SUPERFOOD FOR SKIN

FROM LAND AND SEA. FROM AFRICA.
 LUXURIOUS & TRANSFORMATIVE AFRICAN BOTANICAL SKINCARE

A naturally synergistic blend of African phytochemistry, advanced healthy-aging technologies and results driven science powered by prebiotic marine biotechnology, our proprietary Ancient African Oil Complex, potent bio-actives & bio-peptides, botanical humectants and collagen boosters.

Our collection boasts treasured ingredients from South Africa and the African continent, ingredients with remarkable skin benefits to transform your skin. Our ingredients are natural, organic, cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and all skin types. Our products are free of toxins, chemicals and are kind to your skin when working their magic.

At Afrakari we select ingredients from reputable suppliers and farmers using ecologically responsible processes, conformity to organic certification, sustainability and fair trade practices, and that benefit indigenous communities and the natural environment through sustainable utilisation. Our suppliers are specialist producers of selected natural African plant oils, providing us with the very best selection and superior grade of plant oils and superfoods. Ethically and sustainably sourced and harvested, and empowerment of local communities is our mantra.

Afrakari delivers millions of years of natural adaptation in a uniquely restorative skincare range. It is our quest to bring remarkable ingredients, their power and the soul of Africa to your skin.

A GIFT FROM AFRICA’S OCEANS.
It starts at the meeting place of two oceans, near the southernmost tip of Africa, where the warm Indian and cold Atlantic Oceans meet, giving rise to an exceptionally rich and diverse ecosystem. Afrakari harnesses the power of brown Cape Kelp Ecklonia maxima.

Inhabiting a pristine marine environment, our brown Cape kelp is adapted to the rough sea conditions and among the fastest growing species of kelp in the world. Our kelp is sustainably harvested from the wild and entirely by hand, ensuring fast regrowth and self-regeneration, empowering rural communities, stimulating their local economy, maintaining its role in the ecological balance and even influencing oceanographic conditions.

Kelp forests along the south of South Africa’s coastline represent some of the last pure kelp forests in the world. This area has low levels of commercial farming and consequent run-off into the sea, and limited shipping activity compared to other locations around the world.

Highly nutritious, with the richest source of plant-derived nutrient minerals, this kelp is prebiotic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – a powerful ingredient for enhanced healthy skin.

A GIFT FROM AFRICA’S OCEANS.
It starts at the meeting place of two oceans, near the southernmost tip of Africa, where the warm Indian and cold Atlantic Oceans meet, giving rise to an exceptionally rich and diverse ecosystem. Afrakari harnesses the power of brown Cape Kelp Ecklonia maxima.

Inhabiting a pristine marine environment, our brown Cape kelp is adapted to the rough sea conditions and among the fastest growing species of kelp in the world. Our kelp is sustainably harvested from the wild and entirely by hand, ensuring fast regrowth and self-regeneration, empowering rural communities, stimulating their local economy, maintaining its role in the ecological balance and even influencing oceanographic conditions.

Kelp forests along the south of South Africa’s coastline represent some of the last pure kelp forests in the world. This area has low levels of commercial farming and consequent run-off into the sea, and limited shipping activity compared to other locations around the world.

Highly nutritious, with the richest source of plant-derived nutrient minerals, this kelp is prebiotic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – a powerful ingredient for enhanced healthy skin.

A NUTRIENT-RICH SUPERFOOD
Cape Kelp is loaded with antioxidants and twenty five vitamins that are easily absorbed, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Folic Acid, B12, D and E essential to feed, protect, hydrate, purify, nourish and revitalize skin. 

High in a diverse number of minerals absorbed from the sea including: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, manganese and iodine. Collectively these minerals aid cell repair, aging skin, collagen formation, and reducing antioxidative stress.

Wild harvested Cape Kelp acts as a humectant to maintain skin hydration levels essential for renewal and repair. As a result, firmness, tone and elasticity are improved by bound moisture in the skin.

A NUTRIENT-RICH SUPERFOOD
Cape Kelp is loaded with antioxidants and twenty five vitamins that are easily absorbed, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Folic Acid, B12, D and E essential to feed, protect, hydrate, purify, nourish and revitalize skin. 

