Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Being a woman in the new millennium is no small feat, and South Africa’s No.1 feminine hygiene brand¹ gets it. For years, GynaGuard has given women the confidence to be the pHenomenal women that they are, with their comprehensive range of pH balancing intimate products.

The GynaGuard brand, marketed by Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd., is undergoing a revitalisation to stay relevant – in true trendsetter style! This includes a fresh new look for the logo, website and all packaging.  The GynaGuard pHenomenal Women marketing campaign will focus on educating women regarding the importance of feminine hygiene, as well as dispelling the myths and taboos around this topic.

GynaGuard pHenomenal Women L-R – Derusha Naidoo, Tracey-anne Buckley Aggett, Candice Manuel, Mpho Mofokeng & Joy-Nita Whittaker

Considerable thought has gone into the ‘new’ GynaGuard, and the brand communication sends out a strong message to all women of all ages and from all walks of life: “We get what it means to be a woman. We get you. Make GynaGuard a part of your self-care routine. Reintroduce balance with our pH balanced intimate products.”

GynaGuard products are now categorised into three ranges for ease of use: the Comfort Range is your gentle, go-to range for everyday feminine hygiene. It consists of the Essential Intimate Wash, Intimate Cleansing pH Bar, Intimate Comfort Gel and Foam Bath (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced variants). The Control Range focuses on restoring pH balance and soothing discomfort and irritations, and includes Ultimate Intimate Wash and Vaginal Capsules. The Intimate Range comprises Lubricating Moisturising Gel, specially formulated to enhance natural lubrication, soothe irritation and relieve dryness.

Research has seen the Ultimate Intimate Wash reformulated – now enhanced with a pre- and probiotic formulation for optimal control of pH balance. GynaGuard Essential Intimate Wash and the two Foam Bath products (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced) now also contain probiotics to help restore healthy vaginal flora.

“Having mastered feminine hygiene, the Adcock Ingram GynaGuard team believes it’s within each and every woman’s reach to be pHenomenal all day, every day,” Garth Maart, Brand Manager: Personal Care, Adcock Ingram says. “It’s all about celebrating femininity and imparting confidence to South African women of all ages, and from all walks of life!”

Visit http://www.gynaguard.co.za to find out more about this pHenomenal brand, which is available from retail stores and leading pharmacies.  Join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Weather can be deceiving, but sunny or chilly, rainy or overcast, the sun is always sending harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays to the earth.[1],[2],[3] There are two types of UV rays: the UVB rays are responsible for the redness of skin, burning, skin damage, skin spots and ultimately skin cancer.2 UVA rays can damage cell structure and cause ageing, and increase risk of cancer specifically malignant melanoma (a serious form of skin cancer).2

At least 80% of sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18, and only manifests later in life2. It is therefore particularly important that children’s skins are protected with sunscreen throughout the year1.

While people with a fair skin tone (blonde/red hair; light skin; freckles; green/blue eyes) are more at risk for sunburn and skin damage, people of all ethnic groups are at risk of getting skin cancer.  Quality sunscreens are a must for all South Africans, young and old, all year round.1

In the interests of ensuring that your family uses effective sunscreen offering adequate protection, opt for sunscreen endorsed by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).2 Look for the CANSA Seal of Recognition (CSOR) on your sun protection products. This seal ensures that the brand has complied with strict criteria developed by CANSA in the interest of a SunSmart South Africa.2

It is best to use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of a minimum of 20 and not higher than 502, and broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays, preventing premature ageing and lowering your risk of skin cancer.2,3

Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays. With a range of products to choose from, users are sure to find the Island Tribe product that’s right for them … one that has been tested by dermatologists, and bears the CANSA seal of recognition.

Visit www.islandtribe.co.za for more information and join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

1 Be SunSmart Everywhere. UVA: ultraviolet A; UVB: ultraviolet B CANSA. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://www.cansa.org.za/be-sunsmart/

2 Fact Sheet – Skin Cancer 2010. [cited 2019 Jul 12]. Available from: http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2012/05/SKIN_CANCER_Leaflet-2010.pdf

3 Effects of sun exposure. Familydoctor.org; 2017 Jan 26. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://familydoctor.org/effects-early-sun-exposure/

OXY launches 2019 Face of OXY competition

Mentholatum SA, a health & wellness company and providers of non-prescription pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetics products to consumers, has announced the launch of its 2019 Face of OXY competition.

Held annually, since its launch in 2015, the search is on for two winners (one male and one female) to be crowned this year’s Face of OXY.

