We are a husband and wife team, Sipho and Zikhona Tefu.

We started making soap from our kitchen, a couple of years ago as an aid to help relieve our daughter’s skin condition and move to more naturally based skincare. What started as a little hobby has now grown in to an everyday passion, where we get to mix our plant-based oils, from our studio in Woodstock, and turn them into nourishing soaps, balms and scents.

Sipho is the man behind the admin, ensuring that we have all our raw materials and packaging to create our products, he is the go to man when we need to know about the availability of our soaps, whether on curing racks or packaged. He loves being the technical guy, making some of our equipment, and designing stuff, all the time.

Zikhona is the formulator, the maker, and likes to think of herself as the ‘face’ of O’live. She spends most of her time at the studio, in her denim apron, mixing scents, thinking up new products and making soaps and portions. She loves sourcing raw and indigenous oils, and finding rare and precious essential oils.