Nyakio Skincare From African Tradition to Your Vanity!

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NyakioTM (neh-kay-oh) is a collection of skincare products formulated with luxurious ingredients from and indigenous to Africa. Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, the brand’s founder, and namesake had a deep desire to honor her family’s heritage and share their beauty secrets. She is a first generation American with a rich family history in Africa. She spent summers in Kenya with her grandparents listening to stories about her family of medicine men, farmers, and educators.

“My beauty journey started when I was a young girl visiting my grandmother in Kenya,” said Nyakio. “She was a coffee farmer who taught me to crush coffee beans and rub them on my skin using a piece of sugarcane to remove dry skin. I’ve curated beauty secrets like this from my family, friends and travels around the world and translated them into a full line of skincare based on cultivated global beauty secrets, cultural traditions and ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. Inspired by everything that’s been shared with me, I’m now sharing the best in global skincare with every woman.”


 Nyakio took that recipe and more and bottled them up for her signature 16-piece collection, which just launched exclusively at 305 Ulta stores last month. The brand boasts ingredients such as Manketti, Neroli, Maracuja and Yangu oils, Red Ginseng and Quinoa from countries including Kenya, China, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, India, Morocco and Peru, and is priced from $22-$49. The line takes Nyakio’s family traditions and combines them with modern multi-tasking formulas for the best of both worlds.

The line features a five-regimen collection plus a starter kit:

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Restore
  • Moisturize
  • Treat
  • Global Beauty Starter Kit – Kit includes Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm, Kenyan Coffee Face Polish, and Tamanu Firming Face Balm

All these work together to hydrate, revitalize, smooth and provide anti-aging benefits. This a la carte menu of skincare options is designed to target specialized concerns, as well as deliver a collection of traditions passed from generation to generation for all skin types and ages.

I had the opportunity to try the Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm ($28) and the Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Crème ($35) and I am equally impressed with both.

Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm is a rich, yet light cleansing balm-to-oil from Spain that gently melts away dirt, makeup and impurities leaving behind radiantly clean skin. the oil is sourced directly from a sun-soaked almond grove in the Spanish countryside.

I’ve been using this every night to take off my makeup. It leaves my skin very hydrated and smooth. The beautiful scent of the almond oil adds to the luxe experience. Dip your finger in the balm, rub your fingertips together and massage into your face. The balm emulsifies into an oil when warmed. This does a great job of melting off makeup; I even used it on my eyes for mascara and it didn’t irritate at all. I love, love, love how moisturized and silky my skin feels afterward. Nyakio Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm is perfect for dry skin and over 40 beauties!

The Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Crème is designed to restore skin’s natural glow and help defend against damaging free radicals. The secret to this moisturizer is antioxidant-rich baobab oil. The Baobab or “Tree of Life” has high levels of vitamin A, E and omegas 3, 6 and 9. From the leaves to the roots, the baobab tree has been used for generations in it’s native Mali.

This lightweight crème sinks right into the skin, leaving it feeling firm and moisturized. This is lightweight enough for me to wear as a daily moisturizer and what I like best about it. I can’t stand thick, overly rich creams on my face. Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Crème has a lovely, slightly sweet scent but it might be too much for those adverse to fragrance in their skincare.

The Nyakio Skincare Collection is available exclusively at Ulta Beauty. The Global Beauty Secrets Discovery Kit includes a trial size of the Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm,  Kenyan Coffee Face Polish, and Tamanu Firming Face Balm,.for $38. It’s a great way to try out the brand.

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  1. Robin Rue says

    This sounds like a really nice skincare line. That discovery kit sounds like a great roundup of their products.

  2. That cleansing balm needs to be mine, I also love the packaging of these products!

  3. Janel Berchielli says

    I have such sensitive skin so I’m not sure I can use this but I like the ingredients in it and when you mentioned that it takes off mascara I am very interested now

  4. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    This new brand sounds very exciting! I hope they’ll carry it att my Ulta store. I’d love to try the cleansing oil & take a look at the other options

    • The brand has been around since 2013 but it was limited–SO glad Ulta is carrying it now! Have loved everything I’ve tried. There is a great cleanser for dry skin you might like too!

