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Babacu means in the indigenous language Tupi Guarani ba = fruits and acu = large and is basically a subsistence oil crop . The palm originates in southeastern Amazon, especially in the states of Maranhao and Piaui.
From the palm everything is useful. Its leaves are used to cover roofs, from its fibers baskets, screens, and other craft products are manufactured. From the mesocarp of the fruit a very nutritious flour is extracted, also called babassu powder. The endoarp provides a high calorific charcoal.
The composition of babassu oil fatty acids is very similar to coconut oil, with high content of lauric and myristic acids. Ths first one known for its antim icrobial effect.
In the manufacture of soap is used to replace the fa ts of animal origin, and as a raw material for the production of surfactants for industrial and cosmetic purposes. Displays emulsifying properties which justify their use in the preparation of type O /W emulsions.
The babassu oil melts rapidly (such as coconut oil), but does not penetrate deep into the skin without leaving a greasy film . Displays emollient properties promoting hydration without increasing their grease. Studies have shown that pre-treatment of the skin with lauric acid increases its permeability to certain active substances. Suitable for cosmetic formulations for dry skins and massage oils.
Production Process: Cold Extraction
Scientific name: Orbignya oleifera
Source of Raw Material: Amazonian Rainforest / Brazil
Solvent Extraction: Absent
Used part of the plant: Kernel
Origin of the Vegetable Drug: Wild crafted
Product harmless, for cosmetic use only, not suited for human consumption.
Should be stored tightly sealed, protected from light and heat.