Salwa Petersen

Face Oil - Huile visage with Chébé du Tchad for all skin types


Huile Visage face oil

Enhances, soothes and nourishes all skin types

I would like to tell you a story of a princess with gorgeous and radiant skin. This beautiful story is that of my mother. A story that she shares, nonetheless, with all the women of Chad because, there, beauty traditions have no borders. Passed down from mother to daughter, ancestral beauty recipes belong to everyone in the community. They are the heritage of the earth...

The story unfolds over forty days and forty nights. Behind the walls of the royal palace, in a large pot from the village of Gaoui, where women have been perfecting the art of daily-use and decorative pottery for centuries, sandalwood infuses its regenerating and soothing powers in an alliance of extraordinary botanical oils. This enriched magical oil, concocted with care and harmony, allows women living in the extreme climatic conditions of the Sahara and the Sahel deserts to obtain and preserve fabulously young and beautiful skin. For many years, the ritual has been a topic of legend and conjecture. What if the secret to healthy-looking, glowing skin has been, since the dawn of time, in the land of our common origins?

Just a few months after unveiling the secrets of Chébé and the incredible hair of Chadian women, it is with great pride and dignity that I present to you today my Huile Visage face oil, dry to the touch and with an incredibly silky texture.

-Salwa Petersen

Huile Visage, a face oil with a thousand powers

Salwa Petersen reinvents dry oil for the face, drawing inspiration from an ancestral recipe from Chad passed down from her mother. Precious vegetable oils, sourced for their antioxidant, revitalizing, or even regenerating benefits, are associated with an exclusive blend of sandalwood, spirulina from Lake Chad, and the iconic Chébé, harvested by Salwa Petersen, on her childhood lands in Chad.

With its delicately scented dry texture and exceptional velvety feel that penetrates rapidly, Huile Visage face oil is the outcome of an unprecedented alchemy. Skin is intensely and enduringly radiant, soothed and nourished.

Over 70 reformulations and 5 years of research and development were necessary to come up with the world's very first Chébé-infused skincare product. It’s a real cosmetic revolution.

Chébé du Tchad, Salwa Petersen’s beauty secret

For centuries, Salwa Petersen’s star ingredient, the Chébé seed, has been used in Chad to obtain and preserve hair of incredible length. Years of proprietary research have shown that they also have previously unsuspected virtues that enhance and soothe the skin.

By combining the seeds with the best active ingredients on the market, the power and benefits of Chébé are boosted and multiplied.


Huile Visage face oil boasts that 97.50% of its ingredients are of natural origin and 30 % from certified-organic farming. The formula was developped using natural and fairtrade raw materials obtained in sustainable ways. The remaining 2.5 % are necessary to guarantee the stability and olfactory qualities of the formula. Tested under dermatological control.

Chébé seeds from Chad

Packed with antioxidants, it brings radiance to the complexion and enhancesthe skin’s famous "glow".

Lake Chad spirulina

Green algae is used by Chadian women as a face mask. The superfood is remineralizing, anti-stress, and boosts collagen.


The wood chips are infused in vegetable oil. They have an astringent, purifying, and brightening action.

Desert date oil or golden oil, reduces dark spots and calms redness.

Sesame seed oil has nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Centella, a perennial herb, has healing and anti-inflammatory actions, which help to restructure and improve skin firmness.

Sea-buckthorn kernel is known for its benefits on sun-exposed skin. It is regenerating, hydrating, and restructuring.

Sunflower oil restores the skin’s bounce and elasticity.

Jojoba oil is recognized for its soothing properties, which make skin bouncy and soft.

Milk Thistle is a hardy herbaceous plant that withstands extreme temperatures. Used since Antiquity, the fruit has moisturizing properties as well as being a powerful firming and antioxidant ingredient. 

INGREDIENTS: Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, C15-19 Alkane, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Balanites Roxburghii Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Croton Gratissimus Seed Extract, Santalum Austrocaledonicum Wood Oil, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Centella Asiatica Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Silybum Marianum Ethyl Ester, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Tocopherol

A bewitching fragrance in a jewel-like bottle

Huile Visage face oil is a tribute to Salwa Petersen's signature scent. Subtle aromas of elemi and guaic are enhanced with jasmine and sandalwood to form a sweet floral scent that evokes the warmth of the sprawling plains of Chad. The fragrance is 100% natural and developed in accordance to the strict IFRA and COSMOS standards.

A true luxury item, Huile Visage face oil is showcased in a gold-inscribed perfume bottle. A subtle acknowledgementt to the richness of Chad’s ancestral traditions.

Proven results

100% are satisfied with the product after the efficacy test.

100% showed that the product penetrates quickly (less than 3 seconds).

94% showed that the product enhances the skin (healthier and younger looking).

94% showed the product to have a velvety feel.

94% showed that the product delicately scents the skin.

97% found the product to leave skin feeling soft (like a baby!).

91% showed that the product left the skin supple.

