Babassu oil is cold expeller pressed from the seeds of the Babassu palm trees, Attalea speciosa, grown in the Amazon jungles of southern Brazil.
When melted, it has a light, yellowish color. In liquid form it looks similar to vegetable oil. At room temperature, it has a solid form with a white color. It has very little scent characteristic of many carrier oils.
This oil is refined in Europe without harsh chemicals. This ensures healthful properties and avoidance of adverse skin reactions. It is found in commercial and homemade beauty products including: soaps, creams, lotions, shampoos and lip balms.
Almost 70% of this oil is composed of lauric and myristic acids, which gives it a melting point close to your body temperature. When applied to skin, it will melt on contact and penetrate deep within the skin, quickly, with no greasy feeling. This natural oil contains soothing, softening, moisturizing, and skin protective properties. It has similar properties as Coconut Oil and is often used as a substitute.
It helps reduce inflammation. It is helpful for dry skin, oily skin, itchy skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis, inflamed skin, wrinkles and fine lines.
Handcraft this oil into homemade soaps, homemade shampoo and homemade lip balms. When it's used as a soap making oil it offers a hard bar of soap with fluffy and stable lather.
It's often used to replace Coconut Oil in homemade soap recipes, since it provides similar properties for the skin and scalp. It has a shelf life of, approximately, one to two years.
Use in homemade shampoo to moisturize dry scalp conditions, reduce flakiness and get rid of dandruff. Use in lip balms to soothe, moisturize and relieve dry, chapped and cracked lips.
SAPONIFICATION VALUES: (Converted to ounces)
NaOH: .176 oz. / KOH: .248 oz.