African Botanicals

  • Single stem aloe indigenous to South Africa
  • Used by the Xhosa and Pondo to treat insect bites, sunburn, skin irritations and as a refreshing body wash
  • Sap is richer in essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides than better known Aloe vera
  • Aids with absorption of other active ingredients
  • Improves skin elasticity by stimulating collagen production
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Traditionally used as a drink
  • Pulp of the fruit is one of the strongest natural anti-ageing ingredients
  • Contains powerful antioxidants, which protect skin against free radical damage
  • High vitamin C content (6 times more than an orange) assist with skin elasticity
  • Vitamins A & B firm and hydrate skin
  • The oil is a powerful emollient with softening and healing properties
  • Contains almost equal measures of palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids needed to maintain the integrity of skin cell membrane
  • Used by the San and Khoi tribes as a perfume
  • Grows only in the mountains of the South Western Cape of South Africa
  • Leaf extract has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties
  • Traditionally used to treat wounds and skin ailments and shields skin from bacterial growth
  • Gently removes excess oil without drying skin
  • Deep-cleans pores and reduces blemishes and blotches
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Ancestor of the watermelon
  • Grows wild in the Kalahari desert
  • Used for over 4000 years by the San
  • Oil is rich in essential fatty acids (linoleic, oleic and palmitic acids)
  • Improves and maintains the integrity of cell walls
  • Linoleic acids penetrate deep into the epidermis ensuring suppleness of the skin and deep hydration
  • Known as the Sausage Tree
  • Used for thousands of years by the Shangaan and Tonga women
  • Treats blemishes and firms and tightens skin
  • Active components such as quinones, iridoids, coumarins and flavonoids, repair damage caused by the sun
  • Promotes healthy, clear complexion
  • Evens out skin tone and reduces sunspots
  • Calms and soothes inflamed skin
  • Used by the Kung bushmen from the Kalahari for over 7000 years
  • Used to cleanse, moisturise and as a natural sunblock
  • Oil is rich in linoleic acid: key component in maintaining the integrity of cells membrane
  • Helps regenerate, restructure and hydrate skin
  • Rich in vitamin E
  • Contains eleostearic acid that polymerise under UV light to create a natural sun protection
  • Wild harvested and cold pressed in Northern Namibia and Swaziland
  • Treats dry skin & prevents stretch marks
  • Rich in omegas 6 & 9, which help restructure and regenerate skin cells
  • Rich in powerful anti-oxidants (maruline, tocopherols, flavanols, procyanidin and catechines), which act as free radical scavengers
  • Easily absorbed, improves skin hydration
  • Sooths dry, irritated skin
  • Traditionally used as a tea by the Khoisan
  • Grows only in the Cederberg Mountains of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa
  • Soothing & anti-allergenic properties
  • Reduces sunspots, blotchiness & evens pigmentation
  • Powerful oxidants (flavonoids, super-oxide-dismutase) act as free radical scavengers
  • Rich in copper and zinc, which help fibroblasts synthesise collagen and elastin