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Akan Organics

Written by: terencem

Established in June 2016, Akan Organics is a Cape Town based cosmetics company that sells natural hair care and body products made from organic ingredients sustainably sourced from West Africa and manufactured in South Africa. Akan currently sells 4 products, 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil, the African Black Soap Jar, Liquid African Black Soap and Shea Butter Whip.

The Shea butter and African Black Soap used in Akan’s products are made from raw unrefined ingredients in Ghana by women's cooperatives. Through its membership with the Global Shea Alliance, Akan has had the opportunity to partner with cooperatives to promote sustainable and fair trade practices, ensuring that laborers receive a living wage. Akan’s products are manufactured locally, creating jobs in the South African manufacturing sector.

Shopping for an affordable all-in-one hair care and body solution made of ethically sourced, natural ingredients is difficult. Currently, a complete natural hair care and body treatment system does not exist and most products contain harmful chemicals, which cause allergies and exacerbate existing hair and skin ailments. In addition, the products sold are often difficult to access/expensive and manufactured through exploitative labour practices. The opportunity for Akan Organics is therefore created by this insufficiency and, through it, Akan has created the all-in one natural hair and skin care range. Akan is remarkable because it is the first local all-in-one natural solution on the market providing this unique offering. Akan is also 100% women-owned.

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