Cultivation Partnership Project – Shea Butter

Burkina Faso. Village where WALA is supporting a shea butter project. The shea butter is used in  Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products. Committee of the women's collective "IKEUFA", which is in charge of the project, from left to right: President (Présidente) Djouma KARAMA, Vice President Tene KONE, Secretary (Secretaire) Odile SIRMA, Vice Secretary, Treasurer Himana KARAMA, Vice Treasurer.
Burkina Faso. Village where WALA is supporting a shea butter project. The shea butter is used in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products. Committee of the women’s collective “IKEUFA”, which is in charge of the project, from left to right: President (Présidente) Djouma KARAMA, Vice President Tene KONE, Secretary (Secretaire) Odile SIRMA, Vice Secretary, Treasurer Himana KARAMA, Vice Treasurer.

In 2001 WALA (Dr. Hauschka) began supporting a shea butter project in Burkina Faso. In this project, women in several villages within a protected, certified organic collecting area for shea (or karité) nuts produce raw shea butter (beurre de karité) in the traditional manner. For many families the sale of shea butter is an important source of income. WALA helps to preserve these village communities by purchasing the shea butter from the villages at above-average prices and giving long-term purchase guarantees. Through the project the villages receive financial, advisory and organisational assistance with obtaining organic certification.

Country of honourable people
Burkina Faso is in West Africa, next to the Ivory Coast and Ghana. The country used to be called Upper Volta after its three major rivers the Red Volta, Black Volta and White Volta. Its present name Burkina Faso means “Country of Honourable People” or “Country of the Incorruptible”. Located on a plateau, the country is characterised by moist savannah, bush land and semidesert. In the last few years this already poor country, dependent mainly on farming, has been heavily hit by drought. The people here on the edge of the Sahel zone can only survive with the help of plants which have adapted to the drought periods: the shea tree, for example.

Shea Tree (Butyrospermum parkii)
Shea Tree (Butyrospermum parkii)

Holy tree of the savannah: the shea tree
Small by the standards of its native country, the gnarled shea tree grows to a height of 10 to 15 metres and is part of the natural vegetation in a belt about 300 km wide extending from Mali through Burkina Faso to Ghana, Togo and Benin. This “shea belt” is the only place in the world where this tree thrives. The lactiferous tree with its leathery leaves does not flower until it is 20 years old and only reaches maximum productive capacity at the age of 30 years, then remaining fully productive for more than 100 years. The plum-shaped fruits, which become green when they ripen, have a diameter of up to 4 cm. The soft green outer skin is a popular food. With their fat content of up to 50% the kernels (nuts) are a sought-after and traditional source of fat for skin care and cooking in Burkina Faso. Because of its great importance, the shea tree is considered by the native population to be a holy tree and its felling is not allowed.

Hand mit Sheanüssen

Women´s gold: Shea butter
Shea butter is women’s business. When the time comes round for making shea butter, also known as karité, the women assemble at a central place in their village which is specially set up for this purpose. The harvested nuts are dried and shelled, heated in a clay oven and then pounded in mortars. The resulting mass is mixed with water and beaten for about 45 minutes. The butter separates and can be skimmed off (the process is comparable to churning milk to make butter). The product is a slightly pungent smelling, whitish-yellow mass, the unrefined shea butter. The finished butter is stored in a warehouse used only for this purpose until it is shipped. Shea butter now has fans all over the world.

Shea butter for Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products
The first contact between Burkina Faso and WALA. The freelance project adviser Hermann Schopferer approached WALA, the manufacturer of the natural and organic Dr.Hauschka skin care products, suggesting a cooperation.

The idea: high-quality shea butter produced by traditional methods for high-quality skin care products. WALA was interested and agreed. Hermann Schopferer has already set up and looked after several self-help projects in Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso. He knows the country and the people and for the shea butter project he chose the more rainy, moderate south west of Burkina Faso with its good stock of shea trees, about 400 km from the capital city Ouagadougou.