High in a diverse number of minerals absorbed from the sea including: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, manganese and iodine. Collectively these minerals aid cell repair, aging skin, collagen formation, and reducing antioxidative stress.

Wild harvested Cape Kelp acts as a humectant to maintain skin hydration levels essential for renewal and repair. As a result, firmness, tone and elasticity are improved by bound moisture in the skin.

A NUTRIENT-RICH SUPERFOOD
Cape Kelp is loaded with antioxidants and twenty five vitamins that are easily absorbed, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Folic Acid, B12, D and E essential to feed, protect, hydrate, purify, nourish and revitalize skin. 

High in a diverse number of minerals absorbed from the sea including: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, manganese and iodine. Collectively these minerals aid cell repair, aging skin, collagen formation, and reducing antioxidative stress.

Wild harvested Cape Kelp acts as a humectant to maintain skin hydration levels essential for renewal and repair. As a result, firmness, tone and elasticity are improved by bound moisture in the skin.

PATENTED ‘CELL BURST’ TECHNOLOGY
To bring Cape Kelp to your skin in its finest and optimal form, a pioneering technology developed in South Africa is employed. 

This patented extraction method ruptures the kelp cells suspending its phytochemistry, making it 99.99% bio-available. The end result is a potent micronized powder that is easily absorbed into your skin for a multitude of benefits.

This scientifically unparalleled extraction method ensures beneficial cellular components remain intact and functional for the ultimate in marine based skin restoration.

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This revolutionary extraction method uses no heat, chemicals or artificial substances, with efficient utilisation of raw material, it produces no waste. A novel low temperature drying technology is used in order to prevent denaturing, preserving all minerals and keeping the cell structure intact.

Biologically Active Compounds in Kelp Extracts: enzymes, amino acids, beta carotene, fibre, phlorotannins, fucoidan, fucoxanthin, and beta glucans.

The whole Cape Kelp plant is used to preserve the integrity of organic material throughout, maintaining the bio-actives, and free of any fillers and chemicals, keeping it as nature intended.

PATENTED ‘CELL BURST’ TECHNOLOGY
To bring Cape Kelp to your skin in its finest and optimal form, a pioneering technology developed in South Africa is employed. 

This patented extraction method ruptures the kelp cells suspending its phytochemistry, making it 99.99% bio-available. The end result is a potent micronized powder that is easily absorbed into your skin for a multitude of benefits.

This scientifically unparalleled extraction method ensures beneficial cellular components remain intact and functional for the ultimate in marine based skin restoration.

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This revolutionary extraction method uses no heat, chemicals or artificial substances, with efficient utilisation of raw material, it produces no waste. A novel low temperature drying technology is used in order to prevent denaturing, preserving all minerals and keeping the cell structure intact.

Biologically Active Compounds in Kelp Extracts: enzymes, amino acids, beta carotene, fibre, phlorotannins, fucoidan, fucoxanthin, and beta glucans.

The whole Cape Kelp plant is used to preserve the integrity of organic material throughout, maintaining the bio-actives, and free of any fillers and chemicals, keeping it as nature intended.

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RICH & DIVERSE KINGDOM.
Just a stone’s throw from the rich kelp forests lies the beauty, bounty and diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

A World Heritage Site at the tip of Africa, this floral kingdom is known the world over for its fynbos vegetation; the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms and being the most diverse!

Fynbos is mostly fine-leaved vegetation comprising nearly 10,000 species, most of which occur nowhere else on earth and a substantial number of which are threatened with extinction, making it the world’s “hottest botanical hotspot”! A picturesque mosaic of rugged mountains, valley basins and an exquisite array of botanical marvel, this little kingdom is filled with treasure yet to be discovered.

Complementing our skincare products, we infuse our skincare with the exquisitely aromatic Buchu Agathosma betulina, Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens, Cape Snowbush Eriocephalus africanus, and our precious blue Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus punctulatus, all of which boast remarkable skin benefits.

