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De Crocky

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you will know that I really battle with tummy issues and trying to improve my gut health. There is a lot of research that has been done into the relationship between gut health and autoimmune conditions, and I can definitely feel a flare coming on when I eat badly or eat foods that don’t agree with me.

Kombucha has been something that I have always enjoyed, and I am thrilled that there are now more craft kombuchas available that have different flavours, and it is a natural way to help your digestion, rid your body of toxins, and boost your energy.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. Not only does it have the same health benefits as tea — it’s also rich in beneficial probiotics. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases.


When I heard about De Crocky Kombucha I was immediately interested (keep reading to find out more about all the good they are doing), and when I heard that they are dog people too and this business was actually named after their Cocker Spaniel, I was even more determined to try some for myself and tell all of you about them! So get ready – this is a divine product that I give 5 stars to.

Get to know De Crocky

Your name: Jason De Freitas

Business Name: De Crocky (Pty) Ltd

Social Media Handles: Instagram, Facebook and Website

3 fun facts about yourself:
1) I love Cocker Spaniels
2) I enjoy fitness & health
3) I am a huge fan of Britney Spears (lol)

Please can you tell me about your beautiful dog that this was named after: Daphne was our beautiful Cocker Spaniel who sadly passed away nearly 3 years ago. My husband Ruaan & I got her shortly after we got married. It was a very magical time and she instantly bonded with our little family. Daphne was such a energy and we called her crocodile (the amount of times we came home to a destroyed house…). After she passed, Ruaan & I began developing our business idea that eventually became De Crocky. De Crocky is in honour of Daphne and keeps her spirit alive.

Why Kombucha: Kombucha can be such a versatile beverage. It can be tangy, sweet, sour or salty. It can be all of the above. Besides Taste, Kombucha has great health benefits from its consumption.

High in Glucuronic acid & living probiotics, Kombucha can boost your Immune system, lower your blood pressure & boost Cardiovascular Health.

When I go to a restaurant, there is not much selection for non-alcoholics. Kombucha is a great alternative for someone who doesn’t want a sugary fizzy drink or feels for something more adventurous than water.

What makes your product so unique: Our product is unique because of the way we make it. We want to ensure that every batch of kombucha that we produce is perfect or as close to as perfect as can be. On the pursuit of perfection, we know we will never achieve this, but with every batch we get closer and closer.

De Crocky only ferments in pharmaceutical grade 316 stainless steel. This allows for a more balanced kombucha. We are fully organic, juice our produce in house and have no added nasties. We have a proprietary mix of natural elements that we add to every batch of our kombucha which really harmonizes the flavours and tones of the beverage.

What are some of the benefits of kombucha: Kombucha can detoxify your liver, lowers your blood sugar & aids your gut health. Gut health is immensely important as a healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, improved moods, healthy sleep & effective digestion.

What are your different flavours:

  • African Red (Rooibos, Ginger & Lemon)
  • Blood-Orange Bliss (Orange, Grapefruit & Kalahari Salts)
  • Cheeky Pineapple (Natal Pineapple)
  • Pink-Lady Mint ( Pink Lady Apple with Crushed Mint)
  • Winter Berry ( Winter Berries & Cape Grape)
  • Yellow-Vibes (Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon)

Please tell me more about De Crocky GREEN: De Crocky Green is our initiative to be more sustainable. With this initiative, we buy back our 500ml bottles for R3 per bottle. Simply visit www.decrocky.com and place a order. On checkout, in the promo field, simply type return12 and it will automatically deduct R36 from your total.

When we deliver to your residence, we simply trade the empty bottles with your new order. This allows our customers to save money on their kombucha supply as well as being more green.

Where can people purchase your products from: We have a few retailers in the Johannesburg are namely The Landing (Dunvegan), Gourmet Grocer (Birdhaven) & Oaklands Farm Supply (Athol).

We mostly focus on direct to customer sales. Orders can be placed on www.decrocky.com. We aim for 24 hour delivery as we know the booch cravings are real.

