This month we’re in the mood for…
Everyone has one. They’re in your purse, your car and the pockets of all your jackets. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and Lip Shimmers… they come in a variety of exotic flavours your lips will crave. We simply love these earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products by a company that started off 30 years ago from a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine and is today on the leading edge of natural body care solutions internationally. There are no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. The company prides itself on responsible sourcing of material, and all ingredients – right down to the packaging – are simple and responsible. Details: Burt’s Bees Lip Balms R75, Original Lip Balm Tin R99, Lip Shimmers R99 and Cuticle Cream R125. Join the buzz on Instagram and Facebook @BurtsBeesZA.
Eating it up, artisanal style…
Don’t you just love it when your typical corner bakery turns out to be something extraordinary? The Glenwood Bakery (at 398 Esther Roberts Road) has been around for a while as a working bakery offering what we can only describe as a bread revolution in Durbs, with the heart of this revolution being their very tasty artisanal breads. They have also, over time, become a popular gathering ground for those addicted to the noble berry (coffee) as well as their pizzas, which they say are simply a natural extension of bread making. Their menu changes weekly and there is always at least one vegan option. For those who feel like an evening out, but don’t do pizza, there are a few other dishes on the menu to tickle your taste buds like their Middle-Eastern Lamb Flatbread, potato gnocchi and a mouth-watering hamburger. They are not licensed so those who’d like a glass of red to go with dinner can bring their own. They charge no corkage. Evening services run from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Details: You can follow them on Facebook: The Glenwood Bakery or to book contact 082 617 9768. Image credit: Millhouse
Gin that’s ahead of the game….
A pioneer in the South African gin game, Hope Distillery launched its gins at a time when crafted spirits were a relatively novel and uncommon on bottle store shelves. Fast forward a couple of years, and Hope, founded by Leigh Lisk and Lucy Beard, is not only making its own gin but gin products for other brands, too – including local labels like Musgrave, Bloedlemoen and Clemengold. Keeping up with current times and trends, Hope Distillery has rebranded with a fresh look that encapsulates the spirit of their products, as well as the people who produce them. Hope’s Salt River Gin has also been renamed the African Botanical Gin. With its homage to fynbos and a flavour profile dubbed “South Africa in a glass!” the new name better reflects the kapokbos and buchu botanicals that lend this gin its distinct character and aroma. Hope’s new-look bottles… African Botanical Gin, London Dry Gin and Mediterranean Gin are available online and through selected retailers for around R490 each. Details: Facebook and Instagram: @HopeDistillery
We’ve a bottle of Hope Gin to giveaway. To enter send your name, suburb and contact details to [email protected] before 29 October. Make sure you include the name of the competition in the subject box. Good luck!
Spa in a Jar
So it’s not every day that we find ourselves meandering into the Midlands with its quaint and quirky little shops offering some amazing trinkets. It’s no surprise then that our favourite find for the month is Spa in a Jar, a concept that blossomed from a local lass’ idea about the different ways in which people could add a whole new meaning to gratitude by gifting a jar, filled with lovely things, as a special ‘Thank you’ to people in their lives, whether it’s a part of a bridal shower, a wedding experience, baby shower, kitchen tea, a birthday or gift for a special friend or even just a treat for yourself.
Filled with luxury, locally sourced products for a relaxing, pampering experience, they’re available in small, medium and large with contents that are dependent on the size of the jar. Details: e-mail [email protected] or follow them on Instagram: @spainajar1 or Facebook: Spa in a Jar
We’re supporting breast cancer awareness month…
We love a product that gives back to a good cause, which is why we’re giving a massive high five to Waterfall-based mom of two and cancer survivor, Sharon James from Case Closed, who is donating R100 from the sale of any medium or large Pink Shweshwe luggage cover, during the month of October, to PinkDrive. Whether you hop from house to house, love a weekend getaway or regularly trot around the globe, your luggage should always look good. Designed (and made by Sharon) to keep your luggage safe (against theft and damage) and stylish, these are a beautiful alternative for that extra layer of protection, and we love these even more because of the worthy cause that will benefit from the sale of even just one. Details: R370 for medium (65cm) and R405 for large (75cm). You can shop online at www.caseclosed.co.za
We are also giving away one of these fab Pink Shweshwe covers from Case Closed. To enter send your name, suburb and contact details to [email protected] before 29 October. Make sure you include the name of the competition in the subject box. Good luck!
French cult beauty products
Let’s be honest … French women really do always seem to get it right, and one of their favourite ranges is ours, too. We adore NUXE products, and can’t live without the French cult multi-purpose dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse, which has botanical oils that nourish, repair and protect your face, hair and body. Each of the NUXE Rêve de Miel creams is joie to use… from the Ultra Comforting Body Cream and Hand and Nail Cream to the exceptional Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel for face and body. We’ve just discovered the honey-scented Super Skin Repair Balm which works wonders to soothe areas that need it most … and though we’re not often keen to share our creams, this one really does work for the whole family. Priced from R370 to R695, you’ll find them at Woolworths, Truworths, Edgars and Foschini stores.