Precious metals for rejuvenation – Colloidal Gold

colloidal gold skincare

When I think of gold, King Tut’s beautiful  mask comes to mind. Au, so beautiful. Humans have been mesmerized by the lustre and colour of gold for thousands of years.  Gold flakes were found in Palaeolithic caves dating back as far as 40,000 B.C and the Pyramids of Giza were topped with solid gold capstones. … Read more

Pearl powder

pearl powder

Jackie O said, ‘Pearls are always appropriate’. Lady Sarah Churchill said she felt undressed without them. Grace Kelly called them the ‘queen of gems and the gem of queens’. Cleopatra loved them, your granny probably wore a necklace of them to her wedding and now they’re available in modern cosmetics. This isn’t just some modern … Read more

Shea Butter for skin


Shea butter  is such an interesting ingredient.   Although it is grown in sunny Africa, it’s one of the best things for your skin during winter if you live someplace snowy with extreme low temperatures and wind, someplace like Canada.  Make no sense. Why would an ingredient from a country that never snows (Ghana) work … Read more

Pomegranate seed oil – more powerful than green tea and red wine

pomegranate for skin

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Pomegranates have been symbols of prosperity, fertility and abundance since antiquity.  Leonardo da Vinci painted them. They appear in Greek mythology and as decorations in King Solomon’s Temple. Queen Hatshepsut even buried her butler with one. Pomegranates make a yellow dye that has been used for Persian carpets and Moroccan leather.  And … Read more

4 Natural alternatives to Retinol you should use

natural retinol alternatives

What is retinol? Retinol is a synthetic form of Vitamin A touted by dermatologists for its anti-ageing power. It’s used to reduce wrinkles, zits and hyperpigmentation by rapidly increases cell turnover. This leads to thinning of  the upper layers of skin, leading to dryness, redness, flaking, peeling as well as increased light sensitivity. This is … Read more

Baobab oil

baobab oil

If Africa had to pick a wonder extract, it would be Baobab Oil. Not only is the tree full of mythical lore but it’s such an iconic shape. It’s been featured in movies (Madagascar) The first time I remember seeing a Baobab tree was in the Durban Botancial gardens.  I was studing at the  University … Read more

The vitamin your skin craves

niacinamide skincare

Some skincare ingredients have exotic names, like Moroccan Argan and Tunisian Orange Blossom. Others are less glitzy, but powerful in an understated way like a classic Little Black Dress. One of these unsung heros is Vitamin B3.  Yes it’s what your skin craves! It’s also called Niacinamide  and is a key part of skincare for … Read more