Buttered Up

When Akua Wood fell for a Brit and moved to England with him 11 years ago, the cold, damp winters and raw winds came as a shock — especially to her skin. A Ghanaian native who had spent a year studying in Italy, she was used to kinder climes ... and better moisturizers. So she made a virtue out of necessity and started concocting her own, using an ingredient native to her country of birth: shea butter. 404 Not Found

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Since 2002 she has sold the moisturizer and other homemade bath products under her Cioccolatina brand (

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