Community Fair Trade

Shea Butter

From Ghana

Shea butter is extracted from the kernel of ripe shea fruits by hand. The raw butter is heated to remove impurities and allowed to cool before it is shipped to Europe or kept in storage for the dry season. It takes one woman two days to extract 25kg of shea butter.

The Heart Inside

The Supplier

The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association is made up of over 475 women in 11 villages around Tamale, northern Ghana. Money from their trade has been used to fund water pipes and wells, and provide access to medical care, better housing and education.

THE COMMUNITY

Ghana may be rich in gold, diamonds and cocoa but the Tamale region is hot, dry, and often has only one rainy season a year rather than two. In a long dry season, villagers can't grow crops to eat or sell and have to rely on trading their stores of shea nuts or other goods to make money.

Meet A Member

The Association has changed the lives of many women in this once male-dominated area. Afisheya has progressed from shea nut picker to Company Secretary at Tungteiya. "I am grateful for Tungteiya and The Body Shop," she says. "And we hopefully will continue this good relationship."

Life-Changing

During the dry season, families often went hungry as they had no crops to eat or sell. Since trading shea butter with The Body Shop, families can sell stored shea nuts in the dry season to raise money to buy food.

Big Benefits

The Association has set up a fund to pay for community projects. Successful ventures include building 10 nursery schools, three medical centres, latrines and washing facilities for local villages. The women are proud that they've been able to help their communities.

Our Iconic Shea Products

Shea Body Butter

  • Shea Body Butter
    Delicious Nutty Scent

    This super-rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and has a delicious nutty scent.

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Shea Shower Cream

  • Shea Shower Cream
    Spoil your skin

    Spoil your skin with a moisturizing, soap-free cleanser full of rich, creamy, skin-softening lather and a classic, clean scent.

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Shea Body Scrub

  • Shea Body Scrub
    Gently exfoliate skin

    Reveal softer, glowing skin with exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar in a moisturizing, oil-based scrub that has a fresh, classic scent.

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Shea beautifying oil

  • Shea Beautifying Oil
    Beauty in a bottle

    Beautifying Oil for body, face and hair is pure beauty in a bottle. Made with a lightweight blend of nut oils including Community Fair Trade marula oil, it gives instant hydration and a shimmering finish.

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