In good grace

Friday, 1 February 2013

In good graceBecause we love beautiful things here at BeautySouthAfrica (it’s all in the name!), we love a fragrance with a beautiful mission. Grace perfume was developed in aid of the Red Light Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. The mission of Grace? To enhance a woman’s beauty and uniqueness as well as to encourage self-esteem and self-worth. The perfume’s creators, Nicky Akal and Jo-Anne Gibbon, have committed to giving 10 percent of the retail price of every perfume sold to the Red Light foundation in hopes of raising awareness and helping the victims of human trafficking.

Grace perfume

Co-creators Akal and Gibbon initially wanted to create something that would have a positive impact on the community. They decided to create their own fragrance to highlight human trafficking and partnered with Jean Guthrie, an expert in the fragrance industry and a leading brand in South Africa. Collaborating with Jean Guthrie Beauty Care on the fragrance, design of the bottle and artwork, the Grace perfume came to life. As Akal and Gibbon state, “Grace was birthed by a unique marriage of passions – a love for fine fragrance and a desire to effect change.”

Grace has a citrusy, oriental and floral fragrance, boasting top notes of tea, blackcurrant, bergamot and raspberry. Other notes include jasmine, rose, freesia, purple orchid, sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli, amber, vanilla, white musk and benzoin.

Red Light foundation

The Red Light foundation came into being in 2008 and is a recognised leader in combating human trafficking and the sex worker industry. Their international focus is on prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships; and they enforce this by frequently visiting schools to educate girls on the extent of human trafficking. They have also developed the Inkululeko (meaning ‘Freedom’ in Zulu) project, which aims to assist abused women and survivors of not only human trafficking, but also other violent, sexual and domestic crimes. Inkululeko also provides beauty, clothing and craft packages to women in safe houses, who are dependent on donations and funds received from donors.

GRACE 50ml Eau de Parfum retails at R350 from

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Danica Potgieter is a sassy sub-editor, witty writer and lover of high heels, lipgloss & her flat iron! (Hates bios, so this is all there is!)

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  1. Clueless_Cutie

    Such an awesome idea to create awareness about a serious issue.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention – a cause well worth supporting!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    Have also not heard of them before, having a look on their website.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    First time I heard of this initiative.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I enjoyed this article, thanks and keep up the good work

    6 years ago •

  1. Anni*

    Great cause and I’m sure it smells great too!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I love the smells in this perfume! Will keep a look out for it in future perfume shopping!

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    will definetley get it as its going for a great cause.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I seriously can’t get enough of this. Thanks so much you guys! It’s always in my handbag!

    6 years ago •

  1. Alison

    What a great initiative that has been started, if I come across this fragrance I will definitely purchase it!

    6 years ago •

  1. RJ

    A really great initiative. Big thumbs up :-)

    7 years ago •

  1. G

    It’s wonderful that they’ve aligned themselves with such a fantastic organisation!

    7 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    i believe it smells awesome + it is for a good cause

    7 years ago •

  1. Wilks

    What an amazing cause to support! A

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Great initiative, we need to support them.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lynette de Sousa

    wow, I think it’s great that they thought of a way to raise awareness and helping the victims of human trafficking. I will definitely support this. :-) Ups to the Red Light foundation!

    7 years ago •

  1. Amoré Sameera Jooste

    I love it when brands give back to a worthy cause and it is brands like this that I will support :-)

    7 years ago •


    This sounds very interesting and so very inspirational .. beauty on the outside and within

    7 years ago •

  1. Ramsewak

    Awesome idea!!! Looking forward to smelling this scent.

    7 years ago •

  1. Luce

    Love this idea! Will look out for it!

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Might just buy Grace just for supporting this initiative

    7 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I like it, it’s for a good cause.

    7 years ago •

  1. Dustin

    So pleased you are telling us about this – I will have to look out for it in Stores

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Great initiative to give 10 percent to the red light foundation!

    7 years ago •

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