A background in international development, paired with ongoing experience in the ethical investment industry, naturally led Tessa Albrecht to responsible skincare production.

“Humanité skincare came about after I discovered that many ingredients in [many of the products we use] come from farmers in developing countries who barely earn a living from their harvest,” Albrecht says. Keen to develop a product range based on ingredients she could obtain through transparent sourcing, she turned to shea butter.

The Shea Butter in Albrecht’s skincare range is Fairtrade and comes from a cooperative of 5000 women in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The women make the shea butter locally and a Fairtrade certification means that a fair price is paid to cover sustainable production. A portion of sales is given back to producers, for investment in local community projects.

The Humanité Skincare range is launching with three products developed from shea butter. The first is a rich and creamy hand balm in a convenient pump bottle – it’s infused with the scent of basil, cinnamon and blood orange. The Day Cream and Body Tonic are lighter blends of the shea butter than the hand balm, and are scented with camellia and Siberian ginseng.

Humanité is available from select stockists. The first retail space to stock Humanité is The Stables Co-op in Surry Hills, "The Stables are pioneer curators of emerging brands, we're excited to have them as our first stockist.” Albrecht says, “The collaboration came from a shared interest in celebrating the stories and people behind our products, and from a values match on the importance of ethical sourcing."

Find the Humanité skincare range at The Stables Co-op and humanite.com.au.