African Skincare Brand Showcase: Nuya’s Essence


Started in July 2013 by Hellen Dausen in her parents’ Dar es Salaam backyard, Nuya’s Essence is a bath and skincare brand that handcrafts natural products from botanical oils, butters, and herbs and spices.

The journey that brought Hellen to this point started when she decided that world-renown model and aspiring actress wasn’t all she was about. She wanted to get into industry, create jobs and change the lives of [the] people she cared about by making amazing stuff. And with her love and passion for modelling and all things naturally beautiful, skin care was the obvious industry choice.

“I strongly believe in the power of healing plants. I source botanical ingredients from small farmers in Tanzania and beyond (largely, the ingredients are sourced locally and from South Africa, Ghana, India, and Morocco). I loved the smell of coconut oil, and I still do, when I was a little girl, my mother spent most nights smothering my body with different natural oils. At a young age I believed it meant something more. Getting close to nature and joining our energies with nature brings serenity, joy and love.” – Hellen Dausen

Hellen’s main goal is to uncover Africa’s best kept natural skincare secrets through blending unique botanical oils, butters, herbs and spices. Her passion is sharing these unique botanical ingredients with our customers through handmade bath and body care products.

“I am dedicated to creating the best and the most effective skincare that you fall in love with and also sharing the love of Jesus Christ with you daily.”


Web   |  Instagram @nuyasessence   |  Facebook: Nuya’s Essence   |  Twitter @nuyasessence

All photography courtesy of Nuya's Essence Instagram and Website.

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