african ingredients

  • Beauty Out of Africa

    Kigelia Africana. The “sausage tree,” named for the oblong shape of its fruit, has long been used by traditional healers to treat fungal infections and eczema, while the Tonga women of Zambia use the fruit to keep blemishes at bay. African Earthworks boasts a black soap filled with the cleansing extract.

    Ghana’s shea nut butter, which has been moisturizing dry skin for years, has paved the way for a slew of African oils, herbs, fruits, and vegetables now appearing in a bevy of the latest beauty tonics. Here’s a sampling.
    By Lindsey Galloway