Today in where your cosmetics come from: John Liebhardt from Global Voices Online reports that Western beauty companies "have been falling over themselves trying to purchase fresh raw shea from cooperatives of African women." He links to an American expat in Burkina Faso, who deconstructs a self-congratulatory ad for L'Occitane's shea butter products and issues this correction: women are not making money from the collection of nuts from shea trees, but the processing of them into butter, which, she points out, "is lots of work...there's not one word about the labor actually involved. It is invisible." (More on that labor and the profits made from it here and here.) [Global Voices Online, Burkina Mom's Life In Africa]


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