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Hilary Says: #NaijaBrandsRock Products Review – A Few Nigerian Skincare Brands Hilary Loves!




#NaijaBrandsRock is “an initiative to raise the profile of Nigerian based and owned brands with the intention to promote a more inward-thinking approach to our beauty, fashion & lifestyle spending habits.”

The truth is, we actually have incredible products made by Nigerian owned brands, we just need to look in and begin to appreciate what we have here. Following this fantastic movement by Lola Maja, I decided to review some products from Nigerian skincare brands that I am particularly proud of and love.

R&R Luxury Serenity Shea Oil


Ingredients: Shea Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil

This oil is a fantastic moisturiser for both skin and hair; I absolutely love it. Shea Oil is very rich in Vitamin A (great for collagen production), Vitamin E (antioxidant) and Vitamin F (great for skin and hair regeneration). It is very moisturizing and hydrating. Due to the presence of cinnamic acid in it, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with skin irritation.

Lavender Oil is high in antioxidants. It helps inhibit bacteria that cause skin infections and can also help reduce the signs of scarring after skin inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts and burns as it improves the formation of scar tissues.

Bergamot Oil is disinfectant in nature; it inhibits the growth of germs and bacteria. It helps minimize the look of scars. Ylang Ylang Oil is beneficial in reducing skin irritation and redness. It helps maintain moisture and oil balance of the skin, keeping in hydrated and smooth. It is very helpful for preventing dandruff and hair loss.

R&R Luxury Baobab Oil


Ingredients: 100% Pure Baobab Oil

Baobab Oil has high levels of Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant; it fights free radicals that cause skin damage. Free radical damage is one of the main causes of premature skin aging. Vitamin C plays a very vital role in collagen synthesis, which we need for the repair and growth of skin cells, retaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity.

As the skin gets older, it produces less collagen so Vitamin C helps boost its production; therefore this oil is fantastic for mature skin. It is known for clearing age spots, blemishes and uneven skin tone over time. Baobab Oil is great for oily skin, as it does not leave a greasy residue (absorbs quickly).

Cookie Skin Tri-Active Brighten & Protect Day Fluid


Ingredients: Water, Vitamin C Glycosphere, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Orange Oil, Carbomer, Methyl Paraben, Diazolidinyl Urea

I love that this formulation is very simple, not too many unnecessary ingredients making it difficult for the active ingredients to work properly. It is clearly packed with Vitamin C.

Vitamin C Glycosphere is basically vitamin C that has been encapsulated into a submicron (nano) delivery system, protecting them from degradation in the product. This way you can be assured that the Vitamin C molecules are protected and well preserved till they get to your skin to do the work.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) like I stated earlier, is a great antioxidant and a key ingredient in collagen synthesis. It is also very good for clearing dark spots, hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin are very good humectants; they draw water molecules to your skin to keep it hydrated and plump. Your skin needs to be well hydrated all the time for it to function properly.

Lecithin acts as an emulsifier in most products but it also helps hydrate, replenish and repair the skin due to its essential fatty acid content. It also helps other ingredients penetrate the skin barrier. Orange Oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; it also increases the ability of the skin to absorb Vitamin C and heal the skin.

 Oriki Revitalizing Q10 Day Moisturizer with Avocado


Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba oil, Carrot Root Extract, Raspberry Oil, Basil Oil, Plum Seed oil, Organic Rosehip Extract, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Parsley Seed Oil.

This moisturizer is packed with botanical oils that are great for the skin. I think it is absolutely fantastic; every ingredient in it is beneficial to the skin. Sunflower Oil is rich in vitamin E, free-radical-fighting antioxidant, protecting the skin cells from damage; it also helps with skin cell regeneration, quicker wound healing and a healthier natural glow.

Avocado Oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E. It enhances the skin’s ability to generate collagen, which helps the skin stay firm, smooth and rejuvenated. It is a superb moisturiser and it is very soothing for dry and itchy skin. Jojoba Oil is very hydrating and helps seal in moisture; it is also rich in antioxidants and iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that leads to breakouts.

