The Founder Karen Vosloo was born 28 October 1966 in Johannesburg and studied as a Nurse. The family had to move to different cities, making it difficult for Karen to keep a formal job with two children at home. Being a creative person wanting to make a difference and do something creative, Karen started making soap as gifts to friends and family. Over time she updated her knowledge and skill, and developed a following and started selling her goods at Festivals, markets and on order, slowly growing the range of products to Liquid Soaps, Body Creams and Room Fragrances. Over 6 years she perfected her soap making through trial and error and stated adding natural clays to the products, as well as expanding her ‘hobby’ to more include Clay Face Masks, Baobab Serum, Night Balm, Buchu Balm, Shampoo and Conditioner. Her following grew and she realized that her little hobby has now grown into a business that requires a budget, planning and staff. In November 2017 she met her soon to be partner, Ronel Botes at a market. A Partnership is formed
Ronel started her career working as a legal secretary and started studying part time as therapist while working. Within days after qualifying, she resigned her formal job to start her own practice from home and never looked back. She soon realized that there are only so many hours in a day and her income was limited to selling her time. This led to employing her first therapist to increase the business income and “Refresh Corporate Wellbeing” was born. The business expanded to Corporate Wellbeing days, motivational speaking, on-site spas at corporate offices such as Vodacom and Nedbank, workshops on Sexual health, belly dance, self-defence, breathing and much more. She opened spas in Cape Town, Bellville, Century City and 3 Vodacom onsite salons, while offering national Corporate services such as desk massage and health services to Parliament, Engen, Shell, Sanlam, Absa and many more. At the end of 2010, Ronel sold her business and took time-out to re-assess her life plan. During this time, she worked as spa consultant setting up new spas and discovering new opportunities where she could share her knowledge and experience with young therapists entering the market and found that she loved it. In Jan 2012 she accepted a position with Rain African while living in Swellendam for a year. This new direction exposed her to a whole new, creative world and included creating unique spa rituals, product development, franchising, training, and sales in a formal market. After 6 years, working closely with the talented founder of Rain Africa, she had helped creating the Rain African Spa Rituals, opened 6 spas and learned the importance of a good production team and making a difference by training and upskilling staff, connecting with your customers and being responsible with your actions when it came to the environment. At the end of 2017, she resigned from Rain Africa and met Karen and saw the amazing potential that was Skin Clays. By June 2018 a formal partnership was signed. In October 2018 Ronel formally joined the business and a new journey began.