It only took 40 minutes to travel to Ubud from Sanur and it is a truly amazing drive. Once you start getting close to Ubud you get to see the real Bali, rice fields, Bali dogs on the sides of the road, and you pass many great shops.
When we arrived at the Utama Spice factory we were given a quick tour of the place. Although we couldn’t go into the factory which was under ground, we got to see all of the Utama Spice products and the surrounding houses that are located in the same facility. Once we had the tour we went upstairs to begin making our own products. Our private instructor showed us how to make a body scrub, hair oil and body oil, all made from fully natural ingredients and are very good for keeping your skin healthy. She showed us the ingredients we would be using first and explained to us why they were good for your skin, they all smelt amazing.
First we made the body oil and to do that we mixed some beautiful smelling flowers and coconut oil then put it on a low heat in a saucepan. I’m glad we made the body oil first because it made the area smell great. After getting started with the boy oil we moved on to making the body scrub. To make the body scrub there was a lot of mixing involved so your arm hurts a little after. We each had our own mortar and pestle. After making the body scrub we took a quick break and made a special Balinese drink thats meant to benefit peoples health tremendously. We saw all the ingredients put in to it. Theres coconut sugar to make it sweet and also tamarind to make it sour, it’s a good combination. I liked it the most out of everyone, and I assure you it’s safe to drink. I felt great after having my serving, my mums and my cousins. After drinking this health juice we got back to work and made the hair oil. You get to keep everything you make on the day and the staff give you little containers to put your mixes in.
After leaving the Utama Spice factory we decided to go to our favourite restaurant in Ubud, The Little Elephant. It’s a vegetarian and vegan restaurant so if you like alcohol and meat this isn’t the place for you. However if you're in to healthy, delicious food and a chilled vibe this place is great. It’s located on a hill side overlooking rice fields and the jungle and if you go for an early dinner the sunsets are gorgeous. If your feeling like something sweet but healthy I highly recommend the chocolate pie, it’s like heaven on Earth.
Overall I really enjoyed this little trip into Ubud and defiantly recommend doing the same thing if you're feeling like a little get away to the heart of Bali and want to make some unique, natural products.