Carrot Root Extract is rich in beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A to help stimulate skin cell regeneration and Vitamin E. Raspberry Oil is rich is Vitamin A and E, it also has some natural sun protection. Rosehip Extract is rich in Vitamin C and E (both antioxidants), which gives it strong anti-aging and skin repairing benefits. It is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration caused by sun damage and scarring.

Sea Buckthorn Oil is known for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin; it is rich in Vitamin A, C and E. Just like Rosehip Extract, it has strong anti-aging benefits. Parsley Seed Oil has antibacterial properties, which is useful in treating acne and skin infection. It is also rich in beta-carotene (converts to Vitamin A) and Vitamin C.

Milagro Organic Essence of Aphrodite


Ingredients: Dried Rose Petals, Sweet Almond Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Neroli Oil, Vetiver Oil and a special blend of 7 more Essential Oils

I love love love this oil! It is not your regular everyday body oil, it is more of a massage/sensual oil but the smell is absolutely divine; it is musky, oudy, earthy and sweet. The formulator calls it the “Essence Of Aphrodite”; it is packed with many well-known aphrodisiac oils. The base is Sweet Almond Oil, which is a great moisturizer, skin softener and is fast absorbing; it leaves your skin nourished, silky and kissably soft.

Rose is widely considered the most romantic flower so it is not surprising that there are dried rose petals in this oil. It also contains 10 different essential oils including Sandalwood (tension reliever and relaxes), Neroli (uplifts the mind and calms the senses) and Vetiver (known as the “Oil of tranquility).

Lift your spirits, relax your muscles and awaken your desire. It may seem quite pricey, but believe me, it is worth it!

 Sleek Studio Brightening Skin Illume Serum (A Dab of Lightening)


Ingredients: Purified Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Kojic Acid, 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel Extract, Chamomile, Cucumis Sativus, Lactic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone

I know the name “A Dab of Lightening” makes it sound like a bleaching product but it actually will not bleach you. As people of colour, we constantly deal with uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation and scarring issues. This product contains some pretty good ingredients.

Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin are great humectants; they draw water molecules to your skin to keep it hydrated and plump. Kojic Acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice for use in the production of Sake (Japanese Rice Wine). It helps inhibit the production of melanin to give you an even skin tone. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, Kojic acid may irritate the skin but it much safer than hydroquinone.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is a great antioxidant which helps fight free radical that cause damage to the skin cells. It also enhances the production of collagen and helps clear blemishes and uneven skin tone. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a very effective skin-restoring agent; it has the ability to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin dullness. It stimulates the production of collagen, which strengthens skin cellular bods, tightens the skin and gives it a youthful firmness. It also helps reduce blotchiness and evens out skin tone while improving skin texture.

Brands Mentioned
R&R Luxury: @randrluxury
Cookie Skin: @cookieskin
Oriki: @orikigroup
Milagro Organic: @milagroorganic
Sleek Studio: @sleekstudiong

I am a Cosmetic Scientist and I’m extremely passionate about anything that involves cosmetics. I have a BSc in Cosmetic Science from London College of Fashion (University of the Arts), which is basically the chemistry behind cosmetics, which includes colour cosmetics (makeup), skin care, hair care and perfumery. I have worked as a product formulator in Procter and Gamble under Maxfactor, Cover Girl and Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics; I have also worked as a beauty consultant with brands like Lancôme, YSL Beauty, Nars, Chanel Beauty, L’Occitane, Aesop, Eve Lom (to name a few). Instagram: @hilary.saysTwitter: @hilarysays__


  1. Nuo

    December 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Nice article. Please what can I use clear blackspots on my face and neck? I got them after childbearing, and also got many shades darker,How can I return to my original skin colour?Thanks

    • Ms Dee

      December 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Hey Nuo, while I understand your frustrations, I think you should see a dermatologist who knows what is good/not good for your skin to tell you what to do. Those guys know better and help. Anyone giving you options is the same as self medication when you can see a Doctor. Cheers.

