I am such a sucker for beautiful packaging and this limited edition African inspired collection from L’Occitane ticks all the boxes. Vibrant patterns and colours take inspiration from the traditional Bogolans; African fabrics. Alsom Desert Rose from Morocco, Egyptian Hybiscus and the Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast add some new scents. 

L’Occitane’s shea butter comes from Burkina Faso, where L’Occitane set up a partnership with local women, beginning with 50, in 1980. Now, there are 12,000 women all involved in supplying shea, from collecting nuts to the production process. Of course, they are all fairly paid and this lasting partnership earned them the ECOCERT EFT label based on three criteria; economic, social and environmental. The bottom line of it is that this arrangement ensures the economic emancipation of local women in Burkina Faso, allowing them to send their children to school, take care of their families and just have a fairer life really that isn’t all about grinding poverty. 

It’s all out now and prices start at £8 for a lip balm.

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