Community Trade

Soya Oil

From Brazil

Gebana Brazil produces soya oil from GM-free, organically grown soya beans cultivated in the hinterlands of the Iguazu River. The beans are transported to Capanema where the oil is extracted by mechanical pressing, then filtered, degummed and shipped to Europe.

The Heart Inside


We've been working with Gebana since 2006. It comprises around 350 families – mostly smallholder farmers. Soya farming is one of the major contributors to deforestation in Brazil. Gebana supports more sustainable farming methods.


Most of the local farmers' income comes from selling soya, but they grow other crops and vegetables for sale and family consumption. Unlike big monocultures common in other regions in Brazil, Gebana promotes small properties with high levels of biodiversity.


Farmers in Capanema have been passionate about organic farming for decades. They say how they noticed a marked improvement in their health as soon as they stopped working with chemicals and pesticides.


Gebana has stood firm against the spread of GM crops, though they're more lucrative. "It is not natural and is not good for the community or the environment. (GM farming) endangers nature and harms our health," says Alberto Fritzen, a Gebana farmer.


On top of the price of the soya oil, The Body Shop pays Gebana a premium which has financed training programs in organic farming techniques, organic certification and bulk purchase of organic fertiliser. Gaining Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) certification is just one of its many successes.

Our Iconic Soya Oil Products

Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

  • Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

    Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.

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Aloe Body Butter

  • Aloe Body Butter

    This gentle Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Trade organic aloe vera and is fragrance-free.

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For Men Maca Root Razor Relief

  • For Men Maca Root Razor Relief

    Cool, calm and soothe his just-shaved skin with a lightweight, silky-smooth balm that helps minimize any irritation caused by shaving.

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Satsuma Shower Gel

  • Satsuma Shower Gel

    This soap-free shower gel contains zesty satsuma essential oil and has a refreshing citrus scent.

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