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Buchu Agathosma betulina
Pronounced boe-ghoe, it is perhaps one of the best known South African herbs both locally and internationally. Endemic to the mountains of the Western Cape, occurring nowhere else on earth, we source from the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa.

A distinctive scent and a characteristic “fynbos fragrance”, it is produced by tiny oil glands on the surface of the leaves, fruits and petals. A potent anti-inflammatory with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and assists in the successful treatment of eczema.

Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
A perennial shrub indigenous to South Africa, we source from the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa. Often called the “poor man’s rose” because it shares many of its therapeutic qualities with the more expensive rose essential oil.

Antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Antibacterial and antimicrobial, it promotes wound healing and prevents toxins from entering the body.

Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus Punctulatus

A rare and exquisite chamomile known for its gorgeous violet-blue colour and intoxicating scent. Indigenous to the mountains of the Western and Eastern Cape, we source our organic Cape Chamomile from an artisan producer in the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa.

A much sought after oil, with a distinct and hypnotic fruity, berry-apple scent. The shrub is extremely difficult to harvest, steam distilled, and produces a very low yield. Chamazulene is the magical compound giving the oil its striking blue colour, and important skin benefits. Our precious Cape Chamomile is one of the most powerfully calming oils available, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing.

All these species are organic and sustainably harvested through biodiversity-friendly farming practices, Ceres certified and participation in conservation corridor programs. High quality, therapeutic-grade steam distillation of stems and leaves.

African Immortelle Helichrysum bracteiferum
A variety of Helichrysum that can only be found in Madagascar. Like its cousin Helichrysum italicum, it is a small golden yellow bush with a strong fragrance and anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. African immortelle essential oil is extracted from the flowering heads of the plant through steam distillation.

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RICH & DIVERSE KINGDOM.
Just a stone’s throw from the rich kelp forests lies the beauty, bounty and diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

A World Heritage Site at the tip of Africa, this floral kingdom is known the world over for its fynbos vegetation; the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms and being the most diverse!

Fynbos is mostly fine-leaved vegetation comprising nearly 10,000 species, most of which occur nowhere else on earth and a substantial number of which are threatened with extinction, making it the world’s “hottest botanical hotspot”! A picturesque mosaic of rugged mountains, valley basins and an exquisite array of botanical marvel, this little kingdom is filled with treasure yet to be discovered.

Complementing our skincare products, we infuse our skincare with the exquisitely aromatic Buchu Agathosma betulina, Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens, Cape Snowbush Eriocephalus africanus, and our precious blue Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus punctulatus, all of which boast remarkable skin benefits.

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Buchu Agathosma betulina
Pronounced boe-ghoe, it is perhaps one of the best known South African herbs both locally and internationally. Endemic to the mountains of the Western Cape, occurring nowhere else on earth, we source from the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa.

A distinctive scent and a characteristic “fynbos fragrance”, it is produced by tiny oil glands on the surface of the leaves, fruits and petals. A potent anti-inflammatory with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and assists in the successful treatment of eczema.

Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
A perennial shrub indigenous to South Africa, we source from the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa. Often called the “poor man’s rose” because it shares many of its therapeutic qualities with the more expensive rose essential oil.

Antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Antibacterial and antimicrobial, it promotes wound healing and prevents toxins from entering the body.

Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus Punctulatus

A rare and exquisite chamomile known for its gorgeous violet-blue colour and intoxicating scent. Indigenous to the mountains of the Western and Eastern Cape, we source our organic Cape Chamomile from an artisan producer in the Cedarberg mountain range on the West Coast of South Africa.

A much sought after oil, with a distinct and hypnotic fruity, berry-apple scent. The shrub is extremely difficult to harvest, steam distilled, and produces a very low yield. Chamazulene is the magical compound giving the oil its striking blue colour, and important skin benefits. Our precious Cape Chamomile is one of the most powerfully calming oils available, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing.

All these species are organic and sustainably harvested through biodiversity-friendly farming practices, Ceres certified and participation in conservation corridor programs. High quality, therapeutic-grade steam distillation of stems and leaves.

