A personalized guide to gifting by Terres d’Afrique founder, Dr Stephan Helary
The holiday season is about sharing quality time with loved ones, friends and family and showing our appreciation with the perfect gift.
As much as the products and experiences we offer are of the earth, of Africa, of a world that combines science and tradition in equal measure, we are also about finding new frontiers; arriving at a place where the body is in balance with the soul, where modern business connects with ancient lore, where sophistication and luxury embrace the concept of Ubuntu – “I am because you are”.
For Terres d’Afrique, the most important gift is to give back to the communities and empower the African women without whom our brand would not exist.
To help you find your perfect gift and help us give back to these communities, I have put together a personalized shopping guide.
FOR THE SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE (INCLUDING YOURSELF)
Some of our best sellers.
WITH KIGELIA, BAOBAB & BUCHU
Easily absorbed, this serum packed with potent anti-ageing ingredients will lift the skin, leaving it feeling firm and smooth, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
WITH MARULA, MANKETTI & BAOBAB
A complex, fast absorbing formulation that hydrates and restructures the skin while fighting free radicals and boosting skin elasticity.
WITH MARULA, MANKETTI & KALAHARI MELON
Be radiant this festive season with our deep-acting balancing face oil. Easily absorbed, this oil restores dry, dull, tired skin to a soft silky feel and a radiant glow.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO BE PAMPERED
A home spa experience.
WITH BUCHU, BLACK & PINK PEPPER
Using South Africa’s most famous indigenous health tonic; Buchu, combined with Madagascan Black and Pink Peppers, this blend will activate circulation and detoxify your body.
WITH COCONUT SHELL, ROOIBOS LEAVES & BAOBAB OIL
Scented with natural sweet myrrh, this scrub sloughs away dead cells leaving the skin soft and refreshed.
WITH CITRONELLA, ZANAMPOLY, GINGER & LIME
This energizing blend will boost your energy level. Marula, kalahari melon and Manketti oils, rich in essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9), help restructure and regenerate the deeper layers of the skin and restore its natural lipid barrier. Your skin feels supple and soft to the touch.
FOR THOSE OBSESSED WITH HOME FRAGRANCE
Terres d’Afrique has created aromatic blends inspired by African biomes and evoking their exotic scents.
Feel a breath of the sea whisper over the lands as it bends and frolics through the lemongrass. Follow it as it plays hide and seek through the citrus orchards. Let the energy lift you on the scent of Citronella, Lime and Ginger.
Step out into the endless African dawn. Feel the still-wet grass kiss your feet as the sun turns the dew into pearls of light. A hint of Vetiver and Cardamom invites you to relax into the fresh grassland and woody fragrance of a beautiful new day.
The distinctive Terres d’Afrique fragrance is crafted from three unusual African resins, omumbiri, omutati and opoponax. The smell is reminiscent of the biome of the Kaokoveld in Namibia – golden and honeyed, with a nutty, caramel toffee and base notes of earthy resins and warm amber.
FOR THE FINE PALATES
Healthy for the body and warming to the soul, Terres d’Afrique fair trade gourmet teas are sophisticated blends of exotic flavors; perfect for tea lovers.
WITH RED ROOIBOS, HONEYBUSH & LAVENDER
Lemon balm, chamomile and lavender flowers help bring stillness and content to the mind and body, ushering in a feeling of calm.
WITH BAOBAB, GREEN ROOIBOS & MANGO
Vibrant tropical notes of pineapple and mango merge with grassy green organic rooibos, blue cornflower and baobab, in an uplifting brew.
WITH LEMON VERBENA, GREEN ROOIBOS & ROSE
Organic green rooibos blended with calming, soothing lemon verbena, and Moroccan rose buds assist with mood and sleep, with jasmine flowers sealing the bliss.
Struggling to find that last minute gift or can’t decide what to get your secret Santa? This is an ideal present for people you don’t really know or if your budget is limited.
WITH JOJOBA OIL, KIGELIA & BAOBAB OIL
This fast absorbing everyday hand balm repairs skin exposed to environmental stress. Carefully selected ingredients soften and hydrate without leaving an oily residue.
THE GENEROUS GIVER
The element of a good present is thoughtful, useful or novel. Show your love and appreciation to the one that deserves with a luxury gift set. By gifting generously you also help empower our African harvesters; women who help their communities.
Scented with natural sweet myrrh, this scrub sloughs away dead cells leaving the skin soft and refreshed. A luxurious, soothing body butter fragranced with exotic omumbiri rejuvenates, moisturises and softens skin.
MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES
I like this complex blend of flavours for its comforting feeling. It always makes think of the calmness and stillness of the vast Plaines of the Serengeti. It offers a moment of respite in the busy life most of us live.
My best travel companion. All this time spent in planes, changing climates and seasons while traveling between different continents takes a toll on my skin. I love the soothing and calming effect of this serum. The Aloe ferox gel, combined with rooibos tea provides not only moisture to my skin but a whole bunch of powerful active ingredients.
The creation of this blend was a marvellous surprise. The end results turned out quite different than I had anticipated while blending these African essential oils (Katrafay, vetiver, omumbiri) together. It turned into a rich, woody, grassy but sweet smell that reminded me of the smell of dried grass after the first rain following a long dry winter. It is a very grounding and relaxing scent.
This energizing blend of Citronella and Zanampoly combined with hints of Ginger and Lime reminds me of my childhood on tropical islands. It not only energizes the mind but the blend of African carrier oils (Kalahari melon, marula & manketti) makes your skin feel soft and silky. It is ideal in hot humid climates or as bath oil.
A luxurious, rich body butter fragranced with exotic omumbiri. This non-greasy formulation rejuvenates, moisturises and softens skin. It has done wonders to my very dry and sensitive skin. I love it’s rich texture, how it absorbs so easily into the skin and it’s beautiful warm grounding smell. I never travel without it.
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