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New Luxury Skincare Sets To Grow Employment in Africa

by Team FK Monday, January 5th, 2015


 Paballo Thekiso/AFP/Getty Images

Paballo Thekiso/AFP/Getty Images

We have been hearing about Marula Oil for awhile now, and it appears that Marula oil could become a multibillion-dollar business, in an already growing beauty industry. Marula oil is extracted from the kernels of the Marula tree, from the Anacardiaceae family. Marula oil production in east Africa already gives regular work to 800 people, the majority of whom are women. According to the Guardian UK,  ‘Marula oil will soon be commercially produced and marketed in east Africa, thanks to Philip Leakey, a Kenyan farmer with 6,000 marula trees growing naturally on his 3,000 acre farm. Leakey and his business-partner and wife, Katy, have so far produced more than 6,000 litres of marula oil on their farm, Ol Kerii, in Kenya, selling it in the US through the Leakey Collection, a fair trade company they built to promote entrepreneurial opportunities that complement the environment and culture of rural Kenyans.’ This year, they will launch new marula oil products at a lower price for the east African market.

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil, Space NK, £60

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil, Space NK, £60

Marula is already gaining commercial appeal as the go to beauty oil due to its benefits. Website states that ‘Marula Oil is Africa’s version of argan oil. Because of its smoothing and moisturising properties, For generations, it was their well kept secret but now, it’s making its way into mainstream beauty stores.Marula oil is rich in Vitamin C and E, oleic and omega-9 fatty acid, and flavonoids. Women who are afraid of getting their skin damaged due to harsh weather often count on marula oil to protect it and slow down their skin’s aging process.’

Marula oil has traditionally been used by the Ovambo women in northern Namibia for generations because of its skin smoothing and moisturising properties – and now it’s hitting the mainstream.  Marula oil has higher levels of antioxidants than argan oil, people are starting to switch from the Morocco-produced oil to this new African export.

According to the Guardian,  East African Farmer Leakey believes that marula oil could develop into a multibillion-dollar business, and estimates that the Ol Kerii business alone could create work for 10,000 people. The communities currently hacking down marula trees to make way for farmland, he fears, are missing out on a huge opportunity.

Marula oil has fantastic benefits which includes omega 9, fatty acid and vitamin E, it also contains four times as much vitamin C as oranges.







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