Frequently Asked Questions
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.
How do you produce your Kalahari Melon Seed oil?
After the seeds are harvested, sun-dried and sieved, the oil is cold-pressed using a German-made machine and filtered by simple gravity through a muslin cloth. We do not add any preservatives, as the naturally high Vitamin E levels in the oil ensures the oil has a long shelf life.
What is Linoleic Acid and why is it important?
Linoleic Acid is an omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA). It is critical for overall health, and has been used to improve conditions for a wide variety of diseases. It is an absolutely essential part of skin cell wall structure, so it enhances the integrity of the epidermal barrier (the skin wall). Essential Fatty Acids are called ‘essential’ because they cannot be produced by the human body. They must be supplemented through your diet or directly onto the skin. Kalahari Melon Seed oil contains a very high concentration of Linoleic Acid compared to many other oils, so using it on your skin and hair delivers the Linoleic Acid directly to where it’s needed! It is also the reason why Kalahari Melon Seed oil is a dry oil that absorbs very quickly into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue.
What is Vitamin E and why is it important?
Vitamin E is another extremely important key to our general health. It has been used to prevent and treat everything from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes to infertility and chronic fatigue syndrome. For your skin – Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant, which helps prevent and slows the signs of aging. Kalahari Melon Seed oil has an exceptionally high concentration of Vitamin E, so your skin will shine while it also absorbs optimal amounts of this important anti-oxidant.
What is the scent of the oil?
The oil has a very neutral scent. It is something we work hard to achieve with careful production and are very proud of.
Is your oil certified in any way?
Our Kalahari Melon Seed oil is both NOP and EOS certified organic, and our convetional oil is registered with COSMOS. We are also registered with the Vegan Society.
Are you organic certified?
Yes! We now also produce organic certified oil, to European and US standards.
How does Kalahari Melon Seed oil compare to Argan oil?
Our Kalahari Melon Seed oil has twice the amount of essential fatty acids, and five times more Vitamin E compared with Argan oil. That makes our Kalahari Melon seed oil more nourishing overall, along with greater anti-oxidant (anti-ageing) properties.
What is your production capacity per annum?
With our current machinery and operations, we can produce up to 12 tonnes of oil per year. We have enough land available to scale operations to 100 tonnes, should there be sufficient demand.
What is the shelf life of the Kalahari Melon Seed oil?
The high natural Vitamin E content ensures a shelf life of 3 years from date of production.