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29
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 14 2016

About

Sikasso de Suisse™ is a new Swiss brand using skin science + botanicals to revitalize brown skin tones with a radiant glow!

The Sikasso difference is our unique NOVADA Complex™ of Natural Oils, Vitamins, Antioxidants, and Dermatological Actives. This delicate mix of pure, potent ingredients work holistically to give you a nourished complexion that is perfectly even, luminous, and healthy. We are a vegan, 8-FREE beauty brand – our proprietary formulas contain NO:

  • mineral oil or paraffin wax
  • parabens
  • hydroquinone
  • formaldehyde releasers
  • silicones
  • sulphates
  • phthalates
  • synthetic dyes

 Why special skincare for skin of color?

 


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For the past 10 months we have been working closely with a team of experts at PhytoArk, a phyto-cosmetics research centre in Switzerland, to develop Sikasso de Suisse™ and our unique NOVADA Complex™ of Natural Oils, Vitamins, Antioxidants, and Dermatological Actives. PhytoArk is a pristine phyto-lab in the beautiful Valais region in Switzerland, a leader in innovation and high-end skincare.  

PhytoArk, Conthey
PhytoArk, Conthey

We aim to launch two safe & effective skincare products for the face and the body.

Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk

Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk
Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk

Our Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk is a light and luxurious body milk with a hydrating, non-greasy texture for a radiant glow and long-lasting moisture. Our proprietary formula:

  • hydrates with skin-softening emollients
  • clinically improves uneven skin tone and dark spots
  • replenishes the skin’s natural barrier with precious nutrients
  • combats UV-induced free radical damage

Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque 

Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque
Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque

Our Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque is a fast-acting facial masque that reveals a clear complexion that is radiant and healthy-looking. It is a botanically fresh beauty treatment for problem-prone pores, oily & combination skin, and uneven skin tone. Our proprietary formula:

  • soothes and calms inflammation     
  • naturally exfoliates dead skin cells and detoxifies clogged pores  
  • revitalizes the skin’s natural barrier and stimulates micro-circulation 
  • softens and smooths stressed skin

 

We must finalize our formulas and conduct the required testings per Swiss & EU regulations, which requires several months of diligent revisions and analyses. This involves:

  • Skin & ocular (eye) testings to measure irritation levels
  • Microbiology testings to measure the effectiveness of our PARABEN-free preservative
  • Package compatibility testings to measure the stability of our formulas in the packaging we are using under various temperature levels

We aim to launch worldwide in September 2017, but we are already ahead of schedule! You can support us by pre-ordering our products, or backing us as an Angel Supporter.

Your kind and generous support will fund:

We need your help to show the world that people with brown skin tones are NOT second-class consumers. We too DESERVE exclusive skincare that has been perfectly developed to address our unique needs...needs that mainstream beauty companies continue to ignore by focusing on other skin tones. 

We need your help to launch Sikasso de Suisse™.

Thank you so much for your kind attention and blessed support.

Warm regards,

Rama 

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P.S.

In case you were wondering, Sikasso is the name of a city in modern-day Mali, the bedrock of one of Africa's greatest civilizations. It is a nod to our exclusive focus on the needs of people of African descent! "de Suisse" of course refers to our Swiss-made formulas, a marker for purity + performance. .

P.P.S.

For our beloved American Backers, the exchange rate for the franc & the dollar is 1.00 CHF = 1.04 USD*. There is little difference between the two currencies. Our project is displayed in francs because we are based in Switzerland. Thanks for backing us!

*You can check the latest currency rates at www.xe.com.

About me

My name is Rama, the face and passion behind Sikasso de Suisse™. I was born in Sierra Leone and left when I was 10 years old for life abroad. I have been passionate about skincare since I was eight. The night before the wedding of a friend of our family’s, my big sister accidentally burnt a side portion of my face with a charcoal-powered iron. (This was back in the mid-90s, and those Victorian-era irons were prized over electric irons for their crisp, clean press.) I still have the scar, and it makes me acutely aware of the importance of beautiful, luminous skin on a person’s self-esteem. 

Sikasso de Suisse™ is an extension of my passion for working on projects that affirm people of African descent. Over the years I have had an amazing opportunity to do things such as conduct research on how young African immigrant women in the Middle East self-actualize to live flourishing lives; manage programs at a museum celebrating the African Diaspora; and write about Africa’s architectural heritage, the use of Black bodies in European decorative arts, and Africa's emerging business opportunities.

I switched gears and went back to my early love for dermatology by publishing in Clinics in Dermatology journal. I took a class at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and wrote a research paper on Castor Seed Oil as used in African traditional medicine to alleviate dermatological conditions such as Xerosis, which is abnormally dry skin – a condition that impacts people of African descent disproportionately. It was fascinating stuff, and I got the idea for a skincare project tailor-made for pigmented skin tones. I partnered with PhytoArk, and the rest you could say, was history.

I am really excited about Sikasso de Suisse™, and I hope you can join us to build the next great skincare brand!


 

Risks and challenges

By partnering with PhytoArk, we have mitigated a lot of the risks and challenges often associated with launching a new skincare brand. Such challenges include missed production deadlines, ineffective formulations, and low-quality packaging and components.

NONE of these risks apply to us because from the very beginning we partnered with a team experts with decades of experience at some of the most exclusive Swiss beauty companies. We have behind us a team of highly-qualified professionals who understand skin physiology, dermatology, chemistry, phyto-therapy, product formulation & efficacy, and safety & regulations.

Our skincare products will require a series of stringent tests in order to acquire EU registration, a process that can take up to 10 months. We have planned for any possible disruptions by setting our launch date in September 2017.

Nonetheless, we will keep our Backers constantly updated on our activities via a Monthly Newsletter. We strongly believe in the importance of constant communication and transparency when it comes to crowdfunding. To have you entrust us with your support means the world.

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    Luxe samples of our Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk + Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque. Included will be a SIGNED Thank You card for your gracious support! Free shipping to the EU, UK, Canada, and USA.

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    Sikasso VIP Circle

    Full-sized versions of our Shea Butter & Swiss Apple Body Moisture Milk + Cream of Citrus Beauty Glow Masque. Included will be luxe samples of the 2 products to gift your friends & family. And a SIGNED letter of appreciation for putting your faith behind our project. Free shipping to the EU, UK, Canada, and USA.

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