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Tammie is Wearing a Basket  Made by Her New Friend

Tammie is Wearing a Basket Made by Her New Friend

Meet Shea Terra Founder,

TAMMIE UMBEL

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In 1999, Shea Terra founder, Tammie Umbel, embarked on an incredible journey to bring natural beauty secrets to the world. Considered one of the founding mothers of the green beauty movement, Tammie spent endless years identifying indigenous ingredients and their traditional uses. Tammie continues her quest for unknown ingredients to enhance skin and hair health while creating economic opportunities for remote regions of the world. She works closely with wildlife conservation groups which give economic incentives to local populations to preserve habitats.

I created the first Shea Terra products in 1999. We no longer have those products, but they formed the basis for how I formulated Shea Terra products. I think I was born with a miniature Shea Terra inside me. If anything, I probably came into this world with the seeds for Shea Terra. My earliest memories are my fondness for nature. I was a very curious child. I was very curious about plants and loved the aromas of nature. I was very sensitive to suffering and formed bonds with animals. I couldn’t imagine hurting an animal and pondered over how humans were destroying animal habitats. I had a fascination with cultures. I was particularly fond of the Chinese and Indian cultures. I learned everything that I could about distant places. I wanted to join the Peace Corp to help those in need. At the same time, I believed in empowering people. I felt it was more important to give someone the tools that they need to help themselves than to provide them with handouts. The more I look back at my life it seems that I was being prepared to create Shea Terra.

Tammie with Girls at the Ghassool Mine in Atlas

Tammie with Girls at the Ghassool Mine in Atlas

Checking Out Kigelia Africana (Sausage Fruit) in Zimbabwe

Checking Out Kigelia Africana (Sausage Fruit) in Zimbabwe

Tammie Traveling on Nile to Visit Nubian Tribes

Tammie Traveling on Nile to Visit Nubian Tribes

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The Marula Women of Namibia Throw Tammie a Party

The Marula Women of Namibia Throw Tammie a Party

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Smelling Cedar in the Atlas

Smelling Cedar in the Atlas

Date Palms of Zaghoura

Date Palms of Zaghoura

Calendula Fields in the Nile Valley

Calendula Fields in the Nile Valley