Labour of Love
For generations, the women of the savannah have churned shea butter with their hands to sustain their families. In the process, they have formed an almost spiritual bond with the shea crop.
In spite of the difficult production process of shea butter making, these women have developed love for the process. Year in and year out, thousands of the women band together to undertake this long and strenuous manufacturing process but there is no doubt that they sincerely love what they do.
The peeled nuts are dried once more,washed and crushed, still by hand before being roasted to release a lovely buttery scent. It is then ground by hand to produce a thick pleasant sludge.
In the most difficult part of the process yet, the women, synchronised in song and motion, churn the sludge by hand for hours as water is added intermittently. The outcome of this process is butter oil which is then boiled to produce a liquid which is left to thicken into shea butter as we know it.
The final product exemplifies love and dedication, conceived through a loving process while its usage justifies love for one’s own self. As has been argued earlier, love begins with self love and self love begins with loving your body. Hence, using premier, naturally produced shea products is loving yourself and puts you in a position to extend love to others.
Loving shea butter is loving yourself. Let's continue to ‘shea’ love in this month of love.
In the spirit of love, we at Hamamat will want to entreat you to an opportunity to love yourselves a bit more. All through this month, we are giving you special offers on our range of projects. Log on and spoil yourselves.