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Buy Burkina Faso SOAPS

a wonderful fair trade gift

Social and economic emancipation project in an African village. 
Soaps with 60% of Shea , Coconut oil and with essential oils or fragrances



Produced and hand-cut by the women of the “Association Femmes Actives de Boussouma” center - Burkina Faso.


Why is Boussouma (cold saponified) soap better for our skin than industrial soap?

  • It does not contain petroleum-derived surfactants such as EDTA (ethylene diamino tetra acetate), parabens, triclosan, sodiolauryl sulfate, PEG (polyethylene glycol), POE .... and the list is still very long! All ingredients to be avoided because they are harmful to our body.

  • It does not contain preservatives, fixatives, dyes, chemical fragrances or foaming agents

  • Cold saponification maintains the natural glycerin (which softens the skin) which, on the other hand, is almost absent in most of the soaps on the market.

  • The addition of vegetable oils after saponification allows to maintain all the properties of the oil itself, as it is not saponified.

  • The essential oils added after saponification retain all the properties of the active ingredients.

  • Respect the Ph of our skin

  • Most industrial soaps are made with animal fats (bovine or pork) because they are less expensive. When buying a soap it is advisable to check its composition.

Boussouma soaps contain 60% shea butter and coconut and cotton vegetable oils , enriched with the following organic essential oils:

  • three lavenders (Lavender Stoechas, hybrid and officinale) which have an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant effect, indicated for muscle pain.

  • cedar wood (Cedrus atlantica / deodora) for oily skin and psoriasis.

  • sweet orange (Citrus cinesis) with anti-stress and deodorant effect.

  • The color of the soap comes from the following natural pigments:

    • Turmeric (Kour koum, the "Indian saffron") of yellow color, widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat burns and insect bites.

    • Poppy seeds (slightly exfoliating)

    • Powdered black vegetable charcoal (charcoal is also used as a food supplement).

We “heal” our body with natural products and participate in human and economic development for the women of the Center

Download the brochure 

In Burkina Faso the Shea tree grows spontaneously, the processing of its nuts allows to obtain a butter rich in nourishing substances and regenerating the elastic fibers of the epidermis.  The women of the village of Boussouma organized themselves into a cooperative  and after a short training conducted by us, since 2011, they produce scented Shea Butters with certified essential oils and soaps with over 60% of Shea and coconut oil. These work activities allow 100 women to have skilled employment during the long dry season, in which they are inactive due to the impossibility of cultivating the land. These transformation activities allow to have a job and contribute with the arrival of economic resources from outside the community, capital and Europe, to contribute and overcome the typical informal subsistence economy of African villages, increasing the resilience of communities.

Income for women SHEA SOAPS 

The project promotes a model of emancipation and socio-economic development in a rural community, enhancing the human and environmental resources present. In Burkina Faso the Shea tree grows spontaneously, its craftsmanship up to the production of soaps with over 70% of Shea Butter and certified essential oils, allows not only the work activity of 80 women but the activation of a highly profitable production pilot model. Read everything

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