Who are we?

Koba (nkóbá), in Lingala means “turtle,” a nod to our founder’s Congolese heritage. KOBA was born from a mission to simplify skincare with results-driven routines and naturally active ingredients. Each product is formulated and manufactured with French skincare and perfumery expertise, producing a collection that infuses organic ingredients with subtle fragrances and is packaged with the utmost care for our planet.

Clean ingredients

Clean ingredients

Ethical process

Ethical process

Cruelty free

Cruelty free

Vegan

Vegan

Zero waste packaging

Zero waste packaging

Dermatologically tested

Dermatologically tested

Our mission

The future of the skincare industry lies in wellbeing. KOBA’s reason to exist is to give you control over the areas of your skin you might be hesitant to show or have touched, allowing you to freely and fearlessly live your busy and active daily life. KOBA strives to help you overcome your insecurities, feel confident and empowered in your own skin.

Our products

KOBA is an effective and efficient solution for those looking for a premium alternative to often non-aspirational pharmaceutical creams. Our products are simple to use and fit easily into any skincare routine. They provide long-lasting hydration, visibly improve the texture of the skin by making it smoother and have a natural and refined scent. All good reasons to carry them around from your bathroom shelves to your handbag, to your desk.

Our ethos

Our products are clean, nutrient-dense, fast absorbing and supply the skin with the desired hydration from early application. Containing over 97% of natural ingredients, our products are respectful of the environment, vegan and cruelty-free, and all our packaging is recyclable. We are constantly striving to be innovative in our practices and approach to sustainability, committed to having a positive impact on our ecosystem.

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Safou oil

Introducing safou oil, our power ingredient sourced from Cameroon, in Central Africa. A natural vegetable oil extracted from the pulp of the safou fruit, botanically known as Dacryodes edulis and more widely known as African pear, or the “butter fruit” for its rich oily pulp. Safou oil ethically slows down the ageing process of the skin, naturally improving its texture and elasticity by making it smoother. We are the first brand to integrate safou oil into cosmetics in Europe.

Vitamin C

High in antioxidants, vitamin C protects skin cells from sun damage. It has a hydrating effect, allowing your skin to better retain moisture and is key to maintaining smooth, even and glowy complexion. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production.

Amino acids

Amino acids work busily to help to soothe and hydrate by pushing moisture through and into the skin. It also provides antioxidant protection, boosts collagen production and reduces fine lines, while plumping the skin.

Vitamin E

An essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin E soothes and helps calm the skin. As well as assisting in cell restoration from free radicals, which are a result of daily environmental stressors, vitamin E also has moisturising and healing benefits, helping to strengthen skin barrier function.

Fatty acids

Rich in fatty acids to help stimulate the skin’s natural oil barrier, essential in keeping your skin plumper, hydrated and looking younger.

“We want to butter you up; through hydration and nourishment, KOBA will soften your edges”

Therese M’Boungoubaya, Founder & CEO