Tag: aromatherapy


Mandi was one of the first people I made contact with when I moved to Joburg.  She is such a stunning creative, and her MilleniOil rollers are a necessity in my handbag and my home.  When Mandi recently announced her new product, the wax melts, I was super excited!  I am a big fan of beautiful scents, and I love it when someone walks into our home or office and immediately comments, “oooh, that smells so good.”

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I was very fortunate to be gifted an oil burner and some wax melts by Mandi (Spicy Chai; Very Vanilla; and Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla), and I immediately set this up next to my laptop.  My favourite scent is Spicy Chai, although I have a feeling I need to stock up on all her different options to give a fair and honest review – and honestly because I want to try them all out.  Mandi does deliver these throughout South Africa, so you can place your order with her directly, and I can guarantee her knowledge of essential oils is fantastic.

Your name: Mandi Laura

Business name: MillenniOil South Africa

Social media handles: Facebook and Instagram.


What are some fun facts about you: I asked my family to answer these for me so feel free to use whichever ones you like:
1. I am an aspiring novelist
2. I am a homeschooling Mom of 4
3. I played an elephant in The Jungle Book school play
4. I am a Reiki Master, Oracle Card Reader and Clairvoyant/Clair Audiant
5. I am the type of person that will never stand to watch life just go by
6. I love my own company
7. I am the life and soul of the party. In fact: I am the party
8. I get restless when I am not creating.
9. I am quite opinionated and have some very strict ideas about right and wrong
10. I once fought with hijackers who, by the way, didn’t get away with my car
11. If set my mind to something, I am unstoppable
12. I think that most people are arseholes
13. When I love, I love with everything in me.

Tell me a little more about your business: I make Essential Oil Rollers and Eco Friendly Soy Wax melts.


How did you get into this: I am a qualified Aromatherapist and have always used essential oils – MillenniOil South Africa came to me in a dream and I decided it was time to get easy to use oil rollers into the hands of my friends and family. I love my home to smell beautiful and comforting so I decided to create wax melts which again makes life easier for my customers – they don’t have to fiddle with fragrances and percentages, but can just pop in a wax melt into the burner and enjoy a perfectly scented home for 8 hours.

What have been some of your most popular items to create: My Momergency Kit Essential Oil Rollers for kids aged 2-10 – the perfect little bag which fits into moms handbag and contains a roller for any kind of mom emergency.

What is your personal favourite item you have done: I absolutely love the creative process that goes into making my wax melts. Mixing “potions” and having a beautiful product is my absolute best.



What are the different items/products you can make: I make Essential Oil Rollers for many different ailments and conditions – easy to apply without having to know anything about the oils, ratios and safe dilutions for topical use.

Are you currently running any specials: Yes! I am running a Flowercrown special. Buy 4 different boxes of wax melts (R80 for 8 melts) and get a free burner worth R40. Use code Flowercrown to claim your free burner.

How can people order from you: via DM’s on my social pages or via email millennioilrollers@gmail.com



What is the lead time for these: A few days – I try to ship within 3 days of ordering depending on the volume of orders – some times there may be a delay because the wax melts need time to cure before burning..

Why do you encourage people to support local: By supporting local small businesses you are literally putting food on a family’s table, you are helping to grow their business from a small idea into a profitable machine. There’s the saying that every time you buy from a small business, someone does a happy dance – I promise that is true in our home. Each order is celebrated, handmade and packed with love from our home to yours.

Quote you live by: Always be kind.


I can quite honestly vouch for Mandi’s heart, friendship and passion – and also for all of her products.  She takes great pride in everything that she does and honestly deserves all the love and support in the world.  She is a wonderful mum, wife and friend, and I know that all of you will adore her just as much as I do!

I would definitely recommend you trying her wax melts – with such a variety of scents, there is something for everyone.