African Immortelle Helichrysum bracteiferum
A variety of Helichrysum that can only be found in Madagascar. Like its cousin Helichrysum italicum, it is a small golden yellow bush with a strong fragrance and anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. African immortelle essential oil is extracted from the flowering heads of the plant through steam distillation.

EXOTIC AFRICAN BUSH PLANT | Resurrection Bush Myrothamnus Flabellifolia
An exceptional find, a medicinal plant indigenous to Southern Africa. The plant is known for its unique adaptation to surviving the extreme African heat, having a remarkable ability to revive itself almost instantly from dehydration and giving rise to the name “Resurrection”.

High in antioxidants, it possesses medicinal compounds known for: brightening, protecting & moisturising skin, improving skin barrier function, and regulating the skin’s water balance. Quercetin and Kaempferol are anti-inflammatory, soothing and deliver antioxidants to the skin. In combination, these compounds make Resurrection leaf oil a potent soothing and anti-aging ingredient.

Resurrection has a soothing and refreshing minty alpine scent.
Ethically sourced and sustainably harvested from the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, the world’s largest cross border park. This valuable resource creates value and generates income for local communities, supports better landscape conservation management and habitat protection for mega wildlife. Certified by EcoCert, USDA Organic, and the Union for Ethical Biotrade.

EXOTIC AFRICAN BUSH PLANT | Resurrection Bush Myrothamnus Flabellifolia
An exceptional find, a medicinal plant indigenous to Southern Africa. The plant is known for its unique adaptation to surviving the extreme African heat, having a remarkable ability to revive itself almost instantly from dehydration and giving rise to the name “Resurrection”.

High in antioxidants, it possesses medicinal compounds known for: brightening, protecting & moisturising skin, improving skin barrier function, and regulating the skin’s water balance. Quercetin and Kaempferol are anti-inflammatory, soothing and deliver antioxidants to the skin. In combination, these compounds make Resurrection leaf oil a potent soothing and anti-aging ingredient.

Resurrection has a soothing and refreshing minty alpine scent.
Ethically sourced and sustainably harvested from the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, the world’s largest cross border park. This valuable resource creates value and generates income for local communities, supports better landscape conservation management and habitat protection for mega wildlife. Certified by EcoCert, USDA Organic, and the Union for Ethical Biotrade.

AFRICA’S BEAUTY POWERHOUSES
Drawn deep into the vast landscape, we have carefully selected these highly-prized, nutrient dense skin powerhouses: Marula, Kalahari Melon, Baobab, Manketti, Cape Yangu, Moringa and Ximenia.

For centuries, Africa’s people have used these botanicals for their skincare and sunscreen needs, long knowing of their remarkable medicinal properties and almost miraculous benefits to skin. Sustaining traditional villages for centuries and inspiring folklore, it is with great honour that we introduce our Ancient African Oil Complex.

This powerful complex forms an antioxidant rich delivery system for dermal enhancing actives. A synergistic blend of potent African botanicals rich in vitamins, minerals, omegas and antioxidants renowned for skin-renewing, hydrating, moisturizing, anti-aging, nourishing, healing, regenerating, soothing, conditioning, anti-inflammatory, brightening and sun protection properties.

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Kalahari Melon Citrillus lanatus
A wild melon originating from one of the world’s oldest deserts, the arid Kalahari. Its ability to survive in the harsh conditions is attributed to compounds in its seed oil that actively mop up toxic hydroxyl radicals, creating a potent anti-aging oil. Used in Africa for centuries and known since the time of the ancient Egyptians, the oil has been used to care for the skin and to maintain a healthy appearance.

Rich in omega 6 fatty acids giving it strong moisturising, restructuring and regenerating properties.

Baobab Adansonia digitata
Pronounced bow-bab, the “upside down tree” is Africa’s mystical tree of life and an icon of the African landscape. Some baobabs are several thousand years old and many tribes consider the baobab a powerful spiritual force, we couldn’t disagree!

Made from the seed of Africa’s own superfruit, valuable in containing essential nutrients, the seeds are cold pressed and sustainably sourced. This oil is renowned for its ability to prevent transepidermal water loss, ensuring your skin remains smooth, silky soft all day.