Which is your personal favourite flavour and why: Cheeky Pineapple. Pineapple is my favourite fruit and I believe it makes a unbelievable kombucha.

Why do you think natural health is so important: A few years ago, I was on high doses of antibiotics and my intestinal flora was so diminished. I remember how weird my body felt and it affected my moods. It is only with a good diet and exercise that I started feeling human again. We must remember that how we feed our bodies plays a essential role in our health. Instead of feeding our bodies pills and hyper sterilized foods, we need to feed it more organic vegetables and fruits, fermented foods, less meat, water, exercise & sunlight.

Quote you live by:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

mae west

Jason hand-delivered my kombucha yesterday – with all COVID protocols and sanitisation in place – in brown paper bags, and recommends that these are best enjoyed chilled. There was even a hand-written note included in my parcel and some information reminding me of their great recycling/re-using idea.

I completely agree with what Jason says about the choice of drinks when we go out – if you are wanting something non-alcoholic, you can either get water or something full of sugar. Wouldn’t it be amazing if De Crocky kombucha was more readily available at restaurants and shops so we could make healthier choices?

{PS: Use code FLOWERCROWNS to save 15% off your next order!}


Recently I was lucky enough to win a prize from The Refillery which consisted of a bag filled with goodies from Timola.  I have been hunting for a skin care range that is natural & organic, gentle on my skin, & is friendly to the environment.  When I opened the brown paper bag of goodies, & saw that there was no plastic (!) but only glass bottles & labels stuck straight onto the soaps I was enthralled.  I immediately had to test them out.  The scent was gentle & natural, & didn’t scare me off with over-the-top fragrances.  There was no reaction & my skin felt moisturised & oh so happy!

I hadn’t heard of this amazing skincare brand before, & I feel like I have been missing out.  This is when I decided I had to reach out to them & I immediately felt like I was chatting to a friend. This business is filled with kindness, honesty & love.

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Your name:  Tani

Business name:  Timola

Social media handles:  FacebookInstagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about your products:  Timola is a sePedi (Northern Sotho) word that means “to soothe”. The word is also used to explain the action of putting out a fire. This is the perfect word to explain the action of the Bulbine extract on the skin.

Timola Skin Care Productas showcases the many exceptional characteristics and daily uses of Bulbine Frutescens. Our Bulbine range of products uses the power of organic Bulbine Frutescens Leaf Juice to restore skin barrier function, reduce sensitisation and improve moisture retention. We use only the finest quality ingredients. None of our products contain chemical irritants.

Oil La La 😍

Africa has a long lived tradition of creating skin and hair care formulations from the natural ingredients provided by its abundant and varied flora. Extracted from the heart of Africa, TIMOLA® Oil products use only natural and 100% pure oils. Timola Oil products are safe and proven to be highly effective as cosmetic products as they do not contain harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances or artificial colours and are great for even the most sensitive skin types.

Pretty Powderful Stuff 👊🏻

Timola Powder range includes a variety of powders, from superfood to clay, that have been utilised by indigenous people for thousands of years. Our superfood products are extremely dense in vital nutrients, antioxidants, anti-carcinogens, and cell-repairing vitamins & minerals. Our green clay & kaolin clay are valued for their highly absorbent properties and high content in minerals and are particularly beneficial as a therapeutic treatment for a variety of health concerns.

How did the idea for this range come from:  A few years ago one of our founding shareholders, a French gentleman with many years experience in the cosmetic industry was looking for an indigenous South African plant with exceptional skin care characteristics. His search lead him to our partners farm now organically certified and carbon neutral. Here he found your skin’s BF and the local knowledge of Bulbine Frutescens that soothe your skin birthed the name TIMOLA: “to soothe”.

What makes your products stand out in comparison to others:  We have a saying, “Bulbine Frutescens, Your Skin’s New Best Friend”! And this slogan is all thanks to Conny from the Cosmetics Chef 😄

We take pride in the quality and purity of our products. We strive to provide our customers products that are beneficial to their skin, hair & body and that install a healthy, daily ritual of simple self-care.