Special thanks to Mands for spoiling me, and always supporting me throughout everything.  You are one in a million and I will always be grateful for you x


NakedCherry Waxing

This lockdown has been rough – not just emotionally, but also on my body.  Besides my ever-expanding waistline thanks to all the delicious treats we have been baking (I bake to help deal with my emotions, and my anxiety has been at an all-time high); I haven’t had a wax since 2 weeks before lockdown and have felt my inner grizzly bear come out to play.  Oh my poor husband!

NakedCherry Waxing has been in my sight for some time, and I love their tongue-in-cheek humour as well as their excitement for the products they sell, as well as their salons. And then I saw that they are able to deliver during lockdown!  I did a literal happy dance around the house – as did my husband at the idea of no longer having to see my sideburns, mustache, unibrow (and more).

In case you didn’t know, I studied beauty therapy after school.  For 3 years I was a full-time student at The Academy of Beauty Therapy in Assagay, KZN.  I was fully immersed in facials, waxing, massage, makeup and everything beauty related.  I went on to complete my Spa Therapy diploma, and specialised in permanent makeup, Reiki, sports massage and advanced beauty treatments.  Unfortunately my health prevented me from continuing with this, but I have maintained an interest and am always on the hunt for new, exciting treatments and products.

Karen sent me some of her favourite products to try, and I was SO impressed.  I even managed to wax my own upper lip with zero pain – this is usually my worst area to wax and it brings tears to my eyes.  Lip, underarm & Hollywood wax is all done from this little pot of wax and I know that I will be ordering from them again; as well as visiting one of their salons when lockdown is lifted.

Your name: Karen Metsos

Your business name: NakedCherry

Social media handles: Instagram and Facebook

Tell me a bit more about your business:
We are South Africa’s most loved Waxing and Specialised Skincare Brand.

With specialised waxing boutiques throughout Gauteng, and over a 100 stockists nationwide carrying our professional and waxing focused retail range, getting a great wax is just around the corner.

We follow strict guidelines set out by the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.

All our retail and professional products were born in-boutique, tested to death and designed specifically to keep waxed skin smooth and beautiful.

Our complete waxing-focused skincare range for men and women is beautifully aromatherapy inspired. Our products focus on exfoliation and nourishment with natural antiseptics to banish ingrowns, leaving your skin smooth and gorgeous.

We are the bee’s knees.

How did you decide on the name:  I got advice that for a name to be memorable, it is easier to use an adjective that cannot possibly describe a certain noun. Plus, NakedCherry translates as a really good descriptor of what we do at the salons.


Where did the idea for this business come from:  My last stint in the UK before returning home was working at a waxing only salon. I found it bit strange that there were so many specialised nail salons, massage parlours and no-wax salons considering how where you can actually damage someone if you don’t know what you are doing RE waxing. Also, the hygiene standards in the UK was hugely lacking in SA

Where are your waxing boutiques, & how can people make a booking:
We currently have salons in Parkhurst, Fourways, Sandton, Randparkridge, Little Falls, Bassonia, Woodmead and Bryanston. We have a central booking service and you can make a booking via Whatsapp or phone call at 078 811 4371 or via email or using our online booking service.

I see you have different products listed on your site too – which are your personal favourites & why:
Balm Me Babes Skin Conditioner, as I’m not so fab on the moisturising front. Part the reason I made so many Skin Conditioners in the range; as was trying to find a happy medium for everyone (haha – i made a funny). The Balm leaves me feeling nourished for days and is fab for the aftercare of my newly added tattoos. Another is the Afternoon Delight Skin Cleaner. Fresh Peppermint to put a skip in your step. And again – as we try this with most products in our range – multi-functional. Great as an intimate wash, shaving medium (though we should be waxing peeps) and daily wash with our chemical exfoliant, Salicylic Acid to much away at dead skin cells. Family-friendly as a fave in my household – even little Eva loves it.

You make use of aromatherapy in your Apothecary – tell me a bit more about this:
Nothing smells worse than a chocolate flavoured mimzy hahaha 😁 Besides that reason, waxing is some peoples only me time, so I wanted to make it as relaxing at possible – and what does that best… Lovely smells.