Green bush and yellow clay
People stressed by the pace of modern life would at last find peace in the villages of Diarabakkoko, the project region in Burkina Faso. No electricity, no telephone, no traffic invade the peace and quiet. People here live simply from what they are able to grow themselves. Millet is one of the staple foods of their unvaried menu, meat is rare. To earn money the women and men go – on foot – to the market 15 kilometres away where they sell part of their produce or food they have cooked themselves.

Unreife Sheafrüchte

Making more out of shea nuts
Harvesting shea nuts is a traditional activity of the villages in Burkina Faso. Foreign refineries have exploited the oil-rich nuts for a long time, buying them cheaply in the villages. In the shea butter project in cooperation with WALA the villages earn several times as much from their nuts by selling the shea butter they have made from the nuts themselves. Its price is seven times higher than the price for the nuts.

Festival in Burkina Faso
Festival in Burkina Faso

The women’s cooperative
Some 350 women from two villages are currently producing shea butter for WALA. The women have organised themselves in a producers’ cooperative. Shea butter was always women’s business. For the project the women have given themselves the name ‘IKEUFA’ (faire bien et meilleur de Diarabakoko) which means something like: do good and better in Diarabakoko. All positions in the cooperative, from the president through the treasurer to the secretary, are elected by the village women. “The women are traditionally very independent” says Hermann Schopferer. They have always had their own fields and earned their own money which they administer themselves. The self-assured Burkina Faso women discuss all project issues in detail with Schopferer, for example the question of how they can meet WALA’s high standards of quality and hygiene. The money earned from selling the shea butter enables the women to pay the school fees for their children amongst other things.

Shea butter from Burkina Faso: some facts

  • In the initial phase in 2001 WALA supported the Shea Butter Project by financing the advisor Hermann Schopferer who visits the country several times a year, ensures the required quality standards and prepares the annual organic certification.
  • In 2002 nuts were collected for WALA for the first time and used to make shea butter.
  • The women were paid by WALA in advance at above-average prices. The money allowed them to purchase the necessary equipment, materials for shipping etc.
  • In autumn 2002 the first consignment of shea butter was shipped to WALA.
  • In 2003 the project received organic certification for the first time. The amount of shea butter produced was enough to meet WALA’s requirements in full. At the same time the organic certification, which has to be renewed annually, is carried out.
  • WALA guarantees to purchase fixed amounts and provides the women with investment aid so as to secure the required quality in the long term. In 2004  funding was provided for the purchase of a grinder for processing the shea nuts.

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Richer in Roses

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Optimised Rose Day Cream formulation

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care combines natural and organic/biodynamic ingredients to create harmonious, highly effective formulas.

  • Dr. Hauschka’s iconic Rose Day Cream is a classic of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and our worldwide top selling day care product.
  • Rose Day Cream captures both the strength and the softness of the rose to nourish and protect normal, sensitive, dry or mature skin.
  • The rich and luxurious formulation harmonises oil and water content gently guiding the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance.
  • Highly recommended in the cooler seasons to protect your skin from drying outdoor weather conditions and dehydrating indoor heating. Please note: Rose Day Cream Light may be a suitable option for the warmer seasons.
Wild Rose Hips, a rich source of Vitamin C
Wild Rose Hips, a rich source of Vitamin C

What’s new?

1) In addition to extracts of Wild Rose Hips, Rose Blossoms, Rose Petal Wax and precious Rose Essential Oil; Rose Flower Hydrosol has also been included to give the full spectrum of rose ingredients
2) Damask Rose Essential Oil has been increased in the formulation
3) The aroma has been gently updated
4) Zinc is now included in the formulation
5) Beeswax and Rose Wax are now complemented by Carnauba Wax to give the cream a firmer consistency, you can feel the difference, your skin is even more protected.

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Naturally beautiful. Effectively nurtured.
Authentic and expressive.
Your face reveals your enjoyment of life.

