One of our suppliers started carrying Shea Nilotica butter,a premium Fair Trade shea butter produced from the fruit of the Vitellaria Nilotica sub species of the Karite tree which grows across Northern Uganda. This comes from a supplier that supports and affirms is Fair Trade, though they are not going through the certification process so they can pass as much of the proceeds back to the women that are producing this product. To quote our supplier:
“The nuts are sourced from organically grown trees and harvested by the 1600 member women’s cooperative who are paid fair trade prices 25 – 50% above the rates women earn in the local markets”
Along with being a great replacement to our regular Shea butter we feel that purchasing this product is much more inline with our ideals and goals a a company.
If you have used our products you will not see much change other than a much smoother and less waxy feel from products with Shea butter in them. Also we are not going to raise our prices even though this product is slightly higher priced than the Shea butter we previously used.