Natural Beautycare, Aromatherapy & Nutrition


Experience African Traditions with PILANI Natural Products

The PILANI concept is to bring African plants and traditions into your daily life for your health benefit and wellbeing. Our products originate form Sub-saharan Africa and are imported as plant raw materials to Switzerland. They are controlled and packaged according to Swiss quality requirements.

PILANI products are 100% natural and can be tracked back to the original African plantation.

We act in the fields of natural beautycare, aromatherapy and nutrition following ancient African traditions. Several products are still under development and we will be happy to present these in the near future.

Free of any chemicals and preservative added, in a pure natural state, discover the PILANI natural products and integrate African beauty and health into your daily life.



For each of our products you can read below its traditional African use as well our recommendations. For more details, recipes and ideas, you may visit our online-shop and consult the specific product section.

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Currently we commercialise in Switzerland and in South Africa.

Baobab Oil – A Unique Natural Oil

The baobab tree is a symbol of wisdom from Africa and is one of the oldest trees on the planet.
Traditionally called “Tree of Life”, it can provide shelter, food and health benefits to humans and animals living in the African savanna.

Baobab tree Pilani natural products

Adansonia Digitata (African Baobab Tree)

PILANI Baobab Oil is cold pressed from the baobab fruit seeds and thus preserves all its richness of essential minerals, nutrients and proteins.
The BIO-certified (Bioagricert) oil is of highest quality, containing natural antioxidants and anti-aging, skin tightening, moisturising and nourishing components.
PILANI Baobab Oil has a distinctive fine texture. It is rapidly absorbed and brings a light satiny veil to skin. It relieves the tired body during massage, intensely nourishes and moisturizes skin, improves skin elasticity and has anti-ageing properties. It strengthens and protects dry hair and brings shine to it.

How to apply :
Apply in small quantities and gently massage into skin.
Ideal for body and scalp massage.
When applying on face, avoid the eye contour area.
When applying on hair, use on dry hair.

Aromatherapy :
PILANI Baobab Oil is an excellent carrier for essential oils. It is almost odorless and thus adapts to the finest fragrance.
Add a few drops of your essential oil for use in aromatherapy.

How to store : Ideal storage is at room temperature: 15 – 25 °C .
At lower temperatures, baobab oil can slightly solidify and form white clouds at the bottom of the bottle.
The oil readily dissolves at higher temperatures, however it is not recommended to store the product at lower than 15 °C for a prolonged period of time.

Buchu Betulina Essential Oil

Buchu is a small evergreen shrub belonging to the Rutaceae family.

Buchu Betulina, Agathosma Betulina (Shrub)

Buchu Betulina, Agathosma Betulina (Shrub)

It bears white, star-like flowers. The essential oil is extracted from its small, 1cm long leaves by steam distillation.

Buchu is a native South African plant and was traditionally used by the indigenous Khoi-San for medicinal purposes. In traditional Khoi-San healing, massage and touch therapy played an important role. They were referred to as  “people who anointed their bodies with bushes”, because of their habit of massaging with powdered aromatic bushes. In this precise case, the Khoi-San mixed the Buchu leaves with the sheep fat as an ointment to treat wounds and for perfumery/fragrance application.

How to use Buchu essential oil:
Buchu as a fragrance is a bouquet of scents ranging from minty to  fruity and herbal.

Balancing effect for body and mind , e.g. in stressful conditions
Body: muscle tonic/relaxing
Mind: stimulating /calming

For body massage:
Recommended dosage of 3 drops Buchu essential oil for 50 ml of vegetal oil

For foot massage & foot-bath:
Recommended dosage is 3 drops for 50 ml of vegetal oil for massage, or 3 drops in your footbath

Due to the highly concentrated form of Buchu essential oil, this product is mainly sold to professionals such as pharmacists, aromatherapists and cosmetic institutes.
PILANI Buchu essential oil is for EXTERNAL USE only and must be diluted according to above instructions.

Storage / Handling:
Store product in a cool, well ventilated area and protected from light. Wear gloves when handling the product

This product has been notified at the Swiss Federal Office of Health (BAG).

Baobab Fruit Powder, SUPERFOOD

Baobab Fruit Powder Product Pilani

Baobab Fruits

Baobab Fruit Powder is a raw food with precious nutritional properties :

  • High content in vitamin C (antioxidant), calcium and potassium
  • High content in soluble fibers: promotes intestinal flore  (prebiotic)
  • Significant content in Vitamin B

 It is an ideal nutritional support during diet and fasting as well as in stressful situations.

