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Msulwa Life

When I first discovered Msulwa Life, it was through their reusable cotton rounds. I had begun to truly be aware of the waste I was producing during my skincare, and was desperate to find an alternative. I didn’t want to use the regular cotton wool or cotton rounds for cleansing and toning my face, and immediately placed an order for their collection of reusable cotton rounds – and have honestly never looked back. And then I began following them, and was amazed by all that they had on offer – from skincare, to soaps, to scrubbies, and so much more. I reached out to Megan and asked if I could do a feature on her, as I really feel we should all be more aware of not only our waste, but also using products that are kind to our environment and our skin.

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Your name: Megan Miller

Business name: Msulwa Life

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business: Msulwa Life is a South African online store that creates and sells unique eco-friendly and natural products. Msulwa is an isiZulu word that means Pure, Innocent and Clean in English. We loved these meanings as it perfectly represents our brand’s vision, together with being South African. The Pure reflects that our products are free from harmful chemicals, the Innocent reflects that we don’t use animal products and are cruelty free and the Clean reflects that our products are eco-friendly, protecting the environment in as many ways as possible.

What are 3 fun facts about you:
1) I never follow a recipe – I prefer experimenting in the kitchen!
2) I like to ride motorbikes and do adventurous activities
3) I’m always thinking of new and creative projects

What made you decide to start this business: The concept and dream of Msulwa Life has been on my mind for a few years. I qualified as a Biokineticist in 2014 and then headed over to the UK and Europe where I worked abroad for 5 years as a Carer and then as a 2nd Stewardess/ Personal Trainer on a Superyacht. This is where I was exposed to a large amount of unnecessary waste and at the same time saw new ways of being more of a conscious and environmentally aware person. Over the years working abroad, my appreciation and love for South Africa was cemented and I came to realise Africa is my remarkable home and where I decided to return! I came back in February 2020, where I began Msulwa Life, running this eco store online which launched in March 2020.09.

What makes your products so unique: Msulwa Life’s products are unique because they all strive to achieve all 3 of the Pure, Innocent and Clean aspects that represent our brand and Msulwa meaning. We believe that these are the 3 vital components that we all should strive to align in our lives in order to achieve an optimal human lifestyle that is in harmony with the earth.
We therefore create and source products that are Vegan, Plastic Free, Natural, Chemical Free, Organic, Zero Waste, Cruelty free and Sustainable.

What is your personal favourite product: The Natural Body Moisturizer with Geranium & Lavender together with the Natural Facial Moisturiser with Sea Buckthorn are my Favourite! They really are refreshing, nutritious and are amazing on the skin.

What have been your most popular items: The most popular product is the Reusable Facial Rounds – I have been really impressed by how many people have switched from disposable cotton rounds and are so much more eco-conscious! The rounds have often been chosen with the Konjac Sponges, Bamboo Toothbrushes, Tooth Treatment Paste, Organic Dental Floss and Msulwa Soaps!

Why do you wish people would make use of more eco-friendly items: I had learnt great appreciation for Health and the Environment after a lot of research of how important our food and product choices are to our bodies and the Earth. I discovered that a Plant Based diet has been seen to be the healthiest diet for humans. This also exposed me to the devastating impact of the animal agricultural industry on our food quality, the shocking animal brutality and that this industry is the biggest contributor to global warming and environmental destruction – it was a huge realisation on how unaware we all are of this industry. I wanted to create more environmental awareness to South Africans and provide products that easily help people transition into a more sustainable lifestyle. The earth is at a critical stage of its survival, and if everyone started to be active and take individual responsibility, we can make drastic improvements to the earth’s and our health!

How can people purchase from you:
• Visiting our online store is the easiest way to browse through our whole Msulwa Life’s product range.
• Enjoy reading the product descriptions and learning about how each product will benefit you and your eco-friendly lifestyle.
• Add your chosen items to your cart and then choose from many secure online payments options including EFT, credit/debit card, Payfast and Zapper.
• Once you have made your order, we will instantly receive it and then begin putting it all together for you.
• When your parcel is ready, you will be notified with your Courier’s tracking number via email. Easily follow your parcels journey all the way to your door which will take 2-4 days.
• We securely courier all over South Africa!

Quote you live by:

“When your passion and purpose are greater than your fears and excuses, you will find a way.”

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Enjoying what you do and having a desire for what you want to achieve, is really the foundation for success. I haven’t yet got close to my environmental and business goals, but I feel I am on the right track!
I knew that I would only reach my full potential and be the most effective in the world when I pursue my passions and utilise my skills in directions that I was truly interested in, and this is Msulwa Life.

