BU.KE’ is an artisan hair & skincare brand that was founded in January 2017 by Lucy Kingóri, an entrepreneur, and is a play on 2 things. It means ‘Buy Kenyan’ and was also borrowed from our founders’sons’name, the reason she decided to come up with the range of products in the first place.
Her son was born with Eczema, a skin condition that caused serious skin irritation to the point of bleeding. She embarked on a mission to find a way to manage her sons ailing condition and what she found was eye-opening.
Lucy Kingori Tsalwa founded Bu.Ke beauty products and also the CEO a key formulator for Bu.Ke, and besides her son, this name also has import for her country of birth. “The name also means ‘Buy Kenyan’ for me, hence the spacing in the middle of the logo. I am all about promoting Kenyan made products.”
Almost NONE of the creams/concoctions available in the market to help manage the symptoms of the condition were truly STEROID-FREE. It had been 4 months of trying and experimenting on the ailing boy. One day however, Lucy came across Shea butter from South Sudan, a natural cream that has helped manage her son’s condition to date.
Further research was done on the butter, and that was the beginning of what was to become a fantastic range of natural hair & skin care products that the entire family could enjoy.
Research, Formulation & Certification
Upon further research and once our founder understood the value of incorporating natural ingredients into hair & skin products, she embarked on releasing a line that included, body butter, shampoo bars, hair oils and clay masks.
The said products were taken through the testing and certification process by the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Industry as well as the Kenya Bureau of Standards after which they made their debut into the market.
It has been 2 years of great products in the market and so far the BU.KE range is retailing in Kenya, Tanzania & Ethiopia.
Content courtesy of Bu.Ke Beauty Products & Nairobi Fashion Hub