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Malée Natural Science Premium South African Made Skin Care

It is getting chillier and chillier as the days go by and more important than ever to protect your skin from the harsh drying effects of winter; makes for a good excuse (not that your really need one!) to indulge in some luxurious pampering sessions with products that care for and soothe mind, body and soul. A premium range of bath and body products made using natural active ingredients; I first stumbled across the Malée premium South African made skin care line when I followed a link from the Timbuktu Chronicles blog. Based in South Africa, Malée was named after founder Zeze Oriaikhi’s great […]

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Bulldog Men’s Skin Care With Organic Ghanaian Shea Butter

[Image credit: Eco-System Moisturiser – Bulldog] So… having a name like Bulldog doesn’t exactly conjure up images of anything tender; however it is the name of a range of men’s natural skin care products that are designed to look after and care for the skin naturally. Producing products that contain no harsh chemicals like Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances Bulldog was founded in 2006 by Simon Duffy and Rhodri Ferrier who saw a gap in the market for a line of natural skin care products aimed squarely at the male grooming sector; products that needed to be more than just re-packaged […]

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African Skin Care Nuvivi Natural Hand Made Soaps

Nuvivi is a company founded on tradition that used tried and tested traditional African skin care methods to create their luxurious hand made soaps. Growing up in a soap making home and utilising the skills learnt along the way; founder Antoinnette handcrafts the soaps herself using recipes handed down from her mother. Nuvivi soaps are 100% natural; no artificial colours or additives that can irritate the skin are used, instead only the best natural ingredients go into making each African skin care inspired product and include; wild herbs, spices, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Rosemary […]

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Africology Luxurious Eco-Friendly South African Skin Care

The healing soothing fruits of mother earth are blended in a range of luxurious products developed by eco-friendly South African skin care brand Africology. Utilising the healing essences of some of South Africa’s indigenous plants to revitalise the skin and help prevent the damage caused by stress, free-radicals and harsh dry climates, Africology aims to help you re-connect to self, in harmony with nature and the world around. [Image credit: Africology]

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Akoma African Skin Care Male Grooming Gifts For Father’s Day

The closer Father’s Day gets certain businesses must surely see an upsurge in hanky and sock purchases from those who have left it to the last minute. I admit I have been guilty of this at some point, but I always try to get something meaningful and imaginative. How many socks and hankies can one man have anyway! Why not treat the treasured men folk in your life to some loving African skin care, a thoughtful gift that can say a lot if it is the right product. UK-based Akoma Skincare specialises in organic fairly traded products using raw natural ingredients like […]

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Bella Luccè Luxe Natural African Skin Care Collection

Established in 2003 natural skincare company, Bella Luccè was born out of necessity, the need to find a natural approach to skin care after creator, Lela Barker’s older sister discovered tumors in her breast whilst still in her ‘20s. In a bid to find out why this had happened Lela’s research led her to the preservatives being used in cosmetics. After discovering that those dreaded ‘parabens’ were present in most of her beauty and skincare products Lela turned to alternative solutions from her local health and organic shops, but found that although healthier were uninspiring. [Image credit: Bella Luccè]

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Wisdom of Africa Holistic Pampering African Skin Care

Looking to rejuvenate mind, body and soul as you prepare to face the year ahead? Then seek out Wisdom of Africa whose holistic African skin care products aspire to help you do just that. Detox, hydrate and nourish with products that draw inspiration from the energy, healing power and natural richness found in African botanicals. Wisdom of Africa’s branding was devised to pay homage to the universal African sign for Wisdom and serves to communicate the company’s desire to bring customers products that go ‘back to the source’ of nature and the rich African soils from which the ingredients are gathered. [Main image […]

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu Scents Inspired by Africa

[Image credit: L’Artisan Parfumeur] In a collection inspired by travels and capturing the sweetest, familiar scents found across the globe; Timbuktu is the second fragrance of master parfumeur, Betrand Duchaufour’s L’Artisan Parfumeur travel collection. With a passion for capturing elusive scents that invoke a sense of place, Betrand has spent time travelling the world. For scents inspired by Africa in West Africa, Betrand was inspired by the rich scents found and the traditional art of Wusulan, the Malian art of making perfume, which captured his imagination.

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Tamu Luxury Organic African Skin Care Beauty With Responsibility

[Image kincareource: MissEcoGlam]  ‘Beauty with responsibility’ is the ethos of Tamu, a luxury organic African skin care brand inspired by traditional African remedies. Using unrefined Shea and Cocoa butter Afriyie Boateng, Tamu’s creator, works in partnership with women from her mother’s village in Goaso, Ghana to produce her handmade products and has a desire to see the traditional skills involved preserved.

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Organic Shea Butter Out of Africa Skin Care Products

I suffer from sensitive skin due to eczema, brought about by additives and nasty chemicals in products and as a result I am always on the look out for organic and natural skin care products to make life bearable, and from the ever-increasing rise in awareness of what goes into products I do realise that I am not the only one. As my family can attest, my scrutinising of labels on food and skin care products to weed out the unsavory ingredients is legendary. This is because in my case it is usually not enough to simply state words like […]

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Moya Luxurious South African Spa Products

[Image credit: Moya] Meaning soul or wind, Moya is a luxurious range of professional South African spa products that advocates the natural approach to healthy living. Moya utilises essential oils and botanicals indigenous to South Africa, particularly harnessing the properties of Fynbos, a plant found mostly in the Western Cape region. The products also include the aromatic and therapeutic essences of Buchu, Zinziba, Cape May, Cape Snowbush, Cape Chamomile, Lanyana and Cape Geranium. [Image credit: Moya] Packaged in distinctive amber, silver and cream; Moya’s therapeutic African spa products include haircare, bath oils, body lotions and washes that the company states contain no mineral oils, […]

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  • Eight years ago I started a blog as a place to document the interesting things I was discovering with regards to the design and creativity emerging from Africa. From the moment I created my first blog post little did I know where the journey would take me. Fast-forward to present day I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry, but to also have an active role in creating awareness about it.

On this journey, I have seen Africa’s design industry grow from a handful of names from a handful countries to a continent wide-reach. Some names that were just starting out have become internationally respected leaders in their field, whilst behind them, a new generation of names are coming up and claiming their place in the industry.

To say that it is an exciting time for African design and creativity would be a gross understatement! We are in a time of rapid advancement and unbridled creative expression, that is setting the foundations and standards for future generations to build on. And like many other emerging industries in Africa, creativity is opening up opportunities to those who are willing to seize them. And seizing them designers are!

And as Atelier Fifty Five begins a new chapter it is an opportunity for me to renew my commitment to supporting the development of the African design industry and helping those I work with and write about, and work with to fulfill their potential for creating world-class brands. 
I invite you to visit our website to discover more. [Link in bio]

Tapiwa, Founder Atelier Fifty Five
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  • Colourful basketry, soulful sculpture and an elegant candle make a nice placeholder we think, as we prepare to usher in a new chapter of the Atelier Fifty Five journey. [📷 credit: @atelierfiftyfive]
  • Gifted hands. A glimpse behind the scenes of Kaross a South African based embroidery initiative, whose artisans transform furnishings into works of art. [📷 credit: Kaross]
  • Tools of the trade, a hand carved printing block stamp by textile designer @juliekouamo whose evocative designs tell the stories of cultures past and present. Julie's textiles feature richly layered patterns, textures and printed pictures that come together to create vibrant collages. [📷 credit: @tapiwamatsinde]
  • Fishermen's boats, a familiar sight along the Senegalese coast line. [📷 credit: @tapiwamatsinde]

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