CONVERSATIONS with AFARI Skincare Founder Margaux Knuppe

I’ve adored using AFARI, a luxe local skincare brand containing incredible anti-ageing properties thanks to a breakthrough ingredient; I caught up with Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare on her luxury brand:

Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare

Founder of AFARI skincare collection,Margaux Knuppe

The inspiration behind your brand
As a time-poor, working mum, I was looking for an anti-ageing range that addressed all the major ageing concerns, (fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, enlarged pores, pigmentation and dullness) in as few products as possible. Plus, I wanted to support the local industry and empower women while doing so.

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Female harvesters in rural Limpopo

In 2014, I was invited on Sean Privett’s Fynbos Trail in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Learning that there are 8000+ species of plants in South Africa, of which 6000 are endemic meant one thing to me: opportunity! How can we only know about the skin repairing properties of Rooibos and Buchu? Surely there had to be another species indigenous to South Africa, with incredible skincare benefits? I was on a mission to find this unknown botanical as I wanted to showcase it to the rest of the world.

AFARI SKINCARE COLLECTION

AFARI Skincare range

Key ingredient Bulbine frutescens – the next big buzzword in beauty?

If the clinical trials and AFARI customer reviews are anything to go by, absolutely! The fact that Bulbine is indigenous to South Africa further spotlights SA as one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. And, in the plant-based, raw ingredient industry, which is so crucial to the skincare industry, this translates as a LOT of opportunity. Now that I have the ingredient, with the clinical results to back it up, as well as the fact that it’s being sustainably farmed by female harvesters who directly benefit from the sales, it’s a matter of showcasing AFARI to the rest of the world.

bulbine frutescens

Four products in your collection-any more in the pipeline

I wanted to create a skincare regime that tackled the signs of ageing in as few products as possible: three steps in the morning (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir, Day Cream SPF30) and three in the evening (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir and Overnight Regenerating Cream). If I were to add another product I’d look at an enzymatic exfoliator and a line-plumping mask.

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A personal favourite
I’m with the 5-star review rating on this one (and the fact that it has the highest amount of Bulbine in it) ,I’m never without the AFARI Brightening Elixir.

Was there a time during your research you wanted to give up
After two years of trying to source indigenous ingredients that ‘didn’t exist” and being told on countless occasions I was looking for a needle in a haystack, the cosmetic chemist and I decided to rather focus on a luxury anti-ageing range under my name. This wasn’t the first prize for me, but luckily time was on my side – I had a corporate day job and was building AFARI at night.

A few months later I heard from the cosmetic chemist again who had just returned from an annual raws ingredients expo in Paris. He had met a farmer from Limpopo who had just finished clinical trials on a brand new, indigenous raw ingredient called Bulbine frutescens. I think if AFARI hadn’t been my side hustle for so long, I would have given up after a few months or been able to finance this venture without my day job!

harvesters for afari skincare range

Each Afari product sold directly benefits the women harvesting the plants in rural Limpopo, South Africa.As an Afari customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

You’re empowering a group of women in Limpopo – tell us more

Our key ingredient is Bulbine frutescens sourced from an organic farm in rural Limpopo, where it is sustainably cultivated by female harvesters from the local community. Each AFARI product sold directly benefits these women harvesters, their families and the greater community. As an AFARI customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

Tell us about the packaging?

Another thing that was important to me was to find airless pumps for the packaging. Even though jars are perceived as premium, oxygen and bacteria get in each time you open the jar which degrades active ingredients. I wanted to ensure the AFARI skincare collection is as effective from the first pump right down to the last pump in the bottle.

I desperately want to use recyclable plastic pump bottles or glass would be first prize. Sadly they don’t make airless pump bottles in glass and recyclable plastic is prohibitively expensive, but as soon as I can produce in volume I can afford to look at more recycle friendly packing options – crazy isn’t it?

