Cosmetics and skincare have more effect on your health and immune system than you might care to think. Even when we are conscious about unhealthy additives in our food, we still turn a blind eye with those lotions and potions we apply to face and body. Yet beauty care can not only be toxin free, but can be truly augmented with the addition of health-giving plants, many of which have extraordinary capabilities, like restoring collagen, fighting oxidative damage, calming the nerves, repairing scars, healing burns, repelling insects and calming inflammation.

The Storytellers Apothecary range of bath salts, creams, natural deodorants, herbal lipsticks, soaps, perfume and facial spritzers uses quality natural oils, sea salt and beeswax, infused with healing plants.


All of our soaps are 100% natural, and safe for use on all skin types.

  • Farmhouse soap

    The farmhouse soaps can replace the cleanser in your skin-care routine, and be used as shampoo bars.

    They are made with olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil and beeswax. These are infused with medicinal plants and then saponified with our herbal hydrosols, in the traditional way, using lye. This chemical is absent from the final product. We then scent with essential oil, mould and leave to cure for six weeks.

    The plants we use in our soaps vary batch according to what inspires us at the time. Contact us to find out what we have in stock.

  • FynbosMengsels natural glycerine soap

    Most glycerine soaps are full of toxins, but these are 100% natural, made with coconut oil, glycerine and ethanol. Into this, the relevant medicinal fynbos is infused. These soaps are really gentle on the skin, and available in two variants:

    • Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) – for babies and skin with rashes
    • Kraalbos (Galenia africana) – for fungal infections

    These soaps are made and sold by traditional knowledge holders.


All of our creams are made with beeswax and quality natural oils infused with healing plants, and botanical hydrosols distilled in our apothecary.

  • Soothing moisturiser

    The Soothing Moisturiser has a medium weight application, suitable for day and night-time use on most skin types. This is a good option for any type of ageing ordamaged skin, especially skin with acne scarring. Also good for sun spots and skin prone to breakouts. Can even be applied to burns for instant pain relief. Our moisturiser is 100% natural, made with quality oils and raw beeswax infused with medicinal plants, combined with botanical distillates and essential oils. See your complexion improve in a gentle and sustainable way over time. Great for even the fussiest of skins.

    An infusion of Agtdaegeneesbos and Cannabis into raw beeswax, avocado and castor oil, with a dash of lavender essential oil.

  • Sun cream

    Our natural suncream is highly effective, using only zinc oxide for its UV protection, and avoiding all chemically hazardous and nano-toxic ingredients. It is safe to use on face, body and babies and will not cause breakouts.

    It has a medium weight application, and is made with castor oil, grapeseed oil and raw beeswax infused with rooibos and wild olive, combined with rooibos and lemongrass botanical distillate and lemongrass essential oil (to deter insects).

Bath salts

All of our bath salts are made with coarse desert earth salt. They are extremely high in calcium and other minerals. This is combined with Magnesium Sulphate. Thereafter, we introduce the relevant blend of dry herbs and essential oils.

  • Detoxifying salt

    This herbal soak may help relieve the symptoms of gout and rheumatism. With Kruidtjie-roer-my-nie and Slangbos. Do not use when pregnant/breastfeeding.

  • Relaxing soak

    This bath salt, with Rooibos and Rose geranium is both relaxing and uplifting, to soak away a heavy day.

  • Energising bath salts

    This bath salt, with Rooibos and Lemongrass is helpful for infections and to soak away sore muscles and inflammation. Alternatively, use as a foot soak for athlete’s foot.

Deodorant balm

Conventional deodorants are full of toxic nasties. Our deodorant balms are very simple, 100% toxin free, but yet extremely effective – and beautifully scented! A little does go a long way too.

Please note that these balms contain coconut oil. This means they may become very soft at very high temperatures, but will reset. DO NOT LEAVE IN A HOT CAR.

  • Lavender and lemongrass

    An infusion of Lemongrass and Lavender into coconut oil, shea butter, bicarb and arrowroot powder. To this, we have added our unique, blended distillation of lemongrass and lavender.


simple, clean fragrance using the purest of ingredients – our botanical distillations into alcohol, essential oils and our own hydrosols. Beautiful.


    A fresh, citrussy blend of Potjiebos with Lemongrass and Clove, with a base note of Rockwood resin and Frankincense. A unisex fragrance – clean, clear and uplifting, but also thoroughly unique.


    The one for opening the heart. This gently floral fragrance combines Rose geranium with Potjiebos, bringing in base notes of Cardamom and Rockwood resin. Swish, swish, smile.


    This very grounding fragrance also has a unisex appeal. An earthy blend of Lemongrass, Lavender, Rockwood, Firebush and Frankincense.

Botanical tonics

skincare you can eat - Hydrosols or botanical tonics are produced by steam distilling medicinal plant material through an alembic potstill. The hydrosol is what remains after the essential oil has been tapped off. The hydrosols can be consumed for the health benefits of the plants, but also work well as facial spritzers or to replace the toner in your skincare regimen. As toners, spray on liberally after cleansing, leave to settle and then wipe off with a cotton bud. They can also be used as room sprays or linen sprays, and some can be used as unique additions to cocktails, kombucha, or iced tea. In cooking and cocktails, use only a small amount as the taste is intense.

Our botanical tonics are made fresh and we use them all the time. We choose our plants in accordance with what inspires us. Currently we have the following in stock:

  • Potjiebos (Diosma hirsuta)
  • Potjiebos and Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) and Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
  • Imphepho (Helichrysum odoratissum)



    Balms are sold in 25ml, 50ml and 100ml tins.

    25ml 50ml 100ml
    R50 R90 R160

    Oils are sold in 100ml glass bottles - R130 each

    Tinctures are sold in 100ml glass bottles - R150 each


    Moisturisers are sold in 50ml and 100ml glass jars.

    50ml 100ml
    R150 R250

    Deodorant balms are sold in 25ml and 50ml tins.

    25ml 50ml
    R50 R90

    Bath salts are sold in 400g medium pouches - R75.

    Soaps are sold unpackaged, as 120g bars - R50.

    Perfumes are sold in 10ml glass bottles - R90.


    Teas, herbal salts and smoothie powders are all sold in medium size standing pouches (weight differs due to weight of content):

    Teas: R65 (approximately 80g)
    Smoothie powders: R90 (approximately 75g)
    Herbal salts: R60 (approximately 200g)