundara Sri Vishnu shrine and the Dambadeniya Rajamahaviharaya.

We truly believe that corporate activities such as these are vital for the instilling of our values and ensuring they are kept alive in the hearts and minds of future generations.

As part of our social responsibility activities we reach out to the children of our nation in many different ways. We provide well organized regional baby care programmes, pregnancy care etc. through the Khomba Baby brand.

In addition we contribute significantly towards the protection of the environment and nature through beauty and health care programmes as activations.

Achievements

During our 60 year history in Sri Lanka, The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC., has achieved many firsts which have earned considerable acclaim from consumers and the industry.

1938 - Enters the market with the first locally manufactured branded soap – Quickleen.

1940 - The birth of the classic heritage brand Rani – The original Sandalwood soap and market leader to date.

1945 - Creation of herbal soap positioning. Enter Khomba (Margosa) soap the undisputed leader in herbal soap.

1992 - First herbal baby soap – safe and natural with Margosa and Aloe Vera.

2000 - The world's first herbal carbolic soap.

2000 - Enter Apsara venivel (Calumbawood) soap – reinvented first ayurvedic soap positioning.

Recognitions:

1988 - VIII International Asia Awards.

2001 - National Productivity and Quality Award.

2002 - CNCI Achiever of Industrial Excellence.

2003 - ISO 9001 : 2000 Certification.

- ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified Company

- ISO 9001 : 2015 Certified Company

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