ABOUTOUR STORY

If you are like me you want to be connected but with a complete package: at the right time, in the right place with the right people. It is not news that we need it for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. But the problem is, in times of Covid, we seem to be living in a very disconnected world and health can be the first casualty from multi-facetted isolation.

One morning, in January 2020, I asked myself a question. Wouldn’t it be nice if staying connected, particularly now in a safe digital world, provides a host of additional benefits and solutions? How about access to the latest news from global experts? How about a platform where you could feel connected with people who think like you? People who are hungry for real knowledge, information, hot research straight from the press and a promise of better health? In a heartbeat the seed of Tawa Labs was born.

Here is the irony. The internet – the very thing that is blamed for disconnection could become the instrument of abundant connection. Reaching out onto the web I found vast resources; powerhouses of people with limitless knowledge.  I found a host of experts. Individuals who are prepared to give generously of their time and unique insights to make the world a better place. At the same time, they enable healing and thereby contribute to your sustained total wellbeing. Real knowledge and information is what gives us certainty. Not fake news!

Tawa Labs is committed to empowering you to make conscious wellness choices to not only survive but also thrive. 

You can do this from the sanctuary of your own home. Meet people like you who believe that health is not an option but – a choice. You may meet the very people, who Time Magazine said are already born, and wait for it, they will live to be at least 140 in excellent health. Wouldn’t you like to know how the body language of your skin will take you to 140 or more? Learn about your senses, brain, mind, gut, your intimate life, and your unique DNA. It could save your life.

Enjoy my dream with me. Enjoy Tawa labs’ one stop, wellbeing platform supported by credible sources. Connect to people, knowledge, and Conscious Wellness – Your Life Refined.

Our Passion

Driving holistic Wellness and balance

Our Mission

Consciously Refining your life choices with uncompromising quality i.t.o. What you put on your body What you put in your body & With What you surround yourself

Our Focus

Our Focus is on ‘Your Journey’ to Wellness and our quest to support that with knowledge and learning and supportive premium products.

Meet our Team

Our Team is diverse in their talents, but we have one thing in common: an unshakeable belief in your potential to achieve total wellbeing.
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Jacqueline Sutherland. MD, Tawa Labs

Ask Jacqui Sutherland what drives her, and her answer will be simply ‘people,’ and their total wellbeing. After decades working in the media industry, she was able to pinpoint enduring and common themes of magazines and publications. People sought solutions to life’s problems and central to this was mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and the media responded.

Early in her adulthood, her interest in wellness led to her choosing overlapping degree paths, that of drama which she loved for its reflection of real life, psychology, and English (to enhance communication) as majors. But these pathways provided few answers for her desire to champion meaningful relationships, health, general wellbeing, and relationships. The birth and success of TAWA LABS in which she could deliver complete wellness offerings became her preferred passion and life’s purpose. To this she coupled further unique skills; her parallel career as an artist, which she has pursued for twenty years.

These skills can be seen in the striking packaging she has designed, which places TAWA LABS in a luxury product niche.

Jacqui joined up with JASMAR and CEO Steve Trollip, who already enjoyed a 20-year reputation for quality products. JASMAR today is positioned as a reliable manufacturer and supplier of curated essential products for the hospitality and wellness industry. This provided opportunities for Jacqui’s vision.

As a subsidiary to JASMAR, she and her partners were able to leverage benchmarked service and products creating a platform for an exclusive niche message: ‘A life refined.’ A range of premium imported collagen supplements, tried and tested in discerning countries around the world, opened the doors to leading clients in the hospitality and wellness industry. Client were enamoured of the TAWA LABS product promises and sophisticated packing, which filled a unique luxury brand category. Jacqui then helped to drive a second range of premium products: a rare offering of crystal essential oils, of equal standard which consolidated the brand and high-level customer base.

Today Jacqui gives sought after, impassioned talks and training to iconic, and award-winning service providers in the wellness industry in South Africa. Her innovation of a supportive platform for scientific information and debate around wellness, led by world experts, has added gravitas to her vision.

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Steve Trollip, Director

Steve Trollip is uniquely positioned to innovate, expand, and benchmark the homecare, personal care, luxury brand and Spa market. Armed with a BSc Engineering (Wits) Steve has successfully equipped his company for product development and the rigors of the manufacturing industry. Essential infrastructure followed.

His career direction was shaped by his early involvement with 3M Pty (Ltd) as the manufacturer and National Distributor of the Scotchgard™ range of products. He saw opportunities to contribute meaningfully to growing market sectors and consumer needs.

Market disruption, a millennium phenomenon, did not escape Steve’s attention. Scientific discoveries drove rapid trend change in product innovation, brand recognition and purchasing habits. Consumers were king. Scrutinising labels, they became more discerning, informed and demanding of quality.

Steve responded. With a growing reputation for expert knowledge, delivery and ethics, the year 2000 was a pivotal point. It provided opportunities to manufacture a much-lauded range of products for the personal care and Spa industries which has continued to this day.

Realising how much he savoured the coupling of authentic science with health and overall well-being, the early seeds of Tawa Labs were sown.

Steve then researched formulas which became the differentiators of premium and luxury brands. These formulas remain the signature of the Tawa Lab product range today.

He continues to monitor and pre-empt trends in this fast-growing market sector. Well timed launches of essential products have created market leaders.

Steve is trusted. Clients seeking certainty with a supplier, up to date knowledge, specialised, trademarkable products and formulas, has helped him to become a go-to man. Industries, home business owners, inventors, marketers, and entrepreneurs  seek his wisdom and expertise in developing their niche markets.

Steve understands the global village principle. His motto is ‘to place Africa on the map first.’ He draws on indigenous knowledge and the vast bio contributions of the continent to personal care.

His strength lies in monitoring global scientific discoveries to help him drive formula perfection. This remains linked to his first love – the wellbeing of Southern African communities.

Steve’s systems thinking and engineering background enabled a well-equipped and trusted laboratory: the foundation of all product excellence and service delivery. It has remained the spine for his entry into the competitive personal care industry.

 A quest for new innovative concepts, created and curated locally, was the final push needed for Tawa Labs to start commanding market share. Steve is driven by benchmarked solutions. This underlies the Tawa Labs culture.  You – the customer, are in safe hands.

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Mandy Trollip, Director

Tawa Labs Director Mandy Trollip has historical roots in the spa industry as a trusted entrepreneur, innovator and change agent. Her interest in holistic therapies broadened her appreciation of wellness in this sector. For ten years she was a shareholder and managing director of one of the largest spa groups in Africa.

Building multi skilled teams became her passion and legacy.  The spa industry made its entry into the wellness and hospitality market early in the millennium. It created opportunities for a host of therapeutic interventions, all of which contributed to its growth, new terrains of employment and health consciousness. She became part of this wave.Mandy expanded her knowledge, experience, and skills by leading the field with qualifications in this sector.

Somatology, kinesiology, mediation and mindfulness, crystal therapy, sound healing, and specialized aromatherapy became her focus. Her vision and lifelong passions combined into a much-loved career path. She became a mentor to new incumbents who sought both a home in the wellness space and high-level standards. Warm, engaging, and innovative, Mandy built lasting relationships across the country. Her insights, authenticity and drive earned the respect of clients, suppliers and vendors who sought her expertise, products, and advice.
Mandy joined the team with a wealth of industry, product knowledge and operational skills.
The formidable Tawa Labs team has been able to develop a notable signature of exclusivity. Together they have enabled the birth of a growing luxury Tawa Brand which is rapidly commanding a respected share of the market.

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Dr Denise Bjorkman

Dr Denise Bjorkman is one of the regular expert contributors to our education platform, providing insight into personalised medicine, longevity, mental and physical health, integrative nutrition, body language and neuroscience.

She is CEO of the Neuro Business Institute, the founder of the SA Council of Coaches and Mentors  and one of the leading global authorities on human body language.  She has combined life careers as an educator in diverse fields. As a seasoned personal coach, author, legal scholar, neuro-wellness advisor, DNA profiler, broadcaster, and socio-political scientist,  her expert consultant services have been used globally.

Her clients have included 4 heads of state, diplomats, corporate executive boards, the wellness industry, management, parents, and individuals in 16 countries for 40 years. She was described by Heidi Holland of the Sunday Times as one of the leading speakers in the country. As an opinion leader she has been a regular media commentator  and much cited opinion leader for the mass media:   British, European, USand local press,  leading magazines, the BBC, SKY, ABC, ITN, Al Jazeera, ENCA, SABC  and CNN. Topics of interviews include personality profiling, health, elections,  body language and major criminal trials.

She served as a consultant to  CODESA as a researcher, writer of key note addresses, advisor and as a contributor to the Media Advisory Committee, Gender Advisory Commission and the Multi-party Talks. She had her own TV programme on animal versus human body language and has featured prominently on hundreds of television and radio programs over her lifetime.

Her special interests reside in women’s development globally in which  she has played a significant role for hundreds of aspirant high achievers in the political, multinational corporations and institute space. Working with multi-disciplinary teams in partnership with neuroscience gurus of Pretoria University and their research laboratory,  she has helped to make major inroads into ‘brain potential’ of children, women and people seeking higher levels of performance.  

Managing the toxic effects of the digital environment and social media on the human brain (without disputing its benefits)forms part of current studies. She has been described as a global authority on why touch and the skin play a critical role for mental health, wholesome children’s development, survival, longevity, a happy sex life,  memory, and a boosted immune system – particularly now in times of  and despite of COVID.

She therefore has a particular interest in the irrefutable role of the aesthetic industry with all its dedicated personnel and services, to help sustain physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health.

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