Our products are made using organic plant based raw materials with traditional ingredients of Africa, from the Argan Oil of the North, to the Shea Butter of the West, the Vanilla of the East, Frankincense and Myrhh of the Horn of Africa and the Baobab Oil of the South incorporated with natural oils and fragrances. Inspired by longstanding knowledge passed down through generations, we have combined their nourishing benefits with modern techniques to create high quality but simple, handmade products.
Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
Shea butter is off-white in colour, extracted from the shea tree which is found mainly in the Savannah and Sahel regions of West Africa. The Shea tree is known as s’í in the Bambara language of Mali and karité in the Wolof language of Senegal. It is a rich source of Vitamins A & E which are hydrating, protective and help to maintain youthful, supple skin.
Coconut oil (Cocus nucifera).
Coconut Oil protects, softens and soothes the skin. As the name implies it is extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It is an excellent hair tonic and is also used to create a rich lather in soap and shampoos.
Palm & Palm Kernel Oils (Elaeis guineesis).
Palm Oil: Rich in Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps the skin to fight free radicals that damage the skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles.
Palm Kernel Oil: It s an excellent moisturiser for the skin, lips, hair and nails, and is used to provide cooling relief for itchy skin and ragged cuticles.
The palm kernel oil is extracted from the kernel while the palm oil is obtained from the pulp part of the Elaeis guineesis plant. Both oils possess firming and hydrating qualities
Argan oil (Arginea spinosa L.)
The oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is local to Morocco. It is deeply hydrating and has the ability to retain moisture and improve the skins elasticity. Rich in Vitamin E, Argan oil is a very effective moisturiser, useful for combatting dry flaking skin.
Baobab oil (Adansonia digitata)
The Boabab tree, although little known elsehwhere, is found in the hot, arid savannahs of Sub-Saharan Africa. Known as ‘kuka’, in the Hausa language in West Africa, ‘seboi’ in the Sotho Language of South African and ‘tabladi’ in Arabic. It is sometimes called the ‘upside down tree’ because the branches look like the roots are sticking up. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that bloom on the trees. Research suggests it contains 50% more calcium than spinach and three times the vitamin C of an orange. A highly enriching oil which nourishes and improves skin elasticity, baobab oil contains moisturising Vitamins A, D, E and F, which help to rejuvenate damaged skin cells. It is especially used in skincare products because it absorbs into skin and hair seamlessly, without leaving any greasy residue.
Olive oil (Olea Europaea )
A major export product of countries including Algeria & Tunisia in North Africa, Known as ‘Zaytoon’ in Arabic. Olive oil is a rich source of proteins minerals and vitamins. It has healing, firming and softening properties and is also used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle solution.
Neem oil (Azadirachta Indica)
The sacred evergreen Neem tree is known in India as the “village pharmacy” due to its many beneficial effects. It was introduced to Northern West Africa by the Europeans from the early 1900s and has been very effective in helping to combat the encroachment of the Sahara Desert southwards. Neem oil rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and D is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic. Also rich in protein, linoleic acid & minerals, neem oil is also very nourishing for the skin and it is revered for it’s hair conditioning properties.
Moringa Oil (Moringa oleifera)
Found across West Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa the moringa tree has been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant containing a significant source of Vitamin B and C, Provitamin A as Beta Carotene, Vitamin K, Manganese and Proteins among other essential nutrients. The oil also has an impressive oleic acid content of 72%. It penetrates deep into the skin, delivering vital nutrients, and also helps the skin and hair to retain moisture
Hibiscus Flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Hibiscus is found in the Sahel and North Africa where the tea is commonly sold on the streets and the dried flowers found in every market. The flowers have a chemical composition of phosphorous calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin C. This makes hibiscus a remedy with exceptional properties that nourishes the hair, prevents premature greying and also helps to relieve the scalp from dandruff. Regular use of the flowers is also highly beneficial in preventing hair loss and improving hair growth.
Jasmine Flowers (Jasminium officinalis)
Jasmine flowers are widely cultivated across Egypt, Algeria and Morocco in North Africa. The oil is extracted from jasmine flowers. It’s aromatic element is a stress reliever and its application as a massage oil on the scalp stimulates blood circulation and encourages hair growth.
Frankinsence (Boswellia carterii) & Myrhh (Commiphora Myrrha)
Frankinsence (‘luban’ in Arabic), and Myrhh (‘mur’ in Arabic) also called Abbisynian /Ethiopian Myrr or African myrhh are both aromatic resin extracted from the bark of the Boswella and Commiphora myrrha trees. They are commonly found around the horn of Africa in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. They are widely used for aromatherapy, perfumery and medicinal purposes. In skincare the resins are used for their astringent properties where their toning and lifting qualities are useful in preparations for mature skin.
Marula Oil (Sclerocarya birrea)
Although found in other parts of Africa, the Marula trees are mainly found in Southern and Central Africa. Known as ‘Morula’ in Sotho, ‘Umganu’ in Zulu and Swazi of Southern Africa, ‘mng’ongo’ in Swahili of East Africa and ‘dania’ in Hausa of West Africa. ‘Cider tree’ in English,
Marula Oil is rich in antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids, oleic acid and Vitamin C. It has also been found to significantly improve skin hydration restore elasticity and improves skin tone. It is suitable for all skin types.