A great place to shop for pampering gift for your friends!

Introducing Shea, situated in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's popular entertainment and shopping district. Shea specialises in retailing vegetarian handmade body care products suitable for normal and sensitive skins. The Old Factory Pte Ltd was established in 2012 by three like minded people who wanted to bring better and affordable skin care products to everyone. The name ‘Old Factory’ is a play on the word olfactory, our sense of smell. The store ‘shea’ ( as most of the products are shea butter based) opened a year later.

They are guided by three core principles. 
The products
• must be vegetarian friendly
• must be predominantly handmade
• must use pure essential oils
Shea bring in products from reputable suppliers from Southern France, India, England, Australia, Morocco, Ghana and Wales.
Shea take skin care very seriously. Whether to relax after a hard day, freshen up before going out or just hiding away for some self pampering, we’ve got you covered.
Shea will make you feel special. You deserve it!

Now, you need not travel far to get such pampering products anymore. 
Cause at Shea, you will find products from all part of the world  like:
• Bomb Cosmetics – England
• Savonnerie le Serail – France
• Nyassa – India
• Specialty Soap Shoppe Queensland – Australia
• You’re Gorgeous – Wales
• Shea – Ghana
• Saadia Organcs - Morocco

Shea is located at
 181 Orchard Road,
 Orchard Central,

Phone :
 +65 6238 1690
 email :


If you are at Shea, don't forget to check out these two gorgeously pure products under the ‘shea’ house brand. They are the pure unrefined Shea Butter and African Black Soap from Ghana.

Pure Shea Butter
Pure Unrefined* Grade ‘A’ Shea Butter (Ghana) Shea butter comes from the nuts of Shea trees which are native of West and Central Africa. Unrefined Shea butter is what you want. Refining process leaves chemical residues and much of the beneficial properties are lost during refining. Our grade

‘A’ unrefined Shea Butter is organic and fair trade.

When Shea butter is unrefined, it is yellow in color and if full of vitamin A, E and is full of moisturizing properties. It will also have a nutty scent. The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn.

It can also be used for hot oil hair treatment, lightening of stretch marks, cracked heel and foot moisturising & treatment, moisturing and giving relief to itchy dry skin, mild sunscreening and a host of other amazing benefits.

The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn.

Our natural chemical free Shea Butter is ideal for baby care. It is perfect for after bath skin care and as a healer in case of eczema or diaper rash for babies and kids.

Shea Butter is also the perfect lip balm (also see Bomb Cosmetics Lip Balms made of shea butter) to protect your lips.

An important property of Shea butter is that it melts on contact and is readily absorbed into the skin, without leaving a sticky greasy residue, making it ideal for use anywhere.

Healing & Anti-Inflamatory Properties
The healing qualities of Shea butter are due to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols, namely oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. Shea butter possesses a significantly greater nonsaponifiable fraction than most other nut oils and fats, which lends the substance greater healing potential for the skin. Shea butter contains several derivatives of cinnamic acid, a compound common to cinnamon and balsam trees. These components are known to have anti-inflamatory properties. There is evidence to suggest that cinnamic acid esters in Shea fat help to prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation

Hair Revitalization
Thanks to its deeply moisturizing qualities, Shea butter is the best revitalization cure for your hair. Dry, dull, falling, lumpy or damaged, your hair will always benefit from a Shea butter mask which will give vitality, suppleness and shine back to your hair.

The Body Healer
Given its high content in anti-inflammatory and healing components, Shea butter helps the healing of skin disorders and problems like eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, skin cracks and minor cuts. Moreover Shea butter is deeply soothing and calming on any irritation and inflammation. Because it helps the healing of the skin, it can take care of heel and skin cracks in record time.

Pure African Black Soap (Ghana)
First and foremost, African Black Soap is NOT BLACK. It is brown/black in colour. It is most used in Ghana and Nigeria and is soft with an organic shape. It has a delicate texture with a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap has been used for hair care & skin care for centuries. 

Today people from all walks of life are benefiting from this amazing African soap. It is made of plantain skins, palm kernel oil, palm oil, cocoa pod, coconut oil, and natural salt. It is a natural source of vitamin A and E and Iron.
 It is very mild and gentle and does not contain lye. It is made primarily of shea butter, cocoa butter and virgin palm oil.

African black soap is one of the best ways to control teen acne. It also helps lighten blemishes. Due to the high shea and coao butter content, it is a superb skin moisturiser. African Black Soap is suitable for use on the whole body from hair to toe. 

You're Gorgeous luxury natural handmade cold process soap from Wales
They are made as pure and authentic as possible; soap making from scratch from fine plant oils and extracts, botanicals, organic ingredients, aromatherapy and essential oils. These soaps are an absolute must for those who love to be pampered. These soaps are suitable for those with normal to sensitive skin that can tolerate small amounts of essential oils.

 Wow they also sell "Delicious" cake too!
But they are not for eating. Cause they are Cake Soap!
Vegetable based soap with essential oils and moisturiser to add fun in the bath! 
You can even buy them as a fantastic gift for your friends.

 You can find essential shower gel & shampoo too.

Tinned Candle from Bomb Comestics
Loaded with essential oils and have a 50 hours burn time.
They will fill the rooms with the most amazing fragrances!

 They are mot candies for you to mix and match.
They are Little Hotties, Home Fragrance Melters.

Place a few of the Little Hotties into your melter and put a lit tealight below to allow them to melt.

