Escentia Products began with a small dream and a passion for the vibratory powers of nature. They first opened their doors in 1994 with the purpose of supplying the highest quality essential oils, carrier oils, and auxiliary products. Since then their product range has grown to showcase one of the most comprehensive ranges of essential oils in Africa. They have dedicated almost 30 years to sourcing and bottling only the purest oils from around the world. In addition, they have expanded their range to offer options that are catered to each individual’s needs. These include pure essential oils, organic essential oils, and standard oils.
What fuels their passion for nature?
Escentia understands that each plant carries its own essence, a unique energy signature, which is transferred to the body, mind, emotions, and spirit when one uses them for healing or for one’s general wellbeing. The natural kingdoms and wealth of the earth lie at the heart of what they do and, when combined with their extensive background in chemistry, this ensures that they are at the forefront in both education and quality. They also specialise in certain areas and can supply interesting and exotic oils such as Naartjie, Red Raspberry, Pomegranate, Helichrysum, Ravensara, Agarwood, Spikenard, and Tumeric Oleoresin. Additionally, many of their oils are supplied by local farmers in an effort to support South Africans.
What about quality?
As a local South African company, Escentia has always strived to provide top-quality products at affordable prices. They have become well known in the market for this superb quality and reliability. They don’t believe in charging exorbitant rates for fantastic quality oils, and to this end, they have encountered much resistance over the years. However, their experience and expertise have shown that high-end oils don’t need to cost a lot of money. Escentia continuously endeavour to source upper calibre material, which they offer to their clientèle at fair rates.
In an effort to empower all self-healers, Escentia presents multiple oil grades, each suited to specific preferences. With regards to oil definitions, each grade must be taken individually and differences to preference may occur between professionals.
Fiya Shea Glow is an organic-based cosmetic and Beauty Company specialising in handcrafted natural, plant-based skin and hair products.
The brand is inspired by a deep fascination and appreciation for nature and how and its natural balancing provides us with all that we need and more. The inspiration comes from the uniqueness and great heritage of the fig tree dating back to ancient times. iFiya is the fig fruit in isiXhosa and the Fiya Shea Glow name also honours and recognises the founder’s mother’s name Nomafiya from whom she came and without whom she is am not.
The Founders Story
The Fiya Shea Glow story was birthed in Accra Ghana, when the founder; Lindiwe Songca took a work trip to a tropical city on the Gulf of Guinea in June 2019. The warm and humid Ghanaian weather direct contrasted the cold South African winter weather she had left back home. Lindiwe vividly recalls struggling to find an alternative skincare product, for her fragrance sensitive skin, which would provide lasting moisture and nourishment. It is here that she stumbled upon what the continent has dubbed ‘African Women Gold’, a colloquial term of endearment referring to shea butter.
Lindiwe was enthralled by the idea of an indigenous lotion for the African skin, grown and harvested organically on the African continent. ‘African Women Gold’ quickly claimed a stake in her heart as a go-to all in one moisturiser which leaves skin and hair radiant: providing long-lasting moisture with a natural glow. Upon returning to South Africa, Lindiwe endeavoured to share this magical organic skincare ingredient adopted from Tropical West Africa with men and women alike. Subsequent thereto, her home became an oasis for recreating magical experiences that would make people feel good in their own skin, and so Fiya Shea Glow was born.
Mother Nature nourishes life with her instinctual and intuitive knowing. Fiya Shea Glow borrows from nature’s innate wisdom as the company endeavours to heighten the beauty and wellness of its’ clients nature’s way. Fiya Shea Glow is rich in nutrients including vitamins A and E which are essential for healthy skin.
“Our Shea Butter is produced from the nuts of the Shea (Karite) tree without the use of chemicals or preservatives. Shea Butter is an anti-inflammatory and is recommended for a number of skin conditions, including eczema and dermatitis. Fiya Shea Glow protects skin against damage from sun exposure, cold and dry winter air. The Fiya Shea Glow product range is synonymous with receiving a heartfelt embrace from Mother Nature. Our vision is to become a global premium health, beauty, and wellness brand that rooted in nature for a natural skin glow. Our mission is to offer a high-end niche and premium skincare range that uses organic ingredients to enhance beauty and wellness,” says Lindiwe.
