The prolific fruit-bearing marula tree yields a glorious oil from the seed that has been doing the cosmetic ingredient rounds for some time now. It remains a popular plant extract in various products due to its fatty acids and antioxidants profile, which makes it a great skin-nourishing, moisturising agent.
Baobab oil, from the ‘upside-down’ tree – the largest succulent in the world – is another well-balanced African gem that is an outstanding ingredient for skin, nail and hair care treatments. It is highly penetrating and easily absorbed, moisturising and an emollient. It is considered anti-inflammatory and non-comedogenic (won’t cause black-heads).
Although regular rooibos has its own legendary status for health and wellness, green rooibos extract is emerging as a cosmetic ingredient of note for stressed and dehydrated skin, due to its purported antioxidant and skin-protective properties.
When it comes to buchu, people either love it or hate it, since the aroma of this amazing fynbos plant is very distinctive and pungent. Buchu essential oil has found a place in many modern cosmetic applications as well as in perfumery, where the somewhat ‘catty’ or ‘blackcurrant’ note can add an intriguing aromatic dimension not provided by more sweet-smelling components.
Choose indigenous African botanicals to nourish your body’s largest organ, your skin.