This product line came to my attention via an online article a few weeks ago. I was looking up something regarding shea butter when I stumbled on the article HERE.
Liha is a new natural hair care line launched by Liha Okunniwa & Abi Oyepitan, 2 British-Nigerians residing in UK. The ladies met while they were at university over 15 years ago. Liha went on to art publishing while Abi went on to become a professional athlete. They kept in touch over the years and shared everything about life, beauty and yes, hair together.
This association led to the birth of Liha, an organic hair and skin care line based on the very popular and versatile African shea butter. Their products are natural, vegan, cruelty free and free from parabens, sls and other harmful chemicals. The products are handmade in small batches out of their base in Cheltenham & Hackney, and includes 4 products so far:
Shea Butter, 100% ethically sourced from Ghana and Nigeria. Shea butter is a very nutritious butter derived from the nut of the karite tree native to west Africa. It comes in a transparent jar and retails for £20 ($29 approx).
Idan Oil, a moisturizing oil made from cold pressed coconut oil. The oil is also infused with the Tuberose flower, a fragrant plant native to Mexico and in the same family as the Agave plant. The flower is used in perfumes as well as for religious ceremonies in Hawaii, India and Philippines. This is the first time I’m hearing about this flower and it sounds quite delightful. The 100 ml glass bottle retails for £39 ($56 approx) while the 30 ml glass bottle retails for £16 ($23 approx).
Ose Gidi Black Soap with shea butter and coconut as a moisturizing base. African black soap is derived from the skins of plantain, which have been sun dried and roasted. The soap can be used as is or several other ingredients can be added to make it more moisturizing. Liha Beauty also included moringa leaf powder and blackstrap molasses in their formula. The 100g bar retails for £12 ($17).
This That & The Third Gift Basket, which includes a Queen Idia Candle, Ose Gidi Black Soap and Idan Oil, all packaged in a gorgeous red/orange hand woven basket from AAKS. This would make a lovely mother’s day or birthday gift. The gift basket retails for £ 110 ($160 approx).
Very interesting product line. I would love to try the Idan Oil along the way but as a wallet watcher, I will probably start with the black soap and shea butter to test the line before moving on to another product.
Additionally, Liha & Abi also hold beauty workshops around London where shea butter is demystified and various hair and skin care recipes are shared.
You can find about more about Liha Beauty as well how to place an order HERE. The product line isn’t available in the US yet but you can still place an order on their website.
Main image credit – flickr.com/stevendepolo. All product & owner images from Liha website.