With a wealth of natural and unique ingredients like rooibos, baobab, marula and more, it’s no wonder some of the most beautiful cosmetics in the world feature ingredients grown almost in our own backyards.
So before you reach for luxury imports, why not spoil yourself with something closer to home? Indulge with six of our favourite homegrown brands with treats inspired by, sourced from and produced in Africa.
Africology What began in a kitchen in Johannesburg in 2000 has grown humbly into one of the most popular South African brands featured in luxury hotels and spas around the world. A vision to create something kind and holistic to the earth saw the creation of Africology, offering a wide range of luxurious, natural and eco-friendly products fragranced with pure essential oil. All their products smell simply divine, featuring signature ingredients such as rooibos, African potato and marula.
Charlotte Rhys Founded in 1999, this bath, body and lifestyle brand started out with just one product. Eau de Linge was the first linen spray in South Africa, which flew off the shelves, and the brand has since expanded their luxury offering to over 100 products in the last 16 years. Charlotte Rhys offers everything from dreamy bath oils, body butters and salt scrubs to pampering pedicure treats and home fragrance. The best part? Their glorious beauty treats will pamper you from top to toe without breaking the bank.
Top 3 Charlotte Rhys Atmosphere Room Spray 50ml in Victor (R141), Bath Oil in No.17 (R160.50) and Salt Scrub in Spring Flowers (R96). Healing Earth Capturing the restorative power of Africa’s rich natural resources, Healing Earth boasts unique, natural ingredients such as hydrating Kalahari melon, healing African potato, antioxidant-rich pinotage and detoxifying Mongongo nut. These key ingredients are sourced from the continent’s oceans, flowers, herbs, fruits and seeds, giving each product a truly African touch.
Top 3 Healing Earth Detox Grape Foot Gel (R209.44), Energise Joy Body Butter (R187) and Relax Marula & Neroli Oil (R355.30). Kalahari Lifestyle Inspired by a childhood journey, which began in the Kalahari Desert, this uniquely African brand was developed out of a deep connection to the desert’s native inhabitants – the Khoi San. Kalahari Lifestyle embraces their ancient secrets to natural health and wellbeing in a beautifully packaged range of sensory skin and body treats, using naturally harvested botanical ingredients like plant oils and phyto-effective extracts.
Top 3 Kalahari Lifestyle Phyto Facial Mist (R190), Radiance Day Serum (R133) and Hand & Foot Raw Sugar Buff (R150). Lulu & Marula If the unique packaging of this relative newcomer isn’t enough to catch your eye, then the ingredients are sure to entice you. Lulu & Marula is all about natural botanical oils and the star of the show is the brand’s namesake – marula oil. All the products are handcrafted in small batches in Jozi, using pure botanical oils, extracts, waters and one not-so-secret ingredient – what they call a ‘dose of awesome’. The brand also supports local African farmers, never tests on animals and is free from all the bad stuff like chemicals and artificial fragrances.
Top 3 Lulu & Marula Purifying Clay Mask (R360), Balancing Cleansing Balm (R320) and Naartjie Lip Balm (R100). Oh-Lief Made from 100% natural and organic ingredients, which are sourced locally, Oh-Lief was born in 2010 from a desire to create a range of pregnancy-safe and baby-friendly products that wouldn’t harm the skin or the environment. The result is a delightful collection of products that anyone can use – rich in olive oil and free from artificial fragrances and colours, harsh chemicals and parabens. It’s simple beauty, at its best.