why prickly pear & gotu kola?

"Prickly pear reminds me of my school holidays in the Eastern Cape used as fence, and we used to play around it, Sometimes we would touch it, run to the elders crying and they will sing a song by the late virtuoso singer Mama Busi Mhlongo (Nomeva) - it goes like this in IsiXhosa "child is crying because of thorns, its not thorns its Itolofiya (Prickly pear). My school holidays were the highlight of my childhood." - Lulama, Founder - Luamu

Prickly pear It is our favourite superfood, prebiotic and contains triple the vitamin E contained in argan oil and is more sustainable

At Luamu Care we intentionally formulate products that have anti-inflammatory, barrier-boosting, hydrating properties. Prickly pear is extremely high in essential fatty acids, omega-6 and -9, and the natural antioxidant vitamin E. It’s also rich in amino acids, which stimulate collagen production to promote faster cell turnover, and it also contains vitamin K, which brightens under-eye dark circles and also promotes your skin’s elasticity.

Furthermore, Prickly pear has anti-inflammatory properties that are similar to aloe vera. Prickly pear's betalains and phenolic compounds, along with its high levels of antioxidants, provide relief from itchy and inflammatory scalp conditions. These compounds can also help stimulate hair growth while preventing hair loss. Prickly pear seed is rich in antioxidants which promote the stimulation of the collagen and allows your scalp remain healthy while tightening the pores and follicles on your head which reduces oil production without leaving your hair and scalp dry.

It is suitable for all skin and hair types including anyone with sensitive skin in need of hydration, or with hyperpigmentation issues.

That is why our Marula oil, Squalane, Hemisqualane and Hair Treatment Blend Oil are infused with the South African prickly pear oil. 


I recently found out about this herb when I was diagnosed with PCOS, I had to learn about various herbs.  Thanks to several extensive studies, the theory has now been confirmed: gotu kola is a remarkable memory booster and effectively supports cognitive function.

Gotu Kola is a powerful skin healer. it is used to treat burns, wounds, ulcers, and inflammatory skin conditions. With its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and sedative properties, gotu kola offers a potent remedy for any inflammatory skin condition from eczema, to dermatitis, and psoriasis. The nutritious leafy green’s antioxidants also help to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, while slowing down the skin’s visible aging process.

Gotu Kola is a perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific

Our Hyaluronic acid serum and Skin Soothing Booster is formulated with this beauty.

Meet Lulama, LUAMU Founder

Lulama, has been developing her own African concotions for years. 

Because of her hormonal condition - PCOS and her daughter's condition i.e. eczema, she found that the products available in retail didn’t suit them. This led her to try natural ingredients, and she quickly realized the power of them on her skin.

LUAMU was born in 2020 and is the result of the combination of Lulama's condition and interest in natural cosmetics. 

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