Akua Wood of Sheabutter Cottage founded her toiletry brand Cioccolatina in November 2002 in response to her frustration in trying to find a natural range of toiletries to moisturise her skin, as well as to fulfil her need to work at home. "The British cold, damp winters and raw winds came as a shock when I moved to England" - especially to her skin.
A Ghanaian native who had spent a year studying in Italy, she was used to kinder climes ... and better moisturisers. So she made a virtue out of necessity and started concocting her own, using an ingredient native to her country of birth: shea butter.

The birth of multi award-winning Sheabutter Cottage in 2004 was in response to the growth of the need for more natural ethical ingredients including exotic butters + supplies.

Sheabutter Cottage is a company true to their ideals – “we are striving for the finest quality at all times”.

We take great pride in ethically sourcing high-quality ingredients directly from farmers/producers or through community projects.

  • The use of only natural products from traceable sources using sustainable farming methods.
  • NOT using chemical additives in our products thereby ensuring the customer uses wholly natural products to the benefit of their skin and wellbeing.
  • NO testing on animals.
  • The use of products which have had no child labour in any part of the supply chain.
  • Truth in labelling.
  • A fair price paid for all ingredients and reflected in a reasonable scale price for our customers.
  • Financial support to farmers’ co-operatives supplying the bulk of our raw materials
  • We believe in empowering men & women
  • We believe in ethical trading & supporting communities
  • We believe in philanthropy before profit
  • We believe in helping to make poverty history!

"As a native of Ghana (West Africa), I have grown up using natural products such as shea butter - the passion of which originates from experiencing its moisturising and healing properties. I believe that it is quite simply a unique natural ingredient in skin care.
I am offering you the chance to share in this experience.
Most of our products are purchased directly from farmer co-operatives worldwide and are of the finest quality - this is what I believe in most - Akua Wood"