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Dear Deer

During lockdown I received my very own satin pillowcase.  I had been wanting one for ages, and then finally I managed to get one – from a local business nogal!  I also got a Moyoko Unicorn Brush (with argan-infused tips) after reading so many positive reviews and realising that I need to start taking better care of myself.

Chelle from Dear Deer was so helpful, and my parcel arrived with my very own hand sanitiser and set of gloves – this will never go amiss during this time as I’m sure you can agree.  I have seen a difference in my skin and hair, and don’t wake up with such knotted curls any more.  In fact I often have to fight husband for it as he likes the feeling of the satin against his skin too – I think perhaps I should have ordered more than one!

Chelle has very graciously allowed me to interview her about Dear Deer, and I really appreciate her time, and her passion that she has poured into this,


Your name:  Chelle

Your business name:  Dear Deer

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Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business:   Years ago Justine came to my desk at work and asked if I could make her a satin pillow slip … I thought she was nuts but since that’s what I love most about her I happily made her one … then two … then her sister wanted, then some of her friends … soon I was making so many I thought “hey I could make a business out of this” … so I did!
At the time my mother was dying of cancer and it made me think about when my time came to pass thru the pearly gates what good had I done in my life to deserve my wings up in heaven so I decided Dear Deer would be an awesome way for me to raise funds for all the charities I hold very close to my heart, so for many years the only profits I took I donated to charity.

I will always be thankful to Justine not only for being one of my most loyal and inspiring Dear Deer darlings, but for the constant support always believing in me and my little business. Your kindness and the years of too much fun (and bubbles) and side splitting giggles mean the world to me.

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How did you decide on the name for your business:  Wish I had a good story for this but I don’t lol

Where did the idea for this business come from:  I just loved the story Bambi when I was little and that scene from Cinderella when all the woodland animals were dressing her for the ball … that’s pretty much my logo inspiration 🙂

What are the different products that you stock:  Satin pillow slips & now face masks, and I’m now starting to stock a few of my other fav beauty brands 🙂

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I see you are also making beautiful face masks – tell me about these:   Polyester satin is known to be less absorbent than cotton (and many other fabrics).
Because of the quick-drying properties and smooth satin surface, it is also known to be antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
Daily washing is recommended. PLEASE also wash before 1st use.

There is a little pocket opening you can use to insert a surgical mask (or a dried wet/baby wipe).  Cut them to the shape of the mask and insert for added protection. Remove when you wash your mask every evening.

Elastic can be adjusted for better fit.

Dear Deer satin is also Vegan & Peta approved.

Please take note that the masks have not been medically approved.
After not being able to find a mask myself, I decided to make one (OK, a few) after doing a ton of internet research.
They’ve been made according to my high standards, which I feel complies with my own safety and wellbeing.
Hopefully this will reassure you!

I feel like wearing ‘something’ is better than having nothing at all,
even if it’s just to prevent us from sneezing or coughing on others.
It also prevents us from touching our face.

I encourage you all to STAY HOME, be responsible and most importantly, be kind and helpful to others.

Why did you decide on satin pillowcases & not silk:  Dear Deer is PETA approved!

We support beauty without cruelty 100%. We believe that all animals and insects are equal, and we would never exploit that in the name of vanity.

The process involved in making silk is an unethical practice. Silk worms are sensate and produce endorphins along with physical responses to pain. Along with that, in the name of beauty, satin is a much better alternative to silk as polyester doesn’t absorb moisture like natural fabrics do, therefore keeping your skin hydrated and looking great.

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Why do you recommend satin pillowcases:  Besides all the awesome beauty benefits it’s just nice getting into bed and feeling like an absolute princess 🙂

Being a polyester material, satin doesn’t absorb moisture the way natural fibres like cotton do. As we all know, one of the many reasons our skin can look tired, dry and lined is due to lack of hydration. Sleeping on satin minimises facial lines, wrinkles and puffiness.

Another plus? Satin won’t absorb your expensive night creams.

Sleeping on satin not only has great beauty benefits, but satin is also hypoallergenic and come recommended by plastic surgeons after cosmetic surgery. Doctors also suggest sleeping on satin for cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, due to their skin becoming very sensitive.

Dear Deer pillow slips help your hair maintain it’s natural moisture and this helps prevent dry frizziness, split ends and breakage.

They also keep your hair looking shiny and help your blowouts last longer.

How can people order from you:  From our online store.

How has this lockdown affected your business:  It didn’t really most of my products are listed as essentials 🙂

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Why do you encourage people to support local:  I encourage woman to support each other more, share your learnings and inspire each other to well !
You will be surprised how much those you are helping will help you too.

