At RA EGYPTIAN we believe we all have a responsibility to our planet and the communities that inhabit it. Wherever possible we use organic, sustainable ingredients and we choose our sources not only for their high quality, but also for their impact on surrounding communities and the environment.
Desert Date Oil
Desert date oil is the star ingredient in our Desert Date Oil Serum. Found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun (King Tut), desert dates produce this incredibly nourishing, hypoallergenic and greaseless oil. It was the crown jewel in the skincare routine of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and nobility, and was highly prized in both cosmetics and as the base in perfumed oils due to its remarkable stability and ability to carry scent without warping delicate aromatic profiles. Our desert date oil comes directly from a small province in Uganda, where local women harvest the desert dates by hand to produce this incredible ingredient. Not only do the proceeds from the harvest and oil production help these remarkable women send their children to school, support their communities and providing food and shelter for their families, but they actively fight devastating deforestation in the area by protecting and tending the desert date trees.
Moringa oil is a highly beneficial oil pressed from the seeds of the moringa tree, also known in Africa as the “Tree of Life,” and famous in the ancient world for its legendary healing properties. Our moringa oil comes from a collective of more than 2,500 small farmers in Ghana. These famers produce moringa oil of exemplary quality, and the production of moringa oil and other moringa products has helped these farmers earn critical income through sustainable farming, helping to pull themselves from poverty. All moringa processing and production takes place in Accra, Ghana, adding value and creating jobs locally, and their organization has planted 2,000,000 moringa trees to date.
Climate Change is one of our gravest concerns at RA EGYPTIAN, and we are partnered with the Eden Reforestation Projects to ensure a tree is planted for every RA product purchased, with a minimum commitment of at least 250 trees monthly. The destruction of healthy forest systems causes so many different problems. Trees provide a habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding and erosion and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming. When farmers can’t grow crops, their farms fail, and they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. Often, they have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive. Eden Reforestation Projects supports these farmers by providing much needed income, pulling them out of destitution while at the same time fighting climate change and degradation.
Packaging is not only aesthetic, it’s a way for us to express our core values, and so we are committed to keeping our packaging Earth-friendly. We are constantly striving to improve our company at all levels, and almost all packaging and shipping materials are recyclable and/or made from recycled material.