Who is Foster & Welsh?
The founder, Dr Sandi Nye, believes in honouring the elders. Ma Foster and Ouma Welsh were the humble starting points of the Journey. They inspired and inducted Sandi into the realm of natural answers to health issues, and the value of honest hard work.
Living in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, they knew how to live with and off the land and sea. Ma Foster shared her intimate knowledge of metaphysics and plants with her granddaughter Sandi; while both grandmothers instilled a strong work ethic in her – living by example.
They indelibly epitomised and imprinted the essence of how strong women of their era survived, through thick and thin, relying on faith, humility and kindness – with a good dose of humour always close at hand. Making soap with home grown herbs was the first of many skills taught to the bright-eyed and curious first-born grandchild, who started her soap making journey at the age of 12. Great interest in the medicinal properties of herbs was seeded, only to bloom many years later.
Although Sandi is the scientific and clinical alchemist behind product formulations, manufacture and ingredient knowledge, the company is also blessed with an exceptional team of consultants. These experts span the fields of allopathic, homeopathic and botanical medicine, plus pharmaceutical, wellness and cosmetic science industries.
Sandi is a registered doctor of Naturopathic medicine and a professional Aromatherapist. She is responsible for formulating branded products under the Foster & Welsh label, as well as formulating for national and international private label companies. As the quintessence of F&W, Sandi ensures the company uses only the highest quality and ethically-sourced ingredients.