In 2006, friends Jennifer Peters (an American national and Harvard graduate in anthropology) and Stephan Helary (a Madagascan-born Frenchman with an extensive career in conservation, agriculture and veterinary medicine) formed a shared vision to develop an effective, yet luxurious organic skin care range which would blend the ancient traditional knowledge of South African indigenous plants with modern green science. The next four years were spent in research and development, forming partnerships with like-minded organic suppliers, and getting the stamp of approval from organizations such as Phyto Trade and Ecocert.
It all started with Marula oil. Peters had been a beauty junkie, using lotions and serums of all kinds, none of which seemed to do as good a job as the Marula Oil she borrowed from Helary one day. One dab was all it took to get her hooked. “It was an aha! moment,” she says.
"Rich in some of the most powerful natural antioxidants and deep penetrating essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9), Savane skincare range restructures, regenerates, and revitalizes your skin, protecting it against premature aging and restoring its natural balance", said Helary.
Zaega chose to partner with Savane because we had the good fortune to meet the founders at a conference on sustainability 2009, and sitting down with the pair, I could immediately tell their commitment to organic and sustainable business practices was genuine. Savane's final creation has been worth the wait, and we are thrilled to be their first US retail partner.
Some more facts about Savane from Jennifer and Stephan:
The name Savane comes from the French word for savannah.
All Savane products are certified organic by Ecocert and we ethically-source all ingredients, using certified fair trade ingredients wherever possible.
Women in Southern Africa use Marula oil as a treatment for dry skin and hair. In Swaziland, pregnant women and new mothers use it to reduce stretch marks.
Melissa's 3 favorite things about Savane:
The unique indigenous South African plant ingredients, including Rooibos and Marula Oil, to name a few.
The aromas of the products are perfectly balanced and smell good enough to eat!
Co-Founders, Jennifer and Stephan -patient, passionate and responsible business partners.