Where can one purchase

AFARI is only available online for now shop here and from mid-2020 we’ll be shipping internationally too. I’m headed to the US and UK so hopefully we’ll start seeing AFARI in some international retailers in the not too distant future.

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I’ll be doing another post shortlywhere I’ll talk about the AFARI products I’ve used and loved!

Until then, happy Monday…all day!!

Cath

REVIEW: ELIZABETH ARDEN VITAMIN C CERAMIDE CAPSULES RADIANCE RENEWAL SERUM

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide capsules

When it comes to capsule skin care Elizabeth Arden wins hands down; their Ceramide capsules have been around since the nineties and last year a high performance Retinol capsule launched and now, its newest innovation Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum have dropped and they sure pack a powerful punch!

ELIZABETH ARDEN VITAMIN C CERAMIDE CAPSULES

Vitamin C is a highly effective ingredient for skincare and Elizabeth Arden have used their innovative capsule technology to create a serum that is 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C. As Vitamin C is known for its unstable properties, Elizabeth Arden have solved the problem of packaging the serum by encapsulation which has been proven to prolong the stability of ingredients. It is an oil soluble formula to complement the skin’s moisture barrier (rather than traditional water-soluble Vitamin C), which means it lasts longer and is also able to penetrate skin better.

ELIZABETH ARDEN VITAMIN C CERAMIDE CAPSULES

If brighter, even toned and radiant skin is what you’re after, Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum with their winning formula are well worth incorporating into your beauty routine. So what are the key ingredients?

CERAMIDES: Helps protect skin against loss of moisture and help keep the glow

VITAMINC C: Easily absorbed, ultra stable and helps with pigmentation communication

CLARY SAGE: Soothes and protects skin against free radicals

VITAMIN E: Supports Vitamin C efficacy and prolongs potency

EMOLIENT OILS: Helps repair and protect skin

AVOCADO, SUNFLOWER SEED & OLIVE OILS: Impart skin with moisturising and skin conditioning benefits

ELIZABETH ARDEN VITAMIN C CERAMIDE CAPSULES

Results show that after one application, 86% of women saw an instant improvement in skin radiance and luminosity, while in clinical studies 97% of women saw a clinical reduction in the appearance of dark spots, and 100% of women showed a 78% clinical improvement in skin tone*. Not too shabby for stats, agree?

I like the four P’s which sum up the capsules perfectly!

PURE: hermetically sealed to keep active ingredients fresh, no added preservatives

POTENT: water-free formulated means a higher concentration of active ingredient

PRECISE: Pre-measured mono-dose that takes the guesswork out of skincare

POWERFUL monodies preserves the efficacy of active ingredients

I’m a huge fan of capsules as the mono-dose means the perfect amount with no wastage, allows for a more targeted treatment, addresses dullness and brightness, are travel friendly as no spillage, take up zip zero space and best of all the capsules are biodegradable. As I said, the capsules are super easy to work into your existing beauty routine and I generally use them between a moisturiser and sunscreen; just a heads up – the consistency is a little runnier than the other capsules, so be careful when twisting off the top. They have a satiny finish that is non oily =LOVE!

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules  Radiance Renewal Serum

* IMAGE COURTESY OF ELIZABETH ARDEN

REESE WITHERSPOON FOR ELIZABETH ARDEN CERAMIDE CAPSULES

Have you tried these out yet? Let me know what you think.

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum available at all Elizabeth Arden counters

ZAR1025 for 60 capsules and ZAR599 for 30 capsules

That’s it for today so happy Wednesday…all day!!

Cath

REVIEW: Four Super Nourishing Hand Creams

cowshed, mincer, woolworths and morgan taylor hand creams

It’s hard to avoid the inevitable dry hands in winter problem, as because it’s impossible to scroll while wearing gloves, they’re always exposed to the elements. Cranking up the car heater on a daily basis and the cool, crisp air adds to the dry factor and is detrimental to your skin. I’ve been putting these four hand creams to good use; here’s why I’m loving them:

Cowshed Cow Slip Soothing Hand cream with sweet orange & peppermint

I’ve written about Cowshed before and I’ll sing their praises yet again; not only because they are organic, have witty headers but the botanical and essential oils smell absolutely delicious (read more on my earlier post here). They also make for great gifts!

