Shea Butter is no stranger to the beauty world. This ingredient has gained huge popularity due to its nourishing and healing properties for your skin, hair, lips and body. If you’re looking for a natural beauty product, shea butter is a wonderful choice. Ghanaian women have been using shea butter to intensely nourish dry skin and hair for centuries!
Last week I attended an exciting event to celebrate 25 years of The Body Shop’s iconic Shea Range and female empowerment, through its Community Trade Shea Partnership that’s helping women in Ghana. We got the chance to look at new additions to The Body Shop’s Shea Range and produce DIY beauty products using the new, multi-purpose 100% Natural Shea Butter. As a long time fan and consumer of The Body Shop, it’s such an exciting milestone for them and a huge step towards sustainable beauty. The Shea range was the first range I ever tried from the Body Shop and the one that got me hooked!
Where does The Body Shop’s Shea Butter come from?
The Body Shop has had a 25 year partnership with The Tungteiya Women’s Association in Ghana which began in 1994. The process of making shea butter consists of 18 stages and was passed down from mother to daughter for generations. In Ghana, the tree shea nuts come from is called the “tree of life” because it’s believed to be a God-given gift.
The benefits of using Shea Butter
Shea butter has many amazing benefits for your hair and skin, helping to moisturise, condition, tone and soothe, but beyond that, it’s also benefiting local communities in Ghana. With each purchase of a Shea product, you’re creating numerous jobs for women on the other side of the world, helping them become empowered and provide for themselves and their family. It also helps The Northern Ghana Community Action Fund to invest into health care, water, sanitation and education.
What’s new in the Shea Range?
New additions to the range include the 100% Natural Shea Butter which just might be my favourite addition yet. It’s essentially Shea Butter in its purest form and has been carefully whipped to create a creamy, melting texture used for body, hair, face and lips. You can mix it with shea oil to create a super moisturising hair mask or add some sugar and turn it into a hydrating lip scrub. There’s also a Shea Butter Richly Repairing Hair Mask for hair that’s dry and prone to breakage. It helps leave hair feeling nourished and less frizzy, and you can bet it’s silicone and sulphate-free. Not only that, these new additions are also estimated to boost funding for the Tungteiya community by 30 per cent – incredible!
Blog post in collaboration with The Body Shop.