Traditionally used in Africa to protect the skin and hair against the harsh savannah environment, it restores complexion and combats early signs of aging. Baobab is best to help treat dry, damaged skin and restore a healthy, youthful glow. Rich in antioxidants and omegas 3, 6 and 9.

With strong anti-inflammatory properties, it can help soothe and treat inflammatory skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

Manketti or Mongongo Schinziophyton rautanenii
Scattered across the arid regions of Southern Africa, it is known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari”. It has long been valued by the !Kung San people as an extremely nutritious fruit, as well as the oil to protect their skin from the harsh Kalahari environment.

Common in the upper reaches of the Zambezi and Kavango Rivers, the tree is strongly drought-resistant and able to survive extreme temperature fluctuations. An extraordinary seed oil, it is very high in eleostearic acid, which helps it form a protective film on skin against UV light, shielding skin from excess moisture loss and sun damage while preserving the skin in a youthful state.

Manketti oil is ideal for skin damaged by sun or dry weather. Its unique properties empower it with the ability to protect the skin from premature ageing caused by sun damage. It also helps inflamed skin conditions such as acne, eczema and sensitivity.

Yangu or Cape Chestnut Calodendrum capense
One of the early explorers thought that this tree resembles a chestnut tree in the UK, hence the common name, but rather it is a member of the citrus family. A beautiful forest tree with a spectacular floral display, it occurs naturally from eastern South Africa to northern Kenya. When its spiky fruit ripen, the pods burst and release tiny black seeds from which the oil is pressed.

A popular oil in traditional African skincare, it has inherent ultra violet protection and a high content of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, ideal to moisturise and nourish dry, cracked, damaged skin.

African Moringa Moringa oleifera
Moringa has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb and the oil for its healing properties. Known as the most nutrient dense oil in the world delivering vital nutrients and helping the skin retain moisture.

Rich in antioxidants, it helps to improve the appearance, softness and radiance of the skin. Moringa is also regarded as an anti-pollution agent as it helps to bind and eliminate foreign particles. Helps to minimise the appearance of fine wrinkles, builds collagen and promotes elasticity.

Ximenia Ximenia Americana
An exceptionally thick and luxurious silky seed oil, Ximenia has a long history of traditional use in Africa to soften and moisturise the skin. Made from the seed of the sour plum tree, a small thorny shrub-tree occurring in the woodlands and savannahs of Southern Africa.

Known for nourishing, moisturising and hydrating skin, it also softens and revitalizes the skin, stimulates the production of sebum and improves skin elasticity, making it an effective treatment for dry, cracked skin and premature ageing.

THE POWER OF MARULA
[Marula Sclerocarya Birrea] Luxurious. Virgin. Cold-Pressed. Cold-Processed. 100% Unrefined. Organic. Low Free Fatty Acid Value. Sustainably Sourced.

A beauty treatment used for centuries by the people of South Africa, this miracle oil is prized for its remarkable skin benefits. Marula Oil has been traditionally used everyday to protect skin from the dry, hot, extreme climate, and provide absolute moisture and radiance.

An icon of the African landscape, the Marula tree is native to Southern, West and East Africa. Adapted over millennia to survive the harsh and semi-arid environment, these extraordinary conditions gave rise to this exceptionally rich, nutritious and moisturizing oil.

The value of pure Marula oil is wonderfully immense. Inherent to this oil are antioxidants, essential fatty acids omega 6 + 9, oleic acid as well as vitamins C and E, which deeply penetrate the skin and give marula its miracle rejuvenating, moisturizing and soothing properties. The end result is wonderfully radiant skin.

Our advanced extraction methods pioneered in South Africa delivers the world’s finest quality Marula oil.

Sustainably harvested from the wild, and by hand, the Marula fruits empower rural communities with employment, benefit sharing and resource protection. Fair trade practices and organically certified value chain ensures the entire process is ethical and respects the environment.

It is our quest to search the vast continent of Africa for remarkable ingredients that will help transform skin and also reinvigorate local communities and their natural environment.