TRANSFORMATIVE BOTANICALS ROOTED IN SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, ANCIENT WISDOM, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT.
From the abundant lands of Africa and South America, we bring you ultra-pure, nutrient dense botanicals chosen for their scientific evidence, ancient wisdom, and local community upliftment.
Revered as medicine, sacred symbols of protection and longevity, we are inspired by ancient wisdom, honoring botanicals which have been celebrated for generations by using them in their purest form with the same respect and intent.
FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE
We don’t believe in hype and trends. We rely on a systematic scientific methodology and honor the pursuit and application of knowledge. Our botanicals are backed by scientific and clinical evidence with extraordinary bioactive properties that balance and protect the skin, naturally.
PROVENANCE AND PROCESS
Handpicked by local communities, wild harvested and certified organic to protect and preserve the biodiversity of their habitat, each botanical is of the highest nutrient grade and potency.
Providing communities with an independent source of income, we’re able to uplift families, create wider community benefits and safeguard the environment.
MEET OUR GLOBAL BOTANICALS
MARULA NUT OIL
"In the spectacular Rift Valley in Kenya, along a stretch of 6,000 kilometers encompassing haunting volcanoes, sun-soaked fertile soils and shimmering sapphire lakes, spellbinding views extend as far as the eye can see capturing some of Africa’s most dramatic and diverse landscapes. Here in the wilderness, basking in the unyielding sun and heat, Marula trees thrive."
Known as nature’s age-defying overachiever, protect skin’s integrity with Marula oil. This treasured oil restores and balances moisture levels to improve appearance of tone, firmness and elasticity for perfectly hydrated, uplifted and radiant skin.View Range
Called the “Tree of Life”, Marula is considered a symbol for fertility and softness. Used for centuries by African women to hydrate and nourish the skin, the Maasai discovered that Marula oil was a healer for everything from stretch marks and scars to burns
Marula oil is nutrient dense in oleic acid (up to 78%), which depletes from skin as it matures. It is proven to enhance skin permeability and is the primary reason why Marula absorbs so effectively into skin (unlike other oils that may sit on top). *See Sources below.
Marula oil is extracted from the kernel of the Marula fruit by the local Maasai community in Kenya. The women of the tribe collect the fallen fruit from the wild stands of Kenya and return it to the cooperative for processing. Sitting in the shade they work in groups, cutting open the fruit with a panga (a large knife) to remove the husks and reveal the soft nuts, which are hand-selected to ensure the highest quality and to remove any rancid kernels. At the end of the day, their nut yield is then weighed to determine their fair-trade living and the nuts collected for cold pressing in small batches using a custom-made press. This high pressure, proprietary equipment allows the Maasai cooperative to ensure the high nutrient, antioxidant and essential vitamin and mineral content in the Marula oil is preserved. The discarded Marula fruit husks are dried in the sun and saved for fertilizer use on the Maasai land. Literally nothing is wasted.
This labour-intensive ritual creates a hive of work for the Maasai community and provides an independent source of income, which has led to upliftment of families and wider community benefits.
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Abdalbasit, A, et al, ‘Fatty Acids, Tocopherols, Phenolics, and the Antimicrobial Effect of Sclerocarya birrea Kernels with Different Harvesting Dates’, Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society, 2010 87(4):377-384.
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Komane, B, et al, ‘Cosmetic Application of Marula seed oil (Sclerocarya birrea): Clinical Outcomes’, Planta Medica International Open, 2017 4(S 01):S1-S202.
CAMU CAMU BERRY EXTRACT
"Along the vast Amazon River, home to an untold number of wildlife species such as pink river dolphins, monkeys and jaguars, the Camu camu bush grows. The world’s second-largest river, which gives rise to ecosystems within and on the land surrounding, is still being understood by humans, teeming with life, among them a superfruit that boasts the highest vitamin C content in the world."
Revitalize dull, lackluster, and sun damaged skin with Camu Camu, an Amazonian superfruit bursting with vitamin C. Potent and pure, it is a powerful elixir to help brighten, even skin tone and undo the appearance of damage caused by oxidative stress.View Range
Camu camu’s properties have been treasured by Amazonian Indians in South America for hundreds of years as a longevity elixir and medicinal panacea. The fruit is known for its medicinal properties, and native tribes often use it as a remedy for colds, viruses and to treat infections.
