Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Active Care for Dark Skin

AFRIDERM® - the exclusive and innovative dark skincare collection designed to reveal and enhance the perfect beauty of dark skin!

Dark skin tones need extra attention. This skin type is often sensitive to stress and climate (wind, cold, heat and sun), and the effects become all too obvious when dry skin develops that “ashy” appearance. Then there are the problems of dark spots, oily shine, blemishes and an uneven complexion, all of which are more noticeable on dark skin.

The super-protective and effective moisture-balancing care required by this skin type is not supplied by most ordinary skincare products. In fact, dark skin is often too sensitive for the ingredients in standard skincare formulations.

AFRIDERM® ACTIVE CARE: Specially formulated for darker skin
AFRIDERM has been specially formulated to protect and beautify all shades of dark skin. These moisturizing and nourishing skincare products help heal, protect and enhance the skin's naturally smooth texture and colouring.

AFRIDERM® harnesses the abundant gifts of nature, fortifying herbs and minerals with superior cutting-edge pharmaceutical technology to create outstanding solutions for your beautifully dark skin.

  • Essential moisture-balancing ingredients
  • Daytime protection against harmful UV rays
  • Nourishing and natural herbal oil complexes
  • Antioxidants, Vitamins and Minerals
  • Gentle cleansing action for a clear, smooth complexion
  • Daily use of the AFRIDERM® “DARK SKIN PERFECTION” COLLECTION provides exclusive and advanced skincare that helps to protect, heal and reveal to the world the hidden beauty of richly-pigmented skin!

Demand the AFRIDERM® Dark Skin Perfection Collection: a lifestyle concept for dark skin.

Available online at www.afriderm.co.za

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A FINO Soothe fan wins an Oscar!

International award-winning makeup artist and hair designer, Lesley Vanderwalt, together with her team,   just won an Emmy and an OSCAR AWARD 2016 for makeup and hair design on Mad Max: Fury Road -Directed by George Miller.

Lesley has worked on numerous block busters such as The Great Gatsby, Australia, Beyond Borders and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones to name a few.

Below is a Testimonial that Lesley Vanderwalt sent to FINO Cosmetics during the shooting of Mad Max Fury Road...

    2016 – Oscar for Makeup/Hair - Mad Max: Fury Road

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Introducing Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe has the primary mission to create beautiful yet practical clothes and shoes for a babies’ first year. The range is in a simple and timeless style, beautifully made by skilled individuals with the utmost of care.
Their 100% cotton shoes are reversible, offering an opportunity to match the clothes with various outfits.
Most of their fabrics are of their own unique design, so they are able to produce both clothes and shoes in the same prints. This unique selling point allows Tic Tac Toe to offer matching clothes and shoes.
Tic Tac Toe have found that there is a large segment of this market that looks for clothes and shoes as a gift. Tic Tac Toe satisfies this requirement by producing matching clothes and shoes and presenting them in a beautiful custom gift pack.

In 2010, Karin Muller gave birth to her daughter. Smitten with her beautiful baby, she wanted to dress her girl in beautiful clothes. To her consternation the clothes available to her were either of low quality or high quality items imported from leading ‘design’ centres of Europe with prices to match!
In 2011 Tic Tac Toe was born, with the aim to produce beautiful high quality 100% cotton garments in a timeless sophisticated style, but at affordable prices.
Teli Proto, Karin’s husband, joined Tic Tac Toe in 2012 and with his experience in branding and design, the Tic Tac Toe brand identity started to take shape. The combination of their design skills and natural talent is the driving force of the brand.
Innovative designs, unique fabric prints, beautiful packaging, effective merchandising and simple web design has made Tic Tac Toe a leading baby brand in South Africa!

Stockist: www.tictactoekids.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Introducing Crumbs & Cream to Cape Town!

Crumbs & Cream have hit the shores of Cape Town this summer with a bang! Visit this quirky ice cream truck at the Watershed Market at the V&A Waterfront to choose two freshly baked cookies from a selection of delicious flavours. Pick a scoop of delectable Italian ice-cream and enjoy! YUM!

Sisters, Shahar and Or Peled, always dreamed of a home full of ice cream and cookies, so they combined the two to make a delicious ice cream sandwich. After trying out many different cookie and ice cream recipes to find the very best, Crumbs & Cream was born!

