Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 02:44 pm

Johannesburg-based visual artist and creative, Marinda Thomas, spent the first three months of her life covered in eczema and battled recurring outbreaks into adulthood.

Regular cortisone prescriptions led her to experiment with natural alternatives and so began her journey into learning about Mother Nature’s apothecary and the healing power of earth’s botanicals and minerals.

Sourcing 100% natural, ethically-produced products in South Africa can be logistically challenging and prohibitively expensive, which led Marinda to consult with a biochemist and develop products for her own use.

Seeing their positive results – she hasn’t needed cortisone for the past 20 years – she expanded her range and Essential Earth Remedies was born of her passionate research.

Essential Earth Remedies offers a full range of South African, hand-crafted, restorative, non-toxic skincare products using only the purest, ethically-sourced ingredients and 100% natural carrier and essential oils.

The range covers those with sensitive and dry skin, normal skin, oily skin, mature skin and acne-prone skin.

It all began with the treatment for Marinda’s sensitive, eczema-prone skin: a 100% natural balm using rare and precious Rose Absolute as the active ingredient for its potent healing qualities.

Then followed the Frankincense and Myrrh anti-ageing range and the Starflower and Geranium range, which rejuvenates normal skin. The Argan and Clove  range is for acne-prone skin while the Tea Tree and Juniper Berry range balances oily skin.

Win 1 of 3 Essential Earth Remedies Anti-ageing hampers worth R2000 each

The team of family members (Marinda’s business partners are her son, Jason and daughter, Lauren) has also developed various ranges suited to support lifestyle choices, such as the Meditation Range to support spiritual practices.

Their innovative Scents with Meaning range of aromatherapy roll-on sticks make beautiful personalised gifts – meanings have been assigned to certain scents enabling clients to purchase gifts that personify the person receiving them, for example, ‘devotion’ which would include attributes such as integrity, honesty and loyalty, contains chamomile, clary-sage and vanilla and ‘Authenticity’ includes grace, dignity and sincerity which contains grapefruit, jasmine and juniper berry.

The products contain no parabens, petrochemicals or artificial fragrances

There is no animal testing and the African-sourced ingredients promote the sustainability of the growing local essential oil agricultural sector. All the products are packaged in glass and clients can exchange four of the empty glass bottles or jars, for a fresh product from the same range for free to promote recycling.


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