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THE KALAHARI

We produce the absolute best, organic-certified Kalahari Melon Seed Oil

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Our Purpose

Positive human impact through responsible business and true sustainability.

 

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil

Scientifically supreme personal care…
…through truly sustainable, drought-resistant biology

  • Our Kalahari Melon Seed oil is 100% cold-pressed, filtered and packaged on our farm, from our seeds and our melons.

  • It contains 70% Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and 2,800 mg/kg natural Vitamin E.

  • Worldwide compliant INCI Name (including US and China).

  • See how it compares with other oils – compared with Argan oil, our oil contains two times more Essential Fatty Acids and 5 times more Vitamin E!

 

Superior Sustainability

What does True Sustainability actually mean?

Sustainable:

adjective | sus· tain· able | \ sә-’stā-nә-bәl \

  1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level

  2. conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources

  3. of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged ​

 

Human Impact

Our community is feeling the impact of acute climate change. We want to repair some of that damage.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
about Kalahari Melon Seed Oil 

What is the INCI Name for your Kalahari Melon Seed oil, and is it globally compliant?


The INCI name for our Kalahari Melon Seed oil is CITRULLUS VULGARIS Seed Oil. The INCI name is globally compliant, including the US, Europe and China. Please contact us to see our official confirmation from the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC).




Is there a difference between Watermelon seed oil and Kalahari Melon Seed oil?


The Kalahari Melon is the ‘evolutionary ancestor’ of the watermelon. In other words, the watermelon was bred from particular Kalahari Melon varieties. The two plants are quite different – the Kalahari Melon is small and intensely bitter, while the common watermelon is large with sweet, red flesh. The oils are relatively similar, but there are two key differences. Kalahari Melon Seed oil contains higher levels of both essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, making it a better, more nourishing oil for personal care.




Where is the oil produced?


Our Kalahari Melon Seed oil is 100% produced on our farm, from our own seeds and melons. Our farm is located within the Kalahari, in the North West Province of South Africa.




Is the oil an essential oil?


This is not an essential oil. It is a 100% natural plant oil, cold-pressed from the seeds of the Kalahari Melon. Essential oils are typically used as fragrances. They are harmful to the skin, especially in pure form. They are absolutely not essential, as their name might suggest.

Our oil does contain about 70% of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are very much essential for human health, as they are necessary for healthy cell function, but the human body cannot produce these compounds by itself. They need to be supplemented.




Are you organic certified?


We are in the process of obtaining Organic Certification. We hope to be certified by June 2019.





 

Our Locations

The Kalahari, North West Province, South Africa

Our family farm, where we plant and harvest the melons,  cold-press, cotton-cloth filter and package the oil.

Distribution - From here large orders are sent worldwide, direct from the farm.

London, United Kingdom

Our European Marketing & Distribution Office

From here we ship samples and smaller orders internationally

 

Packaging and Distribution

We supply Kalahari Melon Seed oil to a number of cosmetic brands and distributors in South Africa, Mainland Europe, the UK, US, Japan and Australia.
 

Since July 2018, we have an international trade hub in London, UK, from where we area able to ship smaller quantities (units of 4.5 kg) to international buyers, particularly in Europe.

Production grades: conventional, organic-certified (EOS and NOP)

Container units from South Africa: 4.5 kg, 23 kg, 180 kg

Container units from London, UK: 4.5 kg

Industry Certifications
Industry Trade Shows
 

Our Team

Maria Lobese

Domestic Help & Seed Processing

15 years on the farm

Josef Mogwase

Production Lead

12 years on the farm

Stoffel Mogwase

Fruits & Vegetables

25 years on the farm

Lena Lobese

Domestic Help & Seed Processing

12 years on the farm

Stoffel Tlhongwane

Tractor Driver

12 years on the farm

Daniel van Vuuren

Operations & Logistics

2 years on the farm

Mike Setlhoko

Oil Press & Machinery Technician

4 years on the farm

Solomon Dikolomela

Fruits & Vegetables

33 years on the farm

Ockie Marais

Principal Farmer

35 years on the farm

Contact Us

Please fill out the contact form below or email us at ubuntu@africanoriginoils.com and our team will be in touch with you shortly

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