African Oil Infused Skincare

We are unique in that we infuse a blend of sustainably sourced rare African seed oils as our key ingredient.  Seed oils are extracted from plant sources, and have historically been used by rural African communities as food, medicine, and for cosmetic application. Primarily, women farm, and harvest the raw materials such as seeds to provide food and income to care for their families.  SK Essentials exclusively sources only fairly traded, sustainable, ethically sourced ingredients from women’s cooperatives, and community based organizations. Our seed oils include; Marula, Baobab, Moringa, Mongono, Trichilia, Ximenia, and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil.  The following chart lists the origin, composition, and benefits of each key ingredient.  Please note that the following chart is not exhaustive as it only lists the key African Oils.

Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Mali, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and F
  • fatty acids
  • and anti-oxidants
  • Skin cell renewal
  • rejuvenation
  • and anti-aging effect

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil (Citrullus Lanatus)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

African Kalahari Region
Fatty acids, antioxidants, sterols, calcium, magnesium, copper, cobalt, iron, manganese, and zinc.
  • Moisturizer and
  • skin rejuvenation

Mongono Oil (Schinziophyton rautanenii)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa.
  • Fatty acids and
  • Vitamin E
  • Skin protection
  • hydration
  • cellular repair
  • tissue regeneration
  • and anti-aging.

Marula Oil (Sclerocarya birrea)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Swaziland, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Gambia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.
  • Fatty acids
  • vitamin E
  • sterols and
  • anti-oxidants
  • Improves skin hydration
  • smoothness and
  • reduces skin redness

Tricilia Oil (Trichilia emetica)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Sudan, and Uganda
  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • and anti-oxidants
  • Nourishing and
  • re-vitalizing skin effects

Ximinia Oil (Ximenia Americana)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

Africa, South America, and Australia.
  • Rich in fatty acids
  • Moisturizing skin softener
  • emollient
  • body and hair oil

Moringa (Moringa olefera)

Origin:

Composition:

Benefits:

Senegal, Nigeria, Madagascar, and India.
  • Rich in fatty acids
  • and antioxidants
  • Moisturizer
  • healing
  • soothing emollient for rough
  • and dry skin.