We source and select our ingredients directly from producers and small scale farmers through our mutual interest with our partners.

We select our ingredients for their unique qualities and commit to using only the finest natural and organic ingredients. This means that each TIMOLA® product is gentle on your skin & hair as well as healthy to your body.

What skin types do you recommend these for:  Our range of products will suit all skin types and is of great benefit to sensitive skin.

What is the benefit of bulbine:  Bulbine Frutescens is a unique plant with incredible healing, soothing and moisturising qualities.

Bulbine Frutescens protects dry and sensitive skin and helps increase skin hydration and elasticity; as well as restoring barrier function, reducing sensitisation and improving moisture retention.

Where can people purchase your products from:  Our online store.

Our Timola Concept Store in Cape Connection Lifestyle Village, 59 Garsfontein Road, Maroelana.

Wellness Warehouse Lifestyle on Kloof and online.

Faithful To Nature.

Holistic Relieve – Growgreen in Durban.

And of course, The Refillery.

Why do you encourage people to support local:  Local is lekker!

I once had a client asking me with all the Moringa products on the market, why must she buy our brand? My answer, because our partner cultivates the organic Bulbine and organic Moringa, it is easy for me to show you were our products come from. If you have a query, and being locally produced, we can trace it very easy.

She was convinced.

Quote you live by:  People with a teachable spirit approach each day as an opportunity for another learning experience.

Anything else you want to add:  Because we as Timola founders use Timola ourselves, we can confidently say, Timola is your skin’s New BF!

We are at the Beauty Fair at Woodlands Boulevard Shopping Centre Pretoria East this weekend. If you are in the area, let me know and come say hi.


If you have been battling to find a product that suits your skin, & takes care of your sensitive skin whilst making a change, then give Timola a try.

Even my husband, who I have been trying to get to take care of his skin since we met over 8 years ago, has decided that he loves this product & has been using it every day since I brought it home!


A Day of Radiance

After using a few of Bella Boneca‘s products, I was so impressed & immediately reached out to Megan, who started this whole business.  She realised the importance of using natural products, free of parabens & not tested on animals.  She researched & put a lot of time into this, before realising that there wasn’t a product that suited exactly what she was looking for & thus Bella Boneca began…

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They are created using a range of natural ingredients that is handpicked to ensure that your skin is nourished & pampered.  The products are symbiotic, & work together to restore, heal & nourish your skin – leaving you feeling like a whole new person with soft & supple skin.

Last weekend they had a “Pamper Day” alongside Radiance Skin, Beauty & Nails at NHC Honeydew.  Guests arrived to an array of sweet & savoury treats, as well as champagne & orange juice.  Ladies were milling about, interacting & sampling Bella Boneca’s products that were out on display.

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The ladies were all exclaiming how much they loved the feel of the product, how it didn’t make their sensitive skin react, & how amazing the prices were!  From body scrub & wash; to facial serum & moisturiser; to baby products; Bella Boneca has it all.  They even have a cuticle oil that is in a convenient roll-top bottle so you aren’t wasting product & it makes the world of difference – as Belina told me, this needs to be applied every time you wash your hands in order to keep your cuticles moisturised & soft as well as preventing them from splitting & bleeding.

The one little girl told me that cream makes her skin hurt & she has to wash it off immediately, but after trying out the “baby range” she had no reaction at all & absolutely loved the smell.  Kids are brutally honest so I was super chuffed to hear this out of the mouth of babes for myself!

Megan also runs a great company called Lifestyle on Location, which is a mobile spa that provides treatments in the comfort of your own home or work space – what a great idea for a staff day or just a general pamper party (nudge nudge hint hint to all employers out there!).  These fabulous ladies treated all of us to our choice in treatment – either a manicure, pedicure or massage – & everyone who walked out of the room had a huge smile & look of total relaxation.  I think I could have spent all day there!

