What Beauty Brand KAIBAE is Doing for Giving Tuesday

KAIBAE is a health and beauty brand based in Santa Barbara, CA started by a naturopathic doctor and a botanist-humanitarian. Together, they source indigenous crops not widely known to the outside world and create highly efficacious products such as beautiful face oils, luxurious oversized soaps, and delicious immune-boosting powder supplements.

Their small team works with communities in Ghana, Colombia, and Zanzibar to harvest ingredients, namely Baobab Seed Oil, Cacay Nut Oil and Seaweed. By doing so, real value is brought to these crops which protects them and preserves the biodiversity on our planet. But perhaps the most important part of this business equation is that sales from KAIBAE products brings revenue directly to these communities, improving livelihoods and granting greater access to healthcare and education.

Baobab seed oil producers in Ghana

Baobab seed oil producers in Ghana

In honor of Giving Tuesday this year, KAIBAE is giving back to local communities across the world to combat hunger and provide critical aid amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. When you shop online at Gokaibae.com or Amazon, they will donate 30% of sales to African Women Rising (AWR) who works with community-based groups to empower and improve the lives of women in post-conflict areas of Africa.

Due to the pandemic, AWR has pivoted its programs to provide targeted aid to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. AWR is focusing on regenerative agricultural activities to ensure access to food as well as distributing soap, installing hand washing stations and providing information to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

mother and child

KAIBAE’s mission is to give wild plants a voice as powerful catalysts for improving health & beauty, advancing social good and preserving biodiversity. Once considered Lost Crops™, these wild plants and their rediscovered benefits now promote economic development in regions of the world where natural resources grow abundantly and poverty is widespread.


KAIBAE helps to improve access to education and healthcare by creating a new source of revenue for the Northern Ghanaian communities that harvest Lost Crops™ ingredients like baobab. Watch their award winning documentary short Lost Crops here.

Lost Crops movie poster


Baobab tree

The Baobab tree grows wild throughout the African Savanna in Northern Ghana. People there call it “the tree of life” or the “pharmacy tree” because of the beneficial uses Baobab provides. In short, Baobab seed oil is cold-pressed and used for everything from cooking to hair and skin care. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and good-for-you fats, there is clinical research proving that this African elixir helps moisturize skin, improve skin texture and elasticity, help repair the skin barrier, help skin heal faster and reduce inflammation.


Elvia Louisa Almado from Colombia in Lost Crops Documentary

Elvia Louisa Almado from Colombia in Lost Crops Documentary

Cacay trees cover the Amazon Rainforest in Colombia and are well known in the region for their protein-rich nuts, which are considered “Amazonian Gold.” The oil of the Cacay Nut is higher in vitamin A than Rosehip oil and has more vitamin E and F than Argan oil, making it an incredible antioxidant for the skin. With the overabundance of this natural resource, KAIBAE is helping the people of Colombia reap the financial benefits of their natural resource while its formulating it into products for people in the states to enjoy.

So do your skin and the world a favor and shop KAIBAE now!

Dahvi Shira

Dahvi Shira

Dahvi Shira is a former People.com and E! Online editor, who presently writes for Mane Addicts and her own blog, Skyelyfe. The University of Oregon Magazine Journalism alum has also published work with Billboard, New York Magazine, Glossy, Sweety High and MSN’s Wonderwall, covering everything from Hollywood and pop culture, to makeup, skincare and hair. When she’s not writing or proving that people DO walk in L.A., she’s discovering new music, whipping up killer paleo dishes, working out and chugging coffee like it’s leaving the earth.

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