The phrase ‘support local’ is a rumbling movement of proud Africans supporting African makers. This change in the attitude of consumers enables budding entrepreneurs to innovate.

A recent introduction to local entrepreneur Daniella Shapiro and the Oolala Collection had me asking, if we are slaves to what we read and see in magazines. We believe that big brands that spend huge amounts on advertising, who is visible and punted by our favourite fashion mags are the ones that will give us the results we want – and we never bother to look at products manufactured right on our doorsteps.

“We don’t need to hide what’s inside”

The Oolala Collection is scientifically formulated and transparent with what’s inside. They believe that safe and healthy products which are gentle on the skin with no parabens also containing the latest in advanced actives and peptides, together with cutting edge formulations stand in a class of their own and cannot be compared to any main stream brands.

They also boast to be 100% animal-friendly and is backed by Beauty Without Cruelty and VeganSA. That means no honey, beeswax, lanolin, fish collagen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, squalene and stearic acid or parabens, formaldehyde and triclosan in any of the Oolala Collection products.

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What you put on your skin…

When I started with fertility treatments I changed the way I choose products. I opted for more natural products (by that I don’t mean freshly made from roots and leaves) that didn’t have harsh chemicals because I believed that this would influence my chances of succeeding with my treatments.

Whilst speaking to Daniella from the Oolala Collection recently, she shared my belief that chemicals are transferable from your skin to your body’s lymphatic system, putting you at risk of cancer and endocrine disorders.

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It is also worth mentioning that they don’t use added packaging other than the product vessel – making this range a “greener” option.

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45 products in 9 categories for all skin types

What is interesting about the Oolala Collection is that their products are unisex. They have products for normal, dry & flaking, oily, sensitive, combination, acne prone, blemished & pigmented as well as ageing skin.

To make it easier for you to choose the products suitable for your skin type, visit the skin type page and find all the recommended products.

Oolala Collection 45 Products

Review to follow – I am currently testing out one of the Oolala Collection products to help alleviate dryness on my temples and will soon share what I think of it.

To find out more about Daniella Shapiro and The Oolala Collection Club visit, or

Do you have any skincare questions? Pop them in the comments below.


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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