FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use Shea Butter?
Shea butter has been used for centuries in African beauty care to maintain soft supple skin. Our Shea butter from  Ghana, is rich in vitamins A, E and F.
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Why use Cocoa Butter?
It has excellent skin conditioning and emollient properties and is obtained by pressing cocoa beans.
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Where did you get the name Laughing Bird?
Sat on a river bank in Yr Ocar trying to think of a company name the song of Hiawatha came to mind but Minniehaha and Laughing Water didn’t suit. While watching the water and enjoying the sunshine my gaze turned upwards and through an oak leaf canopy a skylark flew over and laughed at me … and I thought what about Laughing Bird.  It was perfect.
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What is Moringa Oil ?
The seeds used to produce our oil are from the Moringa trees of Kenya and Mozambique. These seeds produce a much-valued vegetable oil which contains a high proportion of omega 9 essential fatty acids, proteins and vitamins beneficial in skin care.
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What is Manketti Oil?
The nuts from the Manketti trees of southern Africa are crushed and boiled in water and the oil is then removed from the top. The oil is an effective skin emollient and provides protection from harsh external elements. In some areas of northern Namibia it is used as a special hair treatment.
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What is Baobab Oil?
It is produced from the seed found inside the fruit of the Baobab tree and is used for its skin softening and reconstructing properties. It contains alpha and beta-carotenes and is high in essential fatty acids.
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Why use Rosehip Oil?
From the seeds of Rosa Mosquetta, the wild rose of Chile, rosehip oil nourishes the skin and helps maintain a healthy, youthful complexion. It is very high in essential fatty acids.
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What are Fatty Acids?
Put simply, fatty acids determine the physical and biological property of fats (oils). Omega 6 and 9 are essential fatty acids, essential nutrients that are not manufactured by the body itself.
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Why use Sodium Hydroxide (lye) in soap?
Because to transform oils and butters into soap a strong alkali is necessary. Our soaps are left for 4 weeks to cure and have an approximate Ph of 9.
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What is Kukui Nut?
Kukui Nut is an easily absorbed cold pressed oil from Hawaii which is rich in the fatty acids Linoleic, Linolenic and Oleic.  These help lock moisture into the hair and scalp.
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What is May Chang? 
May Chang is a small East Asian tropical tree with spicy fruits and highly fragrant blossom. It is very calming and uplifting, smelling similar to lemongrass but much sweeter.

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Why use Avocado?
Another deeply penetrating oil made from the flesh of the avocado fruit. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E and unsaturated fatty acids. It is wonderfully nourishing for hair.
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