Our Story Kuumba Made

Kuumba Made — Botanical Body Care with Pure Intention

In Swahili, kuumba means a special type of creativity -“To make things more beautiful to benefit the community.” For more than 35 years, this has been the mission of Kuumba Made, a globally-conscious company that draws on herbalism and ancient wisdom to create exquisite oils, healing salves and body care products infused with the finest botanical ingredients. Kuumba Made products can be found in more than 1,800 stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts, independent gift shops, hospitals, spas and boutiques.

The company was born out of love for the natural world. The flowers and herbs we use are either grown in our own organic garden, harvested at certified organic farms, or ethically wild harvested. Our in-house herbalist chooses only the highest quality and most effective plant extracts, exotic resins, and essential oils from around the world. Every product we create is carefully considered from a wellness perspective and thoughtfully sourced.

Our products are unique because we use low processing temperatures to ensure that the beneficial properties of each living ingredient are still therapeutic. When you choose Kuumba Made, you are selecting a vibrant, effective, and nurturing product that is made with pure intention, by hand, in small batches.

Our flagship product, botanically infused coconut oil, is created by immersing whole plant material in raw oil; this is called a “full spectrum” infusion because it releases the entire range of scent and efficacy from each ingredient.

Our vision is to be a global company that engages with families and communities worldwide to support and uplift each other’s live thru fair-trade and sustainable environmental practices.

We are overjoyed to share Kuumba Made with you!


Denise (Kuumba) Piazza

For as long as she can remember, Denise Kuumba Piazza has been working and playing in the garden. Her first memories are rooted deep with her Sicilian grandparents where she spent hours captivated, growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits. This is where her love of nature began.

At a young age, her adventurous spirit took her to many distant shores on her 36′ outrigger canoe. She met many interesting people and developed a taste for the exotic and unusual. When her friends from the Caribbean taught her to make her own coconut oil, she fell in love with the process and knew it was something she would always do. Her appreciation of gardening and her desire to make her own body oil combined beautifully when she infused rose, lavender, and calendula with coconut to create the beginnings of Kuumba Made.

Kuumba’s greatest joy is to hear someone say they benefited from her creation. Her goal is to make the world a more beautiful place by creating natural skin care products that soothe, heal, and excite the senses.




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