LIHA Beauty Inspired By West African Skin Care Traditions

We have gone through a cold snap of late, the icy winter winds contrasted with the drying effects of central heating leaving skin feeling skin a bit distressed. Whether you are in a cold or hot climate, it is important to protect your skin as each season comes with its own set of challenges that can be harmful to exposed skin if you go not care for it properly. And with more of us shunning chemical laden products in favour of natural skin care ones it can be tricky to find natural products that are what they say they are. So had to share when I came across LIHA, a natural beauty brand made in Cheltenham and Hackney. The brand focuses on producing small batches of natural skin care products, inspired by the age old West African skin care tradition of making beautifying oils, soaps and lotions from the local nuts, tree bark and plants that grew in abundance; a skill that was traditionally learned by all young women.

 

[Main credit:  LIHA Skin Care collection]

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Aduna Make Baobab The African Superfood Famous Campaign

Health, beauty and social brand, Aduna, has recently launched #MakeBaobabFamous, a nationwide campaign to help increase awareness of baobab the African superfood. Found in 32 countries across the continent the baobab tree has been revered throughout Africa for its longevity and natural well-being properties. Baobab fruit has many health benefits as it  is rich in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C, which contributes to normal immune function, energy release and skin health. Yet, despite growing abundantly, baobab fruit mainly goes to waste due to a lack of demand and global awareness of the benefits, but with an estimated worth of $1 billion to rural Africa, as a superfood the fruit could potentially provide an income for around 10 million households.
[Image credit: Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder – Aduna]

The Ndau Collection Luxury Scents Inspired by Africa Past And Present

Zimbabwean jewellery label The Ndau Collection launched their first collection of luxury scents inspired by Africa past and present. The collection was created in collaboration with South African parfumer, Tammy Frazer of Frazer Parfum. Blended from rare botanicals and aromatics each scent takes the wearer on a journey inspired by Africa’s past and present, from the origins of perfume on the continent to the treks of the continent’s first inhabitants through to the present day traveller.
[Main image credit: Cacoa Ndau Limited Edition Signature Fragrance – The Ndau Collection]
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Shea Mooti Organic Baby Skin Care Products

[Image credit: Pampered Baby Sleep Kit, Gift Set – Shea Mooti]
Based in London, Shea Mooti founder and former nurse, Violet Reid started making her own baby skin care products to treat the dry eczema-prone skin of her newborn son. Having found that baby skin care products, even if labeled natural and organic, often made her son’s skin condition worse, and Violet realised that the only way to ensure the products she used were pure was to make them herself. Violet enrolled in a natural soap-making course in 2007, where she learnt about the effects of certain ingredients; and more importantly discovered the benefits of natural Shea Butter. Creating formulations with Shea Butter and the purest natural ingredients and oils she could find, Violet soon noticed a marked improvement in her son’s skin.
[Image credit: left, Mama’s Belly Rub Stretch Mark Oil; 
right, Mama’s Nourishing Body Cream – Shea Mooti]
Expecting her second child, Violet began to make oils and butters in preparation for the new arrival, doing the same with her third child. Violet eventually started sharing her baby skin care products with friends and family who would recommend them to others, and gave her the encouragement she needed to start a business. Since formally launching the business, Shea Mooti has grown to encompass a range of pampering pure, natural skin care solutions for babies and mums; including a Pampered Baby Sleep Kit, Baby’s Pure Shea Butter Soap, and the multi-award winning Mama’s Belly Rub Stretch Mark Oil. All Shea Mooti products are made in the UK, and do not contain parabens, silicones, phthalates, EDTA, synthetic colours, additives or fragrances, and are not tested on animals.
[Image credit: left, Baby’s Pure Shea Butter Soap; 
right ‘Give Mama a Break’ Relaxing Candle – Shea Mooti]
The name Shea Mooti references; Shea, the butter used, which is ethically sourced from Afrikids’ Daughters, a Shea Butter producing multi-cooperative based in Northern Ghana; and Mooti derived from the Shona word Muti, which means tree, and also refers to medicine, and is a reflection of Violet’s Zimbabwean heritage. Stocked in independent retailers and boutiques, Shea Mooti can now be found in Selfridges, the UK’s iconic department store.