All the Crumbs & Cream cookies are baked daily, so they are always fresh and warm!

Crumbs & Cream have different cookie flavours, which include: candy crush, butter, choc chips, peanut butter, brownies, Oreo and more...     They also have different flavours of ice cream, including: Chocolate, Mint Choc Chip, Caramel fudge, Rum&Raisins.
The Crumbs and Cream menu is whatever you make it. Pick your cookies (yes, you can choose 2 different flavours), and pick your ice cream - the choice is yours. 
With that in mind, we are also happy to provide guidance, constantly offering up delectable specials, in house creations and limited edition products.   
Instead of having just one cookie flavour, we recommend you choose 2 different cookies and 1 scoop of ice cream to create your superior ice cream sandwich! Don't forget to add some yummy toppings!
At Crumbs & Cream they focus on fresh, superior quality products, reasonable prices, friendly service and a fun atmosphere.
Price: R35.00

Watch the Crumbs & Cream Facebook page!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Morlage & Yorke brings you Apothecary

Morlage & Yorke is a traditional English Heritage Range of lotions, soaps and sprays that are exquisitely fragranced to delight and awaken the senses. The unique floral extract and vitamin complexes are luxuriously formed to assist in nourishing the skin. - leaving it feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced. Our renowned Apothecary range is created from the finest ingredients and essential oils.

Available at Stuttafords stores

Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Range

A soft fragrant scent of olive blossom accompanied by the clarifying essential oil patchouli. Enriched with vitamin E to leave the skin nourished, smooth and delicately fragranced.
Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Hand Wash – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Hand & Body Lotion – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Hand & Nail Cream – R65.00 (75ml)
Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Room Spray – R45.00 (125ml)
Apothecary Olive Blossom & Patchouli Linen Spray – R85.00 (750ml)


Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Range

Delicate floral notes of white orchid with sophisticated spicy warmth. Enriched with vitamin E to leave the skin feeling smooth, nourished and delicately fragranced.

Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Hand Wash – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Hand & Body Lotion – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Hand & Nail Cream – R65.00 (75ml)
Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Room Spray – R45.00 (125ml)
Apothecary White Orchid & Ginger Linen Spray – R85.00 (750ml)

Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Range

A vibrant and uplifting medley of grapefruit and neroli that ignite the senses. Enriched with vitamin E to leave the skin feeling soft, soothed and delicately fragranced.

Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Hand Wash – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Hand & Body Lotion – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Hand & Nail Cream – R65.00 (75ml)
Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Room Spray – R45.00 (125ml)

Apothecary Grapefruit & Neroli Linen Spray – R85.00 (750ml) 

Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Range

A wild floral experience to delight the senses. Soothing rose petals and relaxing sandalwood create a wild floral experience. Enriched with vitamin E, soothing rose petals and relaxing sandalwood to nourish the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and delicately fragranced.
Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Hand Wash – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Hand & Body Lotion – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Hand & Nail Cream – R65.00 (75ml)
Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Room Spray – R45.00 (125ml)
Apothecary Wild Rose & Sandalwood Linen Spray – R85.00 (750ml)


Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Range
The refreshing scent of lemongrass and clarifying verbena will stimulate and awaken the senses. Enriched with vitamin E to leave the skin nourished, refreshed and delicately fragranced.

Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Hand Wash – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Hand & Body Lotion – R75.00 (500ml)
Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Hand & Nail Cream – R65.00 (75ml)
Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Room Spray – R45.00 (125ml)
Apothecary Lemongrass & Verbena Linen Spray – R85.00 (750ml)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Huile Prodigieuse Noir Multi-Use Dry Oil

The same great product with a limited edition look!

Containing a cocktail of 6 precious plant oils; Borage, St John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut , and Macadamia, as well as Vitamin E, Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Use Dry Oil is the ultimate choice to keep your hair, face and body nourished and looking fabulous!
Perfect for all year ‘round use, winter or summer, this oil does it all!

-          Face and body: Apply to reveal a nourished, softened, and satin skin.
          Hair: Apply to nourish dried and damaged ends or give a ”scrunch” effect to the lengths. It can also be applied as a mask before the shampoo for an intense nourishing effect.

