4 June 2013


On a my recent trip to Johannesburg I visited one of the three branches of Metropolitain Cosmetics in Hyde Park....Metropolitain Cosmetics have been around in the Johannesburg region for over a decade. They import exclusive skin care, fragrance and make up brands that are not available in South Africa through the normal, salon, pharmacy or department store channel.

The reason for my visit to Hyde Park on a Sunday morning was two fold, to try Tasha's for breakfast and to quickly run into L'Occitane to buy a Shea Lip Balm (one of my "Must Haves") as mine, was at its absolute end and my lips were in desperate need of some comfort! 

Unfortunately L'Occitane was closed, so Metropolitan Cosmetics was my next stop. The two consultants on duty were so helpful and knowledgeable and it was refreshing to both see and hear! (Unfortunately I didn't get their names)
They introduced me to an American men's range, that was new to me called 
Jack Black
 and the name grabbed my attention immediately.

Their Story

Back in 2000, Curran Dandurand, her husband Jeff, and Emily Dalton founded Jack Black as a response to a void in the skin care marketplace. At that time few, if any, companies were creating premium quality, high-performance, easy-to-use grooming products for men. The name Jack Black, coined before the popularity of the comic actor, embodied the comfort and approachability of a good friend. And the packaging was designed to appeal to a masculine aesthetic. Jack Black quickly found a home in the most distinguished upscale retailers.
Every Jack Black product is carefully formulated from the very finest ingredients. Many, like plant extracts, herbs and healing botanicals come from time-tested natural remedies. But that’s only part of what makes Jack Black products work so well. We also incorporate the latest technologies to create formulas that are not only effective, but also lightweight and non-greasy. Fragrance-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested, Jack Black products take a refreshingly effective, honest and natural approach to helping you look and feel your best.

I was recommended and bought the Lemon & Chamomile lip balm, this product is available however in several Variants, such as Black Tea & Blackberry, Grapefruit and Ginger, Natural Mint & Shea Butter to name but a few!

Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Lemon & Chamomile R95

This lip balm is enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, the emollient balm soothed and relieved my dry, chapped & irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrated quickly to provide instant relief. It offers a broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25, which is always welcome, as I live in sunny Durban. It guards against windburn and temperature extremes. The subtle lemon refreshes the lips and the chamomile both soothes and calms.Interestingly this product won the Men's Health Award Winner 2009 - Best Lip Treatment.
So I may have just found a new "Must Have" lip balm...
The Jack Black product line up is very appealing and it has several products that are sadly lacking in many male ranges available in South Africa. I was given and happily accepted several samples for my husband to try and reviews will follow.... I would love to hear from anyone that has used some of the other products in the Jack Black range.
To find out more about the Jack Black range and to order online visit

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