WHAT IS IT?
The Babassu oil or cusi oil comes from the fruits of the Babassu palm trees that are native to the Southern American regions particularly in Brazil. A Babassu palm tree grows for up to 20 metres tall and the oil extracted from its seeds are widely being used as an alternative to coconut oil and as a cleansing agent by the soap and detergent industry. Today, the Babassu oil has also found its way into the personal care and beauty industry because of its moisturizing properties.
The Babassu palm tree fruits are harvested from August to November by the local and native women of Brazil called the “Babassu breakers.” These women collect the fruits that have naturally fallen down the ground and break them using an axe, hence, the name. They get the meat or flesh of these fruits and cold-press them until they get a clear light yellow vegetable oil from them.
WHY IS IT POPULAR?
You can say that the Babassu oil has become very popular in the beauty industry because it possesses a number of fatty acids that are beneficial to the skin’s overall health. 50% of the Babassu Oil’s composition is made up of lauric acid while the remaining 50% is made from a combination of Stearic, Myristic, Palmitic and Oleic acids. It is also rich in Vitamin E and Phytosterols which act as the oil’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents.
THE USES OF BABASSU
For years, the native Brazillians use Babassu oil as their cooking oil for food and a cleansing agent for soaps and detergents. It also works wonders in treating itchiness and dryness to skin and scalp. The oil is also being used to treat a number of skin diseases and illness like eczema. One thing you have to know about Babassu oil is that its consistency is actually watery and really oily. With this, the Babussa oil blends well on the skin which makes it a good moisturizer without the greasy after-feel. It’s a great addition to organic hair care products because its mild and it doesn’t strip off the natural oils from the hair strands. It’s moisturizing qualities conditions and restores the hair’s elasticity and health.