Helen Siwak

Helen is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Comms, publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, and multiple digital lifestyle blogs. She is a pr

Feb 16, 2021
Published on: Medium
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Obakki, a purpose-led lifestyle brand that connects people through purposeful design, has launched its new soap collection. Handmade in Canada, the soaps are created from 100% all-natural ingredients that create a sustainable income for women entrepreneurs in Africa.

All soaps in the collection are made locally in Vancouver, BC, and are cold-pressed by hand in small batches. Made from 100% all-natural, vegan ingredients, the soaps do not contain palm oils, artificial fragrance or colourants, parabens, sulfates, or animal products. All soaps also come packaged in compostable millboard boxes made from 100% recycled paper.

“So many personal care products include ingredients like palm oil, that are harmful to the environment and to vulnerable communities,” said Treana Peake, Founder of Obakki. “We wanted to create a line of beautiful, handcrafted soaps that would be as good for the environment as they are for your skin. In that same vein, it was important to us to source our ingredients from women entrepreneurs in Africa, who have created sustainable businesses to support their families.”

Obakki Great for Your Skin and the Environment

Moringa Oil & Rose Clay Soap (Cleansing — Repairing — Moisturizing)

  • A soothing cleansing bar for face, hands and body with potent antioxidants that remove impurities while improving overall appearance of the skin. Moringa oil from Africa reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves the overall appearance of skin and soothes inflammation. Scented with Rosewood essential oil.

Shea Butter & White Kaolin Soap (Toning — Balancing — Soothing)

  • A gentle cleansing bar for face, hands and body designed to moisturize, tone and restore sensitive & acne-prone skin. West African Shea butter contains proven anti-inflammatory and healing properties that condition, tone and soothe skins while sealing in moisture.- Scented with Grapefruit, Ho Wood, Amyris, Sandalwood, and Himalayan Cedar.

Avocado Oil & Glacial Clay Soap (Toning — Balancing — Soothing)

  • A gentle cleansing bar for face, hands and body designed to moisturize, tone and restore sensitive and acne-prone skin. Rich Avocado oil from Africa contains anti-inflammatory properties that help skin maintain hydration while minimizing damage from free radicals. Scented with Japanese Mint, Lemon, and Rosemary.

Marula Oil & Black Clay Soap (Hydrating — Neutralizing — Anti-Aging)

  • A revitalizing complexion bar for face, hands and body that draws out impurities while restoring hydration and neutralizing free-radicals. African Marula oil is rich in anti-ageing elements including Vitamin C and oleic acid that enhance skin’s softness and radiance. Scented with Clay Sage, Lavender, Himalayan Cedar, and Copaiba.

Argan Oil & Rahassoul Clay Soap (Healing — Clarifying — Protecting)

  • A highly nourishing complexion bar for face, hands and body crafted to clarify & brighten your skin while protecting from the elements. Known as liquid gold, African Argan oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, hydrating and healing skin. Scented with Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosemary.
  • A purifying complexion bar for the face, hands and body crafted to balance the skin, improve elasticity, and regenerate cells. African Baobab oil produces the most nutritious fruit on earth, with antioxidants that rejuvenate skin cells and leave skin silky smooth. Scented with Bergamot, White Grapefruit, Frankincense, Lavender, Cedar Atlas, and Vetiver.

Obakki’s net profits go toward supporting and expanding their artisan partnerships, and the development work is done through the company’s philanthropic counterpart, the Obakki Foundation. Focused on providing clean water access and livelihood initiatives in Africa, to date the Obakki Foundation has helped over 3 million people.

AUTHOR: Helen Siwak is passionate about content creation, marketing, shopping secondhand, promoting a vegan lifestyle, and supporting organizations and activists fighting against the status quo. She is founder and president of EcoLuxLuv Communications (Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, EcoLuxLifestyle.co). She is also the founder and co-host of V.E.G. Networking Group and soon-to-launch LittleBlack.Tee | helen@ecoluxluv.com.