Last weekend I attended the launch of the beautiful new skincare range by Suki Suki Naturals. I came across the brand on Instagram and fell in love with their style and concepts. When I saw that their upcoming skincare line was being released, I was quick to commit to being first in line.
I was lucky enough to be able to chat to Linda, the founder of the brand, for a few minutes at the launch, and managed to sneak in a few questions about her vision for Suki Suki Naturals, her inspiration for the existing products and the factors that are important to her as a producer and creator of skin and haircare items.
Suki Suki Naturals was born out of need for a wholesome range of products for women with natural hair. Concerned with the amount and type of chemicals one is exposed to through use of beauty products, Linda made natural, responsibly sourced ingredients the cornerstone of her brand.
She had the ingenuity and resourcefulness to design her haircare range in such a way that most products could be used for both hair and body, making the inevitable move to skincare an easy one. She HANDMAKES all of the items she sells, except for the shampoo bars, which shows just how personally invested she is in her brand.
Prickly pear from Morocco, mango butter from India, shea butter from Ghana, Suki Suki Naturals is one incredibly diverse brand that draws its inspirations from all over the world. Suki means hair in Lingala, a language native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Linda was born. I find the way that she incorporated it into her brand beautiful. Suki also means ‘to like’ in Japanese and ‘happy’ in Hindi, which are incredibly apt terms to associate with the brand.
Prickly Pear Rejuvenating Facial Oil 50ml (R330)
This was the one item from the range that I didn’t pick up. I was quite torn between this and the Rosehip Brightening Facial Oil, but forced myself to only grab one. After trying both facial oils, the scent of the Rosehip version won me over. The Prickly Pear oil is the more popular of the two, according to the brand’s owner, and most people gravitate to its fresh scent and restoring properties.
Made with prickly pear oil, inca inchi oil and macadamia nut oil, its packed full of lovelies that nourish skin and help it to retain moisture. It also contains squalene (derived from plants), which is used for its plumping properties. The vitamin E content in the oil targets dark circles and fine lines for a smoothed texture and better complexion.
Rosehip Brightening Facial Oil 50ml (R300)
This was the facial oil I did settle on. This beautifully coloured, luxuriously-textured oil was love at first try. It is also part of the owner’s regular skincare routine. I struggle with dryness, but usually don’t enjoy the feeling of oil on my skin. But the thickness of this product makes it apply like a dream. Its quick absorbing and allows for easy application of makeup over the top.
Rosehip is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins known to improve the colour and quality of skin. Aiding in the appearance of spots and dark marks, Vitamin A helps brighten the skin, and even one’s complexion. It also contains jojoba oil, argan oil, macadamia nut oil and seabuckthorn berry oil, making it a lovely concoction of moisturising and softening ingredients.
Acai Gentle Exfoliating Mask 50g (R240)
The product I was most interested in out of the entire new range was this one. I think the concept of mixing your own mask as you need it so novel. It keeps your product fresh and hygienic and ensures you only ever use just as much as you need. It also encourages you to take a moment and enjoy the process of applying a mask, as opposed to using a product in the shower and simply washing it off before you hop out.
Made from a mix of clays and apricot kernel, this powdery mask can be mixed with water in the palm of your hand until your desired consistency is achieved. Smoothing the paste over your skin lightly removes dead skin and dirt from your face, while the turmeric in the mask reduces redness, making it ideal for problematic skin too.
Papaya Rose Hydrating Facial Mist 50ml (R220)
This is the most beautiful smelling facial mist I have ever had the pleasure of trying. It’s a softly-scented, fine spray and leaves my face feeling fresh. I’ve recently tried the Clinique Moisture Surge spray and was so disappointed. This product trumps the Clinique one by far, and is better priced for the volume you get.
The spray absorbs quickly and is not too watery and not too oily. It contains rose water, rose geranium and aloe vera leaf juice, all perfect for soothing and hydrating your face before you apply your moisturiser or makeup. The papain enzyme in the papaya extract is a known exfoliant and encourages healing of blemishes.
Jasmine Lip Treatment 17g (R60)
This is one of those items I knew I didn’t need, but I really wanted anyway. This lightly tinted balm is so luxuriously creamy. Its fresh scent and consistency make it my ideal lip treatment. It softens just enough when applied to your lips without becoming oily and smearing across the rest of your face.
I’ve been using it consistently and it hasn’t caused any breakouts around my mouth, as some rich balms do. It provides moisture for hours, and when I put it on before bed, I wake up with perfectly smooth and happy lips.
This was Linda’s starting range. The primary goal was for this line of products to provide effective care to women with natural hair, with a mix of quality ingredients. The over-arching theme of the range to moisture and protection, and many of the items have been designed in such a way that they are suitable for both skin and hair.
Activated Charcoal Shampoo Bar 100g (R120)
Marshmallow Root Shampoo Bar 100g (R120)
Jamaican Black Castor Oil 100ml (R190)
Miraculous Oil 100ml (R180)
Hydro-protective Hair Mist 150ml (R180)
Intensive Mango Butter 125g (R180)
This and the Hydro-protective Hair Mist will be my next two purchases.
Whipped Shea Crème 200g (R160)
This launch was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had since I started blogging. Meeting a female entrepreneur so knowledgeable and passionate about her brand was inspiring, and overall an absolute pleasure. Linda’s products are beautiful, her vision for Suki Suki Naturals is exciting, and the hard work she has poured into her products is evident in every bottle. I urge you guys to check her online shop out, or to visit one of her stockists to try some of her range for yourself. I’d love to hear from you if you do!
Disclaimer: All of the products I have from the new skincare range were bought with my own money, except for the Gentle Exfoliating Mask which was kindly gifted to me at the launch after I purchased the other three items. I was not asked by Suki Suki Naturals to write this post, nor was I paid to do so. This is just a brand I really liked the feel of, and am more than happy to endorse.