I’ve always been a fan of natural skincare oils. I was thrilled to have been gifted this Organic Sahara Melon Seed Oil (Kalahari/Ootanga oil) by Toogga. It’s 100% Organic Melon Oil, Vegan and Cruelty Free. It’s also known as Ootanga, Kalahari, and Voondi in the Sahel.
“The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the south-central latitudes of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea. The name is derived from the Arabic term for “coast, shore”: this is explained as being used in a figurative sense.” Source: Wikipedia
Inequality and a lack of economic mobility defines Sahel’s economy and many other economies around the world. Men and women often struggle to make ends meet despite their determination and tenacity. Most of the hardest hit are the women and mothers striving to not only to earn a livelihood, but also to support their families and ensure a quality education and bright future for their children.
Cooperatives are a powerful vehicle that can create jobs and opportunities for both men and women of the Sahel and as a group based enterprise they allow for a higher economic, community, and voluntary group participation.
In collaboration with Toogga, the Badely women cooperative was created in 2013 in Mauritania to serve that very purpose. Rural women of Badely harvest three types of local fruits: Toogga (Desert Date), Melon Seed, and Jujube fruit. Currently, the Badely Cooperative is our direct and sole supplier of the Wild harvested Toogga nut and the Sahara Melon seeds.
The Badely women cooperative and their ancestors grew the melon for hundreds of years by devoting the fields surrounding their villages. Today, their descendants still use the melon seeds as part of their diets and beauty regimen.
The seeds have been harvested by the Badely women and cold extracted in Toogga’s facilities in the Sahel and packaged in an amber bottle to protect it from light and damage.
The oil is sustainably produced in small batches to ensure the highest potency and quality. Partial proceeds supports women’s cooperatives in the Sahel, Africa.
Benefits of the Melon Seed Oil
- Rich in antioxidants and omega 6 & 9 essential fatty acids
- Contains linolenic acid which can help unclog pores and remove excess sebum on the surface of the skin.
- Non-greasy, instantly hydrates and smooth parched, dry hair. Works on itchy Scalp and Dandruff
- Works on all skin types
Storage: Store in a cool dry place. No need to refrigerate.
Contains Only: Pure Organic Melon Seed Oil (Citrullus lanatus)
✓ Wild Harvested ✓ Sustainable ✓ Bioethical ✓ Vegan ✓ 1 Tree Planted
I love that I can use this oil head to toe, that it leaves my hair, skin, face and nails smooth & radiant, and that I can trust that the ingredients are pure!