Local Small Businesses Worth Supporting (Beauty and Cosmetics)
It’s ‘Support Local’ week on SME South Africa. We are showcasing local makers and designers who are behind many beautiful (and delicious) 100% local South African products. This is the beauty edition.
In case you needed a reminder, here are some of the benefits of supporting small businesses:
– Unique products and services
– Funding great ideas and ventures that only exist outside of mainstream, corporate chains
– The money you spend at a local small business funnels back into your community
– Help to create jobs
– A chance to grow the economy
Founder Lebo Mphela launched Malia Nail Care with the goal of producing nail polish that is both long lasting and good for nails. Their slogan is: ‘It’s more than just Nail Polish… We help you create a fashionable nail wardrobe’.
Beauty on TApp is a mobile phone app that connects beauty service providers and independent product manufacturers with clients. Their online shop also sells hair care, make-up and skin care products.
Mi-Bella is a 100% BEE woman-owned beauty business by Shavanna Prakash. The company has both a beauty salon and body product range which includes scrubs and body butters.
This 100% black female-owned South African skin care manufacturer is the brainchild of Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo who formulated the products range specifically for women with darker skin tones.
Euphrates is a cosmetics brand with products that help to address a range of skin issues like uneven toned skin, acne, blemishes and excessive oily skin. The company also empowers, mentors and uplifts women through leadership and mentorship programmes.
Afri-Berry is a 100% black-owned manufacturer of naturally-based skin and hair care products. The company is based in the City of Tshwane. Co-founder, Relebohile Moeng was inspired to launch her beauty products after a near-fatal car accident left her with 150 stitches on the face.
Guest Comfort (Isondo Investments)
Guest Comfort specialises in manufacturing and distributing personal care and cosmetics packages for the hospitality industry. Their products include palm noodle soaps, conditioning shampoos, foam baths, lotions and glycerine soaps.
Sister Jenny JEN-TIL TOUCH
Sister Jenny produces a range of natural healing and beauty creams that repair and regenerate the skin. Their joint and muscle creams are made to help ease fibromyalgia, sport injuries and arthritis.
Based in Mombela, Mpumalanga, Profusion Hair, has been operational since 2015. They manufacture shampoos, conditioners and hair gels, as well as other speciality hair care products.
Nalane ea Africa is 100% black women-owned manufacturing company focusing on natural hair care products. Founder, Karabo Mokoena, said their mission is to only use African products. “Everything that we use must be African”.
Hair entrepreneur, Taryn Gill, launched her hair care range to address different textures of African hair. They manufacture shampoos, conditioners, gels and stylers. They also have a kid-friendly range.
Spa treatments and massages
Relax In-Room Spas & Spa Suite was founded by Noli Mini, a former Camelot Spa therapist with nearly two decades of experience in the spa and beauty industry. Relax Spas are located in various hotels and guest houses in the Cape Town area.
Hands On Treatment is a mobile corporate spa and massage company catering to office workers, including call centre agents, with the aim of reducing stress and increasing productivity.