Aurora Natural Skincare is dear to my heart. I spent my teens searching for safe skincare for my sensitive skin and allergies. After countless visits to Dermatologists and being a vegetarian for a decade, I switched to natural skincare. Only to discover they contained ingredients I reacted to. Even essential oils contained fragrance allergens which irritated my skin.
My search led me to a solution from 16th Century Europe – Castile Soap, created from pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil. After months of perfecting my formulation with noticeable results, Health shops began stocking them.
After being offered the opportunity of a lifetime to learn to formulate safe skincare and align with SA and EU Cosmetic Regulations, I left behind IT Consulting. In 2019 I joined ten postgrad students. Qualifying cum laude as a Cosmetic Formulation Scientist from the University of Cape Town’s Hair and Skin Research (HSR) Lab.
It was important I understand every ingredient from source to skin and understand how to formulate for people with dry, sensitive and reactive skin.
For me, it is about what happens to my customer’s skin post purchase and being part of their journey. Bearing in mind they are not Cosmetic Formulation Scientists, I provide 1:1 Consultations and run workshops to empower customers about skin-safe ingredients. I also Consult to small brands.
I recently joined Formula Botanica’s community of graduates with my Certificate in Organic Anti-Ageing Skincare. When not working with Aurora Focus Groups I can be seen mentoring youth in my neighbourhood.