Word Origin: Kenya
1. hardworking woman in the sunshine.
How beautiful is that?
Nyakio is a name traced back from generations of history. It is also the name of a first-generation American [of Kenyan-descent,] who created a skincare line birthed from the cultural family traditions of her ancestors–Nyakio Kamoche Grieco.
When she was a little girl, Nyakio would travel to Kenya to visit her grandmother. During her visits, her grandmother–a coffee farmer– taught Nyakio to crush coffee beans and use a piece of sugarcane to exfoliate dry skin. She recalls several beauty secrets like this, passed down from generation to generation.
Inspired by these types of beauty secrets, Nyakio curated a whole line of skincare, using only ethically/sustainably sourced natural ingredients from around the world.
This skincare line features five collections that work together to hydrate, revitalize, smooth and provide anti-aging benefits; suitable for all skin types.
Nyakio’s goal is to continue using global beauty secrets, cultural traditions and indigenous ingredients in order to create handmade, healing and effective skincare products for all women.
The company nyakio reached out to me recently to see if I would consider sampling a few of their products. They knew that I was very passionate about natural, cruelty-free, and holistic skincare and thought that I might be interested in some of their products. After reading the company’s story, studying the products and ingredients, I was more than happy to give them a try.
What I tried:
Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm:
I usually cleanse my face with cleansing gels, but removing makeup with coconut oil is something that I have grown accustomed to. This cleansing oil balm works in the same way by melting away makeup, dirt, and impurities; leaving behind a veil of moisture and nutrients for your skin.
This has a subtle, floral scent. It’s not overpowering at all, very gentle and lovely. It has an ethereal, almost iridescent color and look to it and smooths on the skin like silk. It feels very nutritive on my skin and will last a long time since a little bit goes a long way.
I rub a small amount all over my face, and then in order to remove my eye makeup, use a little extra to rub on my eyes in a gentle, circular motion. My eyeliner can be a little stubborn 😅 but this does remove it with a washcloth and warm water. I feel that the ingredients are nutritive for not only my skin, but my lashes as well.
In the morning, if I’m not putting makeup on right away, I don’t rinse it with water at all, but rather wipe it clean with a soft cloth–like the directions suggest. This leaves a nice veil of moisture on my skin for added healing.
What I like:
🌿Castor Oil- Ricinoleic acid is found in castor oil, which makes it a great natural remedy for treating mild acne. As it permeates into the skin, it controls the bacteria overgrowth that is responsible for clogging pores, while hydrating irritated skin as well.
🌿Arabica Coffee Seed Oil– Its high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E make it a potent antioxidant that can offer protection against free-radicals, skin damage, and DNA degradation.
🌿Cacao Pod Ash– one of the main ingredients in African Black Soap. Contains flavonoids which are rich in antioxidants, destroying free radicals in the skin while also decreasing inflammation. It encourages healthy cell growth.
🌿Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil– Also known as baobab oil. Rich in powerful antioxidants which protect skin against free radical damage. It has 6X more vitamin C than oranges, and assists with skin elasticity, which makes it great for anti-aging.
Kenyan Coffee Face Polish
Next, I use the Face Polish. Guys, this one really is lovely… It’s hard to choose a favorite out of this bundle because they all are so great, but this is a close second to another one that I’m going to introduce to you in a minute. 👇🏽
I have been using Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub for months now and have absolutely loved it. I’ve recommended it before (and still would–you’ll always find that in my shower) but I’ve been reaching for this one first each week. I have extremely sensitive skin, and battle perioral dermatitis (I have a slight flare up now and actually have a post update on that coming soon🤗). This isn’t too abrasive at all, even gentle enough to go over my irritated patches, and I think it might in fact be helping with the inflammation. 🙌🏽
It has exfoliating beads within a deliciously creamy formula. The beads are not abrasive at all and you don’t even have to use a gentle hand when applying it to your skin. It is recommended to use it 3-4 times a week.
It doesn’t smell like coffee, like I was expecting, but it has a very understated and pleasant aroma. It’s subtle and clean, I enjoy it.
What I like:
🌿It is gentle but effective and does polish my skin, leaving it looking dewy, fresh, and youthful and very soft to the touch. It is really wonderful.
🌿Caffeine constricts small blood vessels to reduce redness, inflammation, and sagging skin. It can also be of benefit to those suffering from rosacea and perioral dermatitis. The ingredients include antioxidants that both nourish and protect, aiding in skin regeneration.
Holiday Gift Set
This is such a wonderful deal — $19 for a set of 3 indigenous oils; each offering their own healing benefits. Each come with their own dropper, which I love.