Cowshed Cow Slip Soothing Hand Cream sits in my bathroom as it’s a large 300ml bottle with a push down dispenser for easy use. It sinks in easily and as I’ve said before, smells awesome thanks to essential oils of sweet orange and peppermint. My hands feel nourished and soft.

R379 and available from Woolworths

Mincer VitaC Infusion Handcream

Next on the list is Mincer VitaC Infusion hand cream; I’ve blogged about this brand before read here as a budget friendly and great skin brand. Vitamin C brightens skin and the antioxidant properties help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. Vitamin C also boosts collagen production for plump and firmer skin. Mincer VitaC Infusion hand cream sinks in easily and has a light citrusy smell; this sits in my desk top drawer which I use throughout the day. R85 available from Foschini

Woolworths Lemon Verbena with yoghurt & honey extracts

I was given Woolworths Lemon Verbena Hand Cream to try out when it first became available and I adore the smell ;(I tend to buy products because they smell yummy as it adds to the loveliness, don’t you think?) This hand cream I carry in my handbag and is almost finished as I use it whilst sitting in traffic as the smell lifts my spirits! Did you know lemon verbena prevents excessive oxidative stress meaning it can boost your immune system? It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and help to relieve anxiety, (I think I’ll look into a tea version too). The hand cream contains yoghurt and honey to replenish moisture, has no Parabens or synthetic colours and is R24,99. There’s a special on at the moment at Woolies – ‘Buy any 3 and save 20%’ shop here

Bare Luxury by Morgan Taylor orange & Lemongrass energy hand and body lotion

Bare Luxury by Morgan Taylor Orange & Lemongrass Energy has wonderful hydrating properties and smells heavenly! I keep this one next to my bed to rub in over my body and into cuticles and hands before jumping into bed. The texture is lightweight, sinking in easily (something you want as its nippy noodles standing in the nude!

You can buy this online shop here

handcreams: cowshed, morgan taylor, woolworths, mincer

Well that’s it for today – so happy Thursday!

Cath

YAY for OWAY organic hair products!

OWAY frequent shampoo use hair & scalp shampoo and conditioner

I really love the philosophy and recyclable packaging behind OWAY Organic range which inspires an authentic and transparent lifestyle with respect for the environment and attention to detail; I was given OWAY Frequent Use Hair & Scalp Bath and Frequent Use Conditioner to try out and this is what I thought:

OWAY frequent shampoo use hair & scalp shampoo and conditioner

Organic Way (OWAY) uses plant-derived active ingredients from botanicals sourced from South America, Africa, Indonesia, Indochina and Australia and is the first hair and scalp treatment line to use essential oils and pure micronized plants from biodynamic farming, which means superb care for the consumer. Biodynamic farming has a holistic, egological and ethical approach to harvesting ingredients which results in zero chemical use, maintains soil fertility and focuses on a harmonic relationship between plants, people and animals.

OWAY is also the first professional haircare line to focus on unnecessary packaging, by only using glass or aluminium which are protective and recyclable materials and is based on a 0-mile biodynamic extracts. This means using only the necessary tools exclusively in eco-sustainable paper, metal, cotton, wood natural materials that convey authentic sensations.

OWAY ORGANIC RANGE

WHY GLASS?

‘For our bottles, we only use glass. Why?

*Glass is the best packaging for foods, medicinal products and cosmetics because it protects in a pure, hygienic and safeway

*Glass bottles and jars are 100% inert: this means that, unlike plastic, they do not release substances into the product contained in them

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Glass is composed of raw materials found in nature and is completely recyclable and reusable.

WHY ALUMINIUM?

