Arriving at Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre near Kartong in southern Gambia is like being swallowed up in a little cocoon where the outside world ceases to exist for a while. Nestled behind the dunes on a forested stretch of coast, you wouldn’t guess it was there, neither from the road or the beach. This is exactly as intended – to blend in with surroundings both physically and conceptually.
A euraka moment came to me a while ago through a friend. Why not make my own, bespoke facial oil, using natural products for a fraction of the cost of my current beauty regime? But how can this be, I thought? All these years of thinking the ladies in lab coats at beauty counters were the only gatekeepers to that elusive skin elasticity…. Could all that have been an illusion? I had to find out.
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