Botanical Name: Orbignya oleifera
Appearance: Semi Solid
Color: Pasty white
The Babassu Tree is a tall palm tree with large feathery-looking palm leaves that grow wild in northern regions of Brazil. The tree provides many different kinds of materials that are used for a wide variety of applications.
The fruit matures from the tree's flowers, blooming between January and April. Once the fruit fully ripens, it falls to the ground. The fruit has 4 layers, the tough shell-like outer layer and the middle layer, which is mostly starchy and surrounds the third layer, which is very hard and thick. This inner layer, which is very difficult to crack open, encases the protected seeds. Each fruit can have between 2 to 8 seeds.
The Babassu palm requires between 10 and 12 years to produce enough fruit to harvest the seeds. The tree reaches productive maturity between 15 and 20 years, with an average life of 35. And it has three stages of growth.
Babassu grows in dense jungles, and gathering and transporting fruits is arduous work. Machines are often used to help crack the hard outer layer of the seed encasement, but removing the actual seed is usually done by hand.
When making skin care products, we can easily substitute coconut oil with babassu and get the same results. Babassu Oil has a similar look, feel, and therapeutic properties to coconut oil. It liquifies in warm temperatures and solidifies when cooled. The oil is expeller pressed from the kernels of the fruit, which is about 6 inches long. The kernels can contain upward of 80% oil. Cracking the 1-inch thick shell of the Babassu fruit is very difficult and can take almost 5 tons of force to crack!
Benefits of Babassu for Skin Care
Benefits of Babassu for Hair Care
- Soothes dry sun damaged skin
- Protects the skin from free radicals and UV Rays
- Supports skin's balance
- Promotes a healthy glow
- Eases away skin irritation
- Nourishes sensitive skin
- Protects hair from sun damage and environmental stressors
- Reduces breakage and split ends by strengthening hair
- Increases natural shine
- Supports a healthy scalp
How to use Babassu Oil:
When formulating your own skincare products, we recommend using Babassu Oil at the following percentages for use in different applications:
- To lock in moisture and increase the skin's vibrancy, apply pure unblended Babassu Oil directly to cleansed, damp skin; good for the body.
- Babassu Oil can replace your daily body lotion, leaving your skin feeling more protected, nourished, and resilient.
- For softener and more nourished hair, add between ½ tsp to 1 TBSP of Babassu Oil to your hair mask or massage directly on your hair, leave it in for at least 30 minutes and then wash out.
- For use in hair products, conditions, masks, and creams, service between 10-20%
- For use in body moisturizing creams and lotions, body butter, balms, and salves, use between 10-20%.
- For soaps, use between 10-20%
Babassu Oil will solidify at cooler temperatures; it's recommended to gently warm it until it becomes liquid.
Babassu supports a Healthy Scalp
Because of its nourishing and hydrating properties, Babassu Oil can be a great choice when looking to promote scalp health. Its natural protective characteristics can help the skin of the scalp fortify against infection. It also encourages healthy circulation to the hair follicles, supporting the growth of stronger and shinier hair.
Babassu hydrates and nourishes hair to improve the appearance
Our hair is constantly bombarded by extreme climate changes, numerous hair products, and heated tools like hair dryers, irons, and straighteners. And this damages and weakens our hair causing it to look dull and dry. By brushing Babassu Oil through your hair, you can replenish hydration that will leave your hair looking healthier and shinier.
Babassu offers Skin a Youthful Glow
The array of essential fatty acids present in Babassu Oil is known to support the skin's natural ability to regenerate and re-balance. Babassu Oil can offer a dewy glow and a younger, more vibrant-looking appearance.
Babassu promotes skin resiliency and immunity
Babassu Oil shares many similar properties with coconut oil which has been known to protect and fortify our skin against the constant assault of pathogens and environmental stressors our skin battles daily.
Babassu promotes clear and healthy skin
Although Babassu Oil may take longer to absorb into our skin and feel greasy. Its nutritional and tonifying properties make it one of the best choices for those looking for natural remedies to increase the youthful appearance of the skin.
The Chemistry of the Oil
Babassu oil is very similar to coconut oil in its texture, essential fatty acid composition, and ways it’s used. In many instances, it can be used as a substitute for coconut oil. The oil contains 72% lipids, along with trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, sterols, phytosterols, and antioxidants.
Here are a few of the Essential Fatty Acids that we can find in Babassu oil: