Before I started making my own skincare products, I would use the typical products like Cetaphil or Neutragena and some basic moisturizer that I can’t remember. I didn’t pay too much mind to what I put on my skin or how I even treated my skin – mindlessly washing, drying and moisturizing. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I started to think seriously about the largest organ of my body and consider the toxins that I am unwillingly exposed to, but also the toxins that I willingly spread on my skin or put in my body.

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I found my first recipe online – a mixture of shea butter, coconut butter, coconut oil and almond oil. My skin was so happy with the change. It soaked up all the nutrients and oils. At first, I was concerned with the amount of oils I was using, but I started incorporating a Black soap face-wash which dried out my skin. So moisturizing with the product made for a decent combination. I first used raw Black soap, but then a good girl friend of mine gave me an amazing recipe for Black soap which includes charcoal, tea tree oil, shea butter and coconut oil. Needless to say, my skin has never been the same. Washing my face and body has now become something sacred – moments that I take for myself to wash away the physical and spiritual build up of the day.

Creative Direction: Ubuntu Talks
Photography: Kirubel Mehari
Videography: Jackie Batsinduka