We’d only make an exception to our Provence-only rule for a very special ingredient - the inimitable Shea Butter. Used for centuries by Sub-Saharan African women to nourish and protect skin and hair, Shea Butter is an ideal beauty ingredient. We work with several thousand women in Burkina Faso to develop a sustainable, fair trade Shea Butter supply chain. So you can feel good about feeling good.

<h2 class="h2">Celebrate 20 years of Shea Butter!</h2> <p>In that distant land grows the sacred Shea tree - also called &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s Gold&rdquo;, as only the local women are entrusted with the delicate process of creating its Shea Butter, and benefit from its trade. Through a long-standing partnership, L&rsquo;OCCITANE buys Shea Butter at a fair price directly from three women&rsquo;s cooperatives, thus assisting 11,000 women in building a brighter future for themselves and their families.</p> <p><br />Men and women form different cultures, working on the same product with the same devotion, bringing people together through a special bond &ndash; the very basis of a lasting relationship. This is the essence of the wonderful Shea Butter story that has united L&rsquo;Occitane with the women of Burkina Faso for so many years&rdquo; - Olivier Baussan, founder of L&rsquo;OCCITANE.</p>