Natural Plant Extracts

The extraordinary power of plants inspires our research and development team


Because we believe in the power of nature, the Bio-Active Rooibos extract is supported by a host of proven natural active ingredients, carefully selected for their skin-care benefits. Each one is a testament to our down-to-earth approach and is why African Extracts is now one of South Africa’s best-selling skin-care brands.


    Authentic, effective, affordable products that combine the science of contemporary skin


A-Z of natural plant extracts, precious flower and seed oils

  • Bio-Active Rooibos

    Bio-Active Rooibos

    Aspalathus Linearis
    The therapeutic power of the rooibos plant has known for centuries for its healing and soothing properties. From the green, unfermented needle-like leaves that grow only in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, scientists have produced a powerful bio-active extract rich in antioxidants, one of which - aspalathin - is unique to rooibos. 

  • Apple


    Malus Pumila
    Natural astringent helps large pores appear smaller. Natural alpha hydroxy gently exfoliates as it loosens proteins that hold skin cells together. With regular use, helps skin appear brighter and smoother by sloughing away dead skin cells that can make skin look dull.

  • Apricot


    Prunus Armeniaca
    Mild, gentle, yet extremely efficient, ground apricot seeds are used in our exfoliating products instead of the commonly used synthetic microbeads that pollute rivers and oceans. Removes dry and aged layers of skin, while improving blood circulation for smooth, silky skin.

  • Barley


    Hordeum Vulgare
    This natural plant extract is high in linoleic acid and phytosterols. It is known to soothe and moisturise skin, assist in replenishing the skin’s protective barrier and the renewal of cell membranes. Barley is often used to treat dry and itchy skin.

  • Buckwheat


    Polygonum Fagopyruma
    Helps reduce puffiness and contains powerful antioxidants to help prevent the visible signs and ageing, including rutin which protects against the effects of sunlight.

  • Chamomile


    Matricaria Recutita
    Extracts from the flowers and leaves reduce inflammation and soothe sensitive skin. Contains a natural compound, bisabolol, which is reputed to have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and calm skin.

  • Chlorella


    Chlorella Vulgaris
    This microscopic plant that grows in fresh water is commonly used in skin-care products for its ability to help reduce the visible effects of dry, ageing and stressed skin.

  • Green Tea

    Green Tea

    Camellia Sinensis
    Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant to fight the effects of exposure to the environment and is also said to calm stressed and ageing skin. With Vitamin B2 to help maintain collagen levels for youthful skin structure and firmness, and Vitamin E to support new skin cell growth.

  • Ginseng


    Ginseng is an anti-ageing ingredient effective in fighting wrinkles due to it's ability to boost skin-firming collagen. Helps give skin a brighter and more youthful appearance..

  • Horse Chestnut

    Horse Chestnut

    Aesculus Hippocastanum
    Escin, extracted from the seed of this hardwood tree, is widely known for its properties as a skin-conditioning and strengthening agent.

  • Jojoba


    Simmondsia Chinensis
    The Jojoba plant comes from the deserts of Arizona and California. It's prized for its natural moisturising and softening qualities.

  • Lady's Thistle

    Lady's Thistle

    Silybum Marianum
    Also known as milk thistle, this member of the sunflower family helps to moisturise and tighten the skin.

  • Lavender


    Lavandula Stoechas
    Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which promote skin healing, reduces redness and blotchiness. Increased circulation means more nutrients and oxygen flow to the skin cells for glowing, younger-looking skin.

  • Peach


    Prunus persica
    A great source of Vitamin C, peach helps to soften the look of dark circles and blemishes. Its macronutrients also help in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and is often used in anti-ageing products

  • Sea Fennel

    Sea Fennel

    Crithmum Maritimum
    This hardy plant, also known as Samphire, grows on rocky beaches. With peptides so small they can penetrate into the skin, Sea Fennel is rich in minerals and vitamins A, C, E, with reputed antioxidant, toning, skin-conditioning, and soothing properties.

  • Soya Bean

    Soya Bean

    Glycine Soja
    Rich in vitamin E, lecithin and essential fatty acid, soybean oil is used to help reduce blotchiness and discolouration, evening skin tone, moisturising and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

  • Wheat Germ

    Wheat Germ

    Triticum Aestivum
    Wheat germ oil is extracted from the most nutrient-rich part of the plant, with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. Wheat germ is particularly rich in vitamin E.

  • Witch-hazel


    Hamamelis Virginiana
    Extract from the bark of the witch-hazel shrub indigenous to North America, this natural extract has astringent effects, helping to dissolve excess sebum without drying out the skin. It has been widely used by indigenous first people around the world to treat various skin ailments.

Our Ingredients

Bio-Active Rooibos

Bio-Active Rooibos
Rich in antioxidants to boost the skin’s natural defences
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Natural Plant Extracts

Natural Plant Extracts
The extraordinary power of plants inspires our research and development team
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Why African Extracts?

Our leading South African brand is built on the values of respect for nature, integrity and authenticity

Skin loves Rooibos

Skin loves Rooibos
Our brand is based on the proven benefits of rooibos, a fynbos plant with unique antioxidants grown only in the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. Every one of our products contains Bio-Active Rooibos extracted from organic rooibos, with guaranteed highest levels of antioxidants.

The power of nature

The power of nature
Because we believe in the power of nature, the Bio-Active rooibos extract in our products is supported by 35 natural plant active ingredients carefully selected for their skin-care benefits. Each one is a testament to our down-to-earth approach.

Scientific innovation

Scientific innovation
Our research and development team source cutting-edge ingredients for on-trend products that offer effective cleansing and light-textured, easily absorbed moisturisers. Our Advantage products, with plant complexes, have a richer texture to comfort dry skin and help reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Kind to the earth

Kind to the earth
We don’t use parabens or synthetic microbeads that pollute our oceans and rivers. African Extracts Rooibos skin care is not tested on animals and is approved by Beauty Without Cruelty for inclusion in their Humane Guide. Most products are vegan – look for the V next to each description

About African Extracts

Inspired by South Africa's natural beauty and the unique skin-care benefits of the rooibos plant.

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