1. Maracuja and Yangu Oil
The first one that I used was the Maracuja and Yangu Oil, indigenous to Rwanda and South Africa. It is a green oil that surprisingly has some weight to the touch. It isn’t super thin and greasy, but rather comparable to a watered down syrup, which sinks into my skin nicely. Each of the oils resemble this type of consistency, which is great. 👌🏽💛
I apply 5 drops to my face and massage it into my skin using small circular motions, concentrating on any irritated and red areas.
It has a gentle earthy scent–something I wouldn’t even know to compare it to, to be honest; but it’s not overpowering at all. It smells natural and slightly sweet.
What I Like:
🌿Maracuja Oil is rich in omega- 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) which helps to reduce inflammation in the skin, as well as reverse signs of aging. It locks in moisture and increases the skin’s hydration level, making it a calming remedy for eczema and skin irritations. It is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which protect from UV rays and free-radicals. It also works as a powerful anti aging ingredient
✨The Maracuja and Yangu is known to help with redness and inflammation, perfect to use when combating harsh weather elements, or after waxing/ threading.
>>>NOTE: I used this entire line while having a perioral dermatitis rash and it definitely aided in soothing and regenerating the skin. I was apprehensive to try this line on those target areas, but since this line was made specifically to help soothe skin irritations, I decided to try it. It didn’t burn or irritate further and the morning after using it before bed, I could see a reduction in redness and irritated skin. It didn’t completely take the rash away, but it greatly improved the tone and look of it so that it was less noticeable. For one use, I was impressed with the results and have continued to use this at night.
2. Manketti and Mafura Oil
The Manketti and Mafura Oil is used specifically for anti-aging purposes. It targets premature signs of aging–from wrinkles to loss of firmness and dullness, and utilizes indigenous ingredients from Zambia and Mozambique. It is colorless and mild, and as a plus, smells much like the cleansing balm and face polish. So light, soothing, and natural. 👌🏽💛✨ Although the previous oil helped with redness, I feel that this one greatly improved and soothed my skin the most in terms of feel and softness. I noticed the greatest change while using them together. These two oils have become my favorite.
What I like:
🌿Manketti Oil is abundant in vitamin E. It helps to rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells, and promotes anti-aging by reducing wrinkles. It works as a natural sunscreen by protecting from UV and free radicals, in turn keeping the skin hydrated. It has no trans-fat so absorbs into the skin seamlessly, helps to tighten pores, improves skin’s elasticity, and helps maintain and create youthful looking skin
🌿Mafura Oil is a fast absorbing oil that treats, heals, and conditions dry, cracked skin. It has antibacterial and antimacrobial properties, nourishes skin, and improves elasticity.
3. Marula and Neroli Oil
This oil combination was curated to minimize the look of discolorations, age spots, and uneven skin tone in a lightweight formula comprised of South African Marula Oil and Moroccan Neroli Oil. It is colorless as well and glides onto the skin in the same lovely way as the others. I haven’t used this one as much as the others, so I can’t say if it has had a brightening effect to my skin just yet, but it does feel extremely soothing, especially to any irritated, dry patches. It is lightweight and offers fast absorption.
What I like:
🌿Marula Oil is rich is essential fatty acids Omega 9 – oleic and Omega 6 – linoleic that intensely hydrate and reduce irritation and redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity. It is rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants and replenishes moisture to plump up skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
🌿Neroli Oil reduces inflammation, revives/regenerates skin at a cellular level, in turn reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretchmarks, and uneven skin pigment. It also has antimicrobial and antioxidant effects, and combats against yeast, fungi, and bacteria!
These oils are currently replacing my go-to moisturizer. I have used oils on my face before but these just feel different to the touch–they are so rich and soothing and soak into the skin beautifully, rather than sitting on top. I apply them directly after the shower or after doing the cleanse/exfoliate routine. I can wear them underneath my makeup if I allow them to soak in first, but if your skin is less thirsty than mine, bedtime might be better. I have had it smear my under-eye makeup when applying makeup too soon after applying the oils; however, I have still been using a mix of the oils each day, twice a day, and absolutely loving how my skin is feeling. When this runs out I will be repurchasing.
I love this entire line.
I love that nyakio uses ingredients and recipes that stem back from generations of culture, and use indigenous oils that bring healing. I completely stand by nature and its healing powers and gravitate towards any company that believes in this perspective as well. I look forward to trying more from this brand and will let you know when I do!
Have you tried nyakio yet? Let me know if you have any other recommendations from this line!
You can browse their entire line online, or at your local Ulta. 🙂
* This post contains gifted PR samples but all opinions are –and always will be– my own. I will only recommend products that I truly love.