Manketti Oil, thick and dense with a gorgeous nutty scent, enchanted us at first sight. Best known as a “hair oil," Manketti Oil is so much more. It is a multi-task oil, and is more beneficial to the skin than you can imagine. Manketti Oil is an extraordinary ingredient used either by itself as a intense night skin treatment or by incorporating it into your night treatment formulations, such as serums and night creams.
High in Vitamins E and C, it deeply softens, moisturizes, and repairs skin damaged by sun exposure and dry weather
Contains minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Sodium, Potassium, and Phosphorus, as well as B-Complex Vitamins (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Eleostearic Acid) that support metabolism and maintenance of healthy muscle tone and skin by enhancing the function of the immune system
Its linoleic acid content provides anti-inflammatory and moisturizing and healing support, and also helps to fight acne, soften the skin, recover skin elasticity, and keep skin supple and youthful
Linoleic acid also helps to facilitate the penetration of other active ingredients such as antioxidants, making Maketti Oil an excellent ingredient to incorporate into serum formulations
Manketti Oil is an excellent massage oil, used either by itself or incorporated into lotions or other oils, because it helps to alleviate dry, scaly, and flaky skin and accelerate wound healing by improving cell regeneration
The high content of fat and protein makes Manketti Oil the perfect ingredient to treat dry and frizzy hair or hair with split ends
Helps recover hair's healthy malleability, shine, and silkiness, protects hair from the sun, and minimizes frizz and breakage
Regenerates and helps to heal dandruff and itchy/irritated scalp
What is Manketti oil?
The Bushmen of the Kalahari call it the Mongongo, also known as Manketti or, in Latin, Ricinodendron rautaneii. The Manketti/Mongongo (Schinziophyton rautanenii) tree is endemic to Africa. It grows in the Kalahari desert, situated in the south between Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia, and also, in lesser quantities, in Malawi, Mozambik, Sambia, Somalia, Chad, Sudan, Mali, Niger, and Zimbabwe.
The Manketti/Mongongo tree, which does not bear fruit until it is at least 25 years old, grows 7 – 20 meters high. It gets its leaves in mid to late October, flowers and begins to bear oval plum-like, pleasantly aromatic, sweet fruit by late October, early November. The Manketti fruits, which ripen from February to April, are collected deep in the forests as far as 25 km from villages and are considered a major source of food for many of the rural communities. The production of nuts depends largely on the annual rainfall.
However, it is not the fruit, but the Mongongo’s seed, that it is valued for. Villagers collect the Manketti's creamy yellow kernels, which have a pleasant taste. The kernels can be preserved for a long time and can be eaten raw or roasted, tasting much like roasted cashews. They represent a major component of a balanced diet in some communities.
From 1911 to 1914, about 2000 tons of nuts were exported annually to Germany from the Tsumed forests in South West Africa. In 1916 similar quantities were shipped to England for the production of margarine. In Angola, the oil was at one time extracted on a small scale for commercial use.
Traditionally, the extraction of the Manketti Oil used in the kitchen requires a laborious technique in which an axe is used to remove the nuts/kernels from the seeds after the removal of the flesh. More recently, the oil gained popularity all over the world due to its many benefits, especially for skin and hair. Consequently, a manually operated machine was created to remove the nut from the hard outer shell, making the process faster, easier, and safer.