inside the pantry
At the heart of The Skin Pantry is its studio kitchen, a space that’s as vibrant and fragrant as the power packed goodies it lovingly churns out in intimate micro batches. Oils and melt-in-your-mouth butter bases vie with the crackle of walnuts in a mist of lavender and vanilla. Its where our products come to life, wrapped in the comforting and sensorial appeal of delicious food, with its textures, aromas and ingredients.
It’s where we make a personal connection, knowing that our customers will delight in their skin care ritual, inhaling, revelling and savouring the product experience, as one would a fine dessert.
meet the chef
The Skin Pantry journey has been a very personal and emotional one. A few health setbacks in 2015 forced me to relook at my food choices and opt for organic ones instead. As I began to eat more organic, I felt better and was increasingly convinced in the difference being chemical-free could make, which included my skincare choices as well.
My search for organic skin care came up empty; either there were not many options in the market at the time, or the product claims were dodgy to say the least. I found the the term 'natural' to be a very blurred word, as the fine print on most 'natural' product labels were full of words like paraben, sulphate etc, and various chemical names I couldn't pronounce.
I decided to make my own skin care products. I wrenched open my kitchen cabinets, reaching for any ingredients I could find, and began the process of making my own emulsions and creams. The experience was a heady one, fraught with challenges, yet when an emulsion suddenly comes together, the joy is indescribable.
Our fragrant larder is choc-a-bloc with jars of all sizes, loaded with rich Shea and Cocoa Butters from Ghana, volcanic lava clays from France and Morocco, Madagascan Vanilla Beans, Bulgarian and French Lavender, tangy Lime, Lemon and Bergamot essential oils,heady Clary Sage and Roman Chamomile, toasty Bitter Almond and Jojoba oils, calming Camellia Seed and Borage oils…a bounty
so fresh, you can’t expect it to behave like a conventional cosmetic products! In fact, these untamed, raw jars of nature will harden in the winter and soften in warmer months (just stir with a clean, dry spoon and you’re good to go)
This buffet of goodies, sourced both locally and globally, are plant based, organically farmed, cruelty free and vegan, leaving our well stocked larder no room for nasties and harmful chemicals