Anything else you want to add: I qualified as a Biokineticist in 2014 and then headed over to the UK and Europe where I worked abroad for 5 years as a Carer and then as a 2nd Stewardess/ Personal Trainer on a Superyacht. This is where I was exposed to a large amount of unnecessary waste and at the same time saw new ways of being more of a conscious and an environmentally aware person.


I can’t wait to purchase more items from this stunning range, and also to know that I am doing all I can to live a better life, and protect our beautiful world.

Which of these are on your wishlist? I would definitely recommend the reusable cotton rounds for each and every person.

Thank you Megan for your time, your passion, but most of all for wanting to make a real difference and spread kindness everywhere. You are one in a million.


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MillenniOil

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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


 

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The Refillery

In my quest to live a better life, I have been searching for better options & doing what I can to make more eco-friendly choices.  Less plastic, less waste, more happiness & just making decisions with the planet at the forefront.  It isn’t always the easiest or most convenient decision, but it is one that I am proud of & one that I am determined to learn more about every single day.

In our area I discovered the most beautiful shop.  The big open doors invite you in, & you are immediately drawn to all the interesting-looking foods etc all around the shop.  I literally let our a squeal the first time I walked in, & then promptly turned bright red & hid my head!  I knew this was going to be a new favourite of mine; & that I would be spending lots of time browsing & adding different goodies to the brown paper bags.  I have enjoyed their black rice; the different quinoa, cous cous & other grains; & even purchased a solid shampoo bar for my sister.  I knew I had to do a feature on The Refillery…

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Your name:  Samantha Molet & Dominic Moleta [Co-founders/owners/husband and wife]

Business name:  The Refillery

Social media handles:  InstagramFacebook & Website

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Tell me a bit more about The Refillery:
The Refillery is a planet friendly grocery store offering a stylish, convenient, plastic-free, ‘weigh& pay’ shopping experience that helps you stock and restock your pantry without the wasteful single use plastic packaging. We offer all types of dry produce such as flour, grains, beans & pulses, nuts & seeds, dried fruit, herbs & spices and superfoods to all your household cleaning products from So Pure as well as toiletries all refillable. You are able to buy in whatever quantity you like. Our customers are encouraged to bring in their own containers [B.Y.O.J – Bring your own jar] to fill up or you can purchase any of our jars from Consol Glass or make use of our recycled brown paper bags to decant into your containers at home.
We offer an online delivery service as well as a click to collect in store too.

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Where did this idea come from:
The concept itself of bulk foods is an age old concept that has made a come back in the recent years due the ever increasing plastic crisis we have put ourselves in. Dom and I used to work out at sea in the yachting industry and saw first hand the amount of plastic waster and pollution in the ocean and remotes part of the world and now with two young beautiful children we want them to be able to see the world in all her glory and not riddled with plastic bags and litter. So we decided instead of talking about it, to put our intentions into practice and thus The Refillery was born.

Where can people find your store, & can they buy online:
We are based in Cedar Square Shopping Centre in Fourways, on the upper level shop U3.11 opposite the ski ramp and we also have our online store where you can order online and all orders over R500 are free delivery all over South Africa.

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What are some of the products that you sell:
We sell a gorgeous range of Zero Waste Lifestyle Products such as shampoo bars, reusable produce bags, bees wax wraps, straws and reusable bottles and cups to your basic pantry staples to pasta, rices, pulses and beans, superfoods, cleaning products, DIY ingredients, toiletries, organic loose leaf teas, single origin coffee beans, baking supplies, dried fruit and nuts, curry spice mix, to even lemonade on tap and snacking options too.

What is your personal favourite product:
I am huge fan of our Spaza bowl covers as i love to cook and entertain so to be able to cover my dishes in gorgeous, hand crafted covers just makes my dishes look fantastic and super easy to keep, clean and reusable too. Not to mention a local product made by woman in Townships who are stay at home caretakers.

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What are your most popular products:
People absolutely love our japanese rice crackers which are simply more-ish, our black rice is a huge fan favourite as well as our bliss ball recipe in a jar not to mention our ZWL product range.

Why is living an eco-friendly life so important to you:
Its not about doing it perfectly but rather trying to do the best you can as an individual or family. Its small actions by millions of people that make a difference and as an avid lover of sea, bush and travel I feel its important NOW to change our habits for a better future.

