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What motivated Portia to involve herself with the skincare industry was, she says, “the fact that there were no products in the retail space made for African skin. Our climate is different from that of Europe and that inspired me to formulate something specific to skin type and climate”. Marula is an African indigenous ingredient she discovered had exceptional skin benefits. She then used innovative measures to formulate the product using this natural ingredient. Marula, the ingredient used in the product, is rich in antioxidants and omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which are good for skin hydration. And you can use it for a number of skin ailments, and its velvety texture keeps skin smooth and hydrated. The products are especially formulated for problem-skin, stretch marks and an uneven skin-tone.


Portia has a background in the health care sector, acquired when she worked for Medical Systems Engineering, a Telecommunications company. Nevertheless, it was her thorough research and collaboration with chemists that resulted in formulating the product. The product is clinically tested through the SABS. “The cosmetics industry is sensitive, so products have to be constantly tested. Good management systems and processes have to be in place”, she said.

“It’s a passion for beauty and getting quality products for African skin”, she told Vuka Darkie. “Passion, skill and marketing is what affords a brand a place in most, if not all, competitive industries – It is passion and drive and a never giving up attitude. One needs to have clear vision of what one wants to accomplish. One must have an end in mind”, she continued” but for one to be accepted in the retail space, as someone from the background that is not ivy”, as she is, “you have to push ten times as more.”



Asked on how the industry is like for women she said, “At the rate things are changing, with assistance from the government and other organisation, the time is favourable for women to do things. But, there is times where people don’t have faith in you because of pre-conceived gender stereotypes. Nevertheless, the industry is one in which it showcases the best of my strengths, as beauty is something I’ve always been admiring, preserving or enhancing. I have always been passionate about it and I was always determined to excel in it.”

“Our vision is to make Portia MTM a leading skin care brand in Africa and the world at large, specialising in quality skincare made by an African for Africans using an African ingredient”, she said.

The brand is named after her as the founder. She believes what she is giving out to people is her power and energy through her name, and that people need to be proud and content when they have her name in a branded product, and the product is a true reflection and representation of who she is and that is what Portia MTM is giving out to Africans. Imbokodo – Igama lamakhosikazi malibongwe!


By Themba Ka Mhlanga


36 thoughts on “Portia M a leading skin care brand by an African for Africans

  1. Good Morning Portia.I am Mrs MILDRED RALETING in BLOEMFONTEIN age 49(with Masters Degree in Psychology of Educator,X- HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR and with 10 YEARS Business experience in Retail and Property Industry.I saw your interview on SAbC yesterday and would like to find out the processes of becoming PORTIA M AGENT.

  2. Im madribon i just want to know that i can order en sell it to african people what must i do

  3. Pliz help my wife is looking for the products and she can’t find them where must she go to?

  4. Hello I would like to find out about one can be a distributor of PortiaM products which we all love .

  5. Hi

    I was listening at Portia’s interview from NN7 this evening. I was so interested to know that she is promoting the african skin products. kindly advise where can i get the product in Pinetown Durban KZN i would really like to try the product.

    Kind regards
    Celiwe Mbuli

  6. Good day. I would like to to sell your products I. I am in Zimbabwe. My phone number is 00263774897251

  7. I would like to try Portia products where can i buy them around joburg alberton area?

  8. Those looking for Portia M Products can purchase at Checker / Shoprite ,Pick n Pay I’m not sure about Clicks but 200% percent sure about the two stores I mentioned. I started seeing the difference two days after I used the products cant imagine the results after a month or so. I love this product, it doesn’t burn my skin or ichy or dry up, this products are just awesome. I still need to add the body products in my toiletry list then I’m all Portia M. The confidence I have without make up on its wow…For the very first time I don’t break the bank or be off budget for my facial products. I wish Portia M can introduce this at beauty spa’s so we can also get facials from our own African products for our african skin.

  9. where would i found the tissue oils in limpopo
    i wold like to also sell the products wold you please help me with tat

  10. Hello
    I’m also using PortiaM products I love them my face and skin looks 10 years younger

  11. hi Portia your products are helping a lot but in our area harrismith , we are struggling to get tissue oil @ pnp. I like to sell your product & can u pls help me what must I do because people like your product but is difficult or too far to buy them .

  12. Hi portia am experiencing pregnancy acne and like to know if your products are safe to use in pregnancy and if they will be able to help with my horrible acne.

  13. good afternoon at Porta m i would like to know what can i do to be a member of portia m and sell it for the people you know guys people like to be conviced to know how this impotant is so iwanna be one who help you to sell this product m also using it it helps me alot plz contact me on 0634375857 thank you

  14. Cc its busi in kimberley im 40 i have horrible skin chubaba oily skin pimples and dark spots
    Pls help wgi ch products for m

  15. I wud like to try Portia m skin products.my skin is oily and have dark marks.can u advise which products to buy…

  16. Good morning

    I would like to know if you products for anti ageing on Portia M?

    Kind regards

  17. Thank you so much Portia, your product is the best. Thank you for making a product specially for African skin, God bless you even more.

  18. Good evinnig,I started to use Portia M 4 weeks ago and I got a so much pimple what must i do

  19. I started with Portia m product recently, but i am getting pimples, i thought it was going to get rid of my blemishes, on my body i use Marula oil and lotion and my skin is becoming dry, can you please advice me what and how must i mix my lotions to work for me , because i really like it.

  20. Hi Portia which is the best product for mole and beauty spot removal among your products

  21. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really loved surfing around your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing in your feed and I hope you write once more very soon!

  22. I was referred to Portia M products by a colleague, I started seeing results exactly weeks later as the first week my skin reacted I think it was because of another product i previously used. Now my skin is clearing and perfect.thank YOU for this African product

  23. Hi I have a very sensitive dry skin and I have been using many products but they don’t help, is your products also good for dry skin. I was told by a friend about you products and she says its working.

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