Interview with Jesslynn Schlamm, Founder of Lulu & Marula (copyright by Highlightmyday, Zurich (2015) / pictures found on Lionessesofafrica.com)
How do you chose your ingredients ? I choose ingredients according to their skincare properties, and what the product is designed to do. I also love to use local ingredients sourced from local African farmers, which is why Marula oil is featured so heavily throughout the range. I also choose ingredients that are unrefined and organic in order to get the most nutrients and vitamins out of them for maximum results.
Do you use your own products yourself and which one ? I originally developed these products for my own use before I even thought of retailing them, so I still use them on myself everyday. My favourite is the Purifying Treatment Oil which I use every night, my skin just drinks it in and it's never looked or felt better. I also use the Balancing Cleansing Balm and Refreshing Tonic Mist, and the Purifying Clay mask as a once weekly treatment.
Could you describe in a few words the production process of your products ? Fun, fresh, relaxing and therapeutic! I'm involved in the entire process from start to finish, and it's what I love to do.
Are there people helping you with the production ? No, not at this stage. I do everything myself, with the exception of when I am extremely busy and I have to get my boyfriend involved! He will then help me with the labelling and packaging of the products.
Is your work influenced by the culture and heritage of South Africa and if yes how ? Definitely. The potent healing benefits of Marula oil has long been known and used by women in Southern Africa, and that is a big part of the collection. I'm also inspired by the the beautiful nature and flora of South Africa.
If you had to describe your home town in three words - which words would you chose ? Inspiring, contradictory, one-of-a-kind
Your vision about South Africa? I think it's a super exciting place to be at the moment. Every day is different, there is always something new happening, something to do, and there are so many young entrepreneurs working hard to make their mark.
Your favourite spot in South Africa? A little town called Stanford. It is in the Overberg, about 2 hours outside of Cape Town. I spent all my holidays there with my family growing up, and it holds so many memories. It is such a beautiful, inspiring place.
Your favourite dish? A karoo lamb roast!
Any new projects ? There are! We are in the middle of a collaboration that should be coming out soon, and we have a new exciting project in the pipeline. Keep those eyeballs peeled!
What are you reading currently? Yes Please by Amy Poehler. She's hilarious.
What music are you listening to at the moment? Some oldies but goodies, mostly by Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.