About Us

Produced in Namibia

Impresario Beauty Oils Africa is a bulk manufacturer and distributor of Marula-, Baobab-, Mongongo(Manketti)-Kalahari Melon-, Moringa- and Grapeseed oil to the international beauty and personal care industries. Currently Marula, Baobab, Grapeseed and Moringa oil is available as certified organic with Kalahari Melon planned for September 2021.

Our Head Office and extraction facility is situated in Windhoek Namibia. We currently have a planned yearly capacity of 80 tons of oil; the factory can manufacture 400 kg of Marula Oil per day alone.

Our oils are always extracted from the freshest kernels, which is collected by our 8000 highly trained and organic certified wild harvesters.  The fresh kernels are a function of the set-up of our raw material supply chain and it is collected on a sustainable basis by our community partners within the guidelines of ethical trade and traceability.

All our raw material is traditionally decorticated by hand by the wild harvesters and we support it in order to help keep this centuries-old skill alive.

Videos:

Cracking of the Nut Kernal Removal

 

Our business philosophy

Our business is moulded by our strategy of supply on an individual client’s demand - based on prescheduling; meaning that our clients always receive the freshest and “cosmetic”-ready quality oil when and where needed. Our model has certain advantages for our partners in the sense that they do not have to continuously look for product, resulting in severe differences in quality, price, genetic material variances (fatty acid profiles) and logistic difficulties.  We believe our partners should focus on their core activities and we on ours.

 

Sustainability

The philosophy is to grow sustainable with our partners. We pride ourselves in long term business relationships as it is the only way to drive our philosophy of sustainability. All that this mean is that we are not in the market to sell to once-off buyers. We view the quality of our product to be superior to others and are destined for partners who appreciate and relate to our principles and quality.

 

Quality

We pride ourselves on having the best quality oil in the market, with the acid - and peroxide values well below the accepted international norm. Our oil is formulation-ready, which means that the total colony count, yeast and moulds and e-coli values are extremely low, most of the time not detectable.  Every lot of oil is tested and no product leaves the factory until results are received and it is in line with our international standard. We filter out all the fines, water, bacteria, resin and gums, leaving the oil clean, thin and soft, without changing the natural composition of the oil.

The quality of the oil is attained by a 3-tier filtering process:

  1. fines and water
  2. yeasts and moulds
  3. bacteria

The final tier of filtering is 0.1 micron.

The use of top-quality raw material and a 3-tier filtering system makes our oil is “cosmetic ready”. The total colony count, yeast and moulds and e-coli values are exceptionally low, most of the time not detectable.  Our filtering systems are also engineered to remove all resin and gums, leaving the oil thin and soft, without changing the natural composition of the oil.

 

Typical Impresario Marula Oil profile:

Peroxide Value (Meq/kg)

<0,2

Free Fatty Acid % (mg KOH/g)

2 mgKOH/g

Acid Value (mg KOH/g)

4 mgKOH/g

 

Logistics

Shipping can be arrange via sea from Walvis Bay, Namibia or Cape Town, South Africa or via air, with the Hosea Kutako international airport airport, Namibia only 40 km from us. We have a preferred logistics service provider that we feel comfortable with and will share his details with you.

Our oils are packed in 25 litre food grade plastic containers and/or 210 litre Food grade tight head steel drums. The minimum order quantity (MOQ) for our oils are 23 kg. For refined Marula and Baobab oil the MOQ is 570kg.

The philosophy is to grow sustainable with our partners. We pride ourselves in long term business relationships as it is the only way to drive our philosophy of sustainability. All that this mean is that we are not in the market to sell to once-off buyers. We view the quality of our product to be superior to others and are destined for partners who appreciate and relate to our principles and quality.

 

Refined Oil

In addition to our normal organic and natural oils, we are also able to produce organic certified refined Marula-, Baobab and Grapeseed oil. The refinement process is done without the use of any chemical substances or processes and tested refined samples have proofed that the natural composition of the oil remains unchanged. The methodology can also produce oil with the colour, but without the smell.

All the oil is tested at accredited independent facilities. The oil is packaged in 210 litre tight head food grade plastic drums and each drum is tested and given an individual lot number, making the oil completely traceable back to source of raw material. 

 

 Social responsibility

We have a social responsibility towards our 8000 highly trained and organic certified wild harvesters who are responsible for the supply and quality of our raw materials. They are mainly from an extremely poor background, and therefore we view them as particularly important in expanding our business to incorporate a new partner.  After training and certifications, financial expectations are created and we at Impresario cherish that responsibility to contribute to make their lives a little bit better. For interest sake, on average each of the harvesters have 5 dependants, meaning it is 40 000 people ‘s lives that are impacted upon. Without the continuous support of our partners, we cannot guarantee supply in a sustainable way.

We view the strategy to uplift people who are responsible for the wild harvesting and their families as utmost important and hope that our partners will appreciate and relate to these principles. The story of upliftment and the retainment of age-old cultural intellectual property and skills is a beautiful story to tell, and the story becomes the marketing tool of our partners.