5 Minutes with the Founder of Suki Suki Naturals, Linda Gieskes-Mwamba
The Suki Suki Naturals skincare founder talks to us about natural skincare, social media and her favourite Joburg spots.
Linda Gieskes-Mwamba founded local natural skincare brand Suki Suki Naturals because, 'I couldn’t find anything natural for my hair on the market,' she explains. Undaunted, she blended her own products, which she then shared with family and friends. 'When I saw how popular they were among my close circle, I chose to turn my passion for natural beauty into profit,' she says.
5 Minutes with Suki Suki Naturals Founder Linda Gieskes-Mwamba
Tell us a bit about yourself and your brand.
I am a Congolese Jozi girl, a former lawyer and CEO and founder of Suki Suki Naturals. I like what I do because it allows me to challenge my creativity and create something beautiful that people can experience on a daily basis. The worst part of my job is having to wear many hats. Running a small business means you have to fill different roles, like being your own marketing department and accountant at times, as well as your own HR.
We love the Suki Suki Naturals Instagram feed. Is social media a big part of your life?
I use social media to communicate with customers, attract business and express my brand identity.
What types of interiors and fashion do you most enjoy?
I’m currently obsessed with stylish, minimalistic and neutral interiors. I also love linen clothing. Locally, I’m obsessed with Selfi’s simplicity. They make amazing jumpsuits.
Any Joburg hidden gems to share with us?
My hidden gem in Joburg’s inner city is dinner at Yeoville Dinner Club. They serve Pan African meals hosted by Sanza Sandile at an 18-seater dining room table. Sanza blends traditional meals from East, West, South and Central Africa, so you really get to taste the continent through his dinners. Plus, his stories are the best. The best view in South Africa is the view of Johannesburg from Northcliff Ridge, when the jacarandas are blooming. And don’t leave Johannesburg without trying a pizza from Coalition.
What one item do you always have in your kitchen?
My kitchen cupboard staple is organic coconut oil – I cook everything with it.
Do you travel light?
I always travel with too many cosmetics. I’m paranoid that I won’t have enough for potential skin emergencies. And I always pack a good book.
What are your favourite travel destinations?
The one place I’ve travelled to that I’ll never forget is Paraty, Brazil, a charming town on the edge of Rio de Janeiro province. From my travels, I always bring back a better knowledge of the country I visited, food and local recipes. My next dream holiday destination is Sri Lanka.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Jorja Smith, Snoh Aalegra, Sabrina Claudio and Vincent Delerm.