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Alaffia - Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion Lavender - 32 oz.
Alaffia - Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion Lavender - 32 oz. (950mL)
Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion Lavender is prepared with Certi?ed Fair Trade unre?ned shea butter, calming lemongrass, antioxidant-rich shea leaf, and lavender essential oil. For Every Day use on all skin types.
Everyday Shea was created by Alaffia as a means of increasing shea butter production at their cooperatives in Togo while offering a value size to customers in tough economic times. Like other Alaffia products, 10% of Everyday Shea sales are allocated to support Alaffia's community empowerment projects in West Africa.
Shea Butter is the oil from the nuts of wild Shea trees (Vitellaria paradoxa) scattered throughout the wooded savanna of West and Central Africa. Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa and is completely enmeshed within the history and culture of the West African savanna. Shea Butter is mentioned in almost all African historical documents, including a reference as early as Cleopatra’s Egypt, which mentions caravans bearing clay jars of Shea Butter for cosmetic use. Funeral beds of kings were carved in the wood of old Shea Trees, and Shea Butter has always been a staple of African pharmacology.
Indigenous Knowledge for Skin Care
Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa as a decongestant, an anti-inflammatory for sprains and arthritis, healing salve, lotion for hair and skin care, and cooking oil. However, the protective and emollient properties of Shea Butter are most valued for skin care. In recent clinical trials, Shea Butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, prevent wrinkle formation, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis. Shea Butter also enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which helps prevent and minimize stretch marks, inflammations, and scarring.
Unrefined Shea Butter
Only pure, unrefined Shea Butter contains its full healing and moisturizing properties. Most Shea Butter available to the general public outside West Africa is white and odorless: in other words, it has been “refined” to remove the natural scent and color of natural Shea Butter. In the process, the majority of the effective agents are also removed.
In addition, refined Shea Butter has usually been extracted from the shea kernels with hexane or other petroleum solvents. The extracted oil is boiled to drive off the toxic solvents, and then refined, bleached, and deodorized, which involves heating it to over 400 deg F and the use of harsh chemicals like sodium hydroxide.
Shea Butter extracted in this manner still contains some undesirable solvent residues, and its healing values are significantly reduced. Antioxidants or preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) may be added as well. The end result is an odorless, white butter that may be aesthetically appealing, but lacks the true moisturizing, healing, and nutritive properties of true traditional Shea Butter.
Fair Trade For Life
Fair trade is a movement of individuals and organizations working to ensure producers in economically disadvantaged countries receive a greater percentage of the price paid by consumers. While there are several definitions of fair trade, they all include:
To Alaffia, fair trade means paying a fair price or wage in the local context, providing equal employment opportunities, engaging in environmental sustainable practices, providing healthy and safe working conditions, being open to public accountability, and reducing the number of middlemen between producers & consumers. They believe fair trade should be environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable and give local communities the opportunity to self-empower.
Alaffia Fair Trade Shea & Coconut
The cost to handcraft shea butter and coconut oil at the Alaffia Cooperative is over two times the price of these same butters at West African ports. Why is Alaffia's cost higher?
What Does Fair Trade Mean?
Fair trade certification is an independent, neutral third party certification verifying an organization upholds fair trade, social, and environmental standards in their operations. Alaffia is certified Fair for Life: Social & Fair Trade by IMO (Institute for Marketecology), one of the first and most renowned international inspection & certification agencies for organic and social (fair trade) accountability. IMO’s Fair for Life certification combines strict social and fair trade standards with adaptability to local conditions.
Alaffia Empowerment Project
Alaffia’s success is not simply measured by profit. Their success is measured by empowerment. Empowerment Projects are Alaffia’s mission in action, funded by the sales of Alaffia products. Alaffia invests in their communities because it is their moral responsibility and to ensure African resources empower African communities. The goal is to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. Their Empowerment Projects include several Education-Based Projects, Maternal Health, FGM Eradication, Eyeglasses and Reforestation. All of Alaffia’s projects empower Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty.
“I had just started in my position with Alaffia’s Maternal Health Project, and was on one of my very First village Field visits. I was headed to the health clinic in Tchatchaminadé, a small village along the rocky road from Bassar to Bafilo through the Chain du Togo mountain range. I was going to Tchatchaminadé for a meeting with village ofcials and maternal health participants on the adverse consequences of female genital mutilation.