“This competition has become an important part of our annual calendar,” says Tarrin Brewin, Head of Marketing, OXY SA. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with and hear directly from consumers, finding out more about them and what they consider important. And it’s a whole lot of fun, with cash prizes and hampers up for grabs and the chance for our winners to raise their own profile across social media.”

Open to all South African citizens, older than 18 years of age and running until midnight 31 July, entrants are requested to post a video on the OXY Facebook page explaining exactly what gives them confidence in their everyday life.

“OXY is focused on helping consumers regain their confidence,” explains Brewin. “One of the biggest impacts that acne or bad skin can have on a person, is a drop in self-confidence. Our goal is to assist by offering consumers a solution to problem skin thereby helping them to regain their confidence, key to living one’s best life.”

Six finalists will be announced on the OXY Facebook page by 7 August, allowing the OXY Facebook page community and public one week to vote for their favourite girl or guy on the voting platform provided. Voting will close on 14 August, with winners announced no later than Monday, 19 August.

For more details, and to enter, visit https://www.facebook.com/oxyRSA

OXY launches Charcoal 3 in 1 for optimum skincare

I’m really glad that OXY has followed suit of other skin care brands and released a charcoal 3 in 1 facial product. The benefits are charcoal on the skin is truly a miracle. Here are some to name a few: Charcoals help in removing the dirt, from the pores and give your skin a thorough cleansing. These masks also control the oil secretion in your skin, making it perfect for skin prone to blackheads and acne. Activated charcoal draws bacteria, toxins, dirt and oil from the skin. After the first wash my skin felt more clean and soft.

Ideal for those with problem and oily skin, OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 can be used as a wash, a scrub and a mask.

“Activated charcoal is a wonder ingredient,” says Dr Mathobela, a leading specialist dermatologist and OXY’s resident skincare expert. “It draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of one’s skin, helping to achieve a flawless complexion while fighting acne.” The charcoal is not metabolised, adsorbed or absorbed by the body.

Rich in natural moisturisers and other extracts, OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 ensures the skin is left soft and smooth, clean and healthy.

  • Biodegradable metabeads for gentle, yet effective, exfoliation of the skin leaving it with a far smoother appearance.
  • A combination of almond and olive oil act as moisturising agents, helping to effectively moisturise the skin.
  • Charcoal helps to unclog the pores and detox the skin, leaving skin looking clearer and more purified thereby enhancing skin tone.
  • At an inclusion rate of 15%, Kaolin reduces excess sebum and skin breakouts by absorbing excess oil and helping to unclog pores.
  • Salicylic Acid acts to remove all excess sebum and eliminate impurities.


“Our skin is our largest organ, maintaining overall hydration and serving as our primary defence against the environment. A proper daily skincare routine can help to preserve this important protective layer,” says Tarrin Brewin, Head of Marketing, OXY SA. “The OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 provides our customers with an easy to use, all in one, complete beauty routine allowing for cleansed and healthy skin.

As a cleanser; wet face, applying gently all over and then rinsing off. As a scrub; wet face, applying gently all over, massaging in circular motions over key areas such as the forehead and nose thereafter rinsing off with warm water. As a mask; wet face, applying a layer evenly over the entire face, leaving for three minutes before rinsing.

OXY has been around for generations, a global brand with formulations that have been tried and tested. “Skincare is as important to us as it is to our customers. We are therefore continuously looking at new and innovative products to assist in keeping skin clear and healthy and are dedicated to providing effective solutions that not only satisfy but exceed our customers’ expectations, says Brewin. 

The newly launched OXY CHARCOAL 3 in 1 is available from all leading outlets nationwide at a recommended Retail Sale Price (RSP) of R 64.95. 

Just when you thought tinkies couldn’t get better!

Tinkies, much loved by tweens, launches Half&Half with an exciting campaign

Tweens. “They’re a generation of digital natives who have never known a world without the Internet or social media.” This is how Aaron Paquette writing in the The Marketing Insider October 2018, describes them.  

“Tweens want to be anything but the age they are and are always looking toward the future. They are ambitious, opinionated, influential and they know more about technology than their parents ever will.” (Tinkies’ own research).”

“Think of categories beyond fashion and beauty,” says Paquette. “These are the most natural fits, but tweens still need to eat breakfast cereal, shop for school supplies, and use mobile devices to post new content.”

 “All these categories are logical for tween influencer campaigns. If it’s a category where kids, tweens and teens have purchasing power, it’s a category that can be represented by a tween tastemaker.”

But never has there been a ‘tastemaker’ quite like new Tinkies Half&Half bringing new tastes and flavour explosions to the single serve snack market.

