Babassu Oil is known as being soothing, protective, conditioning and moisturizing to the skin. Babassu Oil penetrates quickly without a greasy after feel like many other oils. This oil is a common additive in products that are formulated for dry scalp and itching skin. Our Babassu Oil is all natural and is Cold Pressed.
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Babassu kernel oil first became an important commodity during the first World War because other supplies of vegetable oil were scarce. It was then chiefly used as an edible oil but after the war exports fell and by the mid 1960's it was zero. On occasions since then babassu oil has been exported briefly when there was a shortage of coconut oil.
The plant and its enviroment
The babassu palm tree is native to the coastal areas of north eastern Brazil and other regions of South America and grows to a height of about 20m.
The nuts grow high up and so babassu fruit is generally harvested after it has fallen from the bunch. The fallen fruits are gathered and split to remove the kernel. Kernel extraction has traditionally been carried out by women and children, but this is not easy as fruits vary in size considerable and the number of kernels within also varies. Consequently, machine extraction yields mostly damaged kernel that must be precessed immediately to avoid rancidity.
Babassu is a non-drying oil and the physical and chemical properties very similar to coconut oil. It is light yellow clear oil used in food and cleansing products. This oil has properties similar to coconut oil and is increasing being used as a replacement for coconut oil, but it is comparitively expensive.
Babassu oil is cold pressed from the kernel, containing about 70% lipids, and is ultra-refined without chemicals.
The melting point is quite close to that of skin temperature and giving a cooling effect when applied to the skin. It's high lipid profile (up to 70% lipids) gives it emollient properties making it good for massage.
Babassu is emollient, being beneficial for both dry and oily skins, moisturizing the skin without an oily sheen: it leaves the skin soft, with a protective coating and can be used in bath, massage, and skin care, usually combined with essential oils.
External use only.
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