97% showed that the product leaves the skin more hydrated *.

97% showed that the product nourishes the skin.

94% showed that the product leaves the skin healthy-looking.

97% showed that the product soothes the skin making it more comfortable.

97% want to buy the product after the efficacy test.

*upper layers of the epidermis

**Efficacy test conducted by an independant laboratory on 30 volonteers for 21 days under dermatological control with a sample of users representing different types of skin. Indiviual results may vary.

How to use:

Huile Visage face oil is applied to the face, neck, and upper chest after cleansing, in the morning and the evening. Heat 3 or 4 pumps of the oil in the palm of your hand and gently massage the face with small circular motions.

The face oil can be used, like a serum, alone or combined to other creams and skincare ranges. It is suitable for all skin types, even the oiliest ones. 

Huile Visage face oil serves as an excellent base for makeup. It can also be applied in small touches on the cheekbones for a glowy effect.

A drop in bathwater offers a deeply relaxing experience and transports the senses to the great plains of Chad.

With its subtle scent of jasmine and sandalwood, Huile Visage face oil can replace perfume, by applying a drop to each wrist.

Promises and Values

We adhere to the European Union’s cosmetic regulations, which are considered to be the strictest in the world. Our products follow an extremely demanding multi-year validation protocol before making it to your hands. Our team of specialists (botanists, toxicologists, formulators, designers, etc.) carries out very strict quality control at every level of production creation.

Each product we make is subject to extensive safety and analysis and tests. Clinical trials, efficacy and usage tests are carried out under dermatological control by independent institutes. All our formulas comply to the ECOCERT COSMOS ORGANIC regulations.

We also pay the women who harvest and process our Chébé seeds in Chad more than three times the local minimum wage so they can have a decent life for themselves and their families. Work, not charity. 

100% vegan and cruelty free

100% of electricity used in a formulation and production facility is green

100 % of water consumed in a formulation of production facility is returned clean to nature

100 % vegetable trash is composted in our formulation and production facility

100% of packaging is recyclable

100% of our paper is FSC certified

100% of operations are carbon-neutral

0% parabens

0% silicons

0% mineral oils

0% sulfates

0% formaldehyde

0% GMOs

0% phtalates

0% DEA

Guardian of Chad's cultural heritage and giving back through conservation

We work with Chad's national office of tourism and promotion of artisans’ craft to protect the country's rich cultural traditions and beauty rituals. In addition, with every single product purchase with 2% to African Park’s Network (APN) to support conservation efforts in Chad, more specifically the the Zakouma National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Ennedi Natural and Cultural reserve. 

Meet Salwa Petersen 

From an early age, I was taught ancestral beauty rituals of my country, Chad. I learned their secrets and witnessed many benefits, specifically that of Chébé, a custom traditional and unique to Chadian women. We would grind the seeds of the croton gratissimus tree, to make a natural ointment from the powder to grow and enhance our famous long hair.

The efficacy of Chébé, inspired me to create Salwa Petersen, my eponymous collection of award-winning, clean, high- performance beauty products that combines the best of nature and ritualistic recipes of Chad with today’s cutting-edge technology and modern science.

A graduate from both Harvard and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, I began my career as a lawyer and soon realized my greater passion — for unique products in the Beauty industry. After five years, I decided to shift gears and went to work in product development for some of the world’s largest beauty brands. Over the course of several years, I helped to launch some of today’s best-selling personal care products, while learning a tremendous amount about luxury product formulation. Eventually, I became a sought-after expert in haircare, skincare and natural fragrance development.

My namesake brand, Salwa Petersen, is the culmination of that invaluable experience, combined with an extensive knowledge of the Chadian beauty rituals passed down for generations in my family.

May the timeless beauty rituals of Africa now be yours!

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
NPS score:
huile merveilleuse

Offerte à ma soeur récemment, le retour a été élogieux. tout à fait conquise, elle fait partie à présent de sa skin routine quotidienne. Et il parait que l’odeur est juste envoutante !

Likes: the fine texture and the smell
Improvements: Eveything is fine
NPS score:
miracle oil

I've been using this face oil for 3 weeks now and the changes are amazing ! My face has never been so soft and comfortable. I apply it after my toner as a serum in the morning and the effets on my skin are great. The dry and red parts have disappeared, my skin is more balanced and definitly looks healthy and fresh. This oil is now part of my daily routine and i really recommand it.

NPS score:
A nice final touch in my skincare routine

I have been using the face oil for a little over three weeks now (usually twice daily, once in the morning and again before bedtime) and I am very pleased with it. I apply it on top of my facial toner and serum and it leaves my skin with a smooth touch, but not at all oily. It has a very pleasant herbal scent - I almost regret applying my sunscreen on top of it, so I enjoy my evening skincare routine more, as I can go to bed with its fresh notes. The container looks also very luxurious and its spray works well. I usually apply four to five pumps on my face and neck.

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