For our tubes, we use only aluminium, a very special material that offers many advantages:

*Aluminium is ideal for packaging because it is lightweight, malleable, impact- and corrosion-resistant

*It guarantees a barrier effect that protects the product against light, air, humidity and bacteria. It is perfect for both cosmetics and food products.

*Like glass, it is 100% recyclable and infinitely usable. Owing to the constant increase in the quantity of recycled goods in Italy, the availability of recovered raw material replaces new raw material more and more.

OWAY ORGANIC LABORATORY

image courtesy OWAY

The biodynamic method is the purest and most effective way of cultivation which is free from synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, respect the environment and plant life and, of course, hasn’t been tested on animals.

OWAY Frequent use hair hair & scalp

So now I’ve given you a bit of backgorund on the brand, what do I think of these lovelies?

OWAY Frequent Use Hair & Scalp Bath smells lemony and is gentle enough to use frequently. It doesn’t lather as much as prior shampoos I’ve used which takes time to get used to, but my hair felt super clean and smelt deliciously lemony. Organic white tea is good for anti ageing properties, with Chestnut to strengthen and moisturise, whilst Anisata offers antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

ZAR360 for 240ml

OWAY FREQUENT USE CONDITIONER

OWAY Frequent Use Conditioner contains biodynamic lemon to revitalise dull hair, organic white tea and Vitamin C for anti ageing and Anisata for soothing and antibacterial properties.

I was thrilled to see my normal frizz take flight! The conditioner didn’t weigh my hair down and my hair actually feels softer!

I am trying to live a cleaner and more holistic way of life so am super excited to use and know more about this brand that is currently available in Sorbet Drybars and Sorbet Man Stores aswell as Lighthouse Wellness Brands 011 262 2451.

Yay for OWAY!

Hope you get to try OWAY out – they are my number one go to from here!

Happy Tuesday!!

cath

REVIEW: SENSAI The Lipstick & Total Lip Gloss

SENSAI The Lipstick 07,09 and Total Lip Gloss

There’s nothing quite like a little bit of colour to brighten up one’s day and I love SENSAI ‘s latest Lipsticks & Total Lip Gloss; I had great fun wearing shade 07 and 09 and playing with SENSAI’s virtual makeup app: read more….

I am mostly a gloss and a smudge of colour kinda girl, but sometimes I absolutely love taking my time and doing a ‘real lip’ if you know what I mean, to make me feel fab.
Make no mistake, SENSAI The Lipstick have a hefty price tag (R975) and (R850) for the SENSAI Total Lip Gloss but the texture is lushly hydrating and has a superb finish. SENSAI The Lipsticks contain something called Silk Drape Technology, a powder complex containing silk to smooth lips for a sensuous and radiant appeal and has anti-ageing benefits too.

SENSAI THE LIPSTICK & TOTAL LIP GLOSS

On the left: The Total Lip Gloss, 09 Nadeshiko Pink and 07 Shakunage Pink,

I love SENSAI Total Lip Gloss as it gives just enough pink fresh shine and best is there is no stickiness. You can layer it over a lipstick or wear alone; I tend to stick with the latter as I do love a gloss! Koishimaru silk and lip care complex hydrate the lips.

I made use of the SENSAI virtual makeup app (try it out here) which is such fun; upload an existing photo and play around or do a live version (I look like shite today so took a photo I had on file and applied the two shades I was sent).

Cathi Trevor wearing SENSAI The Lipstick in 07

I’m wearing 07 Shakunage Pink

Cathi Trevor wearing SENSAI The Lipstick in 09

I’m wearing 09 Nadeshiko Pink

That’s it for today – I hope its a damn fine sunshiny (and colourful) day up ahead!!

