silk & your skincare

Silk & History

The history of the silkworm which is as well the history of silk, goes back to the ancient times of China. Some stories have been handed down for generations and are probably based partly on facts and partly on myths and legends. The tale which persists is the one dating back to about 2,640 B.C.

The Chinese Empress, Si-Ling-Chi, was watching the glistening pearl cocoons that the worms where spinning in the mulberry trees in the palace gardens. One dropped out of the tree and landed in her cup of tea. As she scooped up the cocoon the threads pulled away revealing one, very long strand of fiber. Fascinated, she pulled strands from several other cocoons through her ring to form a thicker thread. Eventually, with the help of the ladies of her court, she spun these threads into a beautiful piece of cloth. This was made into a robe for the Emperor, Huang-Ti.

This magnificent material, SILK, became known as the “Cloth of Kings”. For thousands of years the royal family of China had silk. The Chinese kept the secret of how silk was made for 2,500 years.

The material was sold to the rulers of the West, however the source of the shiny thread that made the material was not revealed. Silk was still only privy to those in the East.

Finally, around 550 A.D. two poor monks told Emperor Justinian of Constantinople that they have to learn the secret of silk. Justinian sent them to China to get some eggs and mulberry shoots for him. They returned many years later, at great risk to their lives, with the eggs and shoots hidden inside their hollowed-out walking sticks. Since Justinian was the Emperor of Constantinople, the secret soon spread throughout Byzantine and eventually, Europe.

Still to this day, the secret of silk has been the longest kept secret in history!

Silk & South Africa

In 1992 the brand GODDING&GODDING was founded by naturalist and conservationist Susan Godding. GODDING&GODDING has evolved from a small, family run silk farm - specializing in fine silk linen and silk products – to an international company, well known and respected for its original silk & fragrances of Africa, luxurious skincare products, the finest bedding and bed clothes - and gifts for those who enjoy a truly sophisticated lifestyle.

Long before the natural and wellness movement became popular, GODDING&GODDING was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world, introducing skincare products made with pure silk, flower and plant essences.


This range of unique products are each naturally enhanced by Africa’s own traditional use of her fauna and flora for wellness, vitality and aroma, (Rooibos, Aloe Vera, Baobab and Marula) and are of uncompromising quality and luxury; that is GODDING&GODDING.

Silk & The Silkworm

GODDING&GODDING uses silk from the Bombyx Mori silkworm. This silk is a 100% natural product and originates from the silk cocoons. There are other varieties of silkworm, but they produce cocoons of an lesser quality in terms of colour, material or other properties.

Silk has been the most treasured natural fiber since it was discovered in China in 2,640 B.C. Besides it is the strongest natural fiber known.

The Bombyx Mori silkworm is found in China and produces this highest quality of silk. The silk cocoons can be used for producing clothes, but definitely also for cosmetics.

Silk & Cosmetics

Skincare today has captured the attention of millions of women… and men, worldwide.

Through a natural conversion process of hydrolysis, silk protein is made from the silk cocoon. This silk protein makes silk an ideal choice for cosmetic applications.

Silk protein contains 18 amino acids, such as alanine, glycine and serine which are the building blocks of protein in the skin and are regarded as a part of the natural moisturizing factor.

Silk protein has no taste, no fat, no cholesterol, no sugar and will dissolve in water which is essential for binding and is refined to an extremely fine grain size. Silk is nature's most elegant element. Silk protein contains vitamin E essential to good health. Absorbed instantly it softens lines and gives your skin a smooth, youthful feel and look.

Silk protein is a natural moisturizer and adjusts the moisture in the skin to maximum benefit. It holds rich moisture to give the skin and hair gloss, nutriment, softness and elasticity.

By combining silk protein and indigenous African flora extracts GODDING&GODDING has created a revolutionary skin health range and is at the leading edge of natural, hypoallergenic cosmetics for the present generation.

Silk & Silk Proteins

Silk protein has many wonderful properties. Without wanting to be completely, we list the most important ones:

- Has the ability to absorb up to 300 times its volume in water. This ability enables the silk protein to absorb or release moisture along with the change of temperature and humidity of the skins surface. This will prevent and restore dermatosis caused by moisture or dry conditions in certain climates, and keep your skin hygienic
- Possesses UV ray inhibiting properties. Our products offer natural UV protection (±SPF8) as well as controlling melanin build up
- Has the unique ability to absorb excess sebum, making it suitable for cosmetics applied to oily skin
- Has a strong affinity for bio-organisms, and also has the unusual property of preventing the growth of micro-organisms and bacteria
- As a natural moisturizer, silk protein provides relief from sunburn, windburn and household burns
- Assists in the healing of the skin and quickens the healing of surface injury to the skin
- Helps to prevent chapping or helping to heal chapped skin and reduces skin wrinkling

Silk & Silk Amino Acids

Amino acids are the "building blocks" of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria and viruses; they are part of the enzyme and hormonal system.

Amino acids build nucleoproteins (RNA and DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity. When protein is broken down by digestion the result is 22 known amino acids. 8 are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) and 14 amino acids are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition). Silk contains 18 of the 22 different amino acids and so do form one of the richest proteins that exist.

Silk & Other Advantages of Silk Proteins

In addition to the before mentioned beautiful properties of silk protein, there are other advantages to mention:

- Totally organic & pH balanced
- Naturally hypoallergenic
- Re-hydrate the skin
- Will leave the skin silky smooth
- Natural sun protection factor (SPF) of ± factor 8
- Restrains melanin building
- Antioxidant
- Has healing properties
- Minimize stretch marks
- Strengthens hair follicles
- Is one of the purest proteins and contains 18 amino acids
- Great for all skin types and conditions
- Is environmentally friendly
- Is not tested on animals


It is important to be sustainable and that is why only the best is good enough for us. At GODDING&GODDING we pay attention to the details. Details that matter to deal with the earth, the people and the plant and animal world in a good and responsible way. Details that make it easy for you to choose for us. Details that are actually self-evident. Below you find some of these details:

- In the cultivation of our silk no synthetic feed is used
- No chemical fertilizer is used in the food for the Mulberry tree
- Reeling of the thread from the cocoon is done under sanitary conditions
- The hydrolysation process uses a biological enzyme as catalyst
- The silk protein is:
          - processed only from the thread, unlike others which are from the pulverized cocoon
          - 100% pure, virgin silk and it is from the thread of the cocoon
          - processed under stringent conditions
          - free of other ingredients added
          - of superior quality for cosmetic use
- Results from the Human Repeat Insult Patch Test (HRIPT) showed no potential for dermal irritation and allergic contact sensitisation at recommended use levels

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