The challenges of maintaining and enhancing skin firmness and skin elasticity are the target of many cosmetic preparations, but few ingredients can make the clinically proven claims that are possible with Kigafirm, the remarkable fruit extract of the mystical African tree, Kigelia Africana.



Kigelia Africana fruit extract, propanediol, water


Appearance: Brown liquid, characteristic smell

Solubility: Water-soluble, partially soluble in ethanol

pH: 5.2

pH range: 4.5–6.5


Use level: 2–5%

Shelf-life: 24 months


Skin firmness : 

  • 8 % (14 days)
  • 13 % (28 days)

Skin elasticity: 

  • 8 % (14 days)
  • 13 % (28 days)


Kigafirm is a targeted extract of Kigelia Africana fruit that maximises firming and anti-inflammatory activity. The large tree occurs throughout Africa and produces greyish-brown sausage-shaped fruits that grow up to 60 cm long and weigh up to 7 kg.


Kigelia Africana has been traditionally used for breast firming in central Africa and is said to have aphrodisiac properties. Its traditional medicinal applications include the treatment of various skin related disease such as eczema, fungal infections, psoriasis and boils.


The fruit contains iridoids (Verminoside), naphthoquinones, flavonoids, terpenes, and phenylethanoglycosides.


Several publications in the academic literature have shown that extracts of Kigelia show anti-inflammatory activity with low toxicity. The skin-firming capacity of the extract has been shown in independent trials.

Kigafirm is targeted at the skin firming and anti-inflammatory potential of this plant. Kigelia Africana contains verminoside that confers anti-inflammatory activity and anti-nociceptive activity with very low toxicity (LD50 or 1.3 g/kg). Verminoside has been shown to inhibit enzymes involved in inflammation by up to 83% at very low concentrations.


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