Additional details:
Shea Mooti products priced from: £4.99-£59.99
For further information about Shea Mooti and to purchase visit: www.sheamooti.co.uk
To purchase from Not on the Highstreet visit: www.notonthehighstreet.com/sheamooti
For further information about Afrikids’ Daughters visit: www.afrikids.org

[Image credits: The images shown belong to: Shea Mooti. If downloaded and used elsewhere must be credited accordingly]

Planet Botanicals Natural African Inspired Skin Care Brand

As the seasons change from cold to warm, colds and flu become all too common and unfortunately for me I have been bedridden, trying to shake of a particularly nasty cold, and generally feeling sorry for myself! As one to shun medication for as long as I possibly can, I tend to prefer natural goodness and remedies in essential oils and soothing herbal teas to get me well, as well as aiding overall day-to-day wellbeing, so it always good to get to know new products. I recently came across Planet Botanicals, a US-based natural African inspired skin care brand whose luxurious products, comprising body scrubs, washes, butters and oils; in addition to a dedicated facial skin care range, are formulated to provide healing and nourishment to the skin, as well as promoting wellbeing to mind, body and soul.
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Rejuvenation And Pampering with Rain African Skin Care

The days may be getting longer, but the prevailing sentiment is of winter going on for much too long now. I could not agree more, finding myself feeling tired, sluggish, and longing to shake of the layers of hibernation. This calls for a spot of rejuvenation and pampering; and what better way than using products with the best ingredients Mother Nature can offer. Rain is a natural South African skin care and home accessories line inspired by the life-giving sustenance of its namesake; a philosophy that marks everything the company does from the products created to the people the company works with.
[Image credits: top, Antibacterial Olive Oil Soap – Rain]
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Chouette Mama Natural Restorative West African Skin care

The soothing, nourishing, regenerating and healing properties of West Africa’s indigenous plant life forms the basis of a range of 100% natural African skin care products formulated by Senegalese based business, Chouette Mama. The business was founded in 2007 by Phil and Geraldine Pernin, a French couple with an interest in botany, that led them to relocate to Popenguine, a small village on the Senegalese coast with idea of setting up a laboratory creating a natural African skin care brand based around plants that have been used locally for generations.

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Jeanne Habashi Le Caire Egyptian Beauty Skin Care

Ancient Egyptians were among the early pioneers of cosmetology as they continually sought ways to enhance beauty, and preserve youthful appearances in a society where physical appearance was of paramount importance and whose women were fame for their beauty. Plants and natural ingredients were used to create Egyptian beauty skin care products that included moisturisers and anti-wrinkle creams, and over four thousand years later have inspired a premium luxury skin care line; Jeanne Habashi – Le Caire.
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Basa Body Kenyan Coconut Oil Inspired Skin Care Beauty

I think its fair to say that most of the beauty and skin care products I have featured lean in favour of using Shea butter as a main ingredient, with others like coconut oil coming in as secondary, well not so in the case of Basa Body whose natural Kenyan Coconut Oil inspired skin care product range is made from Virgin coconut oil that is produced by hand in Mombasa, Kenya. Easily absorbed into the skin Coconut Oil is known for its healing properties and contains natural antioxidants that are anti-fungal and antibacterial, and is said to be good for smoothing the skin and for slowing the ageing process product. Vitamin E, Rosemary and Olive oil are some of the other ingredients that go into in the products; the full list can be seen on the website under each product. The Kenyan coconut oil inspired skin care range encompasses: Scented and unscented Body Lotions, a Coconut Oil Body Stick, Lip Butters and a Facial Serum.
[Image credits: top, Gift Box; bottom, Lotion, Lip Butter and Body Stick – Basa Body]
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