Shea­butter from Ghana

Traditionally manufactured & unrefined

«With SHEA YEAH I am building bridges between time-honoured plant traditions that are cultivated by women - in Ghana and in Switzerland».

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A beneficial raw material

Shea butter, which has been popular for centuries, shows amazing nourishing and protective properties. It makes the skin supple, binds moisture to the epidermis and thus prevents it from drying out. Shea butter is known to penetrate deep into the skin and give it a natural glow.

Due to its many positive properties, it is used in many care products such as lotions, creams, lip balms & Co. It is a true multi-talent and is used not only in cosmetics but also in the food industry.

Shea butter
Shea butter origin

The origin

The natural occurrence of the shea tree is from West Africa to the Upper Nile region, in about 21 countries of the Sahel zone. The main producing countries of shea butter, also called shea butter or beurre de karité, are Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Burkina Faso. The shea tree is a characteristic tree of the savannah woodland. We at SHEA YEAH source the shea butter from the north of Ghana.

Shea butter production

SHEA BUTTER TRADITIONALLY MADE

Many women in the rural village communities of northern Ghana have mastered a true art form of a craft: Those of traditional processing of the shea kernels into unrefined shea butter. This process takes several days and is carefully done by hand. For generations, this knowledge has been passed down among the women and maintained in this way. This is a parallel to what happens with the knowledge of herbs in Switzerland.

THE COOPERATIVE

The women who work in the processing centres (we only work with handmade material) are organised in cooperatives. These cooperatives are independent and very democratic with a board of directors elected by the members. The cooperatives pay the workers transparently and equally based on the quantities produced. Our local partner on the ground pays the cooperatives and they pay their members and cover their costs. The organic shea butter is also Fair For Life certified and audited every year. We are also a member of the Global Shea Alliance, based in Accra, Ghana.

The difference

The quality of shea butter varies, similar to the production of a wine or olive oil, depending on the origin and processing method. Therefore, there are significant differences in quality from shea butter to shea butter. We focus especially on unrefined, pure shea butter and also ensure the high quality of our products with other factors:

  • Traditional production
  • Organic certified
  • Tested in the laboratory
  • Direct contacts on site
  • Membership of the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) to promote the sustainability (social, environmental and economic) of the shea industry.

Sustainable cycle

SHEA YEAH tries to use the environment's resources sparingly wherever possible.

Our partners also support this. That is why, for example, the by-products of production are recycled into fuel & feed using a traditional system. The fuel, in turn, is then used instead of wood for production. This creates a natural utilisation cycle that benefits the environment.

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