Manketti oil is a thick, rich African oil that has traditionally been used by natives, especially for hair. However it is much more than just a ‘hair oil’ as it is commonly referred to. Manketti is great for skincare as it is rich in vitamin E and C as well as several minerals. Also known as mongogo oil, manketti oil is cold pressed and has a wonderful, nutty aroma.
Common English Name: Manketti, Mongogo.
Botanical Name: Schinziophyton rautanenii.
Plant Family: Euphorbiaceae.
Method of Extraction: Cold pressing of the nuts.
Origin: Africa: predominately southern.
Plant Description: A large, spreading tree with pale yellow wood and yellow flowers. It produces an egg-shaped nut or fruit.
Main Chemical Components: Linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, vitamin E.
Blends Well With: Essential oils, other carrier oils.
Uses: Dehydrated skin, damaged skin, damaged hair, mature skin.
Fun Fact: The Kwangali tribe use manketti oil for their hair.
Cautions for Use: None noted for use of the oil.