Where we can, we work closely with ingredient growers and farmers, not only to ensure the quality of our ingredients but also to care for the environment, fair working conditions and incomes for communities. Take a look at some of the communities we are helping make a difference to below…
Coconut Oil (Coco nucifera)
Renowned for its moisturising and smoothing properties, we source the coconut oil for our Botanical Shine™ haircare range from the Kenyan coast, where the unrefined, high-quality oil is cold-pressed from the flesh of a mixture of wild-harvested and plantation-grown coconuts using a sustainable direct micro expelling process, within an hour of the coconut being opened.
Our supplier’s mission is to empower the local people by capitalising on the natural resources of rural coastal Kenya by enabling their employees to produce a product with both local and international value. Since 2005, our suppliers have been working with a team of 20 locals and buying from more than 50 farmers along the coast of Kenya. Collectively, this means that around 500 people are positively impacted by this project as on average, seven people are supported by each worker or farmer.
Kigelia Extract (Kigelia africana)
Used for its skin-toning properties, we source our Kigelia from an ethical biotrade company called TreeCrops in Malawi. Here, the fruit is macerated and air dried to get the pulp – the product from which our liquid extract is produced.
The Malawian forest is unfortunately rapidly disappearing from the eyes of the tribes and villages that live in and around it, as it is being cut down to make way for agriculture. The area that our kigelia comes from is the home of the Ngoni and Chewa tribes. Each village is made up of between 50 to 150 households, with between five and six people in a household.
To establish standards of good practice and quality, TreeCrops train their collectors – showing them the correct way to pick fruit, and educate the local people about their indigenous flora – helping to prevent damage to the kigelia trees and wider biodiversity of the forest.
When a community commits land to TreeCrops, a benefit sharing scheme and a community body are set up to determine how the community’s income is spent. Each collector receives the agreed price for the collected fruit, and TreeCrops pays an additional premium to the collector’s community as an incentive for the wider community to join into the conservation program under TreeCrops. Each individual community derives wealth as a unit, which they use to benefit the whole area, often through the repair of borehole pumps that provide safe water, as well as roofs for schools and bicycle ambulances.