We are based in Stanford, South Africa, surrounded by the pristine natural beauty of the Cape along the Southern tip of Africa. Founder Angelica Wessel originally from Stockholm, Sweden has passionately researched plant-based extracts and organic active botanical ingredients found here in Africa to further develop and enhance her skincare range.
Kudu, our name and brand inspired by the majestic antelope, a kind, gentle and beautiful creature, like the Kudu we intend to do no harm when creating our products. Rather we aim to create and deliver high quality natural products with only gentle ingredients for balanced beautiful skin.
Our products are handcrafted in micro-batches to ensure quality, freshness and purity to provide superior bio-active skincare. Kudu’ s products are pure, clean and free from harmful chemicals. There are no artificial fragrances and unnecessary additives to be found in our range.
We only use biodegradable ingredients in our formulations. Natural, gentle and kind to your skin, Kudu’s products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind. ‘Less is more’, we combine all the best ingredients with none of the harsh additives for healthy, happy skin. The botanical extracts we use in our range contain naturally high levels of antioxidants and vital nutrients, essential for skin cell function and regeneration. We do not compromise on the quality of our products, using the best plant-based and laboratory made ingredients. Our formulations are based on scientific research.
We use naturally derived ingredients from certified organic, ethically wild-crafted or bio-dynamic origins. We source organic and Fair Trade products wherever possible.
Our products are made fresh – to order. In this way we control the production so that the ingredients we use are exceptionally fresh in their purest most potent bio-active form. We don’t outsource to third party manufacturers, you order – we produce.
There are approximately 12 000 chemicals used in the cosmetic industry, some of these ingredients are linked to serious health issues. Consumers are often in the dark when it comes to exposure of toxic chemicals.
The European Union has banned nearly 1400 ingredients for being unsafe. It is Kudu’s ethos to be clear and transparent when it comes to the ingredients we use in our products. We are aligned with the EU regulations, adopted to improve the protection of human health and environment that can be posed by chemicals.
Natural doesn’t automatically mean safe. Many organic and natural labelled ingredients can cause considerable skin damage.
We don’t use potentially irritating essential oils in our facial products that are photo-toxic and may cause inflammation on the skin, collagen breakdown, free radical damage or hyperpigmentation. Even if no negative effects are experienced during use, long term use of these oils may be harmful to your skin.
SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL PRACTICE
We focus strongly on social responsibility. Whenever possible we source locally and support local small businesses. Where possible we like to support small African businesses that cultivate and harvest organically in a sustainable manner. Our Moringa oil is produced from seeds grown by smallholders in rural parts of Malawi who manage and harvest crops from donated Moringa trees.
Wherever possible, our stationery and packaging are produced from recycled materials. All our marketing materials, boxes and bottles can be recycled and/or re-used.
Our products come in carefully selected packaging materials designed to protect the formulations within. Our amber apothecary-style dropper bottles are made from glass to ensure that the photosensitive, antioxidant-rich, highly active botanical ingredients are protected from air and UV-light. This ensures long-term effectiveness and stability of the product.
Our products are 100% cruelty free. We do not and will never carry out animal testing and we do not source ingredients from any companies that test on animals.