Women’s co-operative in Zimbabwe bring their new plant based beauty oils to Brixton

An all female start-up company based in Zimbabwe will be giving away 300 free samples of its new plant based beauty oil to customers on Saturday. 

Chiiso Botanics, a start-up company specialising in exotic wild plant-based beauty oils, will launch its new product – Marula oil – at a pop-up event in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

The start-up is part of a mission by London-based entrepreneur Mufadzi Nkomo, 54, who lives in Streatham Hill, Streatham, to bring to the UK some sought-after beauty oils from her native Zimbabwe.

Mufadzi Nkomo and her mother holding the Marula fruit (Picture: KB Mpofu)

She said: “I started off with 10 women back in 2020 and now there are over 80 women in the cooperative and it is still growing.”

Marula is a type of fruit that grows in abundance in Zimbabwe and its oil helps build collagen as well as hydrating skin and hair. 

Ms Nkomo said: “The beauty of this product from Chiiso Botanics is that an entire community is now able to earn a living through collecting Marula fruit and helping to build a new and exciting livelihood for many families.

The Marula fruit tree in Zimbabwe (Picture: KB Mpofu)

“The oil would not get rid of wrinkles – but helps with the ones caused by pollution and environmental stressors because we believe you want the best antidote to premature skin damage.

But, Ms Nkomo said this was not necessarily a bad thing.

“Wrinkles etched in by experience, laughter, and wisdom should be celebrated.

Marula is a type of fruit that grows in abundance in Zimbabwe (Picture: KB Mpofu)

“Marula oil will give your skin the best skincare while empowering rural women in southern Zimbabwe.”

Photographs of the women’s cooperative will also be on display at the launch event and the Marula oil will be available to buy in the Chiiso Botanics website after Saturday.

Pictured top: Farthest left, Ms Nkomo’s mother, Rhotina Nkomo, and farthest right, Mufadzi Nkomo, with other women involved in Chiiso Botanics (Picture: KB Mpofu)

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