Thames Festival goes a bit Wild

There were a few characters wondering around the Thames Festival this Sunday who could have done with a bit of Wild Body Butter …. soft and moisturised they were not.

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The organisers had put on a great show and there were a lot of fantastic costumes and great music that provided a wonderful backdrop to the traders stalls. So when we wanted a little break from informing interested potential customers on the benefits of Baobab oil we wondered over to see various huge animals jumping around to the music.

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And in the evening we had a wonderful show of Samba music and dancers.

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So despite the cold, wind and occasional rain we were able to stay positive and make good sales which made us even happier!
It was also great to have a customer from the Pop Up store in Victoria recognise us and tell us how much she had liked the Cape Chestnut hand cream she had bought and of course that she then bought again.
There really is nothing like getting out and meeting your customers especially with this view to look out on.

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Back to Baobabs

Nature can make you feel a bit insignificant at times!
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Its amazing how fear can set in after a few negative press reports. Having begun the journey slightly apprehensive I am glad to report that getting off the plane in Mombasa felt fine despite the recent news of several murders of local police by an extreme separatist group . The traffic as usual felt fairly chaotic but I did not feel unsafe. Kenyans are by nature friendly and peaceful and the violence of previous elections had shocked the local population as much as anyone. The British press seemed unwilling to acknowledge that these elections across Kenya were actually incredibly peaceful despite long frustrating waits for voters at the polling stations.

So K and I were, as it turned out, happy to be back in the heat heading up the coast to Kilifi to reconnect with http://www.wildliving.com/page/ and the mighty Baobab. Business was on our minds but it has to be admitted there were a few plans for walking on the beach, sleeping by the pool and visiting the Turtle Rescue Centre in Watamu (thanks Gladys for letting us help out on a turtle release!)

Anthony, Moses and Sammy at Wild Living were fantastic in helping us to meet up with their top Baobab harvester Changawa. Once we’d worked out how to transport his Baobab catching pole in the car we were away. A lesson in how the oil from the Baobab finds its way into Wild Sensual Body Butter was to follow.

We just had to carry it outside the car in the end!

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Changawa catches hold of the Baobabs and they come crashing down to the ground.

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Then they are chopped and pulled apart and the seeds are embedded in the dry powdery ‘flesh’ of the fruit.

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And here are the seeds all collected ready to be sent to the processor
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A final photo of Changawa – a natural showman!

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Musings on an African Secret – The Baobab

So three of us troop down to a beauty show at Olympia to see what the other brands are up to and K and Only Son have a wonderful time walking very slowly past the stands where young fulsome girls are standing around in bikinis getting spray tanned. And there was me worried they’d get bored with so much girly stuff!
Nestling among the nail bars and fake lashes was a stand selling Argan oil that had a very healthy throng interested and buying. It is a hugely popular oil that has all sorts of wonderful properties associated with it but 20 years ago no one had ever heard of it.
It made me realise that I am going to have to start shouting very loud about all the other magical African Oils that are just waiting to be discovered.
Baobab for example, is a beautiful, non drying oil , fantastic for massage as it is rich in protein and thiamine. High in palmitic, oleic and stearic acids, it has been used for generations in Africa to treat skin complaints like psoriasis and eczema.
The Baobab tree itself is surrounded by myth and legend and some trees are aged at over 300o years. It is marvellously adapted to dry, arid conditions which mean it can be a great provider to people in the poorest parts of Africa.

If each tree can last that long it must surely know something we don’t!

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