At L’OCCITANE, we have long admired the women of Burkina Faso West Africa, whose skill in making shea butter has been passed down from one generation to the next.
For over 30 years, we've been purchasing our shea butter directly from the women who produce it in Burkina Faso. Through multi-year contracts with L'OCCITANE, these women are guaranteed a stable, long-term income, while our customers are guaranteed a product that's made using traditional methods.
In 2009, we helped our shea butter cooperatives to obtain Fair Trade certification.* In 2018, we decided to go even further and launched the RESIST (Resilience, Ecology, Strengthening, Independence, Structure, Training) program. This $2 million, three-year project goes beyond our sustainable, fair trade partnership and aims to improve conditions for the women we work with in Burkina Faso.
10,000 WOMEN WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT
Did you know?
Shea butter is called "women’s gold" in Burkina Faso.
By tradition, it is only women who harvest the shea nuts and make shea butter
Women in Burkina Faso are the pillars of society and play a key role in the country's economic and social development.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in western Africa whose climate is greatly influenced by the Harmattan – a cold, dry wind that blows from the Sahara Desert and carries with it tiny particles of dust and sand, which dry the skin.
For centuries, women have been applying shea butter to their skin to protect it against harsh environment, and keep it soft and supple. Only women harvest the shea nuts and make the butter, also known as "women's gold." Inside the shea nuts are the kernels, which are made into a paste that must be kneaded for hours to produce the famous shea butter. Today, this butter is known worldwide for its amazing beauty benefits.
Iconic Shea Butter
*According to the "Fair for Life" standard, available at www.fairforlife.org
** Sales price in store minus taxes, transport and production costs.