Lush's handmade products are created from fresh organic fruit and vegetables and essential oils for the bath, your body, face and hair, as well as makeup and perfume. Officially launched in 1995, Lush started off producing for The Body Shop until they branched off to start their own store. Lush only buys ingredients from companies that do not commission tests on animals, and 60% of everything made by Lush contains at least one organic ingredient.
All Beaucience products contain a breakthrough botanical called Proteasyl. This special ingredient is unique to Beaucience, a South African manufacturer, and works naturally with the skin to create an anti-ageing effect. Beaucience makes use of natural formulations, organic essential oils and natural preservatives where possible. The brand is certified as 'beauty without cruelty', meaning no animal testing is involved. Their products are free from any chemical contaminants (parabens, toxins and synthetic oils), reducing the risk of an allergic reaction. This brand offers products for women, men and babies.
CEO of Africology, Renchia Droganis, using her experience as a massage therapist and aromatherapist to heal pain, had the vision to create something that would help people, something that was holistic and kind to the earth. This was the birth of Africology. Needless to say, all Africology products are natural, eco-friendly, luxurious and fragranced with only pure essential oils. Products range from face to feet and aromatherapy.
Oh-Lief has been around since 2010 and is the brainchild of sisters Christine Buchanan and Louiza Rademan. It's a '100% natural 100% good' brand that was born out of their love for nature and the desire to use products that would not harm skin or the environment. The result was Oh-Lief’s complete range of natural body products made from 100% natural and organic, raw ingredients, sourced locally. Using biodegradable products, promoting recycling and certified as a beauty without cruelty brand, Oh-Lief is a local favourite.
Skoon. believes that only toxin-free and perfectly natural ingredients should come into contact with your skin. The brand provides you with the health-giving properties your skin deserves by harnessing the best of nature with science. Their full range complies with the stringent toxin-free criteria of the globally recognised Environmental Working Group. Skoon. offers body oils, facial products and anti-ageing solutions.
Soil was one of the first local companies to sell a complete range of 100% organic essential oils. The brand is eco-ethical and certified by Ecocert. Soil grows many of their own ingredients on an organic farm in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. It's here that they have been distilling aromatic plants for their oils since 2001. Soil also launched South Africa’s first line of certified organic massage oil blends and body care products. Everything is packaged in recyclable, biodegradable glass and no animal testing is conducted on any of their products.
Lulu & Marula
Lulu & Marula believes in natural, ethically produced skincare that works. The brand has created a routine with fewer products that deliver everything you need for healthy skin that glows. Their products are handmade and 100% natural. They don't test on animals and use minimal glass and cardboard packaging that can be recycled or reused. Best still, Lulu & Marula believe in empowering local businesses and use ingredients and packaging that is, wherever possible, made and sourced in and around South Africa.
Kudu combines plant-based natural ingredients with the best science and green technology to create safe and effective products. The brand subscribes to the ethos of clean beauty, and they handcraft their products in micro-batches, allowing them to cater to people’s needs in a more personal manner. Some of their best-loved products include oils, serums, and face masks. All products are 100% cruelty-free, and they don't source ingredients from any companies that test on animals.
Pure Beginnings believes in keeping your skin as pure as the day you were born. This brand provides high quality, effective, organic skincare products for the whole family. Pure Beginnings does not test on animals, they do not use products prohibited by Ecocert and only recyclable packaging is used. They're also registered with the Vegan Society, Beauty without Cruelty and PhytoTrade Africa.
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