Supporting local has never been more important than it is right now. Covid-19 changed the world as we knew it and all of us have been affected in one way or another. The beauty industry in South Africa took a particularly hard knock during levels five and four of lockdown but with the ease of lockdown restrictions, there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.
The local beauty brand space is exciting, innovative and almost completely female-led- we love! With the international success of independent beauty brands like Glossier, Milk Cosmetics and many more, the independent beauty world is booming. And it’s no different in SA. So stretch those fingers, grab your purse and get ready to have your best skin and face yet!
Lulu & Marula
Started in 2013 by Jesslynn Shepherd, Lulu & Marula is a natural, ethically produced skin and body care collection developed in their beauty studio in Cape Town. Their packaging is eco-friendly, ingredients are locally produced and backed by science and they never test on animals.
The brainchild of Nomfundo Njibe, Chick Cosmetics aims to do beauty differently. They create safe effective beauty products that use cruelty-free ingredients and sustainable practises while having some of the best-priced products on the market.
When Margaux Knuppe was looking for skincare that could meet her beaut needs and have a positive impact on others, she couldn’t find one- so she decided to create her own. Afari is skincare that promises to bring you skin-friendly products while supporting the women who harvest its star ingredient, Bulbine fritescens, a plant known for its anti-inflammatory effects.
Created by Connie Bhebhe, Conni transform has grown from lip products to an original eyeshadow pallet, skincare and so much more. A fav among local celebs like Mihlali, Connie Transform lippies are a must-have!
Started by Rabia Ghoor when she was just 14 years old, Swiitchbeauty is one of the leading local cosmetic brands in South Africa and with a reason. Their products are great quality, affordable prices and you’re honestly spoilt for choice *fills chat*.
A makeup range that boasts products that are ecologically sound, skin-friendly, made from natural, organic and non-toxic ingredients and is never tested on animals.
Hey Gorgeous formulates amazing, affordable and effective skin body and bath care products. They only use sustainably sourced, naturally harvested botanical ingredients that are proven to help you reach your skincare goals.
As the name suggests, Skoon, is all about clean beauty. Their products are produced in Cape Town, none of their ingredients are tested on animals, and they contain no obvious toxins or controversial synthetics.
A family brand that aims to bring you and your family products that are safe enough for sensitive skin and the environment.
Created by Nicole Sherwin best known as the ‘Eco-Diva’, their products are carefully designed to match the skin on a molecular level. Real anti-ageing, glowing results are now possible without using any harmful chemicals.
Suki Suki Naturals
The brand’s founder, Linda Gieskes-Mwamba, started Suki Suki when she wanted to grow out her natural hair. All the hair products available were either full of chemicals or were ridiculously expensive — or both. She then started playing around with natural ingredients, this would lead to Suki Suki Naturals first and most popular product. Now crafted in Johannesburg, their product list has grown to include skincare too.
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