5 of The Best Natural Skincare Brands in South Africa

Best Natural Skincare South AfricaSouth Africa is known for its natural diversity. When it comes to local natural skincare brands, we are just as lucky. There are many natural skincare brands that we can boast about, some offering fair trade, others cruelty free products and some brands even offer all of the above. 

Below we will list some of the best natural skincare brands that our country has to offer. 

No reason to shop overseas, when we have many proudly South African products that are excellent.

Best Natural Skincare Brands in South Africa

1. Pradiance

The scientifically formulated natural skincare brand was born out of prayerful reflection. We encourage people to align their lifestyles with what their body, mind, spirit and skin needs.  

We truly believe in the quality of our natural skincare products. With over 30 years of experience in the skincare industry, our founder has always had an immense passion for only using the best naturally sourced ingredients from mother nature.  

We hope that with our love for the earth, we can help many fellow South Africans become more environmentally conscious.  

All our ingredients are sustainably sourced and cruelty free. And we are avid believers in natural skincare products because 60% of what you put on your skin enters into your bloodstream.  

Therefore, if you are using harsh chemicals on your skin, this could affect your health over time. Besides this, these chemicals are bad for our environment, and we are completely against animal testing.  

Our mission is to help people make a conscious decision about which products they use, considering all factors on how these skincare products can affect their health and our planet.  


Some of the key ingredients we use are: 

  • Kigelia Africana - Sustainably sourced from the Kigelia tree’s fruit, Kigelia is a near miraculous botanical that is hailed for its healing and firming properties.  Kigelia is rich in antioxidants, promotes elasticity, treats sun damage and contains anti-ageing properties. 
  • Kalahari Melon Seed Oil - Is high in Omega 6 & 9 which stimulates skin cell growth and regeneration. 
  • Aloe Vera - Is well known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. 
  • Shea Fruit Oil - Is an emollient that softens and improves skin condition. 
  • Jojoba Seed Oil - Is an emollient that softens the skin and is effective in improving skin conditions. 
  • Squalane - Is another emollient, that leaves skin feeling silky smooth to the touch and improves the skin barrier. 
  • Sesame Seed Oil - Is rich in antioxidants.  

What products do we offer?

We offer a variety of different natural skincare products from cleansing milks, to serums and moisturizers.

Where can you buy Pradiance?

You can purchase all our skincare products from our online store and have it delivered to your doorstep, or visit various health stores across South Africa, including Wellness Warehouse to buy them.

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2. Hey Gorgeous

Hey Gorgeous is a natural skincare range that is relatively new on the market. They choose to use certified organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.  

Hey Gorgeous doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, additives or fillers in their products and their products are scientifically formulated to target different skin conditions such as acne, anti aging, and dryness.  

Some of the key ingredients used:

They use a variety of ingredients in their products, as they have a long list of different products to choose from.  

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter,
  • Jojoba 
  • Distilled Water 
  • Essential Oils.
  • Brown Rice Powder
  • Sugar
  • Atlantic Sea kelp powder
  • Kaolin
  • Apricot oil
  • Chamomile 

What type of natural products do they offer?

Hey Gorgeous offers face care, bodycare, haircare and products for teens and babies. They also sell serums, cleaners, moisturizers and even scented candles.  

Where can you buy Hey Gorgeous?

You can either pop on over to their online store, or visit your local Foschini. They also have their own stores located in Bryanston, Claremont, and TygerValley. 


3. Africology

Africology has quite an interesting story behind it. The founder of Africology, Renchia Droganis, always had a love for all things natural. She was a single mother of 4 and built her business through hard work, perseverance and intuition.  

Years of research, application and refinement eventually led to the finished Africology products today.  

They only use 100% natural essential oils, are cruelty free, heavy metal free, vegan friendly and ISO certified.  

What type of products do they offer?

Africology is not just a skincare range, but they also sell a lot of bodycare products such as skin conditioning and hair care products. They also have a home spa range which includes essential oils and massage balms. 

Some of the key ingredients used

  • Coconut oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Marula
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Aloe Ferox 

Where can you buy Africology?

You can either purchase their products from their online store, or visit the following stores in person: The Club in Pretoria, Maslow in Sandton, Parkhurst and the V & A Waterfront.  

4. Esse

Esse is a firm believer in long term skincare goals and not in damaging skin in the pursuit of short-term results.  

Their products use prebiotics and live probiotics to feed good microbes on the skin.  

They are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free. 

 Esse also supports fair trade and is a carbon neutral company.

Some of the key ingredients used:

  • Probiotics - “Can shift the skin’s ecology to favour a diverse ecosystem that is healthy enough to resist attacks from pathogens and to slow the rate of aging in skin by reducing inflammation. Esse seeds the skin with probiotics and feeds the skin with prebiotic nutrients to ensure an intervention in microbes that balances the ecology on the skin​.” 
  • Aloe Vera
  • Jojoba
  • Shea Butter
  • Devils Claw
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Rooibos Leaf Extract
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary 

What products are offered?

Esse offers skincare products for all skin types. From cleansers, to moisturizers, to masks and toners. 

Where can you buy Esse?

Esse has an online shop where you can view their various products, and order online; or alternatively you can use their store locator page, to find an Esse stockist near you. 

5. Dr. Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka has been around for about 50 years. They are one of the early pioneers in natural skincare products and one of the most well known natural skincare brands in the world. They believe that natural skincare supports the skin and goes deeper when it comes to nourishing and caring for your skin, along with supporting the environment. 

They only used certified organic medicinal plants in their products, which contain no mineral oils, silicones, PEGs and synthetic preservatives. Dr. Hauschka products are also cruelty free, so you can have peace of mind that no animals were harmed.

Some of the key ingredients used:

  • Persea Gratissima Oil
  • Anthyllis Vulneraria Extrac
  • Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
  • Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract
  • Lactobacillus/Oat/Rye/Wheat Seed Extract Ferment

What type of products are offered?

Dr. Hauschka has a wide variety of products to choose from. From cleansing milks, to day creams and even products for medical care; such as intensive care products for cold sores. You can shop online for natural skincare products  from Dr. Hauschka, as they have an all natural cosmetics range

Where can you buy Dr. Hauschka?

You can purchase Dr. Hauschka online via their website, or buy their products in person at The Wellness Warehouse or even Woolworths. 

In conclusion

These 5 best natural skincare brands in South Africa are definitely worth having a look at. 

If you would like to make a difference by supporting companies that choose to preserve the earth and are cruelty free, then these brands can put your mind at ease.

Be sure to get in touch with Pradiance if you would like any more information about our natural skincare brand.