You know that feeling when you stumble on a new product or service or show? And you want to tell people about it, because sharing is caring, and the people should know if it is good or bad or will change your life. Welcome to finds of the month, a monthly series where we share all the random little things we discovered and are enjoying.
#1 Herbivore’s Chocolate Range
You my remember Herbivore as the first to bring us Kale Chips in a bag. In the past year they’ve gone from Kale and cereal to becoming a fully-fledged plant-based food company with over a dozen lines from plant-based meat alternatives, spreads, cereals and sweet and savoury snacks. They’re online only and so as soon as they started delivering to Johannesburg, I ordered a whole box of snacks (mainly chocolate variations if we’re being truly honest) to try out.
Before we get to the products, I have to mention the service which was incredible – my order arrived within 48 hours and I got updates as it moved from processing to delivery. Thus far I’ve tried their mylk chocolate (incredibly smooth), Rawchers (which are intensely chocolatey – in a good way), the nut butter cups, of which the hazelnut was my favourite (in fact it was my favorite out of everything, the chocolate was super creamy and the filling softer than the other cups) and the hazelnut cocoa spread which has a great consistency and chocolate taste (more chocolate than hazelnut).
All in all, I was impressed, their snacks are well priced and a good non-dairy alternative. All their products are on top of being vegan, both Kosher and Halaal certified.
Get the chocolate snack range here (R19.99 – R29.99),
Get the Hazelnut Cacao Spread here (R79.99)
#2 Mrs Martin’s Probiotic Air
Mrs Martin’s has a knack for doing scents really well. It’s one of the things I like most about their products – they smell really good. This probiotic air freshener like all Mrs Martin’s products uses only palm-free, plant-based ingredients. The fragrance has been approved by The Allergy Foundation of South Africa and contains special microbes that fall on surfaces, destroy and crowd out all stink producing bacteria and are safe for kids and animals. It comes in a refillable aerosol bottle to reduce plastic waste. Now back to the scent – undoubtedly the best air freshener I’ve used, it has a pleasant herbal fragrance which is not too overpowering but leaves a bathroom smelling fresh. It reminds me a little of the herbal smell of a yoga studio, and I mean that in a really good way.
Get it here (R160)
#3 Mrs Martin’s Handmade Bamboo Clothy
This clothy is made out of bamboo which is a sustainable resource with a yarn that pretty much lasts forever. It is hand knitted and can be used to wash counters or dishes. I use it to wipe down counters and find its gritty thread to be perfect for picking up any spills or sticky mess. It is the perfect alternative to paper towel and disposable wipes. Rinse well after every use and wash in the washing machine to keep it fresh.
Get it here (R43)
#4 Woolworths Raw Cacao Slabs
I happened on these in one of those really long checkout aisles in Woolies. The packaging, words raw and new got my attention and they ended up coming home with me. They’re sweetened with yacon syrup – a natural fruit sugar and have a bittersweet chocolate taste. If you like the taste of cocoa, you’ll like these adorable slabs.
I can’t find them online (nor do I remember their cost) but you’ll find them in either the chocolate or checkout aisle.
#5 Essie Polish
I’m forever on the search for the perfect pink nude polish that gives you a natural-but-better nail finish. The catch is it has to have a definite pink undertone (no tipexy whites!). I discovered Essie’s shade Sugar Daddy this month which although isn’t 100% the pink I was envisioning, it’s the closest I’ve gotten and I love how it looks on my nails. I’m taking suggestions for the best pink nude nail polish, so please comment below.
And while we were at it (Superbalist was having a 20% off on Essie, which they seem to do often), we picked up the shade watermelon for summer. It has a punchy and juicy deep pink watermelon tone (see main image) and will probably star in a lot of our upcoming photos.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.