For Nicolene Gericke, the owner of Antjies Handmade Naturals, what started as hobby a little over 14 years ago has turned into a thriving business that supports her local community through employing over 60 talented individuals to hand make a variety of products. This small group of hardworking women create people-loving, earth-friendly handmade products that pamper the body and soul. Everything is made, cut and packaged by hand, which means that no two items are exactly alike.
Using only natural ingredients and fragrances, Antjies produces handmade bath products with a local feel and are well known for their quality range of soaps, bath salts, balms and massage candles. The gorgeous handmade soaps come in a wide range of fragrances, from rooibos, lavender, and rose geranium, to vanilla and citrus spice, there is a scent for everyone. Their bath salts and fizzers also come in a delectable range of fragrances which even includes a mustard bath fizz.
With their core focus being on creating high quality South African products, Antjies places huge importance on only using natural ingredients that are best for the skin, body, soul and earth. From the essential oils used to fragrance their soaps, to sourcing all-natural plant products, Antjies uses only the best ingredients to produce the finest handmade soaps. Some of Antjies clients include Village & Life Group of Hotels, Cape Union Mart (Poetry) , Wellness Warehouse and Tourvest.
Antjies products also include a range of bath and home ware, from soft cotton facecloths to hand knitted bathmats, baskets and bags. While we love all of their products, these are our five faves:
1. Antjies Handmade Soap
Antjies have a fantastic range of handmade soaps that come in a variety of fragrances from rooibos, to goats milk and lavender, and beeswax and honey. Made and fragranced with natural ingredients, these handmade soaps are some of the finest earth-friendly soaps in South Africa.
2. Shower Sachet Set
We love the Antjies shower sachet set which comes with a cotton mit and rooibos soap, tea, oats and herbs. Perfect for a gift or your home shower.
3. Massage Candle
Antjies massage candle with coconut and soya oil, in lavender or rose geranium, is perfect for a relaxing massage.
4. Boerseep for Stubborn Stains
We love Antjies boerseep soap, which is a fragrance free soap made for those tough and stubborn stains.
5. Bath Fizzers and Salts
Antjies bath fizzers and bath salts, are the best way to enjoy bath time. Making it the fragrant, relaxing and slow — the perfect way to wind down after a long day.
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