Our Heritage

KokoBera - Efik Aristocrats of Old Calabar Kingdom

Since the early 1600s and throughout the ages, our ancestors, the traditional monarchs of Old Calabar Kingdom, created divine skin care treatments for daughters of aristocratic families during rites of passage. Here, and for a period of time, the young women learnt the fine art of enhancing their beauty, nurturing their skin, and taking care of oneself.

Rare, native, plant materials handpicked from across the savannahs, valleys, and rainforests of West Africa were transported over vast lands in precious gourds and vessels. Crushed palm kernel, shea butter and resins of myrrh and sandalwood. Infused moringa and coconut oils. Plantain ash, cocoa, and camwood. These native plant materials sourced from nature, from earth, in the form of flowers, leaves, seeds, bark, root, gums, resins, oils, and fats were meticulously prepared to create healing medicines, perfumes, and cosmetics.

The finished products had an aura of rarity, of exclusiveness, and of the divine; to make the women attractive and alluring, to restore vitality and good health, and as a means of venerating the gods and their ancestors as they crossed over into womanhood.

Blessed with this exquisite heritage that has withstood the test of time, a collection of 400-year old family-owned ancestral West African recipes, the women-run farming cooperatives we partner with in West Africa, and the special care in which we meticulously handcraft our luxurious skin care products and elixirs, we welcome you to the KokoBerna family.