Luxurious, organic and cruelty-free beauty

Lemony goodness! French Lemon products are great for your skin, natural, cruelty-free and good for the environment. Plus, it's local.

Self-care is an absolute must, and when it comes to our own beauty needs we’re big fans of natural and organic products. Speaking about natural…

French Lemon is a proudly South-African beauty range by local mother-and-daughter duo Vanessa Ralston and Kara-Leigh Baker. The brand came about after they adopted their beloved Russian-born bulldog Ian, who has not only become the inspiration behind the brand, but also the face on their environmentally friendly packaging. It’s so cute!

What started as a pursuit to become purveyors of preserved lemons and other lemon edibles, quickly evolved into the production of 100% natural, vegan and animal-friendly bath and body products. Fast forward a couple of years and French Lemon is a well-known cruelty-free beauty brand loved by all.

With the focus more on ethical beauty practices, Vanessa and Kara-Leigh is continually developing, trying and testing products that cleanse, nourish, moisturise and soothe skin from head to toe. Fanatical about what is found inside their products, their entire collection is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) free. French Lemon uses coconut as a natural alternative foaming agent; and their products contain kaolin clay, coconut oil and shea butter. Their collection is also palm oil-free, and they do not support deforestation and the animals that are affected. Committed to the cause, their packaging is also bio-degradable and made possible by local suppliers that provide sustainable environmentally-friendly options.

Vanessa has developed a series of secret recipes and their scrubs, steamers and signature scents are all handmade to order. Their bestseller? Their pumice bar – for both men and women.

From their very first market in March 2017, French Lemon has spread its wings into Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and while still operating a boutique production line from home in Bryanston, their plans include growing into a bigger space to accommodate their latest vision.

Planning an event (once it’s safe of course) or just want to spoil your girls?
The dynamic duo’s creativity has no bounds and the French Lemon brand has branched out into DIY scrub and lotion stations where the handmade process is shared and you can build your own bath bombs and create signature soaps and scrubs.

The French Lemon Collection is available exclusively online at

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