Your skincare cabinet may include an array of African oils like argan, jojoba and marula oil, but have you heard of Kalahari Melon Seed oil? Although one of the lesser known oils, Kalahari Melon Seed oil is becoming increasingly popular in the beauty industry.
Travel with me to the Kalahari desert in South Africa. When the local community experienced the worst drought in decades, most crops withered away in the unrelenting heat. One plant, however, continued to thrive through the drought. The Kalahari Melon Seed oil.
As the ancestor of the common watermelon, Kalahari Melon Seed oil is distinguished by its intense bitterness. For this reason, farmers considered it worthless for centuries. It was not until scientists began to research into the oil that they discovered its superior qualities.
Kalahari melon oil is a nourishing and hydrating oil, concentrated for skin cell recovery and moisture balance. It boasts of a potent combination of linoleic acid and Vitamin E, which provides your skin barrier with the nutrients it needs for growth and repair at the cellular level.
Here are some of the benefits of the unique Kalahari melon seed oil:
Firstly, this is a very dry and lightweight oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. You won't have to worry about residual greasiness or it clogging your pores. It is suitable for both morning and nighttime use and benefits all skin types!
2. Rich in Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids
Secondly, the oil contains twice the amount of Essential Fatty Acids than that of Argan and Baobab oil, which means it is richer in antioxidant properties. With an impressive 70% linoleic acid content, it helps in the production of ceramides, which are lipids found naturally in the uppermost layer of your skin.
Thirdly, it habors 5 times more vitamin E than Argan Oil and 10 times more than marula oil. Not only does Vitamin E act as a natural preservative for the oil, it also helps to prevent signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
Most importantly, the Kalahari Melon requires little water to survive. It can be grown in arid and underutilized land where other crops struggle to grow. It produces one crop per year with minimal seed, which means production can scale quickly with industry demand. In comparison, tree-based African oils like argan and baobab can take up to 20 years to mature before they are productive!
You can find Kalahari Melon Seed oil in our Lullaby Melting Balm Cleanser, a unique balm-to-milk that acts as a massage gel, milk cleanser and moisturizer in one. The plant-based formula will cleanse your baby’s skin while providing long lasting moisturization. Specially made for baby’s sensitive microbiome and skin barrier, it contains no preservatives, fragrances or essential oils.
The Kalahari Melon Seed oil used in our cleanser is sourced directly from South Africa. This provides meaningful work for the local women. The men in the community typically work away from home, earning only enough income to cover their own living cost. As a result, the women are left to provide for their children, along with basic necessities, school and medical costs. Through working with a co-op, the women are paid a fair price and are equipped with education and skills to better themselves.
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