Yesterday was one of the busiest days of my life! Why you ask?
I had a lot of loose ends to tie up before I go on holiday such as organising roaming on my phone and some gifts for my family abroad that I’ll be seeing soon.
My family lives in Abu Dhabi and they’ve been there for six years already.
My cousin and I are a year apart and when she still lived here in Johannesburg she never really liked African or truly South African products. It’s not that she hated it or minded it, but if she had to choose between say Nivea or Zam-Buk (herbal smelling cream and lip ice), she’d rather choose Nivea.
These days it’s the other way round. She now wants African artifacts and products that remind her of home so I made a point to go out and get her some authentic South African things.
Freshpak Rooibos Tea
Rooibos translated literally means red bush. You can’t find this in Abu Dhabi so I’m taking a gigantic box there so that my family can enjoy some fresh, South African flavour every morning.
That tiny round tin on the tea is herbal lip ice. I really don’t like the smell at all, but Zam-Buk works very well. It heals cracks and sores almost instantly and makes your lips super soft and smooth. Just too bad about the smell though, because it really is the real makoya!
Made in South Africa by South Africans. My mom saw these and got them for my cousin. They’re made out of bone and the spots are hand painted.
Sally Williams nougat
The most delicious nougat ever! You get this in the UK as well so if you spot it, buy it! It really is super tasty.
Poetry bath tea bags
I’ve never actually tried these before, but they smelt nice and I figured they’d be something to look forward to at the end of a hard day.
Poetry Earl Grey tea
I actually just got this for my cousin because of the cute box it comes in, but apart from that, it’s basically just normal tea, but one can never have enough tea right?!
Ingram’s Herbal Camphor Cream
Again, I’m not a fan of the smell AT ALL, but it does wonders for your skin. It also heals cracks, cuts and wind burn almost instantly and provides much needed relief from sunburn. It also leaves your skin super duper soft and moisturised.
So there you have it. A bunch of random South African products for my relatives in the UAE. It’s weird how I never even give these products a second thought, because it’s so readily available in SA, but it’s become something really special to my family simply because it reminds them so much of home.