Products we’re *obsessed* with this week

The new products we love


Over the last while we’ve had some incredible prods arriving on the beauty desk, and we are obsessed. Here’s the how and why. Words by Aléz Odendaal.

Optiphi Clarity Serum | We had the pleasure of meeting someone from the Optiphi team who went through this serum’s formulation for us, and suffice it to say that it’s packed full of very carefully curated ingredients that have proven effective through rigorous tests. It’s essentially a science-first approach to skincare, and we love it. Pop it on an individual spot and watch that baby fade ASAP.

Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment Mask | Had a long day? Slap on this detox mask, light a candle (we love the Gorgeous  Cow Blissful Room Candle), and grab your favourite book for twenty minutes of quiet time. While you’re busy being not busy, the treatment will work its way through your skin with its non-acid amino-sugar exfoliation, unclogging your pores and absorbing excess oil. Yes, please!

Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath and Body Oil | Those of us in the Eastern and Western Capes aren’t allowed a bath yet, but everyone can use this as a body oil. After showering but well before bed (no one wants oil stains on their sheets), massage into your legs, thighs, and chest. Let the calming scent of lavender take the edge off a long week.

Dr Gobac Exfoliating Masque | This little wonder product has been formulated with acids to gently remove the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your face. This reduces dark spots, helps get rid of spots, and will make your makeup application so much smoother. Bonus? It’s natural! The exfoliating ingredient is papaya enzyme.

Yardley Intense Matte Lips | Kylie isn’t the only person who can make a stunning matte lip, and beauty powerhouse Yardley prove that point well. And you should see the colours. We literally had three staffers from elsewhere in the company stop by the beauty desk and gasp. Gasp. That’s how nice they are.

Nivea Repair and Care Body Lotion| Winter is indeed coming. If you know you tend to get dry spots in the colder months, grab this extra-super-moisturising lotion that offers up to 48hrs of protection.

Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon | Dermalogica are about to launch this babe in South Africa, following a fabulous event last week where we learnt how our circadian rhythm affects our skin, and how to optimise your beauty sleep with the products you use and at what time. If you want to look your best, Dermalogica says to apply any products between 6pm and 9pm, get enough rest in a cool environment covered with a warm blanket, and avoid relying on coffee to get you through the day after a big night. Applying Sound Sleep Cocoon will also help as the serum works to promote plump, healthier-looking skin by morning. The best part? Ingredients include motion-activated lavender particles that pop open while you sleep. Wow,wow, wow.


Have any new product you’ve loved lately? Let us know in the comments below!

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15 Responses

  1. Nivea Repair and Care Body Lotion
    Like I always say ….If you want to look good for summer keep your body fully moisturized in winter ; try to moisturize twice a day winter does make your skin dry and dull, locking that moisture in will do wonders for your skin
    Nivea Repair and Care Body Lotion is a great buy

  2. Optiphi Clarity Serum
    We all can look good with makeup but sometimes we forget about our skin care this is most important and using a great serum after a long day is food for your skin.

  3. Dr Gobac Exfoliating Masque
    I will never say no to a good mask especially a mask that removes dead skin cells and reduses dark spots this product is fantastic!!! I have tried it before and the results are amazing.

  4. Yardley Intense Matte Lips |
    This product is truly phenomenal a great buy , it gives you tthe hr matte effect but also moisturizes your lips at the same time so you wont have dry cracked ps at the ends of the day..

  5. The Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment Mask looks nice, in which stores is it available to buy?

  6. the Optiphi Clarity Serum sounds like something i need as i occasionally have to deal with pimples popping up on my face. i dont really have a go to serum or wash for them. where can i get this product?

  7. Interesting read for a Monday morning to beat that Monday blues. I would love to try out the Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon! This sounds absolutely fab!! I love the part where the particles pop open while you sleep! Defintely a WOW factor. I like the other products featured, but none of them catched my eye except the product I just mentioned.

    1. It’s quite a special product. The lavender is lovely and carries on being released while you sleep. One small drawback is that I’ve heard overuse of lavender can affect its sleep-inducing properties. No stress though, cause you can just alternate the Sleep Cocoon with another product and only apply it every other night. – Aléz

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