Rose Day Cream
30 Organic or Biodynamic Rose Blossoms in every tube!

  • For normal, dry or sensitive skin, also recommended for a skin with premature wrinkles or a mature skin
  • Deeply hydrates, moisturises, protects and soothes
  • Beneficial for skin prone to redness, irritation and couperose
  • The rich, luxurious formulation harmonises oil and moisture content, gently guiding the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance
  • Extracts of Rose Petals, Wild Rose Hips and Rose Hydrosol nurture and balance the skin
  • Wild Rose Hips provide a rich source of Vitamin C
  • Shea Butter, precious Rose Petal Wax, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax and nutrient rich Avocado Oil protect and help the skin to retain moisture
  • Extracts of Marsh Mallow and St. John’s wort soothe redness, hydrate, fortify and soften

Important: How to use Rose Day Cream

All of our moisturisers are highly concentrated, they’re designed to be applied specifically as follows:

1) Place around a large pea size of Rose Day Cream in the palm of your hand

2) Warm to melt the waxes between the palms of both hands

3) Apply to skin still moist from Toner, to aid absorportion of Rose Day Cream and to ensure even and economical application

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The Formulation


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Zinc Sulfate, Lecithin, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax. * components from natural essential oils 

Peanut Oil
Pharmaceutical grade peanut oil is used as an extracting medium for many plants. It has neutral qualities that do not interfere with the herb’s active constituents. It’s a very stable oil, requiring no additional antioxidants. Our peanut oil is steam treated and filtered to remove the proteins related to peanut allergies and has been tested and certified as aflatoxin-free.

This is a wax obtained from ecological beekeeping. For skin care the melted wax caps of the honeycomb cells are used to protect and care for the skin.

Althaea Officinalis Root Extract (Marsh Mallow)
In accordance with our beliefs we use the the root extract in this instance to address the epidermis or top layer of the skin. Even in antiquity the hairy leaves and the roots of the marsh mallow plant were valued for their high mucilage content. This forms a protective layer on broken or inflamed skin, soothing it, giving it moisture and making it soft and supple. The marsh mallow extracts in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products are prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Rosa Damascena Flower Water or Hydrosol (Damask Rose)
Rose blossoms from certified organic cultivation, obtained during the production of rose essential oil by steam distillation. Rose water has a soothing, anti-inflammatory and harmonising action on the skin.

Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Steam Extract (St. John’s wort)
St. John’s wort flowers during the longest days of the year, when it absorbs the sunlight intensively. It produces deep red dyes and essential oil. The red oily extract obtained from St. John’s wort has a soothing, regenerating and strengthening action on the skin. It soothes skin reddened by the sun. In cosmetic concentrations St. John’s wort oil does not make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Shea butter is obtained from the nuts of the karite tree, which is a native of Africa. This soft plant fat has many skin-nurturing properties. It helps the skin to preserve moisture. The shea butter used in Dr. Hauschka products is obtained from a special cultivation project in Burkina Faso.

Sorbitan Olivate
Organic olive oil and sorbitol, vegetable emulsifier, has been included in the formula. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruit, it’s valued for its nurturing action and its characteristics as a hydrating substance.

Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado)
The oil obtained from the pulp of the avocado by mechanical pressing has a slightly green hue and contains many essential fatty acids and vitamins. It supports the moisture balance of the skin and prevents it from dryness.

Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate
Vegetable glycerol and fatty acids from organic castor oil form a skin-friendly emulsifier.

We only use natural organic essential oils as perfume. In accordance with EU regulatory legislation we are required to detail some natural chemical constituents of essential oils that may be sensitisers. Usually these sensitise when in man made synthetic isolation form as opposed to a minute part of a complete natural essential oil. For instance natural Rose Essential Oil has 350-500 chemical constituents.
Every drop of Rose Essential Oil is the concentrated fragrance of countless hand-sorted rose blossoms. As part of our essential oil mixtures, this precious oil is contained in most Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Several cultivation projects have been initiated to provide organic or biodynamic rose oil. The fine, delicate rose essential oil is valued for its harmonising action.