How can people order some of your products:  They can visit our online store.

Which products do you recommend people start off with:
A Skin Cleaner (Morning Glory or Afternoon Delight) cause it is easy to throw into your routine and the Ingrown Terminator Spray as your saviour to get that stubborn fur-tuft out. The IT spray you can use every other night as your general maintenance if you are prone to ingrowns (has Salcylic Acid in again – munch munch; and Peppermint which literally takes your breath away)

What is included in your home wax kit:  Enough Hot Wax (the peely wax, not the wax you remove wax with strips) for one full Hollywood (though we encourage you to leave the tricky parts to the pro’s), a couple of ice cream sticks, Skin Cleaner, Prep Oil and our flavour of the month Skin Conditioner…. oh and a handy little instruction flyer.



If someone is too scared to try waxing, what would you recommend they wax first? And why would you recommend they try waxing:  Don’t think – just do. Only piece of advice I would say, like a dentist – you want one with many reviews or referrals

And why if scared – come to NakedCherry – we really love what we do. and if Malcom Gladwell’s 10 000 rule to success is true in perfecting a skill, we got this waxed

Quote you live by:
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work – Stephen King

Anything else you want to add:
You chose us, trust us. Please allow your Wax Enthusiast to wow you. We understand you are nervous, but please give us a fair chance. Don’t touch, swear or tell her/him how to do things. OH, and way before COVID kicked us in our butts… we always followed British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.

Guys, I really am so impressed with these products.  Learning about the importance of using products that have the clients’ best interests at heart has opened my eyes to what is out there and I will only ever recommend something that I have tried myself.  Waxing is a very intimate treatment, and you need to ensure that you are visiting a salon that you trust and has hygiene as the most important factor.

The home kit came with clear instructions – my husband understood everything perfectly, and could help me with some of my more, ahem, intimate areas.  And if you are too scared to try this yourself, then make a booking at one of their salons once lockdown has lifted.  Believe me, you will never look back once you have started waxing!




I met Inshaaf through a Facebook group we are both part of, & we just clicked.  I love her passion for her business & her Instagram feed gives me all the feels.  I haven’t personally tried her products (yet!), but I have only seen positive reviews & they just sound so divine.

So let’s dive into finding out more about Luxbury together…

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Your name:  Inshaaf Amos

Business name:  Luxbury

Social media handles:  Instagram, Facebook & Website

Tell me a bit more about your business:  Luxbury, hand-crafted in Cape Town with expert care. Our candles and essential oil infused rollers are both luxurious and timeless. Essential oils and all materials are sourced from local suppliers.
Our candle ranges include cotton wicks as well as wood wicks and our rollers are ideal for your on the go aromatherapy fix.

Where did the idea to start this come from:  As a little girl, I melted crayons in a pot in my grandma’s kitchen, wanting to make colourful candles to give to family and friends, which I’m sure most kids did growing up in those days. Unbeknownst to me, I created my future self right there in that quaint little kitchen. As humans, we associate scent with memories whether it be grandma’s kitchen smell, moms perfume or the holiday coconut scent we experienced a year ago. Luxbury wants to provide that link between old and new memories. The aromatherapy aspect is a pleasant and sometimes much-needed bonus.

What makes your candles different to other brands:  Luxbury is different from other brands not only because it’s handmade with pure essential oils, but it has wooden wicks
which burns cleaner, longer and makes a faint soothing crackling sound as they burn to create an illusion of a fire burning in the distance.


What is your personal favourite scent:  My personal favourite scent is without a doubt Peony Rose. This scent is the perfect self care ritual staple for everyone.

Where can people purchase your candles from:
11 Bright Street
Somerset West

13 Andringa Street

Olney Fashions
Shop 11
Cape Quarter
27 Somerset Rd,
Green Point
Cape Town


One Boutique Store

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I see that your candles have 2 uses – please tell me more:  Our candles are used at home to evoke a calming mood and to set a romantic tone on your special day.
And the soy wax can be used as a massage oil when melted and will moisturise the skin.

