The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) is aiming to connect cosmetic brands from Asia Pacific directly with the rural producers of shea butter, to better the social and economic standings of African women and their families.
The association is on a mission is to connect cosmetic brands from Asia Pacific directly with the rural producers of shea butter.
By connecting the brands directly with the rural producers, it will make the shea business more profitable for them.
Forestwise, a supplier of wild harvest ingredient from the rainforest, is aiming to secure multinational customers from the cosmetics and food industry in order to better support the community.
Illipe butter is made from the nuts of the endangered Shorea stenoptera tree, which only grows in the forests of Borneo, that is facing uncontrollable challenges such as climate change.
By bringing multinationals on board is imperative for the company, which is struggling to help as many rainforest communities as it would like.
Korean skincare brand Deardot is seeking to branch out overseas with products containing a ‘forgotten fruit’ that can only be found on Jeju Island.
A key ingredient of Deardot’s products is a fermented extract of Dangyuja, an endangered citrus species found only on Jeju Island, South Korea.
The ‘forgotten fruit’ and its benefits were rediscovered by Deardot’s founder Hoisook Kim in 2020. After two years of product development and testing, the brand’s first products were launched this year.
The prospect of more commercialisation opportunities and the insatiable demand for A-beauty is fuelling more interest in cosmetics among Australian First Nation growers.
Many of these communities depend solely on the bushfood industry for survival, which has been proven to be very unstable, as the COVID-19 pandemic has proven.
Cosmetic, could create more opportunities for more Indigenous growers to scale. Furthermore, it would allow greater inclusion of Indigenous people and brands in representing A-beauty.
Sandalwood supplier Quintis is aiming to tap into rising demand for multifunctional beauty products with a new powder that it believes has potential across skin care, colour cosmetics, and hair care.
Quintis Sandalwood, one of the world’s largest suppliers of Indian sandalwood oil, launched its Indian Sandalwood Extra Fine Powder in October this year.
Made from the micronised heartwood of sustainably and ethically grown Indian sandalwood trees in Australia, the powder contains 3% Indian sandalwood oil and properties of anti-Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) antibodies.