I started Okwuma Originals because I had a desire to create all-natural, holistic, hair and skin care alternatives that positively affect one’s overall well-being. I quickly became passionate about what I was creating and that passion evolved into a commitment to helping others.
In the summer of 2018, I suffered a horrible bout of shingles on my scalp, face, and body. Portions of my hair fell out and I had angry, itchy, painful, purplish-red blotches all over. I had been making all-natural Shea butter and Shea oil based hair and skin care products enhanced with therapeutic grade essential oils for myself, family, and friends for over ten years. With this in mind, I decided to research natural ways to deal with the debilitating shingles pain, the itching, the hair loss, the blotches on my skin, and the overall general malaise instead of taking prescription opioids.
I combined the wonderful anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties of raw, unrefined Shea, organic, virgin coconut oil, and grape seed oil, with the healing power of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I made numerous botanical formulations - butters, creams, oils, and bath soaking salts, and used them to treat the shingles instead of using prescription drugs. Through the use of these preparations I was able to drastically reduce the pain and shorten the duration of the shingles as well as the subsequent postherpetic neuralgia. My hair grew back strong and healthy and my skin recovered wonderfully with no lingering scars or discoloration.
My family and friends then encouraged me to start a business so that others could benefit from my various, highly effective, all-natural hair and skin care creations. Around this same time I had taken a DNA test and found I was a descendent of a West African tribe called the Igbo who refer to Shea butter as “Okwuma”. Thus, “Okwuma Originals” was born!
All of our all-natural products are lovingly made in the USA and are carefully hand-crafted in small batches to ensure the freshest user experience.
We want to share our distinct, high-quality, all-natural skin and hair care creations to enhance the well-being of every customer we serve. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we enjoy making them!