'My Bliksem' aftershave balm 'Kakiebos'

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Kakiebos is something we all know, it is a weed that grows prolifically all over South Africa, what you probably do not know is how it got here from the Americas, and why on earth we would use it in a aftershave balm! The common name of Tagetes minuta in English, khaki-weed, is derived from its supposed introduction by English khaki-clad soldiers during the Anglo Boer War (1899–1902). The weed was introduced with the imported fodder for the British Army’s horses. The earliest record in South Africa appears to be in 1905 at Vlakfontein. In 1909, it was recorded at Grahamstown as a troublesome weed. The first record for KwaZulu-Natal was noticed in Newcastle in 1910. By 1920 it was widespread in South Africa. Leaves, stalks and flowers are picked when plants are in seed, mechanically chopped and the oil is then steam-distilled. Initially the oil has a wild unpleasant smell, but after 12 months of maturity, it achieves a pleasant sweet-fruity (mango-like) smell and attains a stable composition. During maturation, the oil thickens and the colour darkens. The aroma of the oil develops further in the following 5 years, after which the oil quality deteriorates. This essential oil blended with a few others presents itself as a somewhat 'familiar' fragrance as most of us knows the strong, pungent smell when breaking off bits from the growing plant. We added some woody-ness, some sweetness and some classic smelling Patchouli to create another basic, earthy, sweet, lemony fragrance. Think sweet Lemon cream biscuits with a healthy whiff of a Highveld farm on a winters morning, quite a unique, truly local vibe to this one!

The name 'My Bliksem' was derived from the amazement we experienced when we first compared this product to other mainstream products that are out there. Typical utterances you may need to exclaim are; 'My Bliksem die goed voel bedonnerd lekker op my vel' or 'My Bliksem hoekom vind ek nou eers uit van die puik produk', or 'My Bliksem man, wie het gesê jy mag MY MB gebruik!!!??? If you use Google to translate phrases above you may think I am talking about the weather, I'm not, just know it feels damn good on the skin!

If you are after a post shave product that is handcrafted locally in small batches, natural and unique, and that does the job it is supposed to do better than you anticipate it to, you have just found it! We have formulated this balm with a huge focus on sustainable skincare. Branding, marketing hype, appearance and cost all took a backseat to the primary objective, to produce a balm that feels damn good on your skin and takes the job of nourishing and protecting your skin very seriously. Fragrance preferences are something that is quite unique to each and every user, and for this reason we have developed no less than 12 differently fragranced balms to allow you to find one that really fits your personality, style and liking. Use less product in the mornings and apply more liberally before bedtime. This balm can be used at any time and anywhere, so keep a few jars at home, work, in the sports bag and even in your car, use whenever you feel a bit ‘rough and dry’. The balm will also do an excellent job anywhere on your body where relief is required from burns, chafing, insect bites and dry skin.

This balm is unlike anything out there, it is made right here in South Africa using only natural main ingredients sourced from small scale farmers and businesses. This balm is highly concentrated and is very economical, it contains no water, preservatives or chemicals so a little goes a long way, a dollop as small as your pinky finger nail or less is all that is required to cover your entire face and neck area. If your skin looks too shiny or feels oily after massaging into your face and neck for 30 to 60 seconds, you are more than likely using too much, it is really that simple. Unlike most modern balms and aftershaves there are no liquids that will evaporate after application, whatever you apply is absorbed by your skin, feeding, protecting and nourishing it to a state of natural well being.

The main ingredient for this series of balms is Highveld grass fed tallow that have been processed by using water directly from the earth and coarse sea salt from the Kalahari desert, to this we have added some lovely plant oils and butters; Virgin cold pressed Olive oil from the fairest Cape, Shea butter all the way from Ghana, Beeswax and Propolis from Gauteng and a touch of cold pressed Coconut oil from beautiful Mozambique. Perfectly natural skin food made for folks who can distinguish between buying a great product versus dropping cash on an extensively marketed brand.

The product has no colorants in it, texture and color (off white to golden yellow) is determined by the ingredients and oils used in the specific balm. The tallow and essential oils used both play a part, and texture can vary from smooth, hard and creamy to soft and airy with small particles of oils or fats in suspension.

The tub contains 100 ml of soothing goodness, refills will be available soon at around R100 bucks a pop, so hang on to your tin!