Spending a lot of time in laboratories, and constantly sanitising, left my skin in tatters. The small warts I had always had on my hands were increasing and were dry and cracked. My hands were rough like those of a construction worker and none of the products I was using helped.
My hands were dry, hard and cracked. On the rest of my body my skin was so fragile, I had to apply lotion immediately after a shower. My skin was weak and easily developed stretch marks even though I did not put on much weight, at the time. Then I remembered seeing a video of a post-doc who was horrified when he found out that the lip balm he was using had petroleum jelly (petrolatum) in it. I realised, just as he did that even though I was a scientist I had never read the ingredients list of the products I was using on my skin. I had taken for granted that the people who developed them were only using the best ingredients for my skin…oh NO my friend that was not the case.
I was so horrified, angry and shocked, even a little embarrassed to think that as a scientist I had not paid attention to this at all. Boy was I scared, when I started reading the ingredient lists. More so, when I realised that most of them contained petrolatum, petroleum jelly or some other kind of by-product from the petrochemical industry. Some of the ingredients, I had used in the lab and for the life of me I could not understand what they were doing in my skin care products! That’s when I decided to make my own.
I tried the body butter I made first on myself and then some family and friends, who were curious to try it. After countless teething problems I finally have a product that to my amazement has helped people deal with eczema, stretch-marks, nappy rash and so much more.
For me it has helped me reconnect with my skin and through that to the rest of my body….it is an ongoing journey. Now I pay much more attention to what is in what I put on and in my body. I know when I am being naughty and when I am being good to myself. This has helped me reconnect with my body in a huge way. My scientific training led me to focus more on my brain and what I could do with it. This led me down a path where my body was just a vehicle for my brain. Creating these products has been a journey of self-love and care which has led me to deepen my connection to all aspects of my being. And I have wonderfully discovered that there is much more to me than what my brain could have ever come up with.
More than anything I hope to share this message with you that your body is much much more than you have been led to believe it is….it is a divining tool of the Gods as I have read in many spiritual texts. All you have to do is connect with and learn from the knowledge your body already carries. With these products I hope you initiate yourself into a deeper connection with your body: “the most magnificent machine you will ever own” (Karyn Calabrese).
Founder and Managing Director
My passion for nature & nature-based innovation systems led me to obtain a Phd in Interdisciplinary Science from the University of the Free State (2007). I have also worked in various sectors of the South African Scientific arena. I am fascinated by indigenous medicinal plants, their genetics and how their products interact with human beings. My first offering of a signature body balm range is an expression of the benevolent entanglement of my scientific training, indigenous knowledge and spiritual journey.