Lulu & Marula is a collection of small-batch, handmade, all natural skin care products born from the mind of beauty enthusiast, self-declared skincare product hoarder and green living idealist, Jesslynn Schlamm. Because great skincare is a lot more than just what you put on your skin, Lulu & Marula was created to provide artisanal and ethical products that fulfill all your skincare needs.
Jesslynn Schlamm once shared in an interview how she would watch her mum make her own skincare products using natural ingredients. While she thought it a bit weird at the time, it spawned in her a love for skincare products and an interest in natural ingredients. As she grew, she became a lot more conscious of what she was putting into her body and onto her skin.
Being fed up with putting harsh chemicals on her skin which just made it dry and itchy, Jesslynn Schlamm started mixing her own face oils. From there she went on to create her own cleansing balms, body balms and hand/feet balms. While she initially produced these items in her kitchen for herself and as gifts for friends and family, word soon got out and she started getting requests from people. Eventually, she launched her online store in 2013.
Principles and Philosophy
Part of what makes the brand so great is that the entire business is run on six key principles;
- SIMPLICITY IS THE NEW AWESOME: Fewer products for the best result.
- NATURAL IS POWERFUL: Free of fragrances, preservatives and chemicals. Great for all skin types.
- RELISH SIMPLE PLEASURES: Products provide a sensory experience in your daily routine.
- HANDMADE IS THE BEST KIND: All handmade in little batches to ensure top-notch quality.
- THE FUTURE IS LOCAL: Ingredients and packaging are sourced locally wherever possible.
- THOUGHTFULLY SUSTAINABLE: Products are not tested on animals and packaging is kept to a minimum.
Yes, it is easy to list a bunch of principles on a website; so what about following through? A good number of their principles is already evident in their product packaging and online presence. The products are simply packaged, thus conveying the brand’s message: simple, fun, natural! While the containers aren’t exactly big, they prove that sometimes, a little really can go a long way. Their blog – which is an extension of their online store – is a goldmine of skin care tips that go beyond how to use the products. One article for example explains what it means when a product is palm-oil free. What I found particularly useful was the list of synonyms for palm-oil that we may not notice on a long list of ingredients.
Some Lulu&Marula Products From Their Website
Pricing & Availability
Lulu & Marula products range from R 65 ZAR to about R 800 ZAR (about $5 to $64) for a gift set at the current exchange rate. You can buy the products directly from their website, at any of the stores listed on their site, or their store on Etsy. Plus, they deliver worldwide!
Connect with Lulu & Marula
You can connect with this amazing brand via their Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook profiles, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (which is actually very responsive). Or check out their blog for amazing tips and stories!