Karité is the brainchild of three sisters from Ghana, West Africa
For years, we searched for a natural skin moisturizer that compared to the raw, unrefined shea butter that we grew up using.
Unfortunately—to no avail. So, we decided to combine our diverse backgrounds in dermatology, sales and law, to recreate the traditional formulation that we had used for so many years.
As a result, Karité was born. Unlike other shea butter moisturizers that often have low concentrations of highly-processed, refined shea butter (along with a slew of other skin-damaging chemicals and synthetic ingredients), Karité's all-natural, antioxidant-rich products feature high concentrations of raw, unrefined shea butter and palm oil sustainably sourced directly from Ghana.
We blend these pure ingredients with unrefined organic coconut oil and other botanicals to create the perfect moisturizer that soothes and heals even the most sensitive skin.
Formulated without harsh chemicals and solvents that can irritate skin, Karité products are hypoallergenic and free of synthetic dyes, silicones and parabens.
We’re excited to share these amazing natural products with you!
NAANA BOAKYE, M.D.
Naana Boakye, M.D. is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Karité. As a Board-certified dermatologist and owner of Bergen Dermatology, Dr. Boakye specializes in the health and appearance of the skin, creating products with scientifically-backed ingredients that have the ability to nurture the skin and optimize its health is her passion.
She received her B.A. at Wellesley College, her M.P.H. from George Washington University and her M.D. from Temple University. She completed her dermatology residency at State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Boakye is affiliated with numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Dermatology, and she has been featured in Redbook magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine and more.
Co-founder Abena Slowe is Karité's Chief Operating Officer. She focuses on the brand’s operations, working directly with retail partners, vendors and logistics providers to ensure executional excellence.
Abena has over 15 years of legal experience in both law firms and corporate settings. She has spent most of her career at a national law firm in New York City focusing primarily on all aspects of complex commercial litigation. Abena received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is also a member of the Bar in New York and New Jersey.
Co-founder Akua Okunseinde is Karité's Chief Creative Officer. With 15+ years of sales and marketing experience with global brands, Akua supports the business development and social media aspects of Karité.
Akua earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University.