As you guys have known through my health journey videos on YouTube, products in my home and food I consume have changed drastically over the last 2 years. I’ve got a better sense of appreciation for natural products and supporting companies like The Body Shop, that are all about fair trade and helping the earth. I spent a wonderful evening several weeks ago at an intimate workshop with The Body Shop, learning about its Shea Butter range and checking out their new Shea Butter haircare range.
So what is Shea Butter? So for those of you who have been living under a rock and haven’t noticed it’s growing popularity, Shea Butter is a skin superfood from the seeds of the fruits of a Shea tree. It’s naturally rich in Vitamin A, E and F, penetrates the skin well and delivers anti-aging components. It’s ideally used as a natural eye cream, lip balm, body butter for nourishing skin and hair!
The Body Shop recently celebrated 25 years of their Community Trade partnership with the Tungteiya Women’s Association in Northern Ghana, where they sustainably source Shea Butter for their products. We were fortunate to hear an amazing first hand story from Montana Lower who visited the trade communities in Ghana, and learn how important Shea means to those communities, and how it has empowered them. This lovely video gives a wonderful glimpse of how Shea goes from the hands of these wonderful women to yours.
The highlight of the workshop was when we got to get our hands dirty and make our own DIY products. The Body Shop’s website has heaps of recipes where you can find ideas on putting together your own body scrub, lip scrub, hair or body moisturisers. Do check it out, and this makes Shea Butter such a wonderful gift you can get for someone special.
For the lip scrub, you only need 2 ingredients: raw sugar and Shea Butter. I added about a teaspoon of sugar but you can always add more or less depending on how much you’re making. The Shea Butter will melt once you rub in onto your skin. The heat from our body makes it melt to create that lubricant for our scrub. For the body scrub, I used 3 ingredients, Shea Butter, coconut oil and coffee scrub. This makes a great body scrub with the nourishing oils. It’s so easy and so good for our skin. The coconut oil and Shea Butter are all responsibly sourced so it makes me feel good to support a brand that’s conscious about social and environmental changes with emphasis on the use of ethically sourced, cruelty free ingredients, and being a worldwide leader in fighting against animal testing.
I didn’t get around to making this recipe, but you could also easily make hair moisturiser by adding some coconut oil to the Shea Butter. I’d personally would add some essential oil so that it smells good too since Shea Butter doesn’t have any smell. For a body moisturiser I’d use less oil and more Shea Butter so it is a thicker paste. Lavender oil and Rosehip oil are my go to essential oils that I would use in my moisturiser too due to the anti aging benefits from rosehip oil.
Find out more about The Body Shop’s Shea range over at their website. This post is a written collaboration with The Body Shop as an invited guest to their workshop.