Community Fair Trade

Organic Tea Tree Oil

From Kenya

Our tea tree oil comes from tea tree plants grown organically in the foothills of Mount Kenya. When ready to be harvested, the best leaves are picked by hand, then steam-distilled to release the organic oil.

The Heart Inside

THE SUPPLIER

The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers' Association (KOOFA) is made up of 380 small-scale famers, half of them women. Due to AIDS-related deaths, many of these women are supporting their family alone. Growing tea tree helps all its farmers to earn a steady income.

THE COMMUNITY

Rural poverty in Kenya has several causes: low rural productivity, land degradation, insecure land tenure, unemployment and low wages. Unlike some other cash crops, tea tree plants have survived Kenya's recent droughts, a lifeline for impoverished farmers.

WASTE NOT WANT NOT

None of the tea tree goes to waste. The main branches are used by the farmers for firewood or to support crops like beans. Smaller, thinner branches are processed along with the leaves. After distillation, the leftover plant fibres are used on the crops. Our supplier tells us that tea tree makes "a very good mulch."

CLEAN WATER

Many people in remote, rural areas of Kenya don't have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water. Our trade with KOOFA enables it to work on projects that improve the amount of clean water its local communities can drink.

SELF ESTEEM

KOOFA's members are paid direct to their bank accounts, which the farmers can access through their mobile phone. This saves the farmers the long walk to get money. It has also given them a credit history and access to finance, which they can draw on to grow their business.

Our Iconic Tea Tree Oil Products

Tea Tree Oil

  • Tea Tree Oil

    Targeted care for blemished skin. Can be used direct on skin or for facial steaming.

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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

  • Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

    This daily-use facial wash for blemished skin gives clearer-looking skin when used as part of a regular regimen.

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Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

  • Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

    Improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin, control oiliness and moisturize while you sleep with a light, moisturizing, non-oily lotion that sinks into the skin.

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Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream

  • Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream

    Perfect your complexion and fight the look of blemishes with our Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream. This dual action cream gives you flawless coverage whilst tackling the appearance of blemishes. Formulated with purifying Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya.

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