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Babassu oil aka cuisi oil is extracted from the seeds of the babassu palm aka attalea speciosa. The tree grows up to approximately 20 meters tall and can be found in Brazil, South America. The oil obtained from the tree is clear light yellow to nearly white with properties similar to coconut oil (monoi oil is also similar to coconut oil btw).
Babassu oil is cold pressed from the kernels of the tree without any chemical processing thus preserving all its qualities. Babassu oil contains a wide variety of fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid.
What Makes Babassu Oil Just as Awesome as Coconut Oil?
- Slightly heated before applying to hair, forms a protective, soothing coat, making it an effective emollient for dry, brittle and/or damaged hair.
- It penetrates quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feel to your strands.
- It is an excellent addition in body butters and massage oils, and can also be used to replace coconut oil if necessary.
- It has been proven to treat a range of ailments such as eczema, dry and itchy patches and inflammation.
- Adding it to your shampoo gives your hair strength and elasticity.
- If stored in a tightly sealed container in a cool corner, the shelf life should extend well into 1 -2 years.
Babassu Oil Recipes
Whipped Butter Ingredients
- 1/3-cup babassu oil
- 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil (above 70,000 IU)
- Shea butter or mango butter (eye ball amount as per the size