I have been so privileged of late to work with the beautiful minds behind Rondavel – a small family-run business that produces the most delicious handmade soap, balms and more right here in the KZN Midlands. They use only natural, sustainable and local ingredients to make nourishing products and their packaging is biodegradable and often reusable. Kate is the mastermind behind their beautiful packaging (and often the illustrations/artwork involved in it too) while Chikondi is responsible for mixing up batches of glorious smelling soaps and other products that will delight your senses. Their three lovely sons provide entertainment and inspiration while they work from home up in Rosetta, near Nottingham Road.
Recently, Kate and Chikondi launched their first men’s range, Wild Mountain, inspired by their love for wild local plants and all the beautiful mountainous regions across South Africa. Kate came up with the overall look she wanted to achieve and together we brought it to life in the form of packaging specifically for the following products: Beard & Shave Soap, Propolis Deodorant, Face Balm, Aftershave Tonic and Beard Oil.
Scents include: Wild Dagga & Cedar from the Amathole Mountains, Rooibos & Buchu from the Cederberg, Cedar & Hemp from the Amathole Mountains, Cape Chamomile from the Cederberg, ‘High Grassland’ from the Drakensberg to name just a few! Ingredients are sourced from sustainable farmers in each of these regions and carefully mixed by Rondavel with other natural ingredients to create these amazing products.
Hubby and my dad (and even I!) have tried some of these products and they are divine (not only because I was involved with the packaging design and am biased, but they really do smell good and feel great on your skin!)
Don’t worry ladies, there’s a special range coming your way soon too, keep up with the news by following Rondavel on Facebook 😉