  5. I haven’t seen this yet, I have to keep my eyes open next time I’m at Ulta!

  6. Karen Yannacio Morse says

    Isnt it amazing when you find a skincare that works for you? When you get moisturized skin and that glow – you found the brand for you, right?

  7. This product looks amazing and like it would be wonderful for my skin! I haven’t found the perfect skin product yet for my face but this looks like it could be it! Going to try it!!

  8. These look and sound so luxurious! I love that the price point isn’t insanely high too. It sounds like a really great brand.

  9. Norah Salazar says

    Nyakio was a brand I got a chance to try a couple years ago, it was lovely and felt very luxurious.

  10. Kimberly Stroh says

    I like that the regimen is 5 steps. Sometimes they only make it 4 and forget the exfoliating part. That’s awesome.

  11. I love that Ulta has so much confidence in this brand that they are carrying it in their stores. I like the sound of the cleansing balm.

  12. This looks like a great skincare line. Skin health is important. Having a fresh face that is blemish free is a must have. As we get older we have to practice a good skincare routine.

  13. I love the sound of that cleansing oil balm and I’m glad that Ulta carries it, I need to try it!

  14. Amanda Love says

    It sounds like this line has everything you need for the perfect skin care regimen. I love using products that work together instead of using different brands.

  15. I really like the sound of the Kenyan cleansing polish and almond oil is so good for your skin. I will have to check the products out and bookmark this page x

  16. thesocialbeing721 says

    The start kit looks like the perfect pieces to add to my collection. I love trying new skincare lines and appreciate you sharing the story behind the product.

  17. Reesa at Momma Lew says

    I am loving the way this line sounds! I think my skin would love it too! The ingredients sound really lovely!

  18. This skincare line sounds really nice. I haven’t heard of it before, but I would try it!

  19. Krystel Seijo says

    That cleaning balm looks amazing. I’m sure it smells great too. I have sensitive skin, curious how that would affect me.

  20. CourtneyLynne Storms says

    Ooooo now this sounds like one fabulous skin care line!! I’m definitely going to have to look more into his for myself. I need a new routine

  21. I love the packaging of this product! Is so cute and colorful! These sound like great products .

  22. Wow this looks like a beautiful product to try! I’ll have to share this with my friends that I know would love it!

  23. Lisa Marie Heath says

    I haven’t heard of this brand before, but it sounds amazing!

  24. Shelley Polarbelle says

    Some very nice ingredients from across the globe!

  25. TheMummyToolbox says

    I haven’t heard of this brand before but it looks fab and I am all for products that are ethically and sustainably sourced! Will have to check them out

  26. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it reminds me – both ingredient wise and with their packaging of one Czech brand I used to use a lot. It was amazing – and sounds so much like this! Would love to try this brand 🙂 x

  27. I’ll have to see if they have it at my local Ulta. It sounds like a fabulous brand, and I’m always up for trying out new skincare products!

  28. This is my first time hearing about this brand, but it sounds wonderful. I’ll have to check it out sometime!

  29. Rachel Catherine says

    I’ve never heard of these products but they sound amazing. I love that the brand is ethical and sustainable too.

  30. I love finding new skincare products. This brand looks so nice!!

  31. katrina gehman says

    these look awesome! i love skincare, so i’ll have to check this out.

  32. Sweet almond oil is my jam! This line looks really good – love the story behind the creator and the brand!

  33. these look amazing, I am a sucker for anything skincare related so i am definitely going to check this out 🙂

  34. I wasn’t a big fan of the balm and will go more into detail when i finally get around to writing my blog post, but the moisturizer is great!

  35. I would love to try this almond cleansing oil balm. I bet it smells delicious and works wonders on dry skin!


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