This year we’re extremely proud to present the SOI (State of Ihram) Hygiene Kit - an absolute essential for every pilgrim performing the Hajj & Umrah.
By far one of the hardest things to find is high-quality, travel-sized, natural and unscented products for your upcoming trip to Makkah. It’s so important that pilgrims can have reliable products that they can use to stay fresh and clean in Makkah’s hot and (sometimes) dusty environment.
Every pilgrim experiences the process of entering into the spiritual state of Ihram. In Ihram, the believer adheres to a strict set of rules that govern their actions, behaviours and appearance (we wrote all about it here). One of these rules is the prohibition of wearing fragrance or using any product with added fragrance in it.
We know how difficult it is to find unscented products these days, let alone products that you’ll actually need for Hajj. That’s why we’ve taken a detour from developing travel gear to bring you the world’s first, and most comprehensive, Hajj & Umrah Hygiene kit.
Here’s what FEJ Gear’s all natural and unscented SOI Hygiene Kit Includes:
- Conditioning Shampoo (50ml)
- Hand & Body Wash (50ml)
- SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen (45ml)
- Anti-Chafing Balm (14g)
- Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer (50ml)
There’s a reason why we have selected these products to be in our SOI Hygiene Kits. Our main focus when we develop a new product is to understand how it can contribute to improving the pilgrim’s Hajj & Umrah experience. Every single product in this kit is designed to make the trip cleaner, safer and more comfortable for pilgrims. Let’s start with the most obvious:
Shampoo & Body Wash
One of our challenges is to keep the amount of products you’ll need to carry to an absolute minimum. That’s why we’ve created special formulas that merge two functions into one convenient 50ml bottle. As the name suggests, our Conditioning Shampoo provides both a rich lather to wash away the oil and sweat from your hair. It also leaves behind a blend of oils to replenish and lock in your hair’s natural moisture. Similarly, our Hand & Body Wash is meant to be used in and out of the shower to eliminate harmful germs and unpleasant body odour throughout your trip.
Most of the times we rely on deodorant to provide a pleasant scent under the arms. For Hajj & Umrah, it’s primary purpose is to combat odour causing bacteria. The active ingredient in our SOI Unscented & All-Natural deodorant is sodium bicarbonate, a compound that has been clinically proven to absorb moisture while eliminating the bacterial strains that cause underarm odour. Coupled with shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, this deodorant is a worry-free alternative that will glide smoothly into your journey.
SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the Hajj can be quite unpredictable sometimes. Sometimes it can be really hard to find shade and protection from the desert sun’s powerful UV rays. It’s not uncommon for pilgrims to experience sunburn and heat rash during Hajj (although for Umrah it is not as intense). Our SOI Unscented & All Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen blocks out 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. Its thick formula is designed for maximum protection from the elements and to stay in place as you sweat.
This water-proof, sweat-proof and friction proof balm is designed to reduce skin irritation and blisters that may occur when walking long distances in the heat. Chafing is something that is commonly experienced by runners and athletes in hot climates. The physical nature of the Hajj pilgrimage means that you’ll be coming uncomfortably close with the chafing caused by sweaty skin rubbing together for long periods of time. Our SOI Anti-Chafing Balm is best applied between the thighs, on sensitive parts and your feet. Any part of your skin that experiences prolonged friction with fabric or skin, be sure to apply our anti-chafing balm for maximum comfort.
It’s near impossible to find an alcohol-free spray-on hand sanitizer that can easily attach to your gear. That’s because almost all clip-on hand sanitizers are made with gel, and all gel hand sanitizers have alcohol. The non-alcoholic hand sanitizers come in foam or spray formats and are never made in bottles that can clip on to travel bags and gear. Our SOI Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer hand sanitizer comes in the perfect format for the Hajj & Journey trip. Not only can you spray it on your hands, but you can also spray it on public bathroom surfaces too! Unlike most alcohol-based hand sanitizers, the active ingredient is benzalkonium chloride, a compound known for its ability to disrupt the membranes of harmful bacteria and eliminate them effectively for hours after drying!
Keep in mind that most hotels and shops in and around Makkah don’t offer a wide range of unscented, natural and high-quality personal care and hygiene products, so it’s on you to make bring along everything you need.
So be sure to take advantage of our all natural and unscented travel-sized SOI Hygiene Kit for some refreshingly clean peace of mind for the journey ahead.