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These ladies also helped with recommending particular products that would suit our skin complaints/concerns, & we all walked away with at least one new item to try!  Mine included the Rose Water Toner, the Complete Daily Moisturiser & the Refresh Body Wash.  I couldn’t wait to get home & jump in the shower to try these out, & after a week’s worth of use I am happy to say that I haven’t had any negative reaction, & absolutely LOVE how they make my skin feel.  They do all smell quite “natural” or “planty”, but I really enjoy this & enjoy the fact that I don’t have hundreds of different over-scented products on my skin.

You can place your order for these products online directly off Bella Boneca’s website or why not pop in to Radiance Salon, sample the products for yourself & have a little pamper session for yourself?  You truly won’t regret this & your skin will thank you for it!

Thank you to Bella Boneca & Radiance Salon for such a wonderful morning out.  I truly loved the whole experience & being able to interact with such outstanding women who are defying the odds & building a brand that they can be extremely proud of!


MooGoo Skincare

If you have been looking for a product that truly moisturises your skin & fixes so many skin complaints without chemicals & all that nonsense, then MooGoo Skin Care is the product for you!41225338_461356361032340_8772830585979666432_n.jpg

I have just got home from another hospital stint, & arrived back to a spoil box from them.  And boy oh boy was it stuffed full of gorgeous products!  They have everything from facial creams; to shampoo & conditioner; body wash; & skin udder cream.  They have a starter pack that you can purchase to try their basic products & see what you really think.  Their social media will make you swoon (check out their FB page & Instagram to see what I mean!)

My aunt & uncle used to own a dairy farm & I remember them telling me how moisturising & nourishing the products were that they used on their cows, so when I signed up for MooGoo’s newsletter & read up more about what was in their products I knew I could truly believe this.  Their customer service is out of this world, & they really took time to answer all my questions & put research into what I was asking & whether their products were safe to use with all my current medication & treatment.

In the beginning…The MOOGOO Memoirs
Once upon a time, on a dairy farm in Perth back in 2005, the MooGoo story began. The Head of the Herd (founder Craig Jones) noticed that his mum was using a white paste, intended for use on cows, to help manage a skin problem. The cream was formulated to help keep the skin on cow’s udders in good condition for milking, and although it worked, it was thick and hard to apply. As you can imagine, cow’s udders need to be kept soft and supple, not dry and cracked. No one likes an angry cow.

Since mum didn’t particularly like being lathered in a thick cream made for cows, Craig took on the task of reformulating it to be lighter and non-greasy to help mum out. The name “Udder Cream” was a bit crass for a lady, so they referred to it lovingly as Moo-Goo, (goo for the cows) and the name stuck. Starting a skin care company wasn’t the initial idea, but eventually friends and family found out about it, tried it and kept asking for more. But it didn’t stop there.

Since then MooGoo has grown to over 40 products to help with lots of different problems, from dealing with irritable skin and itchy scalps, to natural sun care products and a Baby Range for the little ones. Our ingredient philosophy remains the same: To make effective products using healthy ingredients, that we are comfortable using on ourselves and our loved ones.

Everyone has a skin problem
Anytime we mention skin problems, it seemed that everyone had a story to tell:


When developing a new product, first we do the hard yards and research what ingredients, in theory, should be the best to help with a specific problem. After much trial and error we settle on a formula, and start the testing process on ourselves. If we like it, then we ask friends and family to give it a go. If they like it too, then we put it into a bottle or a tube and call it MooGoo. If they don’t like it, we either ditch it or make some tweaks. Obviously a lot more goes into it than just that, but you get the idea. This is the process for all of our products.

Why we wake up in the morning

Our goal with our products is to make something that works. Understandably, not everything we make will work for every single person (because we are all so different), and there is no such thing as a miracle cure – except those that claim to be on morning television *insert eye roll here*. But we do the research and our ingredient philosophy is simple:

  • As edible as possible although we don’t recommend eating it.
  • Natural over synthetic any day of the week, even if it costs us a little bit more.
  • Non-irritating because we don’t need more irritating things in our lives.
  • Quality, and family first since our family and friends use our products, we don’t skimp on the ingredients.
  • Safe for every-body we choose ingredients that are safe for everyone to use, including children, newborns and mum-to-be during pregnancy.
  • Effective amounts we use ingredients in a concentration that is actually effective.
  • Ethical product testing we don’t test on animals, and we don’t export to any countries that might test on animals (you know who you are!).
  • Made in Australia we aren’t made by a multinational company, but rather make all of our products in Australia.

