Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter
Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter? Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.
Nourishing & Anti-Aging
Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production. Cupuacu butter is also very hydrating and is able to retain water in your skin.
Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty
Cupuacu butter is a great vegan/plant-based alternative to lanolin. Lanolin comes from the glands of wool-bearing animals (mainly sheep) and is often used in body care products meant for deep nourishment. Cupuacu butter actually provides superior skin hydration compared to lanolin and it does not cause skin irritation that many receive as a result from using products containing lanolin. On another note, many consumers are wanting products that are vegan and cruelty-free when it comes to animal treatment. In fact, Google highlights vegan skin care as an important trend with searches for it growing over 80% each year! Learn more about vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.
Uses of Cupuacu Butter in Body Care Products
We use cupuacu butter in several of the formulas in the Professional Skin Care Course; Camu Camu Cream, Cupuacu Body Butter. These are some of our favorite formulas that are highly moisturizing. The uses of cupuacu butter in body care products is endless! With it’s nourishing, smoothing and anti-aging properties, cupuacu butter can be used in a variety of products including:
- Lip balm
- Body butter/balm
- Leave-in Hair Conditioner
- Anti-Aging Skin Toner
- Sun protectant
Cupuacu Butter Resources
When purchasing ingredients for skin and hair care products, it is important you are getting a high quality product that is responsibly sourced.
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