#selfcaresunday featuring Skin Gourmet Sweden

 
Wife-and-husband duo Opokua and Andreas Britton-Cavaco, Stockholm-based Skin Gourmet Europe branch founders. Courtesy of  Skin Gourmet Sweden .

Wife-and-husband duo Opokua and Andreas Britton-Cavaco, Stockholm-based Skin Gourmet Europe branch founders. Courtesy of Skin Gourmet Sweden.

 

For this #selfcaresunday blog, we’ve paired up with the Stockholm-based European branch of Skin Gourmet Ghana to showcase their natural skincare products, helping you to potentially ease both the aches caused by a long week and the dread of facing yet another Monday.

Skin Gourmet produces organic, raw, hand-made, cruelty-free and dangerously delicious (yes, most of their merchandise is edible!) beauty and wellness products sourced from Ghana. What sets Skin Gourmet apart from most natural beauty pioneers like Lush and The Body Shop is that it isn’t subjected to large-scale production operations that typically muddle the original source of each product.

The products used by Skin Gourmet are sustainably sourced at their rawest form. They are slowly processed by hand using sunlight by women in rural areas of Northern Ghana who use techniques that have been passed down for generations. Also, Skin Gourmet specifically employs local Ghanan farmers and their communities to provide them with a higher-than-average, livable wage.

The following products and recipes listed are only a few among many that contain anti-inflammatory, moisturising and digestion-aiding ingredients. Check out Skin Gourmet Sweden’s website for additional products or to make a purchase. Also, follow their Instagram account for daily posts about homemade face masks, body butters, hair care essentials and recipes.

All medical claims presented in this blog are in no way endorsed by Skin Gourmet Sweden. The sources supporting the following medical claims have been gathered and presented solely on behalf of the EndoMetrix team.

 
Courtesy of  Skin Gourmet Sweden .

Courtesy of Skin Gourmet Sweden.

 

Product: Wild Northern Honey

Price: 200 kr

About the Product

Harvested straight from beehives located deep within the northern Ghana bush, this raw, unpasteurised and versatile honey nourishes your skin, soothes your scalp and satisfies your taste buds.

This rich, thick, caramel-sweet substance can be added to anything from your favourite face mask, hair care routine, morning smoothie or body butter.

Health Benefits

For more than 4.000 years, honey has been used medicinally, starting with traditional Ayurvedic medicine where it was thought to be effective in treating indigestion and imbalances in the body.

Today, research shows that honey reduces both the severity and duration of diarrhea. It can also repair damaged intestinal mucus lining due to its ability to increase potassium and water uptake without increasing dehydrating sodium levels within the bloodstream.

Honey also contains both antiviral and anti-fungal properties and has been shown to alleviate symptoms of candidiasis (yeast infections) when ingested.

How Skin Gourmet Loves to Use it

Skin Gourmet loves using African Wild Honey for anything from face masks to a sugar substitute. They suggest trying the honey in the easy-to-prep cherry coco overnight oats pictured above. These kid friendly oats will save you time in the morning, give you the necessary fuel before heading to the office or out for a morning run and increase you and your family’s daily fiber intake that even your toddler’s taste buds can’t deny.

 
Opokua Britton-Cavaco, one-half of Skin Gourmet Sweden, bathing her daughter, Irie, with African Black Soap. Courtesy of  Skin Gourmet Sweden .

Opokua Britton-Cavaco, one-half of Skin Gourmet Sweden, bathing her daughter, Irie, with African Black Soap. Courtesy of Skin Gourmet Sweden.

 

Product: African Peppermint Black Soap Bar

Price: 60 kr (small) 180kr (large)

About the Product

This invigorating African black soap (since it’s the real deal it’s actually brown in color) is made from the ash of locally harvested plants like cocoa pod barks.

Aside from cleansing the body, this versatile soap can also be used as a face wash, shampoo or even dish soap. Skin Gourmet recommends mixing it with northern wild honey to elevate its moisturising capabilities and eliminate the typical drying effect that black soaps tend to have.