Why do you think people are so encouraged by this idea & living a better life:
I strongly believe people are concerned about the plastic crisis and genuinely want to help but don’t always have an avenue to change and The Refillery makes plastic free shopping possible, convenient and easy. Its in their best interest for themselves and their children children.

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What are a few hints you have for people who wish to make the change:
Be more aware of the amount of single use plastic you consume, this the of plastic is not recyclable and will never degrade so its important to try make small changes where possible.
– Choose reusables where ever possible; such as bags, water bottles, coffee mugs, straws and produce bags and reuse them over and over again.
– Make use of what you have at home, reinvent old jars or containers, repurpose them.
– Choose sustainable resources such as bamboo and stainless steel [bamboo toothbrushes and stainless steel razors]
– Try bulk food shopping, its feel good shopping and you have much less waste as you buy in the quantities you actually need and use.

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Quote you live by:
“You don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste living perfectly, but rather a million people doing it imperfectly”

Anything else you want to add:
Thank you for this amazing opportunity to feature on your blog – we are honoured!

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This is such a happy place, & with their own little coffee corner, it has the perfect vibe to sit back & just chill.  You feel relaxed & instantly a smile spreads across your face when you walk into the store.  I find myself needing to “pop in” at least once a week just to see what is there & what catches my eye on that day.  And every time I go there I discover something new that I just have to try!

If you are in JHB, make sure you go through to the shop for the full experience.  Or visit their online store & place your order.  Let’s work together to be the change.


All pics taken by Catia Frazao.


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Cultivate Conscious Living

On my quest to live a more eco-friendly life, & make better choices wherever possible, I have been actively searching out businesses that encourage this kind of lifestyle.  I carry fabric shopping bags, use silicone straws & I am really trying not to buy anything wrapped or packed in single-use plastic.  I am reusing boxes that parcels are delivered in & am really trying to recycle wherever possible.

And then, I discovered a small business called Cultivate Conscious Living.  They are a beautiful, lovingly run business in KZN that really encourage better choices.

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Your name: Ashleigh-Jade

Business name: Cultivate Conscious Living

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

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Tell me a bit more about what you do: I run a little business called Cultivate Conscious Living as my passion project as it feels my deep desire to want to help and make a difference in our world and home. We sell stainless steel straws, little bags to put them in, and the produce bags that have officially just launched. I am not only passionate about the environment, but also South Africa, and her people. One of the most rewarding things about CCL is that it has created some extra income for Nolufefe who sews all our little bags (and more importantly has been part of my family for years). Watching her become more skilled in sewing and business has been such a joy! She has dreams of becoming a fashion designer, so I am hoping that this is something I can help her with.

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What gave you the idea to start this business: It was one of my crazy-wild-4am-magic-moments, or at least that is what I like to call them. It was the end of 2017, I had just packed up my life in the UK (I lived and studied there for 5 years) and was ready to move back to my homeland. I was reflecting and praying about the year ahead, ready to set my annual challenge, and decided 2018 was going to be the year of NO PLASTIC. As I decided that my heart sparked and the idea of CCL was birthed as I realized that South Africa at the time didn’t have much as awareness about plastic and needed it! As I got back, the timing was perfect as the #refusethestraw campaign kicked off… I couldn’t have planned it even if I tried!

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What are the different products you currently sell: I currently sell stainless steel straws and eco-produce bags.

What are some ideas that you have for people to live a more eco-friendly life: Practice. What we need is everyone attempting to live a more eco-life, trying to refuse plastic, live more consciously and put in more effort to fight the “convenience monster” that produces so much waste. If everyone was practicing this, it would make a far bigger impact than the few people who are doing it perfectly.

Why do you encourage people to support local: Because when we do, we support a mom who is trying to buy medicine for her daughter, or a dad who is trying to put food on the table. I come from a family of small business owners, entrepreneurs and I have felt the benefits (and the disappointments) of buying local! It might feel like it is a little more costly, but in fact, if you consider the bigger picture, it saves more than you could imagine! Supporting local means voting with your money against sweatshop type child slavery, the massive corporate environmental pollution, and the list goes on…

Where can people buy your products from: Our online store

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Do you deliver throughout South Africa: Yes yes yes!

Quote you live by: “Practice not perfection!”

Anything else you want to add: Thank you for doing what you do! I believe that if everyone shared the passion on their heart, and had the courage to keep going when giving up would be so much easier, the world would be a better place!


I absolutely adore these products, & the whole ethos that this business follows & encourages.  The natural colours & simplicity are also so attractive.  We should all be supporting this idea!

What are your thoughts?  And what changes have you made to your life?


 

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