Why we choose what we use

Just because something is natural, doesn’t automatically make it safe and effective. Many poisons are naturally derived, but that doesn’t mean we would ingest them. Many essential oils are sensitizing to the skin, although naturally derived. Science has concentrated some of the best compounds found in nature, and for that we are grateful. We choose to use natural ingredients because, for a number of reasons, we think they are the best options.

Where natural ingredients are concerned, we recommend patch-testing all products. Many people have allergies to natural compounds such as fruits, nuts, dairy products and seafood, while virtually nobody is allergic to Cola. This doesn’t mean that Cola is good for us and that fruit is bad, it just means we need to be conscious and aware that people can have reactions to specific ingredients in our products that can be beneficial and helpful to many others.

What’s in it is just as important as what’s not

Lists showing ingredients that are not included in products (“Free From…”), while conveniently ignoring other harmful ingredients that are in products, really grinds our gears. Sure, it might be free from Parabens, but what’s that Phenxyethanol doing tucked away at the bottom of the ingredient list? There is lots of stuff we don’t use (like Parabens and Phenoxyethanol just to name a few). It’s easy to list fancy ingredients on the label (great for marketing), but do these ingredients actually make a difference to your skin, and if so, is there enough of it actually in the product to be effective?

We aren’t about label-dressing with fancy pants ingredients, misleading gimmick marketing, or selling promises of false hope. Instead we prefer to tell it like it is, and we just aren’t fans of the BS. We are proud to show all our ingredients on our website, not just the pretty sounding ones. We take pride in our formulas, and researching new ingredient developments really spins our tires *nerd alert*.

Always do your homework (or just ask us)

We invite and encourage everyone to look into the ingredients that are in the products they use or are thinking about buying. When it comes to skin care, the information out there can be overwhelming (understatement of the year), especially when so many websites say things like “XXXXX is a poison/harsh/causes cancer etc. without any evidence.

If you have a question about anything, just give us a ring or shoot us an email. Everything ingredient has a story and a reason why we use it. Our formulator loves to bang on about ingredients, so this will give him something to do.


Don’t believe the hype

There are many ingredients we choose not to use simply because they’re outdated. Technology and science have come a long way and we choose to evolve alongside it. We believe that using newer, natural alternatives instead of old-fashioned synthetic ingredients that were invented in the 1950’s is not only better for everyone, but also more aligned with the times (can you believe it’s almost 2020!?). And just because something comes in fancy, futuristic packaging, doesn’t automatically make it technologically advanced. This is particularly true for toothpaste, which is why we recently created a Dental Range, but we could go on about that for hours.

Natural ingredients can often come with a higher price tag than their prehistoric synthetic predecessors, but we do our best to keep our prices as reasonable as possible. But also keep in mind that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a higher quality product. It is tempting to believe this and understandable why some people spend over $200 on a cream with the hope that it’s better. Instead of paying photoshopped celebrities to convince you to use MooGoo, we think our products speak for themselves.

How green is MooGoo?

We might not have words like “Earth”, “Nature” or “Enviro” in our name, but we think we are one of the most environmentally friendly skin care companies around. All consumption has an impact, but we make the best choices we can, with the environment in mind. Here are a few things we do to minimise our impact on the environment:

