By: Keletso Mkhwanazi
Thabo Legoabe who for most of his life had problems with his skin, always wanted to manufacture his own products. And now his dream has finally come true following his creation of an organic moisturising range. Despite being discouraged, and not having anyone supporting and believing in his vision, Legoabe is the proud manufacturer of Paledi Skin Care Solutions, which was created to address different skin problems.
Legoabe grew up struggling with a rare skin condition that caused parts of his skin to darken and dry up, which led to irritation and itchiness. “I have tried numerous skin care products, but the problem persisted… that’s when I decided to try and cook my lotion and put natural ingredients in it,” he told Vutivi News. He manufactures, advertises, and sells his products from the comfort of his own home in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. They are organic and vegan-friendly. “We pride ourselves in using moringa oil and CBD oil as our main ingredients. They are designed to stop moisture from leaving your skin,” Legoabe said. “We have a wide range of body care including face care products, bath products, and body care products.”
Legoabe has so far been satisfied with the feedback from his customers, who he said kept on returning for more products. “Our organic products are strong and unique compared to others because they retain the fresh scent on the skin for more than just a couple of hours. Not only does the shower gel keep the body smelling and feeling fresh, but the body butter also hydrates skin to an extent that it grows.”
Despite his entrepreneurial drive, Legoabe still faces challenges just any other business. “No one wanted to invest in my business, some of the challenges are skills development in the manufacturing industry and space to operate the business. I am also unemployed, so funding is seriously needed,” he said. However, Legoabe had recently registered with the local Small Enterprise Development Agency and steps were being taken to get the business funded. “I am also registered under the innovation hub in my location and the branch is called Mamelodi Kasi hub. They are providing skills development courses in this field and it is very helpful.”
His plan is to expand from Gauteng to the other provinces by the end of 2024, and to the SADC region by the following year. “We plan to compete with giants of the market and become the best in the field. We have not made it yet to the big stores, but we are busy working on it,” Legoabe said. He is currently selling his products via social media, his website www.palediskincare.co.za, and through WhatsApp on 060-921-2432.