The Start of Never Ending Good

From the moment the Shea nut is picked, it starts to embark on a journey - a journey in which women are empowered, communities are built, relationships are strengthened, and the land becomes more sustainable. Let us take you on a journey where nourishing the skin is all about looking after precious trees, empowering women, and keeping traditions and skills alive. A journey from a small, unremarkable nut to a big, beautiful story.

MANIFESTO

Good has to start somewhere. Sustainable methods don't just happen. Clean formulas didn’t always exist. Fair Trade had its early days. Reducing waste wasn’t always a thing. To get anywhere, you have to start somewhere. Start with a nut, and set the good in motion.

THE JOURNEY

From the moment the Shea nut is picked, it starts to embark on a journey - a journey on which women are empowered, communities are built, relationships are strengthened, and the land becomes more sustainable.

Nourishing & Comforting

This whipped mask-cream is a universal skincare to combat feelings of tightness. It immediately soothes dry and sensitive skin while nourishing for 24hours*

IT STARTS WITH A NUT

The Shea nut is famous for the fatty kernel it contains, which has intensely nourishing and protective properties. These give it amazing beauty benefits and help prevent skin from drying. Shea Butter is good for all skin types, hair types, and can even be used on babies!
What's so special about our Shea Butter?
Rather than buying the Shea buts or kernels, we buy Shea butter that's made on-site by women's cooperatives using mechanised processes inspired by centuries-old techniques. There are no intermediaries. This is important to us, as it means we can contribute to these women's income and help to keep traditional skills alive. Plus we know exactly what's in the butter - and therefore in our products.

Eco-Refill Body Cream
The Family Must Have

With a new and improved formula and scent, designed for dry, very dry and sensitive skin, this cream nourishes and soothes. It also helps to strengthen your skin's protective barrier, bringing softness and intensely moisturising.

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THE HANDS THAT CARE

L’OCCITANE has been working with women’s cooperatives in Burkina Faso since the 1980s, and more recently in Ghana. We purchase the Shea butter directly from the producers, which is financially advantageous for them, providing them with more economic security to achieve a higher level of independence. In addition, it enables them to invest in improving working conditions and making the production chains more sustainable. We’ve also worked alongside these cooperatives, providing support when needed, so they could apply for Fair Trade certification and adopt organic production methods.  In 2018, we launched the RESIST Program to support the women’s cooperatives. Aimed to protect natural resources, improve sustainability, enhance governance and diversify income, this $2 million project is a strong example of our commitment to empowering women.
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The Products That Give

THE TREE THAT BEARS

It takes over 20 years for the Shea tree to start bearing nuts. It grows wild in eastern and western Africa and is native to the region. These trees help to prevent desertification, limit greenhouse gas emissions, support wildlife, and, of course, provide a source of income for local communities.


SUSTAINABILITY

There are no Shea tree plantations, so it’s incredibly important to help protect the Shea parklands. Our Sustainable Picking Charter, signed by the five cooperatives ensures that the Shea trees are looked after naturally, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals, thus protecting biodiversity.

Our New Formula Shea Collection

Discover the Shea Butter Collection