July - September 2019 Editor's Choice

Our magazine editor Lara Potgieter reviews her favourite products for the season.

FOCUS FUEL

Everything you read in this edition can be attributed to the Bulletproof Keto Coffee from My Wellness. Well, almost. I can honestly say that I have found a new ally in fierce focus and caffeinic clarity – one that’s tasty enough to qualify as a guilt-free indulgence to boot. A blend of MCT oil, BHB salts, collagen and Arabica coffee, the super sip certainly delivers on its promise of sustainable energy without the caffeine crash.

HALCYON HEMP

CBD – or cannabidol - has become a popular companion in calm for everyone from yogic youngsters to edgy executives. It’s a compound that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system – a series of receptors that regulate pain, mood, immunity, memory, appetite, stress and a host of other important functions. Select’s award winning CBD Drops combine soothing natural essences with 100% pure hemp oil in fast-acting proprietary tincture blends. Although they can be applied topically, I go the whole hog and take one dropper of the lavender-flavoured tincture orally in the evenings for a sweet Select sleep.

RALLY THE DEFENCES

I feel about as frightened as the characters in Game of Thrones when I hear that “winter is coming”. Rather than the dreaded white walkers, my nemesis comes in the form of an almost inevitable persistent seasonal flu. I was relieved to be given a bottle of Himalaya’s naturally immuneenhancing Septilin tablets to try, albeit after succumbing to my 2019 bout. Its immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antimicrobial (wow) properties are said to help increase the level of one’s antibody-forming cells, elevating the body’s resistance to infection. I’m currently taking them preventatively, and look forward to seeing how my body fares for the rest of the season with the support of this new ally.

BETTER FOR BABY

Although Mimu’s naturally safe cleaning products are specially formulated for baby spills, I’m a pretty messy eater myself and quite enjoyed trialling the quirkily packaged range. All the products are fragrance-free and non-toxic, making them not only babysafe but also great for the whole family. The Stain Remover naturally removes stubborn drips (guilty) and drools (luckily not yet) from delicate garments, while the Floor Cleaner deals with whatever makes it all the way to the ground. Although the Bathtime Cleaner is made for tubs, I used it as a general bathroom surface cleaner to great effect. Another favourite is the Bottle & Dish Wash, which is tough on food residue while gentle on the skin, and apparently particularly effective at removing milk film and odour.

BEE BUTTER

No, it’s not made from bees. We love bees. It does contain propolis and beeswax, though – gifts from the industrious little buzzers that happen to be great for human skin. The ancient Greeks used propolis to treat abscesses, Assyrians used it to help heal wounds and tumours, and ancient Egyptians harnessed its preserving powers for the purposes of mummification. I just like the way it feels on my legs after a shower. Add antibacterial, protecting and moisture-retaining beeswax to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a great natural body butter, honey.

HANDY HYDRATION

I’d never considered adding bulbine frutescens to my body care regime. Mainly because I’d never heard of it. Turns out it’s a flowering plant that’s native to southern Africa, and boasts leaves that yield a naturally nourishing gel. TIMOLA’s Moisturising Hand Cream is a great grease-free formula that harnesses this lovely leaf juice in a soothing and protective lotion that can be used on the hands, body or face. What’s more, it’s housed in a nifty little tube that’s perfect for handy handbag hydration.