If you are anything like me, you want to know where things come from and how they are made. Some time ago, I found this video on how women in Mali process shea butter. It is a lot of hard work especially when you consider how cheap Shea butter is.
Please buy fairtrade Shea butter whenever you can. That way you know that the women who labour to process Shea butter from its nuts have a good chance of receiving a good price for it.
I saw this lady in Lagos Island and was very pleased at how easy it is to find this wonderful butter locally.
I have to admit though that I tend not to buy Shea Butter in Nigeria because I do not trust that it is unadulterated (one of my silly tendencies). I have been buying my supplies from Ghana. I have however just recently discovered a vendor who directly manufactures her own Shea butter in Oyo state and I shall be contacting her soon. Wherever possible, I like to buy local.
In a few weeks, I will do a post on this wonderful thing called Shea butter which can be used in cosmetics preparations, in medicinal ointments and even for cooking.