Uwanawa Skincare Oils is a new brand of natural Namibian skincare oils developed by the Namibian non-profit organization CRIAA SA-DC. Uwanawa products are the outcome of a long-standing work on natural products’ value chain development by CRIAA SA-DC with organised rural producers and processing R&D at its Katutura Artisans’ Project (KAP).
Uwanawa products are the results of a long-lasting and ethical partnership between CRIAA SA-DC, the Eudafano Women Cooperative (EWC) and the Tulongeni Twahangana Cooperative (TTC) in north central Namibia.
The Uwanawa product range is produced and bottled in Namibia with locally processed virgin cold-pressed oils that are sustainably produced, ethically traded, quality controlled and traceable, which valorise the Namibian biodiversity and value people who carefully harvest and process these natural products.
Uwanawa Skincare Oils is currently marketing the following products:
Ximenia (oombeke) oil, which has proven anti-aging properties. Ximenia oil is offered in 3 quality ranges: traditionally processed, cold-pressed (virgin), and purified oil. The purified ximenia oil is the superior oil and is best used for anti-aging applications. The traditionally processed oil is often used as a hair oil, and the virgin oil can be used to treat stretchmarks and other skin conditions.
Marula oil, which is a very stable oil with excellent skin hydration qualities. Uwanawa Oils has just launched a massage and wellness range of marula oil. Using a mixture of essential oils, including Namibian Commiphora and Mopane, the range consists of 6 different scents; exotic, sensual, invigorating, relaxing, healing, and an insect repellant.
Kalahari Melon Seed (KMS) oil, a smooth oil that can be used for skin hydration, massage, or hair treatments.
The Tulongeni Twahangana Cooperative (TTC) members are producing the quality raw materials (Ximenia kernels) for producing the Ximenia oil, while the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative (EWC) members supply the quality Marula kernels and Melon seeds that are used to produce Marula and KMS oils at their factory in Ondangwa. The cooperatives are democratically organized and eliminate the function of traders and middlemen and as a result members are paid a fair price for their products. The Katutura Artisans’ Project currently produces the cold pressed Ximenia oil, until such time that TTC has the infrastructure and management capacity to produce it themselves. The Marula and KMS oils are produced by the Eudafano Factory (EWMM) which is 100% owned by its cooperative. CRIAA SA-DC has been instrumental in developing the supply chains, the training of rural producers, the quality assurance, the production and the marketing of these oils that are also exported. Uwanawa Skincare Oils now include a new purified Ximenia oil, as well as a Marula massage and wellness range.
Uwanawa Skincare Oils are available in small and nice bottles for personal use, as well as in larger volume for bulk orders and export.
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