Rosa Damascena Flower Extract (Damask Rose Flower)
The rose has been called the queen of flowers. Rose petal extracts are prepared using our unique processes. They unfold their harmonising properties in many Dr. Hauschka products.

Rosa Canina Fruit Extract (Rose Hip)
Dog rose (Rosa canina) is a vigorous relative of the hybrid tea rose, it bears red, vitamin-C rich fruits: the rosehips. Rosehip extract strengthens and cares for the skin. Dr. Hauschka uses extracts prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba) 
This wax comes from the leaves of the carnauba palm native in Brazil (harvested in protected wild areas). Carnauba wax is one of the hardest waxes of natural origin. It gives the skin protection from external influences.

Zinc Sulfate
Zinc is known as an essential trace element to the human body. Zinc sulfate stabilises an emulsion. An emulsion is a mixture of water and oil.

Lecithins from soy beans (GM free) bind the oil and water components in creams as a natural emulsifier. They have a smoothing and moisturising action on the skin.

Rosa Damascena Flower Wax (Damask Rose Flower)
The precious wax obtained from rose petals rests gently on the skin and protects it from the environment and dryness.

St. John's wort (Hypericum)
St. John’s wort (Hypericum)

Why does Rose Day Cream contain St. John’s wort (hypericum)?

The iconic Rose Day Cream centres on the many facets of the rose. These are joined by St. John’s wort (hypericum perforatum), a vibrant, yellow summertime flower. The radiant petals, which stretch up towards the sun on straight stems, are abundant at the time of the summer solstice. This seems to be an expression of St. John’s wort’s sunny disposition. In Rose Day Cream, this ‘bringer of light’ supports those who are particularly thin-skinned and in need of protection, helping to protect more successfully against external influences.

Harvesting roses in Ethiopia; Rosenernte Äthiopien

Rose Cultivation Projects

Our Rose Cultivation Partner Projects for organic or biodynamic (Demeter Certified) Damask Roses, including our most recent project in the Ethiopian Highlands, read more here…


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15 Stress Less Tips

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1) Include relaxation in your week for instance, instead of watching tele, dance or do yoga in your living room. A recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68% and listening to music 61%.

2) Go for a walk, preferably in nature, every morning for 30 minutes, maybe find a walking buddy. A 30 minute evening walk helps to clear your mind from the day’s work.

3) Talk about it, problem shared is a problem halved.

4) Breathe, deep breathe and stretch.

5) Go to bed earlier.

6) Focus on what you can control.

7) Reminisce about good times.

8) Look for opportunities in life’s challenges.

9) Stop worrying.

10) Lose yourself in a good book or a great movie.

11) Choose your reaction.

12) Put things into perspective, will this matter a year from now?

13) Do more of what brings you joy.

14) Laughter is the best medicine. SMILE! 🙂

15) Dress daily with a supportive blend: Rose Nurturing Body Cream to nurture your spirit and Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil to soothe your soul. I find Blackthorn Toning Body Oil is strengthening and Almond St. John’s wort Soothing Body Oil is cheerful. Revitalise and energise with Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil and Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Moisturiser.

Blend to suit your needs for daily support. It’s not just about moisturising your skin, although they do that particularly well. We just expect more from our body moisturising.

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence is perfect to aid relaxation and a good night’s sleep…

a) In your compress and hydrate cleansing basin water
b) In the bath
c) On a tissue under your pillow
d) Pour into a pretty bowl of hot water to disperse calming aromatics around your home

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Bathing for relaxation…

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences are available in milky formula Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and Rose Nurturing Bath Essence. Also Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence, Almond Soothing Bath Essence and Sage Purifying Bath Essence.

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