Gunwax – A Home-grown Success Story


Local business owner, Jacques Lotriet, tells the tale of his popular brand.



GUNWAX started because I’ve always wanted to grow a beard. It’s rock n roll, it’s manly, like a cannons firing into the mountains.


But I think like most guys I just couldn’t stand the itchiness and dryness, going on as my beard grew longer. But I had to make it happen, so I called up my mom, who just happens to be a highly qualified chemist, and a week later I had the first GUNWAX samples in my hand.

I was so stoked… from the moment I used it, the immediate relief from the dryness and itchiness was incredible!


I gave a few samples to some mates and local barbers, just to see what they thought. I then left for a 3 week holiday in Zim and returned to messages and emails from people requesting more!

I realised then that I had created a business and started putting together the brand identity and what I wanted GUNWAX to stand for and represent.


The GUNWAX tattoo balm evolved from my love for art and tattoos.


In December my great mate Dean Grobler joined me and we have been growing the brand and having a kiff time along the way. We now stock barbers, coffee shops, restaurants and tattoo studios all over KZN, Gauteng, The Cape, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo and have clients in London and OZ.


All our products are hand-crafted, made in small batches to ensure the highest consistency and quality. GUNWAX products are superior in strength and quality, because of the all-natural locally sourced ingredients.


Here’s the special stuff: The Macadamia Nut Oil found in all GUNWAX Products has a chemical profile, very similar to that of the human sebum, meaning it’s one of the highest absorbing oils around. 

It is a very stable oil, with a shelf life of up to two years and contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids needed for both healthy skin and hair.

Our triple filtered organic Bees Wax is a natural SPF and seals in the skins natural moisture and oils and it thickens your beard, adds volume, and keeps your beard soft and more manageable.


The GUNWAX range includes: GUNWAX Beard Balms, GUNWAX Beard Oil, GUNWAX tattoo balm and GUNWAX lip balm


Give Jacques a call on 0828483667 to order or for more info!

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