Promoting occupation for people in the 3 southern-border provinces is a part of bringing happiness from having good quality of life. Hulubalang Herb Community Enterprise or Hulubalang Herb of Puyud Sub-district, Mueang District, Pattani province, is an exemplary group that has strengths. They process local herbal raw materials with local wisdom inherited from generation to generation until it becomes various quality cosmetic products such as goat milk yogurt soap which is a famous product of the group, and has been distributed for 20 years. This can extend strength of the community successfully.
Mr. Issaraman Doloh, former instructor at Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus and the president of Hulubalang Community Enterprise, is one of important persons who drive the group to be successful. Growing in a family of local herbal doctor, of which herbal knowledge has been inherited for generations, he has a concept to conserve local herbs and utilize them for highest benefits. At that time, local plants were popular about dieting and they could reduce cholesterol and fat such as garcinia. A foreign company produced and sold it at very expensive price. Mr. Issaraman thus asked villagers to start from producing garcinia supplementary food for the first time in that area. In the past, the villagers processed it by sun-drying and sold as products. They developed it to be garcinia capsule for the first time in Thailand until the price of garcinia rises from ten to hundred.
From success of Garcinia product processing, the group aims to develop and extend the processing for other local herbs. In 1997, Hulubalang Herbal Group was established, and its name comes from Mr. Issaraman, the group president, discovering an ancient book of his ancestor dated back for generations, which was an herbal doctor producing herbal medicine for the king and relatives and skincare products for Ratu Kuning in 300 years ago. He had a formula of making soap without chemicals and caustic soda, but he used smoking method by burning fragrant wood and dried flower to be absorbed in soap content to be naturally scented.
Goat milk yogurt soap is the first product from ancient medicine formula, that gives satisfactory result, and it is developed from common local raw materials like goat milk as active ingredient for 35 %. They purchased milk from goat cooperatives in Pattani Province, which is the product of farmers as the group’s members, mixed with other ingredients that can nourish skin such as wild turmeric for facial skin revival, and curcuma that can reduce acnes, freckles, melasma, black spots, and brighten skin. Additionally, yogurt, honey and high-quality fat like coconut oil, olive oil are added and mixed with alkaline water with no addition of caustic soda, preservatives, colors or chemicals. It is contained in a paper box covered with Batik cloth, created by the group, to show local cultural identity.
Another highlight product of Hulubalang Herb is snail slime serum, which is selected as 5-star OTOP Product of Pattani Province in 2018. With properties of snail slime, it can moisturize and smooth skin. The Group comes with an idea to raise local snails, which are easy to take care, with suitable weather and fertile soil. The group naturally raises snails that they will absorb nutrients from soil, with natural food supplements such as vegetables and fruits for snail. When snails are 6 months old, their slime can be extracted by cleaning and leaving them for 1 night. After that, the snails are massaged around head so they will create slime. 8 snails are used to get 30 cc slime. Then the snails will wait for next slime extraction, and the snails can be extracted slime for 1-3 years.
The production process of Hulubalang Group’s cosmetics is in accordance with GMP Standard with focus on using much amount of herbs. The raw materials are selected and qualities for every type of herb are determined with examination and raw material quality record according to the standard. Every process is controlled in term of quality and the samples are randomly selected for checking in a laboratory of Prince of Songkla University, with certification and registration from Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that at present, this kind of products cannot be manufactured by others. Now, the products are not enough to meet the market’s needs. Furthermore, we research and develop new raw materials for new products including cosmetics and supplementary food in various forms under cooperation in support of academic knowledge about herbs and processing from local and central educational institutions. Any interested person can review product’s information on Facebook Page: Hulubalang