Our product development began with a block of African black soap. On its own it was good for the skin, but we were not looking for good we were looking for great . After much research, trial and error we comprised a list of well known flowers and herbs that were are great fro the skin and the were to eat or drink. The combinations we finally decided to use are what we have found to cover a broad range of skin types and conditions.
Our final choices had to meet two standards.
1 It had to be edible. If you can put it in your mouth then you shoudlnt put it on your skin. While we dont suggest you eat our products (they wouldn’t taste very good) their ingredients are edible.
2 It must be gentle to the skin. Let’s face it (pun intended), not everything in nature is kind to the skin and when you have sensitive skin, even popular ingredients can cause a problem. Our goal is to create products that are gentle and effective no matter who uses them.
We could fill our jars with a long list of ingredients, half of which you will never remember. However, we believe you should not need a Phd. or an hour of free time to read our ingredients list. So, we keep it simple. A few key ingredients that can do all the heavy lifting, and we spent a lot of time testing to make sure they work. (Don’t worry we do all our testing on willing humans.)
Finally, we believe that your skin care routine should be simple. A few products, carefully designed to give you the results you desire. In the end, we just want to make being beautiful a little bit easier and healthier.
Here is a look at some of our key ingerdients.
African Black Soap
African Black Soap (ABS), is soap made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such a plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. Black soap is traditionally made in West Africa, typically Ghana, from secret recipes. Pure varieties of ABS are shade of brown, not black in color. The ABS we use is produces in Ghana, on the western coast of Africa using the same recipe that has been used for generations.
It’s a cleanser used to lightly exfoliate and give skin a healthy glow. For centuries, the women of west Africa have used it to thin fine lines, even out dark spots, and ease eczema, razor bumps and blemishes. The gentle nature of the soap makes it perfect for use on all members of the family.
We believe the first step to beautiful skin is clean skin. The basis of a good skin care regimen is a good cleanser. All our cleansers are made with pure African Black Soap. From there we add our blend of botanicas and herbs to create an effective blend for every skin type. In addition to highly effective cleansers we also use ABS in our body scrubs.
Bentonite clay, is considered by many as a healing clay and has been widely used. When applied to the skin, it is thought to absorbs toxins and poisons that get trapped in the skin. As the base for all of our clay masks we find it to be the most effective in clearing out build-up and leaving you with soft clean skin.
It is High in antioxidants which blocks harmful free radicals in the body. It also helps to protect the body against premature aging. Cacao has good amount of vitamin C, magnesium, omega 6 fatty acids and raw enzymes which helps in protecting the skin, healing wounds and cell rejuvenation. Additionally, Cocoa helps in increasing and protecting blood flow to the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing.
Hibiscus is often called the ‘Botox plant’ due to its reputation for increasing skin elasticity to give a stunning natural youth-boost. Hibiscus actively combats the ageing process by firming and lifting your skin. One of the visible signs of skin ageing is the appearance of hyperpigmentation or age spots. Due to the slightly exfoliating effect of the organic acids found in the plant, including citric acid and malic acid, Hibiscus helps to speed up cell turnover, resulting in a more even looking skin tone.
Lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can fight the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation. It also has the ability to relieve itching and reduce the symptoms of eczema. Lavender also decongests the irritated areas on the skin by adding moisture, thereby accelerating the healing process. It contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against the harmful effects of pollutants on the skin.
Green Tea’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties all help to fight both acne and blackheads when applied topically. As a gentle exfoliator, it removes dead skin cells (and rejuvenate the dying ones!) by utilizing the slightly abrasive texture of dry green tea leaves. This fantastic exfoliator will also help to remove excess oil and pollutants, exposing the cleansed and renewed skin underneath.
Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their texture helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. Another one of the great benefits of coffee on skin is reducing cellulite. This is so because the caffeine in coffee dehydrates your fatty cells, causing the cellulite to appear diminished and making your skin look much smoother.
Chamomile has been widely used for generations to provide natural relief for skin irritations. It is also gentle enought to use on the most sensetive skin trypes making it ideal for cleansers and moisturizers. Best of all Chamomile is one of the few herbs that has actually been scientifically studied for its healing effects on skin.
The essential fatty acids in rose hip seed oil can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration. The antioxidants, which combat free radicals that cause damage, and vitamin A, combined with essential fatty acids, help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation.