Okiki Skincare is a natural beauty brand run by a Mother and Daughter duo who have an incredible passion for skincare. What started as a hobby soon became the brand you see today after Antonia joined her Mum to turn her soap making pastime into a business that could help others. Despite being around since 2016, Okiki Skincare has had one of their busiest weeks yet with features in Stylist Magazine, The Sunday Times Style Magazine and This Morning, and has been recognised as a black-owned beauty brand to watch.
Okiki translates as ‘prestigious’ in Yoruba and reflects upon the desire to create high quality, natural, cruelty-free and vegetarian products that are inspired by Nigerian and Ghanaian heritage and all handmade here in the UK. The products are a cultural fusion, with a range that is incredibly extensive from soaps and skincare to candles and hair care, all of which cover a wide variety of skin types, fragrance preferences and hair types – so there really is something for everyone.
The brand are not only passionate about the beauty industry but are also dedicated to their environmental impact too with their products contained in a mixture of glass, recyclable plastic and reusable packaging. As well as this, Okiki Skincare also donates £1 towards planting trees in Ghana with every large candle sale under the ‘One Tree Planted’ scheme, a non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation.
The brand recently sent me a few items to try from their range and I was certainly impressed by their generosity and product choices that were formulated with my skin type in mind. As well as some skincare and hair care treats, I also received a gorgeous candle which arrived beautifully packaged and was just what I needed to help bring a sense of calm as life starts to return back to some normality…
Nana Yaa Serwah Candle
The Nana Yaa Serwah candle comes in a glass jar and is packed in a cardboard tube with metal ends to ensure your candle arrives safely through the post (and makes it perfect for gifting too). The candle is formulated with soy wax for clean burning and boasts a wooden wick for the relaxing, cracking effect that provides a complete sensory experience. This particular candle size (net weight: 220g) has a burn time of around 60 hours which makes it incredibly good value for money while the glass jar can be repurposed for storage after use.
In Ghanaian culture, Nana Yaa Serwah translates as ‘female born on a Thursday’ and has a sweet scent which is perfectly balanced and not too sickly-sweet. Caramelised amber and honey-sweet white musk is joined by pink peppercorn and middle notes of warm patchouli to create a feminine fragrance that is relaxing and perfect for this time of year.
Nana Yaa Serwah isn’t the usual candle fragrance I would select as I usually opt for a citrus fresh candle for daytime burning, or a floral and herby scent for the evening. I have to say that I am thankful to have tried something new as I’ve been loving this candle from the moment it was delivered. The candle for me has an almost vanilla scent to it, thanks to the caramelised amber and white musk, yet as it begins to burn, the warmer fragrance begins to shine through. After a few minutes, the room is filled with the most beautiful aroma that is light and glorious for this time of year and perfect for both daytime and evening use. Even when the candle isn’t burning, the aroma from the unlit candle is strong enough to smell when nearby, yet delicate enough not to be overpowering in any way.
I personally love the meaning behind each candle name, as not only does it provide an insight into some Ghanaian cultures but it also makes these the perfect, thoughtful gift for friends and loved ones. I am thrilled with this beautiful candle and will certainly be trying more from their extensive candle range very soon.
Have you tried Okiki Skincare yet? You can find out more about them on their website and social channels and get 10% off all orders by using the code ‘FOLIO10’.
Emma @ Beauty Folio x
*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of charge by Okiki Skincare. This has not influenced my thoughts and opinions in this review as everything on Beauty Folio remains #triedandtested with honest feedback on each product. I will never give a positive review on a product I don’t believe in just because it has been #gifted, and each product i’ve received free of charge will be labelled as such.