Group of women in Ghana

meet the shea queens

Traditional African Dress
Ghanian woman smelling soap

fairtrade & ethical

In 2018, multi-award-winning Sheabutter Cottage - a fairtrade ethical brand - mobilised a group of 54 Ghanian women to form a co-op. The aim was to empower these female entrepreneurs so that, collectively, they were able to demand a better price and terms for their premium quality shea butter. 


Generally, shea producers are paid far less for their grade A product than the real market value; often 2.5 times less than buyers are willing to pay. Shea butter varies considerably in quality and often shea producers aren’t able to make informed comparisons; and are therefore unable to get paid what is owed them. This is why Akua Wood, founder of Sheabutter Cottage, sought to empower these women economically by supporting them with the means to secure lifelong employment, thereby allowing them the opportunity to educate their children and lead happy and fulfilled lives.


Working long hours under the intense Africa sun, the members of Jilima Co-op select only the highest quality edible nuts from the Karité tree and process them in the traditional way - without the use of chemicals - to produce high-quality shea butter.


After the nuts are selected, the Karité tree naturally regenerates and continues to produce nuts in abundance, making shea butter a 100% sustainable product. 

Smiling African woman holding soap

raw, natural 

Shea butter has been used for generations in Ghana for its deeply moisturising properties and to help combat the signs of sun damage and ageing. Many shea butter products on the market are highly processed and deodorised - a process that actually removes the incredible natural healing properties within the butter.


Not so with the shea butter hand-churned by the women from Jilima Co-op - here’s just some of the skin-loving, raw and natural goodness you find packed into their shea butter.

  • Vitamin E - contains anti-ageing properties and is beneficial for healing scars
  • Vitamin A (retinol) - promotes elasticity in the skin
  • Triterpene and plant sterols - contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Rich in nutrients
  • Highly moisturising for the skin and hair

shea butter soap

Shea butter is packed with natural glycerides making it incredible for use in cold process soap making as it leaves soap with a high content of glycerin. Glycerin is a natural humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, keeping your skin hydrated, highly moisturised, soft and smooth. 

That’s why we’re so passionate about using Jilima Co-op’s shea butter in our soap making - you get gorgeously healthy skin, and we are able to play a small part in empowering this group of beautiful women to lead happy, abundant lives.

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