  • Most of our creams are made in Queensland’s first carbon neutral facility that uses solar power and recycles its own water. Our packing boxes and brochures are made from recycled materials and are completely recyclable. We use non-laminated boxes for our packaging so they can be recycled too.
  • Our bottles and tubes are recyclable – personal care products aren’t suited to recycled plastic but ours can be recycled.
  • We do not offer refill pouches of our products as they are not easily recycled, therefore defeating the purpose of offering them.
  • Instead of bubble wrap or those annoying Styrofoam balls, we reuse old cardboard that is put through a special shredding machine to safely pack our shop and customer orders.
  • We use glucose and coconut based ingredients in our wash products because they break down into their natural components in the water system (silicone does not).
  • Ingredients we don’t use because they are bad for the environment include SLS, silicones, Parabens, Palm Oil, and so many more your eyes would glaze over.
  • Our warehouse and head office building is completely solar-powered.
  • We choose natural oils that only come from sustainable farms.
  • We are made in locally Australia, reducing our carbon footprint. Did you know 70% of Australia’s person care products arrives here on ships from overseas? Shop local!

Could we do it better? Probably, and we’re most definitely open to suggestions. If you have one, please let us know so we can improve.

But enough about us.

Nobody likes someone who talks about themselves all the time, right? So that’s just the basics. But write to us if you have a question; preferably something related to our products. You won’t get a typical corporate response from international headquarters, just an answer from a small, local team that knows and loves MooGoo.

I am going to be trying out all these goodies from tomorrow so keep an eye on my social media pages for an update as to how my skin is reacting/feeling.  I can’t wait for soft, moisturised skin; & healthy hair!


Bella Boneca

When you meet someone, the first thing you notice is their face & their skin.  After suffering from teenage acne, & also having very pale skin that scars easily I have always put some research into what I am using on my skin.  Thanks to FB & Instagram’s algorithms they now suggest different skincare products & houses that they think I may like, & Bella Boneca popped up on both – so this was definitely a sign from the universe that I needed to look into them a bit more & start following them!

But as it happens, life gets hectic & I was in ICU for a week & then unfortunately time just got away from me.  I then saw an invite to an event that they are hosting in JHB next month (Beautiful Because Breakfast) & knew that this time I needed to do something about it.  Plus the MD’s name is also Megan (as is mine, in case you didn’t know) which did make me chuckle a bit.  She very graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions!

Your name:  Megan Clunnie
Business name:  BellaBoneca
Social media handles:  Facebook here, & Instagram here
What do you do: I am the founder and CEO of BellaBoneca and I have recently purchased a company called Lifestyle on location which is a mobile spa and events company. I am also a wife, a ”dog mom to 4 🐶” and a proud auntie and a “running” enthusiast.36555246_859078387611514_1736920787803176960_n

Why are you different to other beauty products:
1. Our products don’t contain any ingredients that may be harmful to your body. Our skin is the largest organ and is able to absorb the ingredients used in everyday products. Some of these ingredients may be harmful and its best to try and avoid products that use them.
2. Our products contain oils and vitamins that rejuvenate and restore the skins natural balance resulting in healthy glowing skin.
3. Our products don’t harm the environment-the body wash etc is not a pollutant when it reaches our water system.
4. Our products are vegan friendly and are not tested on animals.

Where can people buy products from:
You can shop online  or at any of our corporate salons operated by Lifestyle on Location.

Tell me more about your event happening:  The event is taking place on the 29th September at Olives and Plates in Sandton. The event is a ‘ time out’ for woman of all ages who would like a little ‘me time’. The name #beautifulbecause for me represents that we are all beautiful because we were created woman and that we need to celebrate that. We often think we will only be beautiful when we have lots 5kgs or if we could get rid of these wrinkles and that is not true. Yes it’s important to take care of our bodies (and our minds) but our true beauty is really from within. The event will have 2 guest speakers, stunning gift bags and great food. Guests will also be treated to hand massage or neck and shoulder massages. It will be a nice relaxed morning.13692648_533506943501995_8609477751860301643_n.jpg

Why are you passionate about what you do:  I love developing beautiful products that work and people get great results from but that don’t harm. It’s giving people a safer option. I love all the interesting and wonderful people I get to meet and I love the creativity that is able to flow when you are an entrepreneur.
Quote you live by: live a life you will remember

Don’t these sound absolutely beautiful?!  Let me know your thoughts once you have tried them out for yourself


Nut Butter Mafia

Our family has always had a slight obsession with nut butters – on apples or bananas; in a smoothie; on toast with sugar/syrup/bacon; mixed together with ice cream & milo; or even just out the jar as a little pick me up (yes, by the spoonful!).  In fact there are probably at least 10 other ways that I would recommend eating it – but all this talk of food is making my tummy grumble.

