We are extremely happy to welcome two iconic brands to the Face & Co family: luxury skincare brand, African Botanics, and the beautiful Portuguese artisan fragrance and men’s grooming brand, Claus Porto. Here’s why we love them:
African Botanics: high performance, all-natural luxury skincare
From the heart of South Africa, African Botanics' high-performance skincare marries nature, research, and technology in perfect harmony. From a young age, South African founders Craig and Julia Noik, developed an immense appreciation for the breathtaking landscape and age-old traditions. Growing up, they learnt about the medical values of South Africa's surrounding plants, such as the incredible healing powers of marula oil. This passion for South Africa’s rich biodiversity and fascinating culture led them to create African Botanic’s extraordinary range of luxury skincare, made from antioxidant-rich plant extracts known for their deeply nourishing and skin-replenishing properties. African Botanics also has a long lasting commitment to ethical trade and sustainblity. This lies at the forefront of the brand, from their packaging design, to their ingredient souncring and ongoing contribution to reforestation programmes.
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City-living is tough on the skin. Pollution and urban stress can cause an imbalance in the skin’s pH, resulting in breakouts and uneven texture. African Botanics’ Clay Facial Cleanser is specially designed to eliminate impurities and unclog pores. The skin-balancing formula works to regulate sebum production, leaving a soft matte finish, and calming the epidermis to reduce redness.
Powered by Retinal, an encapsulated and more stabilised form of Vitamin A, this deeply regenerative treatment works to target blemishes and fine lines. Unlike Retinol, Retinal is irritation-free and works to exfoliate the skin for a brighter complexion. Other active ingredients include white willow bark and lactic acid, which further minimize pores and reduce acne scarring, sun spots, and pigmentation.
This clarifying facial polish is powered by Papaya and Pineapple enzymes that work to deeply purify the pores and leave skin clean, soft, and radiant. A unique combination of Buchu plant and crushed Baobab fruit are combined with healing Micro-Algae and fine granules of volcanic minerals. These active ingredients buff away dull skin for a visibly refined texture and softened appearance of fine lines and pigmentation.
Claus Porto: Artisanal fine fragrance, soaps and grooming
Combining art with fragrance since 1887, Claus Porto is home to collections of timeless scents, artisan soaps, and luxury skincare. Proud of their long history spanning four generations of expertise, their rich heritage is clearly echoed in their products, each handcrafted using 19th-century blending techniques and hand-wrapped in charming Art Nouveau packaging. The brand boasts iconic collections, from Ague de Colonia, a range of scents inspired by Portugal’s magical landscape, to Musgo Real, which masters the art of modern grooming with its sophisticated scents and masculine aesthetics.
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Practical and effective, the Musgo Real shaving cream is enriched with lanolin and natural oils to soften your beard, allowing for a smoother, long-lasting and enjoyable shave. Lightly scented with notes of lavendar and citrus, skin is left fresh, soothed and replenished.
Century-old stone, wild flora and the ever-present scent of the sea create a sensuous background for this fragrance. Inspired by Claus Porto’s hometown, Agua Porto celebrates the city and its granite stone architecture. Zesty lemon, cedar trees, and sea breeze stand as symbols of the city’s soul in this classical, yet surprising fragrance.
Timeless and elegant, Claus Porto’s Shaving Bowl is the ideal accessory for a traditional shave. Made from 100% stainless steel, it’s the perfect fit for the Museo Real Shaving Soap. This soap produces a rich and luxurious lather that effectively softens the hairs, allowing for a smoother and easier razor glide that also helps to minimize the risk of inflammation and redness.