Welcome to Essentially Natural – It’s Only Natural!
Have you sometimes found yourself considering natural solutions but felt paralysed over the uncertainty of ‘what, and how to use it’? In the past, we've found ourselves guilty as charged of buying that cheap import; wanted to use those green products but found ourselves worrying, ‘do they actually work’? We've felt powerless to affect the size of of the carbon footprint we're leaving; and too felt conflicted by an endless stream of advertising pointing us in so many opposing directions.
Our journey began in earnest after another dearly loved one was lost to cancer. It has been a remarkable journey of discovery of natural solutions and products that promote health and well-being.
We would love to share what we have learnt. We want to provide a platform for the truly wonderful products we have discovered. We hope to help every one of us to live life as naturally as possible, without causing harm to ourselves, other people, animals or the earth.
Only use natural ingredients in our products
Support local community initiatives and ethical, fair trade practices
Source all our products in South Africa - being proudly South African means supporting local industry
Believe in sharing information and constantly learning
Believe in honesty and transparency in our relationships with suppliers and customers
We only sell natural, organic products we use and believe in ourselves
The girls behind the scenes:
1 November 2012, my husband and best friend, Steph and Brad’s Dad, died of stomach cancer. His diagnosis six months prior catapulted me onto a journey of trying to help him and to protect my family from this dreadful disease.
The only thing I know for sure, years later, is that cancer is UNnatural. I firmly believe that the toxic brew of chemicals we put in our food, on our bodies and in our homes, has become a friend to illness. I am officially un-friending!
Qualifications and expertise? Mom of a tween and a teen. Passionate natural-life–wannabe.
I do promise to share everything I learn on my journey – I hope you’ll join me.
We are here because we want to promote exceptional products that are completely free of harmful ingredients ...less really is more. Our goal is to provide an online home that caters to your concerns, needs, and desire for health solutions and products that are just plain good for you.
I am so proud to present our ‘considered alternative’. (Just when did people, animal and earth-friendly ingredients and solutions become considered alternative?) And since you are here I know that you will find something that reflects our shared values and passions, a way to make the world a better, healthier, place.
Juliette van der Meer
Vicki’s little sis, student, lifelong learner, enthusiastic DIY-er, conscious content creator and blogger and trying to be as natural and nontoxic as possible!
Author of the Essentially Natural Blog.
I enjoy creating, whether it be in the form of writing a blog or whipping up a DIY something made from natural ingredients.
I love nature, and all things sustainable, harmless, chemical-free and non-polluting.
Passionate about 100% natural skincare, natural remedies and green beauty.
I have an undergrad degree in geology and geography, a PGCE and am currently completing my BSc Honours in energy studies.