Why buy local? Often we hear the phrase “buy local” or “support Proudly South African businesses” but do we truly understand what that means? And as the consumer, do you understand what it involves and costs to get a product on the shelf? Well recently, we at Motley Crew were approached by The Human Influence for an interview on exactly this. When we started up, it was important to us, to ensure that we sourced all of our ingredients through local companies and produced locally too. This supports the South African economy (although it is often cheaper to bring it in via China) Being a small business, also means that we don’t have the economy of scale that the big brands have (that means cheaper packaging, labels and production costs). On top of that, it costs a lot to distribute and get it into stores, run promotions and advertising, so that people even know you exist. So, why do we do it? We love kids and we love brands! It’s simple…..if we as parents couldn’t find any relevant products for our own Tweens, then nor could other South African parents! We want to offer something unique and desirable for Tweens (getting them to wash and take care of their skin is just an added bonus of course!) But enough reading….check out the podcast below for the full interview. “Thank you Stella, Luisa and Karen for identifying a gap in the South African market, creating a value chain that impact the lives of many and including all the kids that make up our wonderful rainbow nation.” Click on the link below to listen to the full podcast. Also available on iTunes and Spotify https://human.africa/humaninfluence/
Motley Crew gives back Boy has Covid 19 changed our lives, right? Everyone is talking about the “New Normal”? We just need to accept that we are going to be walking around with masks on, washing our hands 20 times a day and sanitising wherever we go. That’s all ok if you have a mask! If you have sanitisers? If you even have running water? But let’s be real. We live in South Africa and that reality is not the case for the majority of our communities. The debate to send out kids back to school has been ongoing, but at least most of us (privileged of course) take solace in the fact the schools have been deep cleansed, our kids will have to sanitise their hands every time they leave a classroom and that they will practise good social distancing. But what about all those schools that don’t have money to buy sanitisers? And who’s parents can’t afford to buy their kids masks or hand sanitisers themselves? It’s just heart-breaking how many schools like that exist in South Africa. Although, we are not a big brand, we are for kids and this plight pulled directly on our heart strings! So, we partnered up with our good friends at The Village (Facebook: The Village), to ask the community to nominate an underprivileged school in need of hand sanitisers. The responses were over-wheliming and in the end, we could only support one, being HILLWOOD PRIMARY in Lavender Hill (https://www.facebook.com/Hillwoodps1/). We met up with the principle Mr Alkana and some of his teaching staff, to hand over 50 bottles of the Motley Crew High Five Hand Sanitizers (500ml) last week. What an incredible job they are doing there. The school was immaculately clean and the hall was ready and spaced out to receive their learners. Many of these school children don’t even have running water at home, let alone fresh masks to wear daily, so they really rely on the support from businesses and individuals alike. Although small in the greater scheme of things, it still felt good to make a small difference in the lives of these children. At the end of the day, we are all about kids and making them feel special. Motley Crew High Five Sanitisers are available in Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or at www.motleycrew.co.za
How to tame you curly, frizzy hair Do you ever wake up with a flashing, worrisome thought? Like “Can I get away with my hair today, or has it turned into a frizz ball?” For those of you with hair that likes to twist, frizz, tangle, wave and bend; you know exactly what I’m talking about. Drying Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to put a dryer anywhere near your hair. You will end up looking like a lion, and not in a good way. Letting it dry naturally is always best, even if it takes hours. Ideally, don’t sleep on it while it’s damp. Detangle Use a Detangler like the Motley Crew Untangle my Tangle, and use your hand to scrunch up those strands of hair that are threatening to straighten or hang limp. Keep repeating this till it holds itself. This is best done while your hair is wet. Styling We all know that not all curls hold the way we would like them to and this is where you can cheat at little. Try using a small bit of the Motley Crew Strong Hold Hair Gel. Simply rub into your fingers and then scrunch the curls some more. Often treated or dyed hair tends to lose it’s natural bounce, so the gel helps it stay in place again. Loose ends If all else fails, take out the curling wand and fix up any strands of hair that didn’t follow the rest of your locks. Benefits of letting go The benefit of letting your hair go its natural, kinky way is you don’t have to keep fixing it throughout the week. In fact, often curls look their best on day three or four after washing. To keep it neat for the day ahead, I brush out any ratty ends, keeping my brush away from the root and mid-lengths. Natural is healthier Lastly, in a perfect world, avoiding hair dye and heat will do wonders to your curls. Protein treatments can also strengthen your hair and help keep the overall condition and shine. Curly hair isn’t built the same as its straighter counterpart. It is much weaker, and therefore needs to be taken care of. Make sure you condition it after every wash. We recommend the Motley Crew Head Rush Conditioner, which contains aloe vera and shea butter to keep it smooth and silky. Lastly, don’t forget to rock your curls!
