A S Harrison & Co and Deluxe Shea Butter Australia are proud to be working in partnership to deliver premium Shea and Cocoa Butter to the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Deluxe Shea Butter Australia bring the benefits of Shea Butter to the world whilst empowering local individuals and their communities, providing employment and opportunity to create a sustainable quality of life.
Deluxe Shea Butter
There is a reason Shea Butter has been used for thousands of years. Our Deluxe Shea Butter is the ultimate skin hydrator. Even more impressive is the fact that our Shea Butter comes directly from traditional communities in Ghana and is both certified organic and fair trade.
Deluxe Shea Butter comes from Gumo – Kumbungu district in Tamale located in the Northern part of Ghana. We work with women co-operative groups for the processing of our organic and fair-trade Shea Butter, respecting age-old traditions and supporting local communities and families.
Ghana arguably has the best Shea Butter in the world because the nuts have the most desirable chemical balance, and the traditional processing methods create a very clean butter.
Since the Shea tree is not cultivated, ownership is by those whose farm it grows on. The Shea nut tree pollinates during the harmattan period and cares for itself till after 4 years when it starts to produce fruits. Harvesting of the Shea fruit is done between mid-May through to end of July, whereas the butter processing usually takes place from June through to August.
Traditionally it has been the women who go and pluck or gather the Shea nuts. The women sometimes have to travel as far as 17 kilometres on foot and carry bags in excess of 40kgs on their heads whilst carrying their children on their backs. Working within the Shea trade in many cases is the only form and sole source of income for these women and their families.
Shea oil which is obtained from the Shea nuts is used as cooking oil in the northern part of Ghana, as well as oil for the locals to light up their lamps at night. The skin of the Shea nut is eaten and the bark of the tree is also used as a prophylactic against certain childhood illness and minor scrapes and cuts. The dry shell of the nut when burnt acts as an effective mosquito repellent. In fact, even the residue left after the butter has been collected during the extraction process is used as organic manure by the local farmers for their crops.
Organic Unrefined Shea Butter
Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter is ideal for personal use, our Shea butter Skincare range is carefully blended for easy application, and leaves your skin moisturised, rejuvenated and protected everyday.
Organic Refined Shea Butter
Refined Shea butter is commonly used as a base ingredient in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, personal care, skincare, confectionary, soap manufacturiing and leather care.
The Shea Butter is deodorised and the colour removed, ensuring limited interference with the desired fragrance and colour of your end product.
Natural Organic Cocoa Butter
Natural organic cocoa butter is one of the most stable and highly-concentrated natural fats. Retaining the characteristic small of cocoa beans; its adds a distinct chocolate taste, aroma and smoothness to finished chocolate, tanning oils, soaps and a multitude of topical creams and lotions.
Supporting the Women of Ghana
At Deluxe Shea Butter Australia, it is the people behind the product who make it all happen. Their premium, fair trade products are a direct result of giving members of the Ghanaian communities a fair go with a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. We are so proud of the team members and what they’re able to achieve once given the opportunity.
If you would like to have more information about Deluxe Shea Butter Australia or formulation advice please contact your local A S Harrison & Co representative.