Nyakio Kamoche Grieco is the founder of nyakio™, a collection of prestige skincare products inspired by beauty secrets she discovered through her family, friends and world travels. Nyakio is a first-generation American of Kenyan descent.
Nyakio discovered her first beauty secret as a young girl visiting a coffee farmer with her grandmother in Kenya. The secret: exfoliate dry skin using coffee beans and sugarcane. She was inspired and influenced not only by her namesake paternal grandmother, but also her maternal grandfather, a medicine man, who extracted oils from natural resources to treat the skin.
In her quest to become an entrepreneur, Nyakio came to the realization that while many cultures were represented in the beauty industry, the sophistication of Africa was missing. She decided to not only fill the void in the market, but also honor her heritage by bottling Africa’s timeless beauty traditions, as well as traditions from across Asia, Europe and India.
Nyakio partnered with Sundial Brands, a leading skincare and haircare manufacturer renowned for its innovative use of high-quality, culturally authentic natural ingredients, to develop her skincare line and bring global beauty secrets of natural ageless beauty to the U.S. market. She curated her family’s recipes and translated cultural traditions from 13 countries, incorporating them into nyakio™, which is handmade with ethically and sustainably sourced natural ingredients from around the world, that have been used for generations for their hydrating, revitalizing, smoothing and anti-aging benefits.