Kawai Karu Kosmetics was born from a hobby and passion for Korean skincare and beauty products six years ago, a time when no one even knew about Korean beauty products.
Four years later, as Korean beauty and skincare became more popular and in-demand over the years in South Africa, founder Karusha Naidoo decided to turn it into a business interest. They are a registered company and registered importer with SARS.
They are an online store based in Durban that carries a select range of authentic Korean beauty products from South Korea, including hair care and makeup items. They try to cater to all customers ranging from affordable skincare to high-end products.
They love to do giveaways, specials and sales that feature Korean Pop music (K-Pop) and Korean food. They also like to give back whenever we can, whether it is sponsoring makeup for underprivileged schoolgirls going to prom or contributing to goodie bags for the BTS Love Yourself movie screening in Durban for ARMY’s.
Kawai Karu Kosmetics offers delivery to all over South Africa from Stanger to Port Elizabeth to Mpumalanga and they offer free delivery on orders of R500 or more.
Chudu cosmetics is an organic skincare brand manufacturer that was established in 2018 by Tshudu Takalani. Their products include soaps, toners, and anti-aging serums. These products have been specifically formulated to treat skin issues such as acne, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, etc. Their products are made with ingredients sourced in South Africa.
Tshudu is a Biotechnologist by profession and has previously worked in the quality department of two major companies; she also took a few courses in skincare and cosmetic formulation at large. She started the business shortly after experiencing skin problems when she moved to Cape Town. “I always had flawless skin, but after moving to Cape Town, the reality of how the environment affects our skin began to manifest on my skin. After moving to Cape Town, my skin began to itch and would develop pimples that left dark marks behind. That affected my confidence a lot! I then decided to put my chemistry and microbiology knowledge into use and developed my own skincare products. I also decided to take a few courses in relation to skincare and cosmetic products in order to deepen my knowledge in this regard. I started by using the products on my own skin first before taking them out to the people and since then I have not stopped using them. My skin has since recovered, I currently live in Cape Town and no longer face the skin issues that I faced when I moved here and my confidence has been restored,” she says.
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Founder of ZENJEWELS, Julieta Aurelio shares more insight about how her brand cares to bring about a holistic wellness approach starting from body care, with the aspiration to go further.
“To define holistic, we encompass the whole of a being and not just a part. Holistic wellness and healing looks at the whole person for answers, not just physical symptoms – this is the mind, body, spirit, and social factors included. Not only have we most likely grown up with plenty of trauma in our personal lives and harmful chemicals in the air, but we’re exposed to things that keep us from living healthy time and time again. This has thus kept from the full potential of our prosperity, which we have by birthright. With holistic healing, the entire being’s restoration is taken to consideration instead of symptoms. Holistic wellness looks into causes. Furthermore, this focus is on curing the whole not just the affected part, therefore terminating symptoms that are manifesting differently or repeatedly, instead of treating bits and pieces that are most likely to resurface.
Holistic healing easily leads to a holistic lifestyle, an interconnected life with all that is. Most body care and cosmetic products have harmful and toxic ingredients like Coal Tar, Dea/Tea/Mea, Ethoxylated, Surfactants and 1,4-dioxane, Formaldehyde, Fragrance/Parfum, Hydroquinone, Lead, Mercury, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), Phthalates, Placental Extract, Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Silicone-derived emollients, Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES), Talc, Toluene and Triclosan. These are most likely found to cause endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer, toxic harm to skin and immune system, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight, impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins, impairs brain development, causes headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies – just to list a few.
After I discovered an underarm and breast lump, I looked into all the actions which could not only reverse my diagnosis but stop the cause entirely. This led me to natural body care, journaling and eating a more plant-based diet. This has become my holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle and brand,” she concludes.