The African Baobab, or Adansonia Digitata is the most well known of eight Baobab species, and has numerous virtues for the skin. Its name is derived from the Arabic word ‘Hibab’ which means “many seeded fruit’. Each of the fruits often contain many hundreds of seeds. With its crown of irregular branches and a lack of leaves for nine months of the year, it seems to have been turned up-side down, which gives it its common name, the “upside-down tree”.
Originally from North Africa, Aloe Vera possesses numerous virtues. It is considered to be a depolluting plant and the substances that it contains are used in cosmetics and health products. Hydrating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant... It’s reputation precedes it!
Argania, or Argania Spinosa is a tree which can live from 150 to 200 years. Its fruit contains a very hard nut, containing two or three kernels known as arganons. An oil rich in unsaturated fat is refined after dry-pressing the arganons. This well reputed oil possesses antioxidant powers and is very nourishing for the skin.
Derived from brown rice, Arginine is one of the 20 amino acids contained in our proteins. Il has a key role in cell division, in wound repair and in the good running of our immune system. L-Arginine blocks the enzymes responsible of the creation of black pigments (Tyrosinase et Tyrp1).
Balanites Roxburghii seed oil, more commonly known as Dattier du Desert oil, is a dry oil which leaves the skin feeling soft and silky. Ideal for mixed to oily skin, it protects the skin without making it too oily.
Made up of existing ingredients from many plants such as Chamomile and Candeia, bisabolol is a powerfully soothing and healing active ingredient. It is an excellent choice for sensitive or fragile skin.
The ron palm or borassus ( borassus aethiopum ) is a type of large palm, with many trunks and a variety of long leaves, which can measure from two to three metres in length. The indigenous people of its region attribute it with many medicinal qualities.
The Balanites Roxburghii or Date Palm, fights against desertification by allowing other plants to grow in amongst it’s roots, thanks to the shade it gets. It’s also a nourishing plant. Its leaves are consumed as a vegetable and the fruits are enjoyed by children. The oil extracted is very softening and nourishing.
The name Glycine soja oil is the general term for Soya Oil. Extracted from Soya Beans, this oil is thus plant based. Soya oil is used in cosmetics such as skin care, emollient, moisturising and antioxidant products.
Despite having an uncommon name, Kigelia Africana or Kigelia, has properties which are not to be ignored. Its fruit tones and firms the skin, as well as offering anti-ageing and antioxidant effects. The fruits of the Kigelia are very characteristically shaped in the form of a sausage.
With its 20 to 40 metres of height, the Baillonella Toxisperma is one of the giants of the Cameroonian and Gabonese forests. Extremely exploited in the equatorial forest, it is now endangered. In fact, it takes 50 to 70 years for it to begin to flower and regular production of fruit doesn't occur until it is 90 to 100 years old. The oil of Baillonella Toxisperma , sharing numerous similarities with shea butter, is known for its nourishing virtues.
The distribution of Marula, or Sclerocarya Birrea on the African continent has followed the migration of the Bantu people, since they have made up an important part of their food source since time immemorial. These fruits are rich in vitamin C, around 8 times as much as an orange.
Moringa oleifera is a 4 to 5m high shrub with upright branches before they fall, with a brownish bark covered in lenticels. In Francophone Africa, the more common name is "nébéday” which is more or less equivalent to the English expression “never die”, because the tree never dies.
These two trees (which can also be found in shrub form) have very characteristic leaves with different properties. Both the bark and leaves of these trees are used for their healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Derived from Sunflower oil ( Helianthus Annus Seed Oil ) or in some aquatic plants, ceramids are part of the essential skin lipidic elements. They form a protective barrier on th e skin and help fighting dehydration.
Acacia Nilotica or Red Gum is a species of tree originating in west Africa. The stems and branches of Acacia Nilotica are generally black and produce an edible reddish resin, used in making sweets. It has been used since Ancient Egyptian times to treat skin problems.
The Bombax Costatum is a small tree with flowers where the calyx is used in lots of West African cooking, mainly in thick sauces. The bark is used for its healing power for certain types of dermatosis, as well as its oil, which is used in numerous cosmetic products.
Found in Africa, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil or Sesame Oil contains high levels in vitamin E with strong anti-UV benefits. Thanks to its rege nera ti ve properties, it is frequently used to heal dry, sca ly or ec zema tous skin.
Previously known as Butyrospermum Parkii or Shea is known for the butter obtained from its seeds. These fruits contain a very oily kernel. It’s this fatty substance from the kernel that makes up shea butter, which possesses nourishing, hydrating and restorative properties.
Tamarind or Tamarindus Indica is a tree where mainly the bark is used. It is reputed for its healing benefits. It is used to treat different skin problems such as wounds, infections or infected dermatoses.
Triticum aestivum extract, more commonly called bran extract, belongs to the grass family. Amongst all the species of wheat which are grown, triticum aestivum is part of the most important. The leaves, whilst of average height, are flat and the inflorescence is a dense terminal which flowers perfectly.
Enriched in vitamin A, D, B, E and F, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil or Wheat Germ oil is known for its use in eczema and psoriasis treatments. With a great vitamin E content, it is a first class ingredient for dry and sensitive skin. Highly nourrishing, it brings skin elasticity and a soft touch.