MONGO KISS™ Lip Balms feature certified organic ingredients and Fair Trade Certified™ Cocoa Butter infused with Mongongo Oil, a nutrient-rich oil from Zambia, Africa. Used for centuries by the !Kung bushmen of the Kalahari to cleanse and moisturize their skin, Mongongo Oil ishigh in Vitamin E and other nutrients perfect for nourishing skin. A natural humectant (attracts and retains moisture), Mongo Kiss contains essential fatty acids necessary for your skin to create a flexible barrier that can prevent and repair skin damage. Our Mongongo Oil is sourced from a small rural village, helping a group of women create self-worth while increasing their net-worth.
Where does Mongongo Oil Come From?
It is sourced from a rural village in Zambia, Africa. A social worker noticed the opportunity to help a group of women create an income by starting a business and learning how to efficiently harvest, process and perform quality assurance. The goal was to help them create more self-worth while increasing their net-worth.
What are the traditional uses of Mongongo Fruit & Nut Oil?
Mongongo oil is used as a body rub by the !Kung bushmen of the Kalahari to cleanse and moisturize their skin, and protect it against the harsh desert environment.
The same tribe also eats the Mongongo fruit as their primary food. The nuts also contain: calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, and high concentrations of vitamin E. The !Kung bushmen are one of the few peoples of the world whose blood pressure does not increase with age. Although this is unlikely to be entirely due to Mongongo, the predominance of this fruit in their diets suggests a link.
How is Mongongo Nut harvested and processed?
The egg-shaped, red-brown fruit ripens and falls between March and May, and contains a thin layer of edible flesh around a stone hard shell. Inside this shell is a tasty and highly nutritious seed or nut similar to an almond that, when pressed, yields the bright yellow Mongongo Oil. In some years, the fruit is so abundant that they lay knee deep on the ground.
Why Mongongo Oil is good for Skin and Lips:
- High in Vitamin E and other vitamins to nourish the skin.
- Humectant: Attracts and retains moisture.
- Contains the essential fatty acids and vitamins necessary for your skin to create a flexible barrier that can also prevent and repair any damage to the skin.
- Naturally protective of UV rays.
- Skin softening.