Available at selected Truworths stores for R375.00 (100ml) from February – April 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016


With a new year comes the new awards season, and we at Vita Liberata re so excited to see our favourite stars grace the red carpet.  As you know no outfit is complete without a fabulous tan , so Vita Liberata would like to share our some tan tips from our expert VIP tan team.

Get Red Carpet Ready!
Prep your skin with  Super Fine Skin Polish Moisturising  Exfoliator. This will leave it super soft and nourished. It will provide the perfect base for a natural looking tan and will ensure an even flawless finish.

The Main Event
For the perfect finish, use a tanning mitt to apply pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse to your body for the perfect head-to-toe glow! It can last up to 4 times longer than regular tanners when applied 3 times over 12-24 hours and it fades just like a natural suntan.

For the ultimate tanning experience get a professional spray tan treatment from one of our Professional spray tanners, visit www.vitaliberata.co.za to find one closest to you.

The After Glow
To ensure your red carpet ready tan lasts as long as possible apply Self-tanning Gradual Tan Lotion daily.

Stockist: Selected Salons & Spas. Online: www.vitaliberata.co.za 
Head Office: 021 465 8569

Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish Moisturising Exfoliator
Price : R 525.00

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse
Price : R965.00


Vita Liberata Gradual Tan
Price : R575.00

 About Vita Liberata:
Vita Liberata, it is the worlds’ number one organic and non-toxic, luxury sunless tanning range, and is the first of its kind to be available in South Africa. 
More info on Vita Liberata:
It has a celebrity following the world over that includes Rita Ora, Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Vergara, Kelly Brook AND Kim Kardashian to name a few.
Vita Liberata products are sold in more than 22 countries worldwide. They are recognised as the world’s leading non-toxic, organic tanning company.

The Vita Liberata ingredients are the purest in the tanning world. They use natural, certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, and are able to create a tanning experience that conditions and nourishes the skin, with Moisture LockTM to hydrate skin for 72 hours, ensuring a tan fades perfectly. Just like a natural suntan.

Vita Liberata is a proud sponsor of Mrs South Africa pageant and the finalist’s organic, non-toxic spray tanner of choice.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trio of Fruity Baobab Sorbet

Make this your one sugar spoil this summer.  It’s heavenly.  (and we do have an ice-lolly option with no added sugar for the kids!)

Bursting with fresh, fruity flavours with a zesty tart twist of organic baobab powder, these Fruity Baobab Sorbets are instant summer pleasers for a light, cool and refreshing dessert.   Baobab powder is loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and digestive fibre. 

It’s also one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium at 1.5 times more than almonds.  Our diets are often deficient in these minerals and baobab powder is an excellent source of these nutrients.  

We’ve chosen fruit for their brilliant colour and summer-sweet flavours.  Try one, try them all, or invent your very own combinations! 


Sorbet base (makes one batch)
1 cup water
1 cup castor sugar
2 Tbsp baobab powder
4 cups fresh fruit, peeled and chopped into chunks

Fruit Combinations (choose one, or make all three)

Watermelon, Baobab and Raspberry
3 cups watermelon
1 cup raspberries

Pineapple and Baobab
4 cups chopped and peeled pineapple

Kiwi, Baobab, and Lime Zest
3 ½ cups kiwi fruit
½ cup lime juice  
Optional: pinch of lime zest


Bring the water to a simmer, dissolve the sugar, and allow cooling.  If you’re planning to make all three flavours, prepare three separate batches of syrup.

Blend one batch of fruit, baobab powder, and cooled syrup until smooth.

If you’re not sure the consistency is correct, before freezing the fruit mixture for the first time, test the sorbet’s consistency using an ‘egg test’.  (Thanks to The Kitchn for this awesome tip!)

Gently lower a washed egg into the mixture; if it’s too thick, most of the egg will stick out above the surface.  In this case, add more water.  If the mixture is too runny, the egg will sink below the surface.  In this case, add more sugar.

If it’s the perfect consistency, about 2½ cm of the egg will above the surface.

Now pour the mixture into a freezer-friendly container or bowl.

