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Ingredients of the African Diaspora

For 12 years, Niambi lived in Europe researching the African Diaspora in the Middle East and working with cultural outreach programs for the Africa Centre and UNESCO. This meant that she traveled. A lot! So, she needed to create a skincare regimen that was easy, effective, and affordable. When she couldn’t find products suited to her combination skin, she would go to the local apothecary, load up her shopping basket with butters, oils, plant waters, and clays to whip up simple skin remedies like she used to make back in Kentucky.

One of her favorite travel rituals was to visit the local artisan markets. No matter where she traveled – Iran, Turkey, Morocco, India, or across Europe – she always found Africans and African-descent artisans and herbalists selling personal goods that reminded her of the beauty recipes she learned from her Nana.

As an academic turned beauty activist, Niambi infuses Pholk with her love and knowledge of the African Diaspora’s healing and herbalist traditions. Her calling is to welcome women of color into the natural skincare space by thinking about both lifestyle and skin needs, and crafting a brand narrative that celebrates women of color as innovators of culture.

Key Ingredient

Source

Benefit

Product

Cold-pressed Hibiscus Oil

 

Senegal

Delivers alpha-hydroxy flower acids to exfoliate and refine without irritation

Glowup Mask, H2Oil Night Treatment

Aloe Vera

US

Soothes inflamed skin and mild breakouts and replenishes moisture for more balanced skin

Honeysuckle + Aloe Face Mist

Moringa

 

Ghana

Packed with Vitamins B, C, A, iron and amino acids to rebuild / promote overall skin health

Superleaf Moringa Teatox Mask

Turmeric

Jamaica

Kaolin Clay

Georgia

Gently pulls out acne-causing dirt, bacteria and excess oil from pores

Superleaf Moringa Teatox Mask

Kahlahari Watermelon Seed Oil

 

South Africa

Dissolves acne-causing sebum and dirt from pores

Daily Detox Face Wash

White Frankincense

Somalia

Restores balance to irritated or inflamed areas

Daily Detox Face Wash

Rosehip Seed Oil

Chile

Delivers antioxidants and Vitamin C for a firmer, radiant,

more youthful complexion

Glow Replenish Face Wash, Rose Gardenia SkinNectar

Rose / Rose Geranium

Morocco 

brightens skin 

Glow Replenish Face Wash

Hemp Seed Oil

Kentucky

Unique balance of linelonic and oleic acids deeply nourishes for a healthier, even complexion

Glow Replenish Face Wash, H2Oil Night Treatment, Featherlight Cucumber SkinNectar, Werkacita Beauty Balm

Honeysuckle Water

 

Southern, USA

Soothes inflamed skin and mild breakouts and replenishes moisture for more balanced skin

Honeysuckle + Rose Face Mist, Honeysuckle + Aloe Face Mist, Featherlight Cucumber SkinNectar

Peony Petals

 

Southern,

US

Support collagen for a firmer feel.

H2Oil Night Treatment

Blue Tansy

Morocco

Mango

 

South Africa

provides lasting moisture without clogging pores; rich in Vitamins A and E to leave skin supple, firm and visibly reduce the appearance of sun damage