“New Tinkies Half&Half is a mega mash-up, combining taste favourites to create flavour combinations in a whole new offering,” says Michaela Murning, Tiger Brands Marketing Director.

“A mash` up is a term borrowed from the music industry and describes a blend of two or more songs, combining vocals with instrumentals to get a whole new song.”

Tinkies Half&Half is available in two ‘mash up’ flavour combinations: chocolate/vanilla and strawberry/vanilla and shoppers will see the launch campaign with sampling in supermarkets from May 2019.

Staying close to the mash-up origins, the launch will be supported by an exciting marketing campaign.  In store and on social media over the next two months, competitions will run with prizes including JBL headsets and Nintendo Switches. These products have been selected as prizes as they mirror the mash-up theme also making one new product out of two existing ones.

Other instore prizes include data, airtime and Tinkies vouchers.  

“Tinkies has been an anytime treat for years even appearing in lunchboxes and desserts,” says Murning. “The launch of Half&Half just reinforces the Tinkiesbrand strength with Half&Half showing versatility, striking the right note with tweens who have mega influencing  power and want things to be more exciting to keep their interest.”

Tinkies will be available from R6.99 each and R39,99 for a pack of six.

Have a Dettol beauty session with the new Dettol even tone aloe & avo

Dettol EvenTone™ Aloe & Avo is a luxurious hygiene bar packed with super fruits and botanical extracts. As with all Dettol soaps they protect skin against 99.9% of germs as they are well known for their disinfectant liquids. It contains powerful germ-fighting formula but yet still is gentle enough that it is advised it can also be used on the face.

Dettol eventone™ soap contains crushed apricot shell which act as exfoliants which stimulates circulation removing dead skin cells for the J.Lo Glow. The granules are small enough that they are not too harsh on the skin. It helps wash away blemish-causing oil and dirt. The star ingredients of this bar which is an addition to the even tone family, aloe and avo both have healing and moisturising properties for the skin.

I don’t suffer from uneven skin town however I loved how the crushed apricot shells act as a subtle daily exfoliator on my skin and the aloe and avo left my skin feeling moisturised and soft. All while delivering the germ killing defences of the trusted Dettol brand

Use it on your face to leave your complexion looking even, moisturised, and clear.

The soap has a refreshing green garden type fragrance leaving the entire bathroom and body smelling amazing after using it.

The 150g bar is green in colour, has the Dettol logo engraved in it and has brown granules. The soap foams up really well and does not require much to do the job.

I definitely recommend you give this a try and have a beautiful Dettol beauty session.

Experience the high life at Highball Craft Bar

This “trendy artisanal craft bar” boasts one of the best views in Johannesburg, overlooking the first hole of the Randpark Golf Course.

The setting and décor of the place itself is classy and casual. You can opt for the couches or a formal dinner table or bar like setting with the stools against the walls.

The Highball serves a selection of local craft drinks including beers, gins, whiskeys, rums and vodkas. No SAB brands in sight! The selection is all quality spirits and they specialise in gin which is all the rage at the moment. They even had a delicious blueberry tonic which I have never seen before.

The Highball’s eclectic menu is made up from a tempting selection of crafted tapas, light bites, salads, sandwiches, sharing boards and daily specials prepared by a French chef all food is Asian French inspired a really great combo.

HOMEMADE BEEF LASAGNE
Oven baked layers of beef mince and pasta
sheets topped with a Mornay sauce
STICKY PORK BELLY & BROCCOLLI
Pieces of braised tender pork belly in a
syrupy jus served with broccoli florets,
grilled scallion and sweet potato wedges.
CHICKEN PITA
Grilled chicken filled pita bread with hummus
and peppadews.
SEARED SESAME CRUSTED TUNA
WITH PICKLED CUCUMBER
Flash grilled tuna loin medallions on a
bed of homemade pickled cucumber.
Served with match stick potatoes.
SMOKED SALMON PITA
Smoked salmon filled pita bread with cream
cheese, onion ring and capers.
BEEF & ONION MARMALADE SLIDER
WITH SWEET POTATO
Served with bacon, onion marmalade
and sweet potato wedges.
LEMONGRASS PRAWN
& ASIAN NOODLE SALAD
A refreshing South Asian dish made of
stir fry greens, lemongrass poached
prawns and glass noodles.

At the dine jozi style dinner we were offered a tapas style menu tasting of all the favourites it was a tough decision to pick a favourite but I highly recommend the sticky pork belly & broccoli. The pork belly was soft and delivered the just the right amount of flavour and throwing in the broccoli that is steamed makes it such a healthy option.

It is a great bar with great service to kick back and enjoy after a round of golf or a long day at work.