“From its humble beginnings 15 years ago at the kitchen table of founder Renchia Droganis, Africology has grown into South Africa’s leading all natural and ethical skincare brand and is quickly spreading its wings across the globe.
But it’s not its kitchen table origins that sets Africology apart — it’s the fact that the company was born out of a desire to help heal the wounds inflicted on Africa by apartheid.
She began to research plant extracts, aromatherapy and formulations so that she could create bespoke skincare products for her clients — mixing essential oils to help them according to their physical and emotional needs.
“I wanted to capture the healing essences of Africa,” she says. “It was, and still is, my intention that Africology products should deliver a message of wellbeing — not just on a physical level, but on a spiritual one too.”
Today, Renchia still uses her intuitive ability to select herbs, plants and oils for her formulations and now grows many of the ingredients used in Africology products on her own farm.
What started as a desire to help people affected by the cruelties of apartheid has grown into a successful, ethical and cruelty-free brand that supports fair trade and local communities in Africa while giving the world the benefits of its healing skincare.”
In 2009, Suzanne Hamilton – my dear sister-in-law, mentor, fellow entrepreneur, and friend – passed away, leaving behind a beautiful legacy and her precious three-month-old daughter, Zoe Anne. I had been working on an organic skincare product line for months, and had been having discussions with Suzanne about the need we saw as mamas for a truly natural, organic line that combined luxury and wellness with social responsibility. Most product lines we had come across failed in at least one of these areas.
Truth be told, I had picked out another name for this product line, but was never content with it. One day after Suzanne’s death, during some quiet time, the name “Zoe Organics” dropped into my heart, and I just knew it was right. As I continued to reflect on that name, I was amazed at how it captured the entire essence of the company I wanted to build. Zoe means “life,” and even more specifically, “life as God intended.” Suzanne knew how to celebrate and live life better than anyone I had ever known. It was contagious. How fitting that her own daughter was given the name “Zoe,” a part of Suzanne that will keep on living.
Suzanne spent the last months of her own life fully dedicated to her sweet baby girl. In that same spirit, Zoe Organics seeks to celebrate and cultivate life, and in doing so, honor mamas and babies everywhere.
“Our journey to help our sons skin continued, and while looking for a more viable (and less messy) solution to easing Chance’s eczema outside of adding handfuls of oatmeal to his baths, Dwight learned that while goat’s milk was a superior beverage to consume, when absorbed by the skin, it offered an array of benefits:
“Vermont Soap is a different kind of company. Our job is to make yummy stuff to replace all the yucky stuff that’s been clogging up our world.
Every employee has a vested interest in bringing you the highest quality, most reasonably priced, natural and organic products possible.
We bring an ecological mindset to our day to day operations. Products do not appear out of a vacuum! Every raw material and ingredient is put under a microscope, literally and figuratively. And we take the same approach to the sourcing of our packaging. Vermont Soap uses materials, equipment and services produced in the US and local to us wherever feasible.
Green is a process not a result. Vermont Soap is there with you on your journey toward a non-toxic work and home environment.”
“Before we even obtain a sample of an oil, we find out everything we can about the farmer, distiller or supplier. We research the background, reputation, commitment to quality, and commitment to the industry behind each sample. Once we know everything we need to know to our satisfaction, we then move on to looking at the actual oil itself. At Plant Therapy, the safe and efficient use of essential oils is extremely important to us. We want our customers to be armed with knowledge, and confident using essential oils in their homes and with their loved ones. We have Certified Aromatherapists on staff, an active blog, detailed product pages and more, all dedicated to educating and empowering our customers.”
“Originally from Chicago, I began exploring natural medicine in the early 1990s. I immediately saw improvements in my patients’ health when they modified their diets and became more physically active – prompting me to follow a preventative approach to medicine.
After some inquiries from Mercola.com readers wanting to know how to find products that met my stringent criteria, I decided to develop a line of high-quality, premium products. In addition, I decided that a portion of the profits generated from the sale of the products would go towards health activism, which is when I formed the Health Liberty campaign, aligning with a number of highly effective non-profit organizations.”
“Drawing on her background as an MIT mechanical engineer, she is listed on four U.S. patents for Steepware® inventions. As the inspiration behind our 10% Pledge to cancer and community wellness programs, Maria is on a mission to advance healthier living through whole leaf tea. Her book “Cancer Hates Tea” has made a splash in the tea industry, promoting a five cup a day habit.”
Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of whole leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor and unmatched health benefits. With a steadfast mission to foster health and wellness through tea, The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs.
“I'm Allison- head herbalist and owner of Birch Botanicals. Plants have been my passion since I was a little girl. Some of my fondest memories growing up in the countryside of Minnesota were those of crushing up flowers, berries, and barks- and making "potions" with them in antique glass bottles. In the 4th grade, while out in the woods carving little bowls out of wood, I formally decided I wanted to be an herbalist when I grew up. I did a lot of self-study throughout high school, and took some formal botany classes while Studying at the University of Minnesota. I studied under herbalists in Austin, TX while living there for 5 years…”
Lil’ Gaea was born when Pinar became mom for the first time to a beautiful girl named Lila. Collection was completed when Lila became a big sister to a baby doll named Iris. With the love for her kids and design, Pinar and Tugrul started designing and producing things for Lila to use in her room or play with, up until they have become a big collection of goods; ready for her second daughter Iris and enough to be launched at the market. Today, Pinar and Tugrul have 3 daughters, third beatiful one named Alin. "Dreamland" is their organic baby clothing line.
The research oriented approach to problems is usually combined with her graphical ability. Her thoughtful consideration towards humanistic needs create designs that are functional, yet fun. Most of her design is informed by nature that has harmonious forms.