    • Tamuno

      December 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      I agree with the author. Nigerian brands are actually evolving. I got this lemongrass black soap from a brand called Estella’s Pride on Jumia, (I was skeptical, we all know some Naija brands have comas) anyway to my greatest surprise, it was a good buy. Really good for my skin, I had to order a second jar, I also got this body oil from a brand called Vanity and it was equally good. Nigerian brands are not as before; they’ve really improved. Really proud.

  2. mrs chidukane

    December 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Nice article. The problem is that Nigerian brands like hiding their prices. It is a turn off.

    • Na so we see am

      December 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      They withhold the information to try to reel you in and hit you with it like a sledgehammer when you’re close.

    • jinkelele

      December 10, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      She put the prices there nah

      What Nigerian branded product wont put its price

  3. Falalala

    December 10, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Mostly expensive even more that foreign brands. Are these brands actually made in a Nigeria or just Nigerian-owned?

    • Lacey

      December 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you Falala, see pricing,!’my vitamin c cream I am using for my face now is from $ store , bought for $2:15! My Baby lotion I buy 6 big bottles for the year from 1£ store! I tire for Nigeria products o, I support buy Nigeria, but can only spend my money buying good food, because it’s only the right food that keeps the skin glowing o!

  4. Jay

    December 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I will not consider Oriki as a Nigerian brand cause even though it’s owned by Joyce, a Nigerian; all her products are manufactured in Canada. So get brand shouldn’t even be on this list.

    • Oyinlade

      December 11, 2016 at 1:17 am

      Well Americans still say “American brand” even when it’s made and manufactured in China. So, yes Oriki has every right to be called Nigerian brand. And maybe it’s good it’s made outside to provide better quality since it’s too much wahala do things like that in Nigeria.
      I want to congratulate all these people because nigerian owned products has improved a whole lot. Their effort, and hard work should be recognized.
      I believe the main reason it tends to cost more is because making your products in canada is more expensive than china(cheap labor).

    • Olanma

      December 11, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Hi Oyinlade AKA Madam Joyce,
      I agree with the commenter. I wouldn’t consider it a Nigerian brand like R & R Luxury, Estella’s Pride, Natural Nigerian and the likes. It might owned by a Nigerian by everything is produced in Canada, the lab that makes it is even in Canada, so you can’t consider yourself an indigenous Nigerian brand jusybcause you’re Nigerian – especially when everything from A-Z is made outside Nigeria. Sorry.

    • Olanma

      December 11, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Hi Oyinlade AKA Madam Joyce,
      I agree with the commenter. I wouldn’t consider it a Nigerian brand like R & R Luxury, Estella’s Pride, Natural Nigerian and the likes. It might owned by a Nigerian by everything is produced in Canada, the lab that makes it is even in Canada, so you can’t consider yourself an indigenous Nigerian brand jusybcause you’re Nigerian – especially when everything from A-Z is made outside Nigeria. Sorry.

      “And maybe it’s good it’s made outside to provide better quality since it’s too much wahala do things like that in Nigeria.” How shallow, so you have to do all things outside Nigeria for it to have good quality? Meaning the other Nigerian brands manufactured in Nigeria don’t have good quality cause they’re made in Nigeria? Smh.

  5. oma

    December 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Plssssssssss can they be realistic, these products are good for people who move from AC to AC (AC in the house to AC in the car to AC in the office). I work with NGO and we move from sun to sun (humanitarian services).
    Naija sun is not friendly at all esp Abuja sun, ah ah!!! i want to look good o, they are affordable but mehn how will my skin/face be after applying these and then go back to embrace sun again. I tried coconut oil 5 months ago, believe me am just getting back to my normal skin colour.

  6. Xoo

    December 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    These products are not made in Nigeria, although they are owned by Nigerians

  7. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    December 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Nice Review! I once got a goat milk body cream from the brand Ikoko ewa, locally made, made in Nigeria, my skin blossomed like never before. If more funds can be provided for Research and development, then our Made In Nigeria brands will truly thrive, because it is only us that understands us like no other, people create or make products based on the needs of the people around them.

  8. akeem

    December 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Pls what is the best regimen for taking care of black skin? Thank you

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