Camu demonstrates significant antioxidant potential with an average vitamin C content of 1,882 to 2,280 mg/ 100g, compared to its South American sister, acai, at 84 mg/ 100g, or oranges with 58 mg/ 100 g. *See Sources below.
When grown outside of its native region, research has shown that Camu camu contains less vitamin C, which is why ours is harvested in its natural habitat to ensure its optimum potency. Handpicked by local farmers at peak ripeness from the Amazon basin in Brazil, the fruit is cold pressed whole to retains its most vital nutrients and to produce a highly stable extract that doesn’t oxidize easily as it’s surrounded and protected by all of its natural fatty acids, phenols and amino acids as it was in nature. The Camu camu is not altered at all, to allow your skin to enjoy the benefits as nature intended
We’re proud to partner with a local cooperative which supports sustainable plant harvesting practices in the Amazon regions focusing on the biodiversity of the Brazilian biome by training harvesters to maintain natural plant resources. Simultaneously we assist communities by providing employment opportunities and an income for those who depend on Camu camu, honoring the life of local cultures.
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Akter, MS, et al, ‘Nutritional compositions and health promoting phytochemicals of camu-camu (myrciaria dubia) fruit: A review’, Food Research International, 2011 44:1728-1732.
Najwa, R, et al, ‘Comparison of vitamin C content in citrus fruits by titration and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods’, International Food Research Journal, 2017 24(2):726-733.
Avila-Sousa, R, et al, ‘Antioxidant Properties of Amazonian Fruits: A Mini Review of In Vivo and In Vitro Studies’, Journal of Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2019 8204129.
KIGELIA AFRICANA FRUIT EXTRACT
"In the damp, fertile soils among the riverbeds, woodlands, and forests of West, Central and Southern Africa, the Kigelia tree flourishes, a beauty all on its own. The sausage-shaped fruits that ripen from December to June have been honored for centuries for their healing powers, most notably for their ability to restore infected and inflamed skin."
Those with sensitive, irritated, acne prone skin can particularly benefit from Kigelia’s calming and restorative properties. Gentle yet potent, Kigelia africana fruit extract possesses transformative antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and cell-regenerating prowess to soothe and heal.View Range
Revered by Malawians as medicine as well as a sacred symbol of protection, kigelia has been traditionally used by African healers to treat skin-related conditions, such as fungal infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and insect bites.
Kigelia africana contains a vast array of bioactive compounds which contribute to its broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activity, which is similar to penicillin and fluoroquinolone antibiotics; its cytotoxic and antineoplastic activity as an anti-cancer agent; its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. *See Sources below.
The Kigelia africana fruit is hand-picked by the local community in Malawi, protecting and preserving the biodiversity of the region while providing a stable source of income. After the Kigelia africana fruits fall to the ground, they quickly spoil, so must be carefully harvested by hand during their peak ripeness to ensure the integrity of their nourishing properties. By wild-harvesting the fruits, our close-to-nature extraction process then allows us to preserve and enhance Kigelia’s most powerful components. Like many organic botanicals that exist in the wild, the Kigelia tree is threatened by the consequences of human actions such as wildfires, woodland destruction, and farming. All these actions not only affect Kigelia trees, but entire ecosystems. Our ethical sourcing of our Kigelia africana fruit extract allows us to support nature as she exists and to leave trees unharmed and able to produce seasonal harvests of the fruit.
We’re proud to partner with the local community to maintain the sustainable harvesting of the Kigelia africana fruit. This partnership uplifts the community through a fair-trade living for the harvesting in addition to furthering community development through locally led initiatives enabled by the cooperative.
Olatunji, G, et al, ‘Comprehensive scientific demystification of Kigelia africana: A review’, 2009, African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2009 3(9):158-164.
Grace, OM, et al, ‘Antibacterial activity and isolation of active compounds from fruit of the traditional African medicinal tree Kigelia africana’, South African Journal of Botany, 2002 68:220-222.
Saini, S, et al, ‘Antibacterial activity and isolation of active compounds from fruit of the traditional African medicinal tree Kigelia africana’, Natural Product Radiance, 2009 8(2): 190-197.
Abdulkadir, M, et al, ‘Phytochemical composition and antimicrobial evaluation of Kigelia africana LAM’, Asian Journal of Plant Science and Research, 2015 5(10:14-17.
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