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The Small Business Corner:

WE at people magazine believe in the small business enterprise as a driver of our economy. We are strong supporters of individuals who exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and who are creating jobs. And that’s why we want to give them our full support.

Who Are They?

THE Cosmetics Chef is all about a girl who dreamt about people being able to make their own amazing cosmetic products at home. Conny Oberrauter, the founder of The Cosmetics Chef, wants to change the way the world thinks about cosmetics. Conny is a professional cosmetic chemist with over 22 years’ experience in research and development in the cosmetics industry. She has been active in various professional associations in the cosmetics industry and has been president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa (Coschem) twice, in 2009 and 2015. She lectures on the cosmetic science diploma course and is a member of the education committee. As president of the society she was invited to Japan in 2015 to participate in meetings with IFSCC (International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists). She was also on the steering committee for the IFSCC Congress 2012 which was held in Sandton and hosted international experts and industry visitors. She has spoken at many conferences especially on the topic of natural cosmetics. She has also attended courses in Europe on the specialities of formulating natural and organic cosmetics.

What Do They Do?

THE Cosmetics Chef’s mission is to empower people to take control of their beauty in a sustainable way. Through workshops, events, demos and talks, Conny aims to show you how easy it is to make high quality, premium cosmetics in your own kitchen. The business started with the publication of The Cosmetics Chef – Crafting Cosmetics In Your Kitchen, a book with 50 fabulous recipes on making your own products at home, from face masks to body scrubs and even a dog shampoo! Specialised ingredients are available on the website as well as ready packed kits which include pre-weighed ingredients and beautiful packaging to make it even easier to make your own products. Kits include a Supreme Skin Serum, Rejuvenating Face cream, Hair Oil, Firming body lotion and more. Whether you want to make your own products, or just make more informed decisions about the products you buy, The Cosmetics Chef is here to help you.

Where Are They Based?

THE Cosmetics Chef is based in Sandton, Johannesburg but holds demos and talks across the country. Orders are couriered all over South Africa. Books have been sold internationally as far as Texas, Singapore and Australia.

Who Benefits?

YOU benefit – you can take control over what products you use. You can customise your own product and make something uniquely for your individual skin concern. Anyone who wants to know more about the beauty products they are using and those who want to make their own products benefit, as well as anyone who wants to start their own beauty brand, as they can start by learning from The Cosmetics Chef. Conny shares insider tips and information in her blog on the website.

Contact Details

YouTube channel – The Cosmetics Chef

Website –

Faceb ook – The Cosmetics Chef

Instagram – thecosmeticschef

E-mail – [email protected]

Tel/whatsapp – 072 431 7299

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Robert is a descendant of the stout Macpherson Clan out of the Scottish Highlands and can claim Robert the Bruce as a far-off cousin. He suffers from a severe form of Collectors’ Disease and sports an assortment of small valuable curious. In his spare time he works a full-time job, but his real prowess lies within his musical aptitude as a drummer. He is a semi-amateur of the instrument and although he claims beating a drumhead one of the more primal sensations man can experience, he feels it to be an unnatural exercise to pursue. If he could have his way, he’d have breakfast every meal of the day and is a fan of all things Roald Dahl.

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