Shea Butter


Olivier Baussan, the founder of the L’OCCITANE brand, discovered shea butter in Burkina Faso in 1980: the start of a sustainable joint-development partnership with the women who produce this butter. Since 2015, the Group has been working on projects aimed at protecting the shea tree, reducing the environmental impact of shea butter production while maintaining local skills. Today, over 10,000 women are working in this industry and are able to sell their butter at a price that is twice that of a standard shea butter sold for export.
Shea Butter - Burkina Faso - 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 - Traceability - 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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