  • 100 % Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • No additives nor preservatives

Suitable for pregnant or lactating women.
Suitable for diabetics.

Consumption : 1 – 2 levelled table spoons/ per day (corresponds to 3 – 6 g of fruit powder/ per day)

Baobab fruit powder adds a fruity-acid taste to your beverages and food. Mix it to your fruit juice, smoothie, yogurt, fruit salad or muesli.

Storage :
Keep in a cool, dry place away from light.

Honeybush – Herbal Tea

Honeybush – Herbal Tea Pilani

Honeybush (Cyclopia)

Honeybush (Cyclopia), loose dried leaves and twigs

  • High quality herbal tea
  • 100 % natural, organically grown
  • Contains mangiferin, isoflavones and coumestans
  • Free of caffeine (also suitable for children)
  • Low tannin content

Honeybush is a South African indigenous plant which grows only in specific parts of the Western and Eastern Cape provinces in South Africa. It is so named because of the sweet honey odour of its blossoms. Although it has been consumed locally for several centuries, it has remained one of nature’s best kept secrets. 

Honeybush is mainly used to make herbal tea from dried leaves and twigs. These are traditionally fermented to produce the characteristic amber colour and honeysweet, woody flavour. Regular drinking of Honeybush is a valuable supplement to the daily diet of health conscious consumers. It contains several antioxidants and phyto-oestrogens and has many health benefits.

  • Mild & Soothing
  • Anti-ageing

Shea butter – wild harvest

Shea Butter Pilani African products

Butyrospermum Parkii

100% natural and vegetal – Simply pure

This ivory shea butter is made from the nut of the Karite fruit, without any additives.
It is a non-refined, non-treated butter, thus preserving precious cosmetic ingredients and nutrients such as vitamin E, phytosterols and essential fatty acids, conditioning and protecting skin & hair. The soft texture allows easy penetration and the ingredients act efficiently. The characteristic smoky scent comes from the roasting of the shea nuts before extraction of the butter.

Experience ancient African traditions
PILANI sheabutter is produced under controlled conditions by a women cooperative in Ghana. When buying this product, you are contributing to their village traditions.


The Baobab Tree

Is a symbol of wisdom from Africa and is one of the oldest trees on the planet. It is traditionally called “Tree of Life”.

Buchu Betulina

Buchu is a native South African plant and was traditionally used by the indigenous Khoi-San for its medicinal properties.

Baobab Fruit Powder

Baobab Fruit Powder is a raw food with precious nutritional properties.

Honeybush Herbal Tea

Honeybush (Cyclopia), mild & soothing, anti-ageing

Shea butter – wild harvest

100% natural and vegetal – Simply pure

PILANI means in South African native language (Xhosa) : Good Health to All


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Contact details

Pilani Sàrl: Route de St-Cergue 14 – 1260 Nyon
Switzerland Phone: +41 22 362 48 15
Fax: +41 22 362 48 14

Sales points in French Switzerland

  • Institut Idalina, Nyon
  • Droguerie du Jura, Nyon
  • La Fontaine écologique, Nyon
  • Tournesol, Magasin d’alimentation, Rolle
  • Pharmacie de Genolier, Genolier
  • Alna Diététique, Genève
  • Nature en Vrac, Genève
  • Boutique du Dos, Genève
  • Boutique du Dos, Lausanne
  • Pharmacie Amavita La Palud, Lausanne
  • Boutique De la suite dans les idées, Lausanne
  • Alkena Planète Nature, Lausanne
  • Pharmacie du Marché, Vevey
  • Droguerie Jaquet, Vevey
  • Pharmacie Fleury & Cie, Villars-sur-Glane

Our Partners

Rhulani Safari Lodge

Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on these grounds. It is run as a joint venture between the North West Parks and Tourism Board, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures elsewhere in South Africa.

Manuelle Therapie

Die Craniosacrale Therapie ist eine körperorientierte, manuelle Behandlungsform, die sich in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts in den USA aus der Osteopathie entwickelt hat. Sie basiert auf der Arbeit mit dem Craniosacralen Rhythmus, der sich im feinen Pulsieren der Gehirn- und Rückenmarksflüssigkeit zeigt.

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