International makeup artist Munemi Imai has always been in the vanguard of fashion and beauty, listing some of the fashion world’s most celebrated names among her clients, including Vogue, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar. During a brief illness at one point in her career, Munemi discovered the powerful benefits of natural ingredients—in the food we eat as well as the personal care and beauty products we use. Profoundly inspired, she developed a deep passion for green living and embarked upon a journey to unite the worlds of fashion and sustainability.
A trip to the deserts of Morocco unveiled the secrets of the Prickly Pear cactus, whose seeds yield an exquisite oil that has been used for centuries to counteract the effects of sun and aging. Reflected in Munemi’s passion for natural beauty, MUN brings you a unique line of organic skincare products as pure as the plants they come from.
It is said that centuries ago, the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean brought to the southern coast of Morocco an exotic fruit borne of the balmy hillsides of the distant Canary Islands. The Berbers, the indigenous peoples who had settled the lands long before the Arab conquest in the 7th century, called it Aknari.
Today, this small but fragrant fruit is known as the Prickly Pear, a luscious cactus with stunning flowers. Its scientific name is just as opulent as its blossoms: Opuntia ficus-indica. Since the first fruits of the Prickly Pear rolled up onto the sands of Morocco’s coastline, they have become an essential element of the local Berber economy, especially for the cooperatives run by women. These are the cooperatives we have partnered with to supply the raw ingredients for our skin products. As a tribute to the Berber women with whom we share a passion for and philosophy of sustainability and green development, we have chosen No.1 Aknari as the name of our nighttime serum.