Trichilia emetica commonly known as Natal mahogany is an evergreen tree in the family Meliaceae, native to South Africa. It is beautiful tree with sweet scented flowers that attract bees and birds. The scientific name “Trichilia” derives from Greek “tricho” referring to the 3-lobed fruit and the epithet “emetica” refers to the emetic properties of the tree bark.

Natal mahogany butter is extracted from the seeds of fruit. Traditionally South Africans used to apply the butter on cuts and wounds, to heal bones and soothe pain caused by rheumatism. Rich in Palmitic, Stearic, Oleic (Omega-9) and Linoleic (Omega-6) acids, it offers antiinflammatory and antimicrobial action.

Natal mahogany benefits for skin and hair:

  • nourishes and moistures the skin, non-greasy, easily absorbed, leaves the skin soft and supple, suitable for all skin types.
  • fights skin aging – revitalizes, improves elasticity, encourages regeneration of cells, provides antioxidant protection.
  • soothes and comforts dry and cracked skin, heals minor wounds and infections, treats eczema and psoriasis.
  • moistures and strengthens the hair, makes them soft and shiny.

Natal mahogany butters can be found in Atlantis Skincare Velvet Skin Night Elixir.