Comes from the palm tree Orbignya phalerata Mart of Brazil
Important to the Brazilian economy – get Fair Trade, Organic, and cold pressed
Local women, called “Babassu Breakers,” collect the nuts that have fallen from the ground and break them open with an axe (Souza et al, 2011).
Composed of fatty acids, including lauric acid, it is very nourishing for the skin
A favorite for lotion and soap makers
Similar to coconut oil but leaves less greasy residue
Soothing, cooling, moisturizing, it is especially good for dry scalp and itchy skin
About $9 for 15 ounces
Virgin Red Palm Oil
Comes from Elaeis guineensis
The Industrial Revolution created a demand for palm oil at the turn of the century and huge plantations that destroyed local habitats where developed in Asia. It is important to get Fair Trade Red Palm Oil, which comes from its indigenous location, grown on small African farms. Click below to read more about the importance of Fair Trade, Virgin, Organic Palm Oil: http://coconutoil.com/palm_oil_history/
Contains carotenes with 15 times more carotenoids than carrots (Tropical Traditions, 2015).
The carrier oil with the most Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant (Tropical Traditions, 2015).
Excellent choice for body care products and to use in cooking
One quart is about $20
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (pictured above)
Comes from Hippophae rhamnoides
Used for eczema, burns, skin scars
High in vitamin E, A, and carotenoids
Beta-carotene gives it the bright orange color
Its high content of Palmitoleic acid is known for improving skin wounds (Zeb, 2004)
Moisturizes, eases irritation, treats acne, and offers anti-aging for the skin
Souza, M. H., Monteiro, C. A., Figueredo, P. M., Nascimento, F. R. F., & Guerra, R. N. (2011). Ethnopharmacological use of babassu (Orbignya phalerata Mart) in communities of babassu nut breakers in Maranhão, Brazil. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 133(1), 1-5