As South Africa’s national lockdown continues, it’s now more important than ever to support local businesses and seek out products that are home-grown. Luckily, you don’t have to look very far to ‘love local’ so, if you’re looking to spoil yourself or friends and family this month then you can’t go wrong with buying from these 5 South African born brands.
Love local bags and accessories
Homegrown fashion and décor designer, Lou Harvey has just unveiled her new collection of designs. Proudly South African and 100% locally manufactured, this new collection is uplifting and colourful. Lou says her desire is simple; to bring beauty and colour to our everyday lives.
The new designs include the iconic paisleys and florals loved by all Lou Harvey fans. “I did a lot of research into design and colour trends during lockdown. “Spending time outside and in nature with my family also really inspired me and the pretty Lilac Meadow Floral design is the epitome of blooming summer gardens and reminds us of brighter days ahead,” says Lou. As always the choice is endless, from pack bags to overnight bags, coolers, lunchboxes, wallets, laptop bags and cosmetic bags and even mousepads.
To shop the new collection visit the Lou Harvey website now.
Love local beauty
Local skincare brand, Eco Diva is a godsend for natural beauties who want the best for their skin. Founder, Nicole Sherwin says the products in the range have been designed with carefully chosen natural and organic ingredients that match the molecular structure of skin. This way, when Eco Diva products are applied, the skin recognises the specific nutrients it needs to enable deep absorption of these nutrients for self-healing and self-repair.
Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, mineral salts, essential fatty and amino acids, Eco Diva products offer the skin nutrients that are crucial for skin-cell health, function and repair, resulting in a natural anti-ageing affect. What’s more, no Eco Diva products or product ingredients are ever tested on animals.
Love local drinks
Looking for a healthier alternative for after-work drinks with friends? Reach for a new Vawter Hard Seltzer. The new ready-to-drink range of spirit coolers is sure to appeal to anyone who is looking to have their cake and eat it too. Made from sparkling water, a dash of vodka and infused natural fruit flavours, Vawter is ideal for anyone looking for an alternative light alcoholic beverage that offers all of the Sunday-Funday with none of the Blue Monday.
Low in sugar, low in alcohol content (3.5% Alc), and with only 29 kCals per 100ml, the new range allows South Africans the opportunity to balance fun times with responsible choices. The range includes three flavours: juicy Grapefruit, refreshing Cucumber, and zesty Lemon & Lime.
Vawter Hard Seltzer is now available at leading retailers nationwide in a 440ml can 4-Pack at R69.95; and 300ml can 6-Pack at R79.95.
Love local snacks
Coffee guru, David Donde of Truth Coffee fame, is back with a new venture. This time around he’s tackling the world of chocolate to bring South Africans a ‘Minimalist’ chocolate that defies expectations. With a focus on guilt-free, clean, ethical ingredients and a lot less sugar – well, no sugar at all, Minimalist Chocolate is unlike any chocolate treat you’ve had before.
To create this unique chocolate product, Donde’s secret is once again in the roasting processes: with this unique treatment, chocolate can reach its most flavourful form without sugar, additives, soy lecithin, fructose and all the other nasty sugar alternatives usually found in chocolate. “The approach is simple: no bitterness in the chocolate to begin with, so no sugar needed to overcome it,” explains Donde. Minimalist’s classic chocolate bars are crafted from just cacao and milk, making for an after-taste and creamy texture that are seriously moreish. The range includes a Minimalist 60% Dark Milk Chocolate Bar (R80) and a Dairy Free 60% Oat Milk Chocolate Bar (R90).
Find Minimalist Chocolate bars at Truth Coffee and online from the Minimalist Chocolate website.
Love local gifting
The future of gift registries is here, thanks to Wrapistry. This local online registry and gift store aims to make happy couples (and their guests) even happier by creating the ultimate registry experience. Wrapistry launched with a wedding gift registry offering and have since expanded with a new baby registry offering to help parents welcome their new bundles of joy to the world.
Couples – and their loved ones — can use the site to browse through a curated selection of everything that newly-weds and new parents may need. Couples can choose from an amazing range of products. Plus, new, beautiful items are added to the online store each week. While traditional gift registries don’t leave much room for creativity, with Wrapistry, couples can ask for what they actually want. They can register for gifts and cash funds – all in one place — so their loved ones have options. And when they really desire a big-ticket item, simply turn on group gifting and give guests the opportunity to contribute what they can. No stress, no hassle and no fuss of keeping tallies of who gave what — Wrapistry does that all for you.
To find out more and set up your gift registry now, visit the Wrapistry website.