With kindness being our guide this month, we’ve focused on brands who don’t test on animals, are locally made and favour natural ingredients.
Litchi & Titch is an all-natural brand focused on plant, seed, fruit and flower oils to create potent skin-boosting formulations, with essential oils playing a vital role in the beautiful fragrances found throughout the range. They are anti-cruelty, have absolutely no nasties, and are locally manufactured in Franschhoek in small batches to ensure the goodness of nature is maintained. There are three skin ranges – concentrating on hydration, healing and ridding the skin of free radical stress. We’ve tried, tested, and love the THE Serum Botanical Infusion, which hydrates, nourishes, calms, soothes, balances and bring a natural glow to the skin … it really is the ultimate botanical complex for rejuvenated skin. R950. A handbag essential is the little Beauty Balm – a pot of healing and nourishing balm that comforts and hydrates dry and sensitive skin areas. Perfect for dry/chapped skin concerns on lips, cuticles, elbows, and heels. R175. The Rose Face Mist is a nourishing mist to hydrate, refresh and replenish tired and dehydrated skin. With hero ingredients of rose geranium, paw paw and marigold, this beautiful spray will lift your spirits as well as your skin. R255. And the Rose Geranium Luxurious Wash for hands, body and face nourishes as it cleans and smells sublime. R250. All available online at litchiandtitchnaturals.com
Aaaand … breath. Loving these new SOiL TrioBox combos … there’s this Clarity option (with their Peppermint, Rosemary and Lemon essential oils) but also Inhale, First Aid and Exhale. From R140 a set from Dis-Chem and online at soil.co.za
We are massive fans of the Earthsap range – natural, biodegradable, locally made products ranging from kitchen and laundry essentials (think dishwashing liquids, all-purpose cleaners and laundry liquid) to shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste and this lovely Calendula Hand & Body Lotion (soothing and healing, calendula is known for its uses by 12th century herbalists). R79,99 from faithful-to-nature.co.za and wellnesswarehouse.com
This Sh’zen Fijn Bos Cape Cactus Jelly is rich in wild-harvested Cape Aloe Ferox leaf gel, which is filled with natural bio-protective properties. Deeply soothing, it offers a cell-energising and skin-hydrating boost.
It’ s combined with six Fynbos oils, steam-distilled from the indigenous Cape Floral Kingdom. These herbaceous oils have unique medicinal properties that heal skin irritations, minimise signs of fatigue and restore radiance and luminosity to all skin types. R355. Use it alongside the Fijn Bos Cape Floral Facial Essence, a 100 per cent natural facial essence which include African Superfruit oils – the age-old beauty secrets of African women. Marula, Mongongo, Baobab and Passion fruit oils are rich in linoleic and oleic fatty acids, plus Vitamin C and E, to smooth fine lines and add luminosity and radiance to skin. When you apply in the morning and evening, be sure to inhale the intense herbaceous aromas. R419. Buy online from shzen.co.za
With 100 per cent natural oils, Africology products boast being kind to the plant, kind to you. And they’re not tested on animals. For a boost of hydration, try Africology Intense Hydration Night Treatment – you’ll see a radiant glow almost instantly (from R225) • And for your body … the Africology Body Balm offers an intense hydration treatment – exactly what we need right now. R250. All from africologyspa.com