 Try mixing them to create a unique fragrance!
Have fun!

 Specialty Soap Shoppe Australia
SSS has been around for about 10 years and specialise in extremely pure cold process soaps. Their Goats Milk Soaps (where all water is substituted with Goats milk) and Honey Range soaps are just amazing. The milk used is from fresh milk and not from powdered goats milk. This ensures that the nutritional benefits of goats milk soap is maximised. These soaps are fabulously good for those with very dry skins and those who have problems like eczema, psoriasis. Their honey range soaps are made with pure Australian honey. Honey, being naturally anti-bacterial and a humactant is very effective in controlling both facial and body acne. The oatmilk used in some of their soaps provide natural enzymes that are most beneficial for skin care.

Specialty Soap Shoppe also manufacture a very wide range of mildly fragranced soaps for people with sensitive skins but can tolerate the small amounts of essential oils. Specialty Soap Shoppe products are SLS, paraben and SLES free. Most of the soaps take more than a week to manufacture in their special drying rooms. This ensures that the valuable glycerin remains in the soap giving a natural moisturising effect.

 Essential Oils
Pure concentrated essential oils extracted from natural sources and sourced from around the world.

 Funky Fresh Candle
Brimming with the pure essential oils, fresh scents and with the odd spot of glitter, these beautiful candles have a burn time of over 35 hours.

 Shower soap from Bomb Comestics

 Nyassa Essential Oil Soap
highly moisturising vegetable based soaps with pure essential oils for normal and sensitive skin very long lasting fragrances.

 Bomb Cosmetics Bomb Cosmetics
Background on Bomb Cosmetics Bomb Cosmetics currently export to around 47 countries in the world and They distribute to about 2800 retailers just in the UK alone! Product categories are invented by their own inhouse creative team. They are one of the best kept secrets of the UK! Bomb Cosmetics manufacture all their goods in their own factory in England. Their products are handmade and are as natural as possible. Most contain pure essential oils, top quality shea butter and other choice ingredients. Their products are generally SLS and paraben free. 

 All their soaps and bath blaster are painstakingly made by hand resulting is very beautiful and amazingly fragranced and functional creations. Soaps are pH neutral and loaded with natural vegetable based glycerine that helps lock moisture in the skin to prevent dryness. Even their candles and tubbed products are hand poured and decorated by hand. Their innovative products make for excellent gifts and, self pampering. Why not, you deserve it.

Saadia Organics Argan Oil
Saadia Organics Argan Oil is the best 100% pure, cosmetic grade, hand pressed Argan Oil from Morocco. Hand pressing ensures that all the magnificent benefits of Argan Oil remain intact.

Argan Oil absorbs quickly into the skin and has a non greasy texture. Argan Oil is extremely high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it is beneficial for many skin issues including eczema, dry skin, cradle cap and acne.

Face and Skin
Argan Oil is known as nature’s ultimate anti-aging product. It is extremely high in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, sterols, polyphenols, and carotenoids. For basic skin care, Argan Oil can be used as a daily moisturizer and as a makeup base. It is also useful for skin conditions such as: psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, contact dermatitis, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, scarring, minor burns and cracked heels.

Argan Oil is good for both dry and oily skin. It helps to regulate (reduce) the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), in the skin. This will result in reduction of acne. In addition, it is ideal to use after waxing, laser treatments, chemical peels and moisturising dry feet and heels.

Rejuvenation of Hair

The high level of Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture and repair environmental, chemical, or styling damage. High unsaturated fatty acids help to strengthen protein bonds in the hair shaft. Argan Oil also regulates oil production in the sebaceous glands, aiding with issues of dry or oily scalp.

Nail Conditioning
The high content of Vitamin E, F, and essential fatty acids, in Argan Oil will help counter brittleness, loss of flexibility, ‘shredding’ nails and rough, dry cuticles. There are a number of reasons for this; amongst them are exposure to water and detergents, cleaning with nail polish remover and working in dry environments. When applied, Argan Oil will penetrate into nails making tougher and thus less prone to breakage. It also improved water repellency and they less shredding when filing and, dry cuticles get moisturised at the same time.

As a side note, applying a little Argan Oil onto nail polished nails will reduce the chance of the nail polish chipping, the as the toughness of the polish is improved.

‘Shea' is definitely a great place to get very good quality,  high end products at a reasonable earth prices and their staff are knowledgeable about their products.

And beside they carries a very unique mix of products that cater to those with sensitive skin or those who want very natural products as well as those who seek beautiful and thoughtful gifts.

Shea Singapore is located at  #B2-­‐47 Orchard Central.



  1. Really detailed write up. Thanks.

  2. You have an amazing blog and I am surprised to see NYASSA in SGP. Do read my review for NYASSA handmade soap with Cocoa butter.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I have also been to Shea and they sell great products. I also discovered this online store in Singapore that sells 100% organic and unrefined shea butter as well. I have tried the Shea Butter and it is very authentic. Besides the original Shea Butter, they also sell soft Shea Butter, which really is whipped Shea Butter. The whipped Shea Butter is soft and makes it very easy to apply on the skin. No need to dig.

    You can take a look at http://store.thediysecrets.com/product-category/shea-butter-unrefined/

  4. Good blog with useful information. Thanks for sharing.
    African Black Soap, an honored beauty secret, made from palm ash, tamarind extract, tar and plantain peel, helps to calm and clear blemishes and troubled skin. It is always available African Black Soap In Dubai and Beauty Blender Dubai here.