Shea Butter

What is Shea Butter?

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

When applied, shea butter is quickly absorbed into the skin forming a barrier and holding moisture without making skin look oily. Benefits of shea butter include anti-inflammatory for irritated skin, anti-aging (by protecting skin from free radicals), boosts collagen and reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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In the early 1980's, L’OCCITANE set up a joint-development program with the women of Burkina Faso. The number of women producing shea butter has gone from an initial group of less than 100 to over 15,000 today.

Did You Know?

L’OCCITANE wants to go further than a trade business. It ensures that the women of Burkina Faso reap the full benefits of their work by purchasing the butter directly from them.


Shea butter is a beauty balm ideal for dry to very dry skin. It restores hydrolipid film for skin that is softer, more supple and more comfortable.


Did you know?

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.