Beauty industry is growing daily, every day we are
introduced to a new brand that caters to our skin type, skin tone and etc.
Every products boasts to be the one that will work to clear our face, even out
our skin tone and/or make our face glow. Most of these products have chemicals
that are harsh to our skin type even though they claim to help us. As the
industry keeps growing, some women have come up with organic products that are
less harsh to our skin, purely natural and actually works for all skin types.
There are several women in Mombasa, who have created organic products that are essential for many women, most of them natural and pure. Some are from traditional ingredients that have been used for years generation after generation. Below are a few brands that are in the market in Mombasa:
An online based skincare brand that’s bringing back
traditional recipes using natural ingredients with some aspect of the Islamic
Sunnah (Based on the way of life of the holy Prophet Mohammad PBUH)
is the purpose of your products? (IE body wash, hair oil etc.)
We specialize in Karafuu, a herbal clove based face
& body scrub made from 5 natural ingredients with no preservatives and no
chemicals, it’s suitable for all skin types. It exfoliates, helps to heal and
prevent acne and has anti-aging properties.
of your different products.
We stock Karafuu face & body scrub,
powder which is locally known as mkunazi
baobab oil blend
inspired you to start your business?
My inspiration came from my own need for a lifestyle
change due to health issues. I started reading ingredients on products instead
of looking at packaging and brand loyalty and was surprised at all the harmful
chemicals we use on ourselves daily. I decided to take inspiration from our
ancestors and started to research ancient health and beauty traditions and was
hooked! Now I’m hoping to encourage the people of Mombasa to embrace ancient
beauty secrets and ditch the chemicals.
are the challenges faced?
I know my products are not for everyone but I wish
people would just give them a try before judging. It’s challenging to convince
people to give up sweet smelling skincare products In packaging that’s probably
more expensive than the actual ingredients and use natural alternatives instead
that are not as attractive but contain much safer, skin friendly ingredients.
Also getting good quality plastic free packaging is very important to me but quite costly as we have to import.
Full of antioxidants and vitamins your skin needs,
anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and irritationSugar: Gentle exfoliation to
remove dead skin cells
dry frizzy hair
What inspired you to start your
myself love beauty products. For this reason, whenever I travel I always find
myself in search of natural and effective beauty products that are out there.
family and friends abroad would notice my interest in beauty products, they
kept requesting me to bring them unrefined shea butter from Africa whenever I
intended to visit them. This triggered an interest in shea butter for me and to
go a step further by trying to find out the best ways of using it as well.
What are the challenges faced?
a small batch producer we face quite a number of challenges:
logistics i.e. delivering products outside of our city on time and at a
finding raw material in small batches.
• sourcing the same packaging material consistently.
What is the purpose
of your products? (IE body wash, hair oil etc.)
My products are 100% organic and the main purpose they serve
is to grow, moisturize and nourish hair of all kind and type. So far, all my
products serve that purpose except the soaps which are used to treat eczema,
pimples, acne and any skin-related issues.
Name of your
Salummy’s Ayurvedic and Lavender Hair oil
Salummy’s Moisturizing lavender butter
Salummys’ Beard oil
Salummy’s Organic Conditioner
Salummy’s Sulfate-free shampoo
Salummy’s Sheabae powder
Salummy’s Deep conditioning Magic
Salummy’s African Black Soap
Salummy’s Weekly Deep-conditioning Programs- 20
slots available for homemade deep-conditioning masks each Friday.
What inspired you to
start your business?
My main motivation was to create awareness on the side
effects of chemicals on hair. Studies show that they cause life-threatening
ailments like reproductive problems, heart diseases, different forms of cancer,
early puberty, fibroids, and even mental health disorders. Relaxers are able to
disrupt the chemical balance of our bodies by entering our system through cuts
and burns. I also wanted my brand to remind other African women that they are
beautiful. Their hair represents their identity, culture and self-love. When
African women and men know their value and are not influenced by trends or
misconceptions about their identity, they flourish.
What are the
One of the main challenges is being able to maintain the
growth of clients and ensuring that both the old and new clients can still come
back to purchase my products.
The other challenge is sometimes scarcity of a particular
raw material can delay the production process and because I work with herbs, I
have to ensure that they are ready for use and the rains favor me.
As the business progresses, there might be a need to
increase production more than the normal rate and this can demand a lot of
money-I call it a good problem and I am still trying my level best to
understand how to effectively manage my finances, keep proper records, and not
let the market down.
The other challenge I experience is adjusting with the business when I travel. Apart from this business, I am a Civic leader and writer and I therefore travel quite frequently and this sometimes affects my business. I might leave enough stock to last my suppliers and personal assistants for the time I am away but people would still want to communicate and consult me with regard to various products and this sometimes makes me so overwhelmed when I am back from my trips.
We have a range of coconut-based products for
different uses in the home, divided into two categories;
Beauty and cosmetics
Under our Beauty and
cosmetics range we have the following products;
100% organic cold pressed
coconut oil which contains anti-aging properties that can be used as a daily
moisturizer for your hair & skin. A very gentle makeup remover, it is also
suitable for use as a carrier oil in mixing with other products such as
essential oils, scrubs and masks for both hair and skin. Its gentle on baby’s
skin & is great for dental hygiene through oil pulling
Our coconut scrub is made
from amazing all-natural ingredients including coconut flakes, sugar, virgin coconut
oil and some essential oils. The scrub exfoliates your skin to help improve
elasticity and blood circulation which aids in collagen production. It is
guaranteed to hydrate & rejuvenate your skin to give an overall smoother,
brighter, more youthful appearance.
The Coconut jelly is a
sensational product which is a client favorite due to its versatility. We have
6 different types, (eucalyptus, pine, lemon, rose,
strawberry & natural). It can be used on babies to prevent diaper rash.
Great moisturizer for hair and skin and is easy to carry around for everyday
In our edible products
selection, we have the following;
Coconut Vinegar is made from the sap of coconut which is fermented naturally to
preserve its nutrients, which have the same benefits as apple cider vinegar,
and then some! It is therefore a good source of probiotics, minerals and
vitamins, including potassium (which helps balance electrolytes, control blood
pressure, and process sugar), vitamin C and certain B vitamins, particularly B2
or riboflavin (an important vitamin that is essential in the body’s energy
production, cellular function, and metabolism).
Afroganics coconut vinegar can be used for various functions in the home such
as your favorite salad dressings, marinades, and sauces for an extra pop of
is also great for the skin as it reduces dark circles and can be used on your
hair for that extra shine. A truly versatile gem, this product is worth a try
by everyone in the family.
Afroganics Coconut Nectar
is a low fructose natural sweetener that is a nutritious alternative to use for
both raw and cooked recipes. A great alternative to honey or maple syrup, it
has a very pleasant sweet mineral flavor, with a hint of floral. Its neutral
flavor does not alter the taste of the food it is added to, unlike other
sweeteners and it can be used in various recipes in your cook book.
Our coconut Nectar is
extremely healthy too, it is high in mineral content, a rich source of
potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains vitamin B1, B2, B3 &
It is completely natural,
unrefined and preservative free.
To explore the potential
of coconut which is vastly available on the coast and spread awareness about
its effective and efficient use.
are the challenges faced?
Brand awareness. Our brand is yet to reach a level of awareness to the general public that we would hope for. Especially since we have such a unique range of product such as the coconut vinegar and nectar
Saturated market. The market is full of similar products which may not be as good of quality as ours but since we produce the same kind of goods, it is easy to get lost in the sea of options available.
Difficulty in accessing mainstream market through facilities such as supermarkets and large retailers.