Beauty at the heart of banana plantations


For centuries the banana tree, called Kadali in Sanskrit, has been used by man, providing not just food, but also nourishing our bodies and imagination.  Kadali,  the embodiment of the goddess of beauty, also called “the herb of a thousand uses”, holds a special place in the traditional medicine of the French Caribbean islands where it is used externally for its cosmetics properties: soothing, healing and revitalising.

Kadalys is the first natural cosmetic brand with banana tree anti oxidants. It combines traditional know how with the latest scientific innovations to create unique, anti-ageing cosmetic active ingredients, “Musactif” which preserve youth by promoting the synthesis of collagen and elastin.


After being initiated into the traditional practices of Caribbean medicine from an early age by her mother, Shirley Billot decided to found Kadalys as a way of combining her desire to highlight ancestral banana tree cosmetic practices with a passion for botanical research.

Shirley launched a dedicated research program to study the exceptional anti-ageing power of banana trees, scientifically proving that the herb is naturally rich in minerals, vitamins, phytosterols and polyphenols, which give it extraordinary anti-ageing properties.

Through the Kadalys research program, she developed ground breaking new cosmetic active ingredients named “Musactif®”. They act as a potent anti-ageing shield, containing the banana tree’s high octane anti oxidant molecules which in specific doses, help to preserve youthful skin and refines beauty throughout the years.

After 3 years of research, KADALYS was launched in September 2012.

After 3 years of research, KADALYS was launched in September 2012.The Origins 


Nicknamed “plant with a thousand uses”, this giant and benevolent herb holds a singular place in the traditional medicinal practices of the French West Indies.

Leaves : Directly applied to wounds, has an antibiotic and healing action. When mixed with sugar, it is used to treat: cold, flu, cough, hypertension and liver crisis. Heated, it is applied to help treat rheumatism.

Sap (latex) : Extracted by pressure either of the leaf seeds or of the male bud, the sap (or latex) is used in local application on superficial wounds. It stops bleeding and promotes healing.

Flower : In decoction, it improves lactation and regulates the menstrual cycle of women. It also helps fight anemia by increasing blood hemoglobin levels.

Green Banana : In powder form, it is an excellent source of probiotic. It promotes the reconstruction of the mucosa of the stomach.

Very ripe banana : In paste form, it is applied locally against acne, bruises, oily skin. In decoction, it is advised against bronchitis, cough, tracheitis.

Roots : Used as a herbal tea it has a strong antifungal activity. Bent, they are applied locally against abscesses and adenitis. They are used as a decoction against cough.


Our Musactifs 

With the expertise of its dedicated R&D laboratory, Kadalys has developed two patented elements called “Musactifs”; powerful antioxidants derived from cutting edge scientific study of the banana tree.

Our research and development found that bananas contain, bioactive concentrates such as phytosterols and polyphenols that have exceptional anti-aging properties. The anti-oxidants preserve skin’s youth while stimulating natural mechanisms favouring collagen and elastin synthesis and reinforcing the skin.

Our research center is located at the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) in Montpellier. It is at the heart of this center that we develop our active ingredients that are innovative and effective with the utmost respect of nature and the consumer.

The GREEN BANANA Musactif®, as of age of 25 years : preserves youth.

The YELLOW BANANA Musactif®, as of age of 45 years: fights the effects of time.

Recent studies have shown that Phytosterols slow aging of the skin by regulating inflammation. DHEA-like in structure, they are power players in the renewal of the hydro-lipid film as part of phospholipids synthesis and give skin a firmer appearance.  Polyphenols in turn contribute to the prevention of skin aging by blocking free radicals and protecting cells from oxidative stress. (European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Volume 113, Issue 7, July 2011)

The Phytosterols 

The phytosterols or natural sterols are lipids that are naturally present in plants. Scientific studies have shown that phytosterols slow skin aging and intervene directly to defend skin by regulating inflammation. Structurally analogous to DHEA, they participate in the renewal of the hydrolipidic film, accelerate the synthesis of cutaneous phospholipids and give a firmer appearance to the skin.

The power of Phytostetols :

Repair: promotes the regeneration of the epidermis.

Soothing: relieves irritation of the skin.

Protector: strengthens the protective barrier of the skin.

Firming: improves the elasticity of the skin.

Moisturising: helps to maintain moisture in the skin.

The Polyphenols

Polyphenols are powerful natural antioxidants present in all plants. They allow plants to defend themselves against environmental attacks (UV, insects, fungi, diseases). They also help the skin fight free radicals that attack cells and cause premature aging of the skin.

The benefits of Polyphenols :

Anti-aging: prevents skin aging.

Protector: protects the skin cells from oxidative stress (UV, pollution …)

Firming: preserves elasticity and vitality of the skin.

Anti-wrinkle: helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Complexion ally: improves the radiance of the skin.





Kadalys works with producers of bananas from Guadeloupe and Martinique and contributes to the preservation of biodiversity and the environment.

Kadalys creates ethical exclusive active ingredients, certified organic by ECOCERT and originally 100% traceable and includes sophisticated formulas to useful active ingredients, effective and in affinity with the skin.




Unique beauty rituals designed by KADALYS combining performance and the natural properties of banana to preserve youthful skin and refine all kinds of beauty. 4 ranges of care tailored to the skin to effectively fight against the signs of ageing:

Musaclean: Cleansing cares for a soft, clean and luminous skin
Musalis 1st wrinkles: Prevention of the first signs of ageing
Musalift visible wrinkles: Correction of the visible signs of ageing
Precious Oils: Multipurpose care for skin, hair and lips




3 awards in September 2013 at the Victoire de la Beauté Awards, the prestigious French prize in the field of cosmetic products. Kadalys submitted three different products— Musaclean peel, Green Banana nutritive oil and Musalis serum were praised for their texture, perfume and efficacy.
2 Beauty challenger Awards ”Press favourite and Emerging brand award at Cosmeeting Paris which focuses on the most promising brands and stages a competition that is highly valued by industry players and specialists.
14th national competition for innovative techno (2012): Nominated by French Ministry of Research.