Quote you live by:  Be kind, and success comes to those who put in the work !

Anything else you want to add:  So much lol but considering everything that is going on in the world right now, I would like to encourage woman to support each other, specially in business, there is more than enough room for us to all shine and be successful 🙂

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Have you ever slept on a satin pillowcase?  And did you feel a difference?

If you haven’t yet, I would really recommend you purchasing one from this great business.  Believe me, you will thank me for it!

To sum it up, these are some of the benefits of using a satin pillowcase:

  • Maintains natural moisture balance in your hair & skin.
  • Prevents hair loss, split ends & damage.
  • Helps your blowouts last longer.
  • Prevents dry, frizzy & dull hair.
  • Keeps hair shiny.
  • Gentler on eyelashes, extensions & braids.
  • Minimizes facial wrinkles & puffiness.
  • Won’t absorb face creams and serums.
  • Soothing on the skin after facial treatments or procedures.
  • Anti-aging.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Recommended by doctors for chemo patients.
  • Great for preventing knotty “bed head” for babies & kids.

She has also added some stunning beauty products to her online store, so it really is a one stop shop!


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Chick Cosmetics

I can’t even tell you when I discovered Chick Cosmetics, but I have been utterly obsessed from the very first product I bought from them.  I have tried their makeup, their skincare, their makeup brushes, and even their makeup sponge – and have never been disappointed.  In fact their brushes are what I make use of on a daily basis, and I find myself reaching for their products more often than not.  Their customer service is out of this world, and I was SO excited to meet Nomfundo in July last year at their Pop-Up Shop in Sandton.

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I immediately squealed and totally fan-girled my way up to her.  I couldn’t believe that I finally got to meet the creator of my favourite make-up brand in person – and she was so kind to me too.  Beautiful inside and out, what more could we really ask for?

I have seen her brand grow from strength to strength, and I couldn’t be happier for Nomfundo and the entire brand.  They are constantly on top of trends, and I have seen them popping up more and more across social media and in beauty articles.  I am SO honoured to have been given the opportunity to interview them and show you a bit more about them.  But be warned – you WILL be hooked and want to own every single product!


Your name: Nomfundo Njibe

Business name: Chick Cosmetics

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Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website.

How would you describe Chick Cosmetics:  Chick Cosmetics is a beauty brand which makes clean, cruelty-free products to a millennial and generation z target market.

Where did the idea for this business come from:  During a short stay abroad, I ended up losing my makeup bag and found myself in a Sephora. I was amazed of how many indie brands are available in other countries. I knew right then I wanted to be a part of this, and the rest is history.

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What makes your products different to others:  Our objective was not to create a brand exclusively for one segment of the population, but rather to design a product that would appeal to beauty consumers regardless of their background. Diversity and inclusivity have now become the norm among young audiences, which is why we looked to make it part of our brand DNA from the beginning.

What is your personal favourite product:  Glow Boost Serum – our vitamin C facial serum.

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What have been the most popular items:  Glow Boost Serum, Nightwind Eyeshadow Palette, Microfiber Beauty Sponge and Pro-Sculpt brushes, the world’s most beautiful brushes.

How did lockdown affected your business:  Lockdown took place during a crucial time in our business which was mid-production. We had to halt everything until it was safe to produce. The positive side is that our online sales increased, and we sold out all our products.

How has Chick Cosmetics evolved since you first started it?  
The beauty dynamic has changed a lot since we first launched. We started it off as a color cosmetic brand, we have recently started a skincare range which has received a positive feedback from our beauty community . We believe in taking care of your skin first.

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How can people order from you: Chickcosmetics.com and Takealot.

If people are buying from you for the first time, what are the top 3 products you would recommend:  I will always recommend Baggage Claim eye patches, Glow Boost Serum and Microfiber Beauty Sponge

Quote you live by:  “You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.” Elizabeth Yukowsky

Anything else you want to add:  We love you Meggi. Thank you always for your constant support. We pray for your life and healing.

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Guys, these products are currently sold out (well done Chick Cosmetics!), but they will restock ASAP as well as launching some very exciting new products.  With teasers being put out across their social media, the hype is definitely real.  A new face oil, and “another beauty box” are launching soon; and I am always checking their platforms to try find out more.  In fact they are one of the few pages that I have turned on notifications for every new post!

If I could, I would own every product they have brought out, and I think that I am slowly slowly working my way there (I still have a way to go, but jeepers I don’t want to miss out on any of their new launches).

Thank you again Nomfundo for your time, your passion, and your kindness.  You are one in a million, and I will always be your number one fan.


