As far as body products go, if I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t wear it. Olive Oil is pretty much my go to product for body, face, eye make-up remover, hair and cuticle conditioner and anything in need of moisture. Olive oil is cheap, non-toxic and it works. But there is one brand for which I will make an exception and splurge, L’Occitane.
I always loved the smell, the feel, the metal tube and the fact that it came from France. ( Doesn’t everything French seem more luxurious?) It’s also non-toxic made of mostly shea butter and almond, lavender and coconut extracts. But I just learned that since 2006 L’Occitane has been working hard at doing good in Burkina Faso, providing literacy and micro-credit programs to foster economic development for the women of this African country.
A new limited edition collection with packaging inspired by traditional African graphics, celebrating regional tribes, is an homage to the women who grow the ultranourishing shea butter- the heart of the L’Occitane lines.
Twenty dollars for a tube of hand cream that supports women (who just want to support themselves) is a pretty inexpensive luxury in today’s economy. That combined with pair of Tom’s shoes could give real meaning to “giving” this coming holiday season.