World’s 1st producer of sargassum skincare products is a Barbadian company
News > The Caribbean
Nathan Redhead | Posted on May 22, 2020
OASIS Laboratory is a company based in Barbados founded by two Barbadian chemists Kemar Codrington and Mikhail Eversley, who are graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill.
The company proudly dons the title of being the first ever to develop and produce a sargassum based skincare product line, not just in the Caribbean, but in the world. While there are other seaweed-based skincare products on the market, sargassum, which is the brown genus of seaweed found in tropical regions, has never been used for skincare prior to the conception of the company in 2018.
According to an article published on the UWI’s website, the venture has been solely self-funded since its start-up and has also received business support from the Student Entrepreneurial and Empowerment Development (SEED) program. The company has also been able to partner with a few eco-hotels globally to have its products placed in several of the rooms.
To date, OASIS Laboratory has produced two flagship product lines, namely, OCEAN by OASIS, and Nature’s Melanin. The company also has a magazine publication, Olab Magazine, in which it features the history of the company, many of the products produced, future plans of the company, and other themed content.
OCEAN by OASIS was the first product line developed by the company. It’s noted in the magazine that this product line is 100% earth-friendly with zero plastic and is free of harsh and harmful chemicals. The product line is also said to highlight key facets of Barbadian tourism, as the products were named after the internationally recognised beaches of Barbados.
In the magazine, the product is introduced with the following statement expressing the company’s views on environmental issues:
“We believe that all the issues of our environment can be solved by the actions of each and every one of us as consumers. Thus, we want to help you solve those environmental challenges by provoking you to re-examine your behavior and your choices as a consumer. Choose, sustainably sourced materials and production processes.”
Nature’s Melanin is the other product line by OASIS Laboratory. As the magazine states, this product line was inspired by the elements of the rich Caribbean Heritage of the Barbadian people, and also by their undervalued and underutilised plant resources. These products are made with, Breadfruit, Tamarind, and other local resources, and named after local elements such as Roast Breadfruit, Tamarind Ball and Breadfruit Cou-Cou.
With Barbados being a Small Island Developing State (SID), OASIS Laboratory believes that partnerships are key to achieve its full potential. As such, the company hopes to form lasting and beneficial relationships with other growing or larger companies as the years progress.
OASIS Laboratory’s products are not just about beautification, but they embody purpose according to this quote taken from the magazine, “our products are not just cosmetics, but natural products with a huge mission!”
Nathan is a Grenadian writer and a graduate of the T. A Marryshow Community College in Grenada, where he earned an associate’s degree in sociology and psychology. While obtaining his associate’s degree, he was exposed to the world of poetry and expository writing as a member of the Writer’s Association of Grenada. He’s an avid lover of literature, and as a child, he spent the majority of his free time either watching the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet or trying to dismantle his toys to rebuild them into something that sparked his interest. As a Junior Writer, he hopes to reignite his passion for science and inventing, as well as improve his creative writing ability.