Monthly Archives: September 2014

We did say ‘Watch this space!’

SEED 2014

So, for you that did not get up at six last Thursday to catch me on SABC 2, we can finally announce that Khoelife Soap Co-op is a 2014 SEED Award winner!!!! Thank you so much SEED Initiative for the vote of confidence!!! Being a small start-up business is hard enough, but when you are trying to be low-carbon women empowering (and make good soap) all at the same time, there will be many times when you start to suspect you are a little bit crazy. But we are not alone. I had a great time in Kenya representing the team,  meeting all the other SEED Award winners, soaked up knowledge like a sponge and now we are able to bring you an even better service!! Read more at

Most of all the people who deserve gratitude are the support team without which none of this could happen: Ethne, Simone, Made, Bev, Ncedo and Dawn.









Why make it more complicated then it has to be?

By the way, all our soaps are sulphate free!! In fact our lovely organic products are pretty much free of everything. But if your hairdresser has asked you to use a sulphate free shampoo, try our liquid soap. The rumour is going around that they have discovered it makes your treatment last longer and your hair stronger. Well, we have grumbled about sulphates and additives of all sorts on this blog for a long time. So just be kind to yourself and do not cause problems that you then need to solve. We recommend especially the liquid waxberry soap which will give your hair extra shine and bounce. Oh, and save the environment as well as your skin while you are about it…

If you want to know more about preserving our ecosystem, there is a brand new publication available. Country reports from seven countries of the global South by women advocating for and analysing gendered responses to climate change at a national level (including yours truly). Find it at

Khoelife is off travelling for a few days. waxberry soaps Why? Very, very exciting news, in fact very interesting things will be happening over the next few weeks. Like a sweet apple takes all summer long to ripen so we have been working all year on making sure that you can enjoy your daily Buchu soap. Watch this space! All shall be revealed in due course.