WO: What prompted you to develop the Skin Creamery range?
HR: I have been in the beauty industry for many years, and have a keen passion for all things natural and organic — from food to beauty products. I’d been researching what was on the market, and felt there was room for a local, organic skincare range of a very high quality, luxury standard. I then decided to create my own.
WO: Why only three products?
HR: I decided to start small and produce one product at a time to ensure each one is 100% perfect. There is a lot of time spent on research, ingredient sourcing, formulation, and product design to create the highest possible standard of raw product. Beyond that, I consider the complete customer experience to include the way it looks, feels, and smells, as well as the packaging; every aspect takes time.
WO: Why the commitment to good quality, organic ingredients?
HR: This is something I have always been passionate about. It makes logical sense to use only natural and organic ingredients sourced from reputable places. We try our best to source all raw ingredients from South Africa and within the rest of Africa. We also strive to make sure our ingredients are from fair trade outlets.
WO: Could you tell us more about some of your ingredients?
HR: One of the lesser-known ingredients we source is a microparticle of ground macadamia nut shell. This is used in the Facial Cleansing Powder, and gives the powder its very effective yet gentle polish. We have used the ground macadamia shell instead of plastic exfoliating beads found in many mainstream products. These beads are very harmful to the environment, as they are not biodegradable.
WO: Why is the cleanser a powder rather than a gel?
HR: A few reasons, starting with the fact that no water in the product means no preservative is needed. It becomes more versatile and can be mixed in a variety of ways, according to your skin’s individual needs. For example, it can be mixed with honey to form a hydrating mask, or coconut oil for a lip scrub. Mixing it with some apple cider vinegar also helps oily, congested skin when used as a mask. For normal skin, mixing with water will form a paste for cleansing and gentle exfoliation, and try mixing with a natural oil for cleansing a more mature or dry skin.
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