Health Benefits

As an antioxidant-rich herb, mint, when applied topically, has a natural calming and cooling effect on the skin, especially when it’s affected by rash, insect bites or other negative reactions.

Also, according to a study published in the April 2007 International Breastfeeding Journal, peppermint may help prevent nipple cracks and nipple pain in first-time mothers who are breastfeeding.

How Skin Gourmet Loves to Use it

Wife-and-husband duo Opokua and Andreas Britton-Cavaco, who run Skin Gourmet Sweden, found this soap especially useful when their daughter was first born.

“A good thing about our African black soap is that is doesn't contain any perfumes or essential oils,” Opokua said. “Therefore, it didn't interfere with mine or Andy’s natural scent, which has a calming effect on newborn children.”

Because the soap is gentle, they continued to use it on both theirs and their toddler’s skin to this day as a facial cleanser, shampoo and body wash.

 
Courtesy of  Skin Gourmet Sweden .

Courtesy of Skin Gourmet Sweden.

 

Product: Baobab Fruit Pulp

Price: 150 kr

About the Product

The baobab tree, known as “the tree of life,” produces fruit that truly lives up to its name because it’s chalked full of essential nutrients and antioxidants the body craves like vitamin C, fibre, pectin and iron.

The fruit, which is one of the only ones in the world to naturally dry on its branch, has been used by women in Africa for centuries as a natural source of health and beauty. The pulp can easily be added to your morning smoothies and porridges. It even adds a tangy, grapefruit-like flavor to rich sweets like ice cream and cheesecake.

Health Benefits

The nutrients in this fruit are believed to improve digestion health, boost the immune system and hydrate the skin.

The fruit is made up of 50 percent fibre, therefore it has traditionally been used in African populations to relieve diarrhea, constipation and dysentery. Also, the soluble fibers found in baobab fruit may exert prebiotic effects, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Also, a single serving of the pulp (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides 33 percent of your daily vitamin C intake.

How Skin Gourmet Loves to Use it

From cheesecakes, to vegan “nice” creams, the Skin Gourmet Instagram has a recipe for almost every way to elevate your morning breakfast or daily smoothie with baobab fruit pulp.

Skin Gourmet suggests trying it in the basil and strawberry vegan milkshake pictured above.

Combine:

  • .5 L of strawberries (or any fresh or frozen berry of your choice)

  • 3 to 4 scoops of your favorite vegan ice cream (we prefer coconut)

  • A handful of fresh basil

  • Coconut or nut milk of your choice

  • 2 tbsp (30ml) of baobab fruit pulp

Blend together and top with fresh berries or some coconut flakes for this zesty and refreshing not-so-guilty pleasure in a glass.

 
Courtesy of  Skin Gourmet Sweden .

Courtesy of Skin Gourmet Sweden.

 

Product: Moringa Oil

Price: 180 kr

About the product

With more than 100 names in different languages around the world, but ultimately known as “the miracle plant,” this versatile tropical plant species is native to the Himalayan mountains, but is now also widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas such as Ghana.

The oil itself is derived from the seeds, and it comes jam-packed with more than 90 protective compounds, including isothiocyanates, flavonoids and phenolic acids.

Health Benefits

Moringa has gained a reputation for fighting inflammation and combating various effects of malnutrition and aging.

Moringa seed oil is especially beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals. It also contains protein along with hydrating and detoxifying elements, which aids in protecting skin cells from damage due to sun and age.

When ingesting moringa, the oil is said to help treat stomach complaints like constipation and gastritis due to its high vitamin B content. Also, because moringa contains high levels of both calcium and phosphorous, it is said to help alleviate bone inflammation and damage.

How Skin Gourmet Loves to Use it

Moringa is by far the Skin Gourmet team’s favourite face moisturiser and hair oil.

“It quickly penetrates the skin and doesn't feel oily,” they said. “It has a slightly smoky smell, but when used on the skin the scent quickly disappears. You can also mix it with your conditioner or straight on dry hair for some extra shine and nutrients.”

It also tastes amazing in the kiwi, moringa, avocado, kale smoothie with vanilla chia pudding pictured above.