March 06, 2006

Good Shopping: Skin Care

A friend of mine suggested to me after reading the last couple posts that I shouldn't get sucked into the relentless stream of negative news & let it eat my head. Though perhaps not in so many words. It reminded me that I ran across a really nifty business the other day that makes a product I have so far enjoyed.

Alaffia was founded by an immigrant from Togo who produces a line of skin care products using hand extracted virgin shea butter along with other traditional African ingredients. Shea butter is normally processed using petrochemical solvents and the largely female traditional labor force that harvests it is paid only a fraction of it's end value to the consumer. Alaffia buys from a cooperative in Togo that pays everyone a living wage and has been investing part of their proceeds in African reforestation and bettering the lives of Togolese schoolchildren.

Their prices are competitive, you get free shipping for orders over $50, and you'll be using something both economically and environmentally sustainable. Also, if you live in Washington State, their U.S. headquarters count as a local business creating jobs right here. So give Alaffia a peek, they seem to be in the 'part of the solution' camp.

Posted by natasha at March 6, 2006 02:56 AM | Community | Technorati links |

Shea butter? What the dickens is it?

Posted by: Jana C.H. at March 6, 2006 11:48 PM

It's a thick, creamy oil extract from shea nuts that soaks into skin pretty thoroughly. The Alaffia website has some pictures and explanations of the mfg process, but maybe what you want to know is more what it's like? If you wanted to try some without buying, go to a Body Shop outlet (or similar) and check out the samplers of the shea butter creams they sell in the flat, round, twist-top containers.

Posted by: natasha at March 7, 2006 12:20 AM

Better yet, go to a health food store, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, etc and feel try shea butter. If you look at the ingredients on the Body Shop Shea Butter products you will see there are tons of things in them besides shea butter.

I have nothing against Body Shop-- just be sure you know what you are feeling.

Unrefined shea butter is a fabulous gift from nature so try to "test it" in that form.

Posted by: Lori at March 9, 2006 11:56 AM

Not only is shea butter great for skin care, it also works really well in shampoos for dry and damaged hair because it locks in moisture. I am a writer for Beauty Secrets 101 and recently posted a blog about shampoo in which I posted a link to your article about shea butter. I am glad that this company is trying to improve standards of living. Thanks for the info!


Posted by: Sharon at March 22, 2006 09:50 AM