 

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Ruby & Rose

I absolutely LOVE handmade toys, & being someone who loves to crochet, I understand how much love & time gets poured into even the most simple of creations.  These are not simple “things” that anyone can buy from any store, but rather something special that should be treasured forever.  Through my blog about Jislaaik! Online Store, I came across Ruby & Rose Crochet.  I love the look of all their work, & the fact that Michelle is empowering women & upskilling them is truly the cherry on top!


Your name:  Michelle Pillay
Business name:  Ruby & Rose Crochet
Social media handles:  Facebook & Instagram
What do you do:  I’m a wife and a mom to four school going children, so I spend my days running around after them.  Extra murals, sport matches etc. I’m a stay-at-home mom and do all the  run around of buying the yarns for the ladies that I empower and delivering it to them and then  collecting the finished items and delivering or couriering them to the clients.  I do all the advertising and sourcing of clients.  I have always had a love for yarn because my grannies used to knit and crochet items for their grandchildren.

How long have you been crocheting for:  I have always known how to knit and am a beginner crocheter.
Why do you love what you do:  Firstly I’m empowering women who are not employed and are able to make an extra income while still being able to take care of their kids.
How can people order from you:  I finally have my own website, after two and a half years of hard work.


Do you do custom orders:  We do a lot of custom orders for clients which we love to do.
Why do you encourage buying handmade:  Handmade items just have some kind of value , not in the money sense, you can feel the love and energy in each item. It’s an item that a child would cherish and keep and possibly hand down to their children. We have never had an unhappy customer.
What is your favourite toy/product:  Each and every new item I love, but my favourites would be the beautiful Ballerina mice, the gorgeous Girl and Boy bunny and the unicorn range.


Quote you live by:  I don’t have a quote, but believe in Positive Energy and staying positive. Stay away from the negativity.


These products are really all so beautiful & would make a perfect gift for somebody else, or even yourself!  These are something that would be treasured forever & are so unique.  I could spend hours looking through all the images of these gorgeous handmade goodies, & I hope that you do the same.


 

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Jislaaik!

jislaaik: [yis-like] An expression of outrage or surprise: “Jislaaik, I just saw Elvis!”   (Thanks Brand South Africa for the explanation!)

As you all know, I am all about supporting local!  I would rather spend a little bit extra & support a small business that handmakes goodies than buying something that everyone else has.  Plus by supporting local you are supporting that individual, their family & growing their talent!  Should we not all rather support those special people & allow a piece of art to come home with us?

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And then I came across Jislaaik – an online shop that is all about supporting local & showing off the talent that so many South African’s possess!  I was so so excited & immediately started looking at their different social media platforms & website.  They have such beautiful ideas as well as so many different options – I got lost for a couple of hours just looking at what is available.


Business name: Jislaaik Online Shop

Social media links:  Facebook   Instagram  Twitter   Pinterest 

When did you start:  We started in 2016 but really only in January 2017

Tell us more about what you do:  We basically find hidden gems and local heroes and we promote them and their products to help get them ‘out there’ with exposure and to generate sales.  We sell their products at the same price as what our heroes sell them at to give our clients the best possible price, quality and service.

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Why did you want to start up a shop like this:  We love local and we support local. We’d like to see local people grow and expand instead of just having and buying from the usual run of the mill shops.

Why are you proudly South African:  We love seeing the creativity, passion, ambition and innovation from people in South Africa and we want everyone else to see it too.

Some products you sell:  Soooo many…. 🙃  We sell different types of home decor, accessories, baby and kids stuff, a little bit of fashion, wedding items, gifts, pet stuff and soon adding some skin care items.

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How can people order/buy from you:  Visit our online shop, browse through our different pages and categories, select an item that you want to know more about, and if you absolutely love it add it to your cart and follow the check out process. It’s that simple.

Tell us more about the competition you are currently running:  This is a pure South African collaboration formed between Jislaaik Online Shop, Kaatjie Produkte – the amazing and talented artist & Hartlam Textiles & Print – the superb quality maker.

This range depicts the true South African taste – literally.

We are bringing you the Jislaaik! Dis Lekker! range to add some quirkiness to your home, office space or little hide out. But, we are also aiming to make everyone a little more green with a matching shopping bag – you know, so that we decrease the amount of plastic pollution in the world.

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Now, that is LEKKER!

The competition is a 2 part series of which the first part is completed – we ran a give away for a Nutella scatter cushion. The second part is for a Steri Stumpie shopping bag.

To enter… Go to this Instagram post and follow the instructions there.
The winner for round 2 will be announced on 29 August…

What quote do you live by:  Local is Lekker! 😂


I am so excited about this store & all their products.  Make sure you head over to their site now & place your order!

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