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L’occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream, 50ml, $58
FRENCH firm L’Occitane has been working with groups of women in Burkina Faso since the 1980s in a fair-trade partnership to promote the shea nut, widely used in the east African nation for soothing and healing. From a new range of products (including serum and body butter) for dehydrated skin, this face cream contains 25 per cent shea butter and can be used morning and night on the face and neck. It absorbs rapidly with no oily traces and comes in a retro metal-topped container. More: au.loccitane.com.