Sustainable Babassu Oil – A Fantastic Alternative to Palm Oil

Written by: | February 7, 2017 | Leave a Comment

If you’ve been looking for an environmentally responsible alternative to palm oil, our USDA Certified Organic Babassu oil may become your new favorite oil. This beautifully clear, light-yellow oil is higher in lauric acid than coconut oil. Lauric acid is a fantastic moisturizer that also soothes the skin and hair, and has a very slight bay leaf scent. Sustainable babassu oil also brings along anti-oxidant powerhouse vitamin E, and phytosterols great for helping aging and mature skin look and feel soothed, hydrated, and oh-so-soft.

Native to the northern and central regions of Brazil, the babassu palm tree has wild, fan-shaped fronds and grows in an 18 million hectare area adjacent to the Amazon basin. Each babassu tree produces more than 500 nuts per harvest, and the fronds are used in housing.

The babassu tree is a critical subsistence resource in Maranhão, where more than 300,000 families– mostly women, harvest babassu and are often dependent upon this activity for their economic survival.


Cold-pressed babassu oil has an emollient factor similar to coconut oil but is not greasy. Think silky, soothing, and soft. You can substitute it 1:1 for mango, cupuacu, shea, and of course, coconut and palm oils. Babassu is considered a soft oil and is well suited for skincare and cosmetics designed for mature or very dry skin. Also great for natural hair care, it is deeply hydrating and leaves hair soft, shiny, and silky. It can also be used as a single-note oil for facial cleansing and as a pre-shampoo conditioning. Babassu is a good beard oil and after-shave skin-conditioner for men.

Babassu oil blends wonderfully with pumpkin, borage, cranberry, pomegranate, apricot, and avocado oils. Replace coconut or palm in moisturizers, creams, and hair care products to reap the environmentally friendly benefits of this terrific oil. And, unlike shea, sustainable babassu oil it isn’t prone to that crystalizing crunchy effect that happens after it is heated and cools.

Sustainability Notes

The sustainable Technology Project has a great list of why babassu oil is good for the planet, as well as your skin. I’ve copied it here so nothing is lost in translation. You can find more at

  • Nothing is wasted from the babassu nut – as well as its use in cosmetics, the shell is used as fuel, fibers in porridge, and it is a source of alcohol, charcoal, and oil for fuel.
  • Babassu nuts are a readily available natural resource and are harvested by local people.
  • The women babassu breakers work locally, collecting nuts and extracting kernels at the same time as looking after their children and homes.
  • The babassu palm is vital as a source of income for local people.
  • The status and influence of women have been significantly improved as a result of their involvement in COPPALJ.
  • Trade has increased the importance of the babassu palm and its conservation has become more important.
  • COPPALJ has invested money in improving its oil press and conditions in the factory.

You won’t be disappointed with this fabulous oil, and your customers will appreciate how sustainable and environmentally responsible your products are.

Have you used sustainable babassu oil? What do you like about it?

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