Handmade Skincare Gifts



Over the years, people have become more aware of how their skin care products are made and what goes into them. This is either for personal or environmental reasons.

You’ll find a selection of handmade skincare gifts at The MarketPlace•Shop that are made from high-quality natural ingredients; they’re safe to use and do no harm to our precious natural resources.

More importantly, the handmade skincare products on our website are not tested on animals. They don’t have to be because they are free of synthetic ingredients. There’s also a choice of unscented skincare gifts for young children and adults who are highly sensitive to perfumed oils.




Do you wonder what the difference is between an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ skincare product? Organic refers to ingredients that are produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ionizing radiation as well as antibiotics and growth hormones. Natural means the ingredient originally existed in or was extracted from nature.

The two are often mixed up and there’s no formal system that regulates the pure definition of organic and natural. Many retail brands of skincare products claim to be ‘certified organic’ or ‘certified natural’ but often those are nothing more than fake claims.

It’s safe to say when you support small businesses who make a living out of producing handmade skincare gifts, you’re guaranteed to get a product that is perfectly natural and safe to use. The women and men who make these products are passionate about the benefits of natural ingredients and often have created their own skincare range as a natural alternative for themselves and their family.




Let’s look at the 6 most common ingredients used in the range of handmade skincare gifts on sale at The MarketPlace•Shop and what benefits they offer.




Jojoba oil is extracted from the nut produced by the jojoba plant. This hardy plant grows in inhospitable, arid climates and produces nuts that contain a nutrient-rich oil that is revered for its healing properties. Jojoba oil creates a waxy, soothing seal on the surface of your skin which also helps to heal dry, irritated or damaged skin surfaces.

It’s gentle enough to be used as a carrier oil to mix with other essential oils. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils so they are less potent.

Jojoba oil is an excellent remedy for dry skin, blemishes, acne, eczema and psoriasis. It helps seal your skin with a protective barrier which prevents it from losing moisture and acts as an anti-bacterial layer. Jojoba oil also contains vitamin E which is a natural anti-oxidant, and is hypoallergenic. This means it’s good for people who are sensitive to allergens that cause skin irritations.




Coconut oil is a natural ingredient that has incredible moisturising properties. It’s also gentle enough that it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and contains vitamin E and healthy fats. It works wonders on dry, under-nourished skin; leaving it smooth and supple.

Skincare products that contain natural coconut oil are used to treat various skin ailments; ranging from dry skin and rashes to more severe acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. You can also use coconut oil for bouncy, shiny, silky hair because it naturally moisturizes the hair follicles and strengthens and protects your hair.




Hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of a cannabis plant. It’s best in its unrefined state as a dark green oil that smells like nuts. Refined hemp seed oil is clear and has a very mild smell. Hemp seed oil is an emollient which creates a protective and lubricating barrier on your skin to leave it feeling beautifully soft and supple.

It’s contains vitamin A, C and E and is high in anti-oxidants; which is what your skin needs to protect it from premature aging. Hemp seed oil in natural skincare products also help to relieve skin inflammation and protects it from harmful bacteria.

You’ll find a range of handmade skincare gifts on The MarketPlace•Shop that are made using hemp seed oil. They work wonders to treat any skin condition ranging from dry, rough skin and mild acne to eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.




Animal fat is a natural ingredient that acts as an emollient in natural skincare products. It’s used together with plant oils such as olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil to produce a soothing balm for dry, itchy skin and dry, under-nourished hair and beards.

Animal fat used in handmade skincare ranges is a raw by-product derived from cows, pigs, chicken and fish. It creates a waxy barrier that protects, moisturizes and nourishes dry, flaky and itchy skin. Animal fat also contains vitamin A, D, K and E which are antioxidants and help to prevent premature aging.




Body butter is a natural skin moisturizer that is made from a vegetable-based natural oil such as cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. Body butter is thicker and more nutrient-rich than ordinary skin lotions and works wonders to rejuvenate dry skin and helps heal problem patches such as elbows and knees.

Shea butter comes from the African shea nut tree and reacts to skin temperature so it is absorbed rapidly as soon as it makes contact with your skin. Cocoa butter comes from cocoa seeds and has a luxurious texture. Coconut oil comes from the pulp of a coconut and has incredible moisturising properties.

Body butters are used to hydrate and nourish dry skin. The best time to apply body butter is straight after a shower while your skin is moist and warm. Body butter helps to seal in moisture by forming a protective layer that is a natural barrier to sun, wind and dry elements. It also contains omega 3 fats which is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.



Lanolin is derived from wax secreted from the sebaceous glands of woolly animals. Today, it most commonly comes from domestic sheep that are raised for their wool and lanolin is a natural by-product.

The benefit of lanolin is it creates a protective barrier on the surface of your skin that locks in moisture and helps heal dry, itchy and flaky skin. Lanolin topical creams are highly effective in treating sore and cracked nipples during breastfeeding, bad diaper rashes and skin burn from radiation therapy.





The MarketPlace•Shop is a leading online gift shop in South Africa. We offer the best handmade skincare gifts at affordable prices.

Whether you are looking for a Birthday Gift, Mother’s Day Gift, Father’s Day Gift or just a gift for someone special in your life, we offer a wide range of must have gifts and products to choose from.

The MarketPlace•Shop is the best site to buy handmade clothing and accessories from at reasonable prices.

Like what you see but not ready to check out yet? Add it to your wishlist and continue your shopping spree.

If you are wondering where to sell your handmade skincare gifts, contact us to find out more how you can promote your homemade products and gifts on the best online craft shop in South Africa.

We offer nationwide delivery to your door, because we know you can’t wait to get your hands on the perfect gift. 


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