How COVID-19 will change your life As lockdown lifts and social distancing eases, there will be a new “normal”. Some of the changes we’ve made and behaviours we’ve adopted will stay. Some aspects of life will have changed forever - and that change may even embrace improved and healthier ways of life. Here are some of the areas where the world might have changed for good. Hand Hygiene Hand washing, which proved to be the most effective defence against the spread of disease, is likely to become second nature and remain a frequent daily habit. Meanwhile, handshakes might well be gone forever! Expect more contactless interaction in all areas of life, for instance, tapping your credit card, or swiping your own gym access card in a scanner instead of handing it over to a person. Hand Sanitisers will also become a constant part of our lives, featuring in our bathrooms and handbags. We’ve got a great Hand Sanitiser in 250ml, for your hand-or-school bag and 500ml for your office or home. Home is the New Office The lockdown has been a huge experiment in working from home. It’s likely that this will be a more widely accepted phenomenon as companies have seen that people can meet work expectations without spending five days a week in an office - and that there are huge savings to be made in terms of travel time and cost, and office space rental. And now we’ve wrangled the technology and protocol for online meetings and the like, they are likely to play a bigger role in our lives. Online Shopping More people will have tried and tested online shopping during lockdown and found it to be a reliable, convenient and less risky alternative to going to the supermarket or the mall. For your convenience, Motley Crew products are sold at Clicks online, www.clicks.co.za as well as directly on our site at www.motleycrew.co.za. New Exercise Regimes With the gyms, pools and parks closed, we’ve tried all sorts of different ways to keep fit, from online yoga to YouTube pilates to health and fitness apps, in group classes and with individual trainers, alone or with family members. If exercise was on the backburner for some before, the lockdown might have created the opportunity to make time for it and underlined its importance. Regular exercisers have been forced to experiment with new sports or workouts and some of them will stick. Wholesome Hobbies Facebook and Instagram have been awash with homemade sourdough loaves, and bread-baking has been so popular that at times flour was hard to come by. It’s not just that baked goods are delicious to eat - there’s something calming about this and other useful, non-digital hobbies like gardening, knitting and crafting that appealed in this stressful time. With outside help unavailable and fewer distractions, people will have done more house and garden maintenance, more cooking and cleaning, more reading and music making. Having rediscovered old skills and talents, some will maintain them even as isolation eases. Education will be Transformed The pandemic has changed how millions of people around the world were being educated, as attendance at schools and universities was suspended and learning moved rapidly online. Outside of formal education, regular folks have used their downtime to learn anything from a new language, to computer coding to meditation. The lessons learnt in this rapid adoption of online learning will be useful in designing innovative educational solutions that operate online, or that rely on a blend of online and in-person teaching and learning. Together and Apart We’ve felt the pain of being separated from friends and loved ones, and the joy of spending time with our closest family. We will appreciate even more intensely the value of our relationships, and recognise that building connections takes commitment and time. Our Zoom or House party get togethers with people far away (and even not so far) may well continue. Moving Forward We are going through a period of change and crisis. In the coming months, as lockdown and social distancing eases, we will find ourselves in a different world - perhaps one that has changed for the better in some ways. Motley Crew products are sold in selected Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or at www.motleycrew.co.za
Are all hand sanitisers equal? We think not! By now we all know that the best and most recommended way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria is to wash your hands. But in instances where you might not be near a bathroom or just want extra protection, hand sanitisers are the next best thing (or best additional thing) — especially as we're all trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When it comes to hand sanitiser, there are two types of people: Some of us have kept a little bottle in our bag for a decade, while others only associate it with hospitals and doctors. Either way, there are millions of hand sanitisers available on the shelves now – ranging from R30 for 250mls, right through to R175 for 250ml’s. Are some brands ripping you off or is there actually a difference in the product? The first thing you need to look out for is that it contains at least 60% alcohol in it! Look for one of these three active ingredients on the label: ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. Those ingredients all indicate that the formula contains alcohol and so, you know, you’ll be covered. Other active ingredients, may allow the manufacturer to sell you a cheaper product but may be ineffective. Alcohol-free sanitisers (which are advertised for those with eczema) rely on other ingredients and are not effective in killing the type of germs that can cause norovirus and coronavirus. Beyond the alcohol levels, there’s not much to it really. Some will be fragranced, some will come in nice packaging and some will be produced by small, local companies – all, which will have an additional cost to the sanitiser. At the end of the day, which one you choose to use is your choice – as long as you are using one! Motley Crew Hive Five Hand Sanitisers come in a handy 250ml bottle (R79.99), which is perfect for the hand or school bag and a value size 500ml bottle (R119.99), which is perfect for home use. Find us at Clicks store or purchase directly from us here.
Be Wise, Sanitise! With all that’s going on with the Corona Virus right now, people have gone made buying hand sanitisers! In fact, you will be lucky to find one in the shops right now! So, why does everyone want one? Well, hand sanitisers were developed for use after washing hands or for those times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most viruses. Benefits Hand sanitisers are convenient, portable, easy to use and not time consuming. Several studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal (stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use hand sanitisers. Commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness. Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing. Studies show that adding hand sanitizers to classrooms can reduce student absenteeism due to illness by 20 per cent. What's more, many kids think instant hand sanitizers are fun to use. Limitations Not all hand sanitisers are created equally. Check the bottle for active ingredients. The alcohol content may be in the form of ethyl alcohol, ethanol or isopropanol. All of those are acceptable forms of alcohol. Be certain that no matter which type of alcohol is listed, its concentration is between 60 and 95 per cent. Alcohol content of less than 60 per cent isn't enough to be effective. Alcohol does not cut through grime. All dirt, blood and soil must be wiped or washed away first if the alcohol in the sanitiser is to be effective. In such cases, hand-washing with soap and water is advised. Hand sanitisers are not cleaning agents and are not meant as a replacement for soap and water, but as a complementary habit. Sanitisers are most effective when used in conjunction with diligent hand-washing. The use of hand sanitisers is a habit that can help keep us all exposed to fewer germs, and therefore may decrease our chance of illness. Whether you are on the playground, using someone else's computer or visiting a friend in the hospital, take the time to rub some on your hands.