While driving my motorcycle along the one lane path to the village, I saw a pregnant woman sitting on a rock writhing in pain. I stopped to see what was wrong. She explained since the beginning of her pregnancy, she had not been feeling well. She had not been to see a doctor because she couldn’t afford it, but seeing how her health was declining more and more each day, she decided that morning to go to the clinic in the nearby village. Sadly, she didn’t even have someone to come with her, and after walking 5 miles, was too tired and ill to continue her journey. I decided to bring her with me on my motorcycle even though it would make me late to my meeting. We traveled to the Tchatchaminadé clinic together where she received medical attention and was able to rest.
After she rested and was feeling more comfortable, with the permission of the clinic’s doctor, I examined her myself (I am a trained midwife). During my examination, I noted that Hodalo had undergone female genital mutilation as a child, and had a serious chronic pelvic infection as a result. Her infection was so advanced that it made me concerned for her pregnancy and even her life. The infection, resulting pain, and physical stress were the source of her sickness. Together, the clinic’s nurse practitioner and I decided to refer her to the Regional Hospital of Bassar where she would receive better care.
Hodalo’s infection was so serious she required intravenous antibiotics. Because of this, and that we were worried for the health of the baby, she remained hospitalized for two weeks. All medical expenses were covered by Alaffia for the entire stay. During her stay at the hospital, Hodalo received more information about Alaffia’s program which she had benefited from. She accepted the offer to join the program, and began taking part in the meetings with Alaffia and other women who were participating. All Alaffia maternal health participants meet regularly to discuss hygiene, nutrition, and how to end FGM practices in their communities. Three months after Hodalo’s hospitalization, she gave birth to a little girl. Thankfully, she had a complication-free birth, and I was able to deliver her child easily and safely. Afterwards, she presented the child to me as a sign of gratitude and said, “This child is ours now because without the help of Alaffia, neither myself nor this child would have survived. I will call her Alaffia.”
Over the years, there have been moments that shaped the natural products industry. One such moment occurred when Olowo-n’djo Tchala met Prairie Rose Hyde. No one could have imagined a young woman from rural Washington and a young man born and raised in rural Togo, West Africa with a sixth grade education would go on to build one of the most successful fair trade body care organizations in the natural products industry. No one except them, that is.
Olowo-n’djo Tchala was born and raised in the village of Kaboli, Togo where he shared a single 8’x10’ room with his mother and seven siblings. After failing to afford school tuition, Olowo-n’djo dropped out of school in the sixth grade. In the years after, he worked alongside his mother on her farm. In 1996, Olowo-n’djo met and fell in love with Peace Corps Volunteer, Prairie Rose Hyde, while she worked in Kaboli. After her service ended, the couple moved to the United States with a shared goal: Finding a way to alleviate poverty in West Africa.
Rose entered a graduate program at the University of California, Davis studying International Agricultural Development and Ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationships that exist between people and plants. Olowo-n’djo studied English and earned a degree in Organizational Theory. Determined to make a difference in his home country, Olowo-n’djo applied for a $50,000 business loan and, not familiar with the American banking system, did not understand why the bank could not fulfill his request when he had no personal Financial assets. Eventually, Rose’s brother offered his house as collateral and the couple obtained the loan, traveled to Togo, and formed what is known today as Alaffia.
Apply to clean skin, paying special attention to dry areas. Reapply after washing hands or as needed for soft, supple skin.
Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass) Aqueous Extract, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Leaf* Aqueous Extract, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter*, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Lavandula hybrida Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Elaeis guineensis (Red Palm) Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid
*Certified Fair Trade by IMO
Alaffia firmly believes that it is their duty as educated, healthy, and determined individuals to take advantage of information and communication to work towards bettering the conditions of people and communities who are not so advantaged. They also understand that truly eradicating poverty, gender inequality or environmental collapse requires cooperation and action by all levels of society - individuals, governments, organizations of every scope and scale. However, until this occurs, they have pledged their lives to what they can do - helping the communities in central Togo sustain themselves through the fair trade of their indigenous resource - shea butter. The more each of us can do, the closer we are to everyone working together.