Recently I scanning the ‘Gram (as one does when wasting time or needing to see whats going on), & I saw this page.  I immediately commented on the pic & Keagan reached out to me within 10 minutes.  I loved his passion for his trade, his business & all things nuts!


Keagan drove through to my house so we could chat about what he has on offer (there are 10 different nut butters that he currently makes – TEN!!!!) & I could sample these.  He has started this business all on his own & I love the fact that they don’t have preservatives or any added nonsense – I am really trying to eat food as natural as possible so my poor body doesn’t have to try process more crap than necessary.  Keagan has a true passion for his business, for people, & for wanting to bring the best product possible.  Here is a bit more about him & his business.


Your name:  Keagan St John Blaauw
Your business name:  Nut Butter Mafia
How did you get started:  One night about 3 months ago I was lying in bed thinking about what I spend a lot of my money on each month. And peanut butter was the first thing that came to mind! As I used to go through an 800gram jar with 2 to 3 days!
So the next morning I googled how you make peanut butter from home, I read over a couple recipes and then headed to the shops. I bought a cheap food processor, some peanut oil, and some peanuts. I then came home and started messing around with different flavours and ingredients. I started out just making it for personal use until a few of my friends had a taste and said it was really good!
With this small motivation I decided to start making to sell, I found a wholesale supplier of nuts, upgraded my food processor and started to look for markets to sell my Nut Butters. In the beginning I just had 2 flavours – Peanut Butter and Peanut & Raisin Butter (Which was an absolute hit from the start)
I then ordered an Industrial Peanut Butter Machine (Which arrived about a month ago) and started to put 100% of my energy into the business, and I started to try different nuts with different flavours. And I now have 10 different flavours of Nut Butters in stock!
What are the different flavours you have: I have 10 different flavours:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut & Raisin Butter
  • Peanut & Cranberry Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Almond & Cranberry Butter
  • Macadamia Butter
  • Macadamia & Cranberry Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Cashew & Cranberry Butter
  • Hazelnut ButterIMG_6230
Which is the most popular one so far: The Peanut & Raisin Butter has been a hit from the start, because it is very unique and different, giving you what tastes like an expensive Nut Butter at the same price as Peanut Butter. My new creation ‘Cashew & Cranberry Butter’ has been a hit with lots of people loving this flavour  … But to be honest they are all really yummy if I must so myself! lol

What is different about your nut butters to others: I feel that my nut butters are different because I only use the best ingredients, I do not cut corners to make extra profit. The honey I use is natural blue gum honey from a farmer who I met at one of the farmers markets I attend. If I add oils, I use Macadamia oil which is really tasty and adds a really delicious flavour! And I only use the best grade of nuts from my supplier.

I do not add any preservatives or stabilisers – All my nut butters are 100% natural, healthy, packed full of protein and fats for a guilt free treat. This was the reason behind all my butters, because I am a health freak and I have always wanted a guilt free treat without feeling guilty. And that’s what I have created with Nut Butter Mafia – giving my clients the ability to still enjoy some yummy flavours that are healthy & guilt free and curb those sweet tooth cravings!!

I also put a lot of effort, care, dedication and love into each jar! And no matter how big my company gets this will always be the principle I will work by! The customer always comes first and they deserve to have the best product possible.

