MAVALA - who owes its name to the initials of the name of its founder - was established in 1958 by Madeleine van Landeghem.

Like many cosmeticians at that time, she developed a unique nail care product - a revolutionary nail hardener which penetrates the three layers of the nail plate to bond them together. This nail hardener has been copied many times since but has never been equalled. In fact, MAVALA Scientifique Nail Hardener is still one of our best selling products today.


In 1969, MAVALA opened its first professional manicure school in London. Other international operations followed. Since 1994, MAVALA has been working in close collaboration with over thirty French beauty schools who use our products and manicure techniques as part of their curriculum.

Today, MAVALA is distributed in over 110 countries around the world. All our products are still developed and manufactured in Geneva, Switzerland in conformity with the most rigorous quality standards and regulations.


Over the years, MAVALA has become synonymous with quality thanks to its specific and effective professional standard products. With categories including, nail, hand, feet, face and make-up, all created from rigorous research and manufactured in our Geneva factories to impeccable quality demands.

We care about the planet. We source our ingredients and raw materials from the nearest suppliers in Switzerland to reduce our carbon footprint. Whenever possible, we package our products without a box to reduce waste and manufacture under cold conditions to reduce energy consumption. We also increasingly use ingredients that are readily biodegradable. In particular, we do not use plastic microbeads which contribute to ocean pollution.

We are 100% cruelty-free, we do not test any of our ingredients or products on animals.

In South Africa, MAVALA is available through approved and appointed stockists ranging from small independent salons, pharmacies and large retail stores and chains, such as Clicks, Dis-Chem and Woolworths. MAVALA is also sold at some independent outlets around the country.