Shea Butter

Shea Butter Ingredient - Protection from the Elements - L'Occitane

Protection from the Elements

Shea trees dot the landscape in Burkina Faso, where hot winds blow sand and dust daily across the Savannah. To protect their skin from the harsh conditions, women have used shea butter for generations. Organized into cooperatives, they use traditional methods to harvest and extract the butter.


Shea Butter Ingredient - Ethical Sourcing - L'Occitane

Ethical Sourcing

L’OCCITANE set up a joint-development program with the women of Burkina Faso. "Thanks to the incredible success of our Shea Butter range, which is known and loved throughout the world, the number of women producing shea butter for L'OCCITANE has gone from less than 100 to over 15,000 today!" Olivier Baussan, founder of L’OCCITANE.
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At L’OCCITANE, we have long admired the women of Burkina Faso, whose skill in making Shea Butter has been passed down from one generation to the next. We want to do all we can to help them and support women’s entrepreneurship.

With the aim of gaining greater emancipation for women in Burkina Faso, the Sustainable Ingredients department at L’OCCITANE has worked to establish an increasingly fair trade supply chain. Since 2009, the supply chain has been 100% certified Fair Trade.