What did you do before this: So I was originally an aircraft mechanic working on helicopters (I did this for about 2 years) until I had an accident at work which left me in ICU with a severe head injury. I felt like this was a sign that I needed to make changes in my life and I started to build a new life for myself one step at a time, and I literally became a new person. This was definitely a life changing event for me!
I then had an opportunity to start a social media company, so I resigned and went full in on the social media company, which I still run at the moment. I work on my social media clients in the mornings and then in the afternoons and weekends I work on Nut Butter Mafia.
I am also a manager at a nightclub in Illovo which I do on Saturday Nights to help fund Nut Butter Mafia!
Is there anything else you want to add for the public to know?  Hmmmmm…. My goal is to really take the market by storm , but I do know that this is not a quick process so every sale counts in Nut Butter Mafia moving forward and making progress.
So I am starting to do deliveries to homes and to offices. So if anyone is interested and can’t make a market that I do attend, I will gladly make deliveries  (you can see on my Facebook page which markets I am at for the weekend)

This is definitely going to be a staple in our grocery cupboard going forward – currently we have Peanut & Raisin; Cashew & Cranberry; & Macadamia.  But it was tricky trying to choose which ones were my favourite so I know that I will have to order the other ones soon.  Keagan, I wish you all the very best with your business & I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

Ok, now I’m off to snack on some Macadamia Butter on toast – too much talking about this yumminess & not enough eating it!

The Hemp Cream

I will never recommend a product unless I have tried it myself, & have actually seen benefits of using it.  My skin used to be something I really took pride in, & skincare has always been vital to me.  Whilst studying Beauty Therapy I came to realise the importance of our decisions now & the effect that they will have on our skin for years to come.  A good product is so important, but so is finding the product that works best for YOUR skin.


A friend of mine has started this business, THC – The Hemp Cream & after stalking her page for a while, I knew I had to try it out for myself.  We were going to an event with Rare Diseases SA so I quickly contacted Melissa & asked for one of her sample kits to try for a week.


The foot repair gel has such a variety of uses – including for cold sores, cracked heels, insect bites & so much more.  I even used it to moisturise my lips & the tingle was wonderful!  This is a product that I personally feel should be in every first aid kit.

Both the day & night creams are MAGICAL for anti-ageing, inflammation, pigmentation, loose saggy skin, eczema and more.  The night cream is thicker (as it should be) & the fragrance of both of these is just divine.  My skin feels a whole lot softer & I also used these on my scars at the same time to find these have healed a whole lot quicker & I haven’t developed keloids.  The photos below show the difference in just 7 days – the only change I made to my skincare routine was adding these products from THC!

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I also had a growth burnt off my finger when I had my port inserted, & it was just not healing.  It is right on the tip of my finger (& extends under my nail) & every time I bumped it, it felt like a jolt of electricity went through my body.  So I thought I would try apply the foot repair balm & these are the results in a week:

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Top image – Healing              Bottom image – 1 week later

Ultimately, I only have positive things to say about these products.  My skin looks & feels so much better; it has healed a lot quicker than normal; & I love the idea that there are more natural ingredients!  I had a quick little chat to Melissa to find out more…

THC - Melissa & Aidan

Your name: Melissa Botha

Your business name: The Hemp Cream

When did you start: December 2017

What did you do before this: Running Raising Aidan where I manufacture and distribute a microwave cupcake mix. (Still running that)

How/why did it start: I needed a change mostly… I run it to support myself obviously, but mainly to support my special needs son Aidan who has Costello Syndrome. His medical and related costs each month average R35 000.

What do you love most about having your own business: The freedom it offers me to be a mom to a special needs child. I can take time off when I choose to, I can be there for all of Aidan’s challenges.

What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: Running your business is not an overnight study. I’ve been learning since 1998 how to run a business and gained most of my knowledge during the early 2000’s when I successfully hit leadership within Herbalife. Back then it was learning how to attract customers and keep them. Now my biggest challenges are being able to attract customers and keep them with ever changing technology. Also… upscaling a business is what I’m currently working on so I can have more reach and more growth.

What is your main objective for your business: To give me the ultimate freedom – financial freedom to pay bills… AND then to be able to travel at the drop of a hat as often as I’d like to without the worry of losing income if I’m away, and having enough money to do so.

Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances in our nation.” – Thomas Jefferson


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