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Indigenous Enchantment

In early November, the design-crazy Cape Town suburb of Woodstock gained a new homeware and skincare shop that is more tranquil haven-come-visual feast than standard retail store. INDIGENOUS, as the shop’s called, was launched by Chloe Williams and Sjaniël Turrell, who also founded concept store KINGDOM, and is full of pretty items that are, in the owners' words, 'food for the soul'. The idea, they say, was to offer locals a range of luxury, nature-inspired products that are both pleasing on the eye and ultimately healing and nourishing for the mind and body. On the homeware side, the boutique stocks an assortment of goods that would help to make any home a serene refuge. There are various succulents in terracotta and cement pots, beautiful terrariums, handcrafted ceramics, delicate glassware, bronze candelabra, crystals and more. indiginsitu The shelves are also dotted with fragrance candles, burning oils, Himalayan salt bowls, diffusers and other sensual goods designed to soothe the psyche. And then there’s also a smorgasbord of beauty and body products – oils, soaps, scrubs, soaks and balms – that are made from only natural, organic ingredients that have been locally sourced in most cases (hence the name INDIGENOUS). A few notable brands that the store stocks are Lulu & Marula, SKOON SKIN and Twelve Beauty, an international range perfect for dehydrated, sensitive skin. At its core, the shop is a celebration of all things wholesome and earthly, so if you’re looking for something to revive you, pencil in a pop-in. You’ll find INDIGENOUS two doors down from KINGDOM at The Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town.