Quote you live by:  “Only one thing makes a dream impossible, and that is the fear of failure.”
– The Alchemist

I love the fact that these products have multiple uses, their scents sound divine & their look is classic & timeless.  Personally I think these would make the most divine Christmas gifts – I’m always one to light candles throughout my house, & especially when they have a beautiful scent that will embrace your entire house.

African Secret

Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, refers to a range of traditional, alternative or complementary therapies that use essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds.

I am always looking for natural products to use on my skin, & when my nails began peeling from the chemotherapy I was on the hunt for a cuticle oil that would moisturise my nails & surrounding skin, & help protect my poor nails from any further damage.

So when I began my deep, dark dive into the interweb for a locally produced product, I was immediately pointed in the direction of African Secret.  I reached out, & told her my concerns, as well as what I was looking for.  I let her know how super sensitive my skin has become, as well as my medical conditions.  She asked if I would give her some time to research my condition & see if there are any essential oils that are recommended for my concern, or even contra-indicated.


Immediately I was impressed as she wasn’t just trying to hard sell me her staple products, but was really listening to my concerns & wanted to help me feel better & not suffer in pain any more!  And when the goodies arrived, I was so excited to try them out.  No reactions, & as soon as I opened the box that they arrived I could smell all the gorgeous oils.  So now, let’s find out a little more about this beautiful business…

Your name: Stacey Jane Smith

Business name: African Secret

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Social media handles:  Facebook & Instagram

Tell me a bit more about what you do: I am the founder of African Secret. Our products help relieve common ailments and contact dermatitis using natural ingredients. We make a range of aromatherapy blends and our washes are suitable for use from head to toe, are biodegradable and hypo-allergenic.


Why did you decide to start this business: My interest in personal care products began when I was an agent selling products for a popular skincare company – their products were good, but they contained parfum & artificial colour. After the birth of my son, something sparked and it was my mission to research and develop products which incorporated natural ingredients, without adding fragrance and colour (the main cause of contact dermatitis and skin irritation) as sensitive skin and contact dermatitis is increasing at an alarmingly rapid rate.

Have you always had an interest in aromatherapy: My interest in aromatherapy started a few years ago – when I turned to essential oils instead of pharmaceuticals for relief.

What is your most popular product: Our Tea Tree Cream is the go-to product when anyone in your family has an insect bite, rash, flare-up, sunburn, itch, burn, scrape or graze from outdoor activities/sport.


Do you do special blends for specific needs: We are constantly researching and developing new blends, so we encourage our clients to let us know what they would like solutions to.

Where can people order products from: Email africansecretsa@gmail.com or WhatsApp 0824771227 – request our pricelist and place your order.
View our products on our Facebook Shop and inbox us or email your order.

What is the importance of using natural skincare: Natural products do not contain artificial irritants or drugs that could do more harm in the long run.


Why do you encourage people to support local: When people purchase locally-made products instead of commercial products (majority mass-produced outside of SA) they enable us to provide quality products made-with-love, and, they help us do what we love – which is helping and satisfying our customers.

Quote you live by:  “Live with intention and purpose. Respect: yourself and others.” – SJS

I absolutely adore all my products from Stacey-Jane, & will definitely be ordering more.  The cuticle oil is in my handbag to apply whenever I remember; the body wash has been hidden from husband so he doesn’t finish it all (he loves it & goes through it at a rapid rate!); & the tea tree cream was an absolute lifesaver when the mozzies were out in full force.

Please always be careful when using essential oils – it is not a good idea to simply buy these off the shelf, especially if you have pre-existing conditions such as epilepsy or sensitive skin, or are pregnant.  But SJ knows her stuff & you will be completely safe in her hands.  She has a sports massage oil which I definitely have my eye on – I have been attempting to gym & my poor muscles are crying in pain!  What are you super keen to try?


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