Cath

(REVIEW): Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum

ELIZABETH ARDEN RETINOL CERAMIDE CAPSULES

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

When Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum launched years back, I thought they were the bee’s knees as the non-greasy capsules were lightweight, silky smooth, super hydrating and convenient for travelling as they take up zero space! Fast forward to Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum containing Retinol and Ceramides for moisture and we have a winning duo for a fab skincare routine; here’s why I’m loving Elizabeth Arden’s capsule newbies:

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

Retinol is a renowned ingredient in the beauty industry as it tackles the majority of skin concerns like pigmentation, sun damage, dullness, acne and enlarged pores. Retinol stimulates elasticity and flexibility, speeds up cell turnover, exfoliates the surface of the skin which in turn encourages a healthy glow for an even skin tone and most importantly, Retinol is a clinically proven wrinkle smoother.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

If used incorrectly, Retinol can lead to dryness, irritation and redness but Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum has combined the sensitive Retinol molecule with Ceramides to maintain a moisture balance to prevent the drying effect of Retinol.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

Why in capsule form?

Clinical tests have shown that the dose of Retinol remains 76% more potent in capsules than tubs of creams plus the shelf life is extended. Encapsulated delivers the perfect amount of Retinol with no chance of bacteria or contamination happening and best of all, the capsules are made from algae so are safe for the environment.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

The capsules feel luxurious, lightweight and silky and are single use. After cleansing, twist the cap off and apply over the entire face and neck area, (there’s enough in the capsule!) before your moisturiser. Remember to use a high SPF if using the serum in the morning, in fact applying suncream every single day is the best advice! Personally I only used the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum at night and a different serum in the morning (the Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring capsules would be the next best thing!)

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line-Erasing Night Serum

ZAR565 for 30 capsules and ZAR965 for 60 capsules

Have you tried these out and what are your thoughts?

That is it for a Monday morning – I hope your week is just fantabulous!!

Cath

Dermalogica Latest Offerings: Rapid Reveal Peel

DERMALOGICA RAPID REVEAL PEEL

If a dull, dehydrated lack lustre skin is your concern you’ll understand my little jump-for-joy moment when Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel dropped; whether you’re wanting to enhance your professional skin treatments or a hectic lifestyle doesn’t allow time for professional peels, the at-home Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel is for you:

DERMALOGICA RAPID REVEAL PEEL

Cell turnover is the process of our skin producing new skin cells that travel from the lower part of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off the skin. As we age, the cell renewal process slows down considerably resulting in a longer recovery time.

How can peels help?

‘Peels remove all that dry, dull debris and reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath’, says Charmaine Cooper, Education Manager for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. ‘In as few as three treatments, peels can reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, smooth skin texture and even reduce the appearance of breakouts”.

What’s the difference between an at-home peel vs Professional peels?

Home-peels are self-applied with the concentration of the peel being much less than than that of a professional peel done by a trained therapist or medical practitioner. Because of a higher content of active ingredients in the latter, redness and peeling could occur.

Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel is the highest strength exfoliators in the Dermalogica retail line and is super effective with no redness or peeling occuring. A complex of phytoactive Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Lactic and Salicylic acids) helps reveal firmer skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Fermented plant enzymes evens skin tone and accelerates cell turnover, while Australian Caviar Lime Extract smoothes and brightens for a more radiant complexion.I have been going to dermatologist Dr Dilshaad Asmal at Rondebosch Aesthetics for regular peels and DermaPen, but find this at-home peel a great in-betweener for an extra boost of cell turnover; recommended to use at night in your beauty routine.

DERMALOGICA RAPID REVEAL PEEL

In three quick steps here’s how to use Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel:

1. Twist open the applicator and dispense into your hands

2. Lightly massage over your face and neck in a circular motion. Wait 3-7 minutes for it to activate (a slight tingling may occur)

3. Rinse off thoroughly with cold water

DERMALOGICA RAPID REVEAL PEEL

For an optional Kick-Start Phase you can up the use of a tube every three days. After the third day use one tube once a week.

ZAR1495 for a box of ten tubes (a box will last you a month)

For more info go to www.dermalogica.co.za

Let me know if you’ve tried these out yet? What are your thoughts?

That’s it from me,

Cath