Option 1: wait for it freeze solid (overnight will do) and then blend – you’ll need to break the mixture into pieces then blend piece by piece until blended before pouring back into the bowl and refreezing.
Option 2:  just before frozen solid, (you’ll need to check from time to time) mix it up with a fork to make a slushy consistency and then refreeze
Your sorbet should be ready in 4-6 hours, depending on your freezer, and the depth of your bowl.  If it’s frozen a little too solid, simply give it a few minutes to soften before serving.

Will serve between 8-16 guests depending on appetite!

About EcoProducts

EcoProducts is based in the far north of South Africa, in Limpopo province, where baobab trees grow.  Sarah Venter, the owner believes in making a positive impact on society and our environment.  Thus EcoProducts sources its fruit ethically and fairly and ensures that harvesting is sustainable.    EcoProducts is fully involved in production from source to dispatch.  Baobab fruit is sourced directly from communities bringing about much needed economic benefits.    And all processing, extraction and packaging takes place at EcoProducts premises.  Processing time from fruit cracking to final sealed product is 1 - 2 days.  This guarantees a light-coloured powder with a fresh tangy-sweet taste.   It’s convenient to use and can be easily enjoyed mixed into drinks, smoothies, breakfast cereals, desserts, savoury dishes and much more.   Visit www.ecoproducts.co.za for recipes and a wealth of fascinating information on all things Baobab.

Read more about EcoProducts Foundation programs that support the growing of trees through the Baobab Guardians program and the welfare of rural children through the Pre-School support program. http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/ecoproducts-foundation


Price: 200g – R105.00 and 400g – R192.00

Stockist: Products are available from online stockists www.ecoproducts.co.za or from selected health stores and pharmacies.

Note on Photographs

There are a variety of photographs available with and without branded product including an ingredient shot and method shots.  You can view these here: http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/recipe/fruity-baobab-sorbet

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Have you tried the new Pesto Princess Chermoula Paste?

Pesto Princess Foods Chimichurri Paste can take a standard dish and enliven it with delicious spices and flavours. Just a dab is all that’s needed to dial it up a bit.
The Moroccan marinade – a complex and exotic mix of fragrant spices and herbs – add an instant kick to chicken or fish.
Pesto Princess Foods Chermoula Marinade is made with roasted cumin, turmeric, fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice for extra zing.
This is what she's like
·         She's a tall and tanned and young and lovely' lady from Morocco.
·         She mostly loves hanging out with Mr Line Fish and Mr Seafood
·         When her fishy friends are out of town, she's all over Mr Chicken.
·         She's one of those women who seem to have it all...lemony, herby, spicy & garlicky. 
·         She's adored by vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores across the world.

How to use:
·         Spread it on whole seafood and leave it to marinade for a while before grilling, frying or baking
·         Serve as a sauce, dressing or dip – it’s wonderful with roasted potato or pumpkin
·         Dollop a spoonful into soups or stews
·         Mix into cream cheese or yoghurt

Price: R35.00 to R39.00
Stockists: Available from the fridges of pick n Pay, SPAR and checkers stores in the Western Cape.

Website: www.pesto.co.za

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cafe' de Bain ‘French patisserie inspired’ luxury bath & body collection is super on trend with 2016’s Pantone colours of the year

Take a break out of your busy day and indulge with some time that’s just for you. Relax and treat yourself to some deliciously-scented, delectably pampering bath and body delicacies from the Café de Bain range.

 Coconut Macaroon

Made from four simple ingredients: ground almonds, sugar, egg whites and coconut. Inspired by the rich caramel fragrance of lightly toasted coconut, this decadent creamy-rich lather will moisturise and nourish your skin leaving you looking and feeling delectable.

Coconut Macaroon Indulgent Bath Crème – R59.95 (500ml)

Coconut Macaroon Softening Shower Crème – R49.95 (250ml)

Raspberry & Rose Crème Tarte 

Raspberry and Rose are just the most delicious fragrance combination: the sharp summer fruitiness of raspberries, the beautiful sweetness of rosewater with a hint of vanilla crème patissière and butter pastry tarte.

Raspberry & Rose Crème Tarte Indulgent Bath Crème – R59.95 (500ml)

Raspberry & Rose Crème Tarte Softening Shower Crème – R49.95 (250ml)

Available at Pick n Pay stores