Fairtrade coffee, tea and bananas have all earned a place in our shopping baskets. But have you explored the range of nearly 150 Fairtrade certified beauty products? Moisturisers, body butters, lotions, bath oils, hand creams – these goodies can all be found on the high street, in supermarkets, and online.
In time, you’re likely to see more Fairtrade cosmetics hitting the shelves as we work with farmers and workers to expand their supply of Fairtrade ingredients like aloe vera, avocado oil, sucrose, argan oil and brazil nut oil. But let’s take a look at some of the Fairtrade ingredients that might already be part of your daily regime – and how farmers and workers are building a better life for their families and communities.
Fairtrade olive oil
Rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, olive oil is not just for the kitchen – its vitamins and antioxidant properties make it a great addition to your beauty routine too. Olive oil can be used in shampoos, conditioners, body butters, soaps and many other products.
Fairtrade works with around 2,500 olive farming families across the world. By choosing a Fairtrade olive oil product, farmers can access sustainable, long-term contracts and earn a higher price for what they produce.
Fairtrade shea butter
Shea nuts, used to make shea butter, are grown in countries across West Africa. Shea butter is used in many cosmetic products because of its moisturising properties, but it also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can soothe the skin. A rise in demand for more natural-based beauty products has driven an increased demand for shea nuts, however their production is labour intensive, often with unfair working conditions.
Switching to Fairtrade shea products means producers have the safety net of the Fairtrade Minimum Price, and can invest their Fairtrade Premium in the local community to combat the challenges they face.
Fairtrade coconut oil and cream
Selected because of their beneficial moisturising and anti-aging properties, coconut oil and cream can be used in many beauty products. Despite coconut being both an ingredient in the kitchen and on bathroom shelves, many coconut farmers don’t receive a fair price for their produce.
Fairtrade works with coconut farmers in West Africa, Asia and the Pacific to support them in overcoming challenges they face such as decreasing productivity as coconut palms become older.
Fairtrade cocoa butter
Derived from the humble cocoa bean, cocoa butter is also one of nature’s best moisturisers, and can be found as a common ingredient in lots of beauty products. Sadly, however, many cocoa farmers rarely reap the just rewards of cocoa’s popularity.
Fairtrade is working towards a fairer future with cocoa farmers across West Africa and Latin America. Choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark means farmers working towards a better standard of living, with the chance to invest in their children’s education and support their communities. As Rosine, a Fairtrade cocoa farmer from Côte d’Ivoire, says: ‘Fairtrade helps us to have good quality production, to invest and to have a good income… with Fairtrade we have created a women’s society and we are autonomous. Our community has also built a water pump and installed solar panels to give electricity to 300 people.’