It’s like a treat for the eyes and the face.
I found Lulu & Marula on Instagram a few months ago and then saw their stand at Sanlam Handmade Contemporary recently. They produce small batches of natural skincare products in Cape Town and have really beautiful branding. I adore their natural bright look as well as well as what they stand for – in summary: simple, natural and local. Basically all my favourite words.
With very sensitive skin I’m generally hesitant to try new products as certain ingredients and fragrances can often have a terrible affect on me. Coming out of winter I was looking for a face mask/exfoliant. I tried the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which is really nice but a bit out of my price range for long-term use. Plus I really love supporting local brands so I was excited to try a brand like Lula & Marula.
Here’s a brief look at the two products I bought:
Nourishing Mask & Polish: R360.00
The mask is made up of a dry powder that’s then activated with water. What’s really cool is you can use the mask in different ways – add apple cider vinegar for a more intensive treatment or natural yoghurt for a very gentle experience. Lulu & Marula have two masks – this one below and then a Purifying Mask & Polish. The super helpful lady at HMC recommended I get the Nourishing one because of I have eczema and my skin is very dry coming out of winter.
Add the powder to a small bowl and have a brush on hand to mix it together (Lulu & Marula actually sells a bowl and brush set here). The recommended usage is 2tsp with an equal amount of water. I personally found that produced too much “paste” for my face and I was left with a lot that I couldn’t use. I now use 1tsp. Apply with a brush to your face and leave on for 10-15 min, then wash off with warm water.
On their site it says to use the mask 1-2 times a week, I use it once a week as I prefer not to put too many product on my skin too frequently.
It really leaves your skin feeling fresh and radiant. Once I used it and my mom was like “wow what did you do to you skin, it’s glowing”. And I was all like “yeah it is”. Plus it’s an affordable product that’s made locally.
Naartjie Lip Balm: R60.00
Do you ever remember being a kid and wanting to eat lip-ice? Maybe that’s just me. This lip balm smells so good you’ll want to eat it. It’s made from natural ingredients like avocado oil, beeswax and naartjie. It works really well on dry, chapped lips because it actually repairs them and doesn’t just soothe temporarily.
I apply it about twice a day, sometimes not even that much..that’s how well it works. Apparently you can also use it for other areas of dry skin like elbows and cuticles – love things that are multipurpose.
You can shop all their products on their online store and you get free shipping for orders over R500 in SA, which is basically the best reason to buy 2 or 3 items. Duh. The next products from Lulu & Marula I’ve got my eyes on are:
Purifying Treatment Oil, which is ideal for oily, combination or blemished skin types
Calming Bath Oil, which rumour has it makes bath time a lot more fun plus it moisturises your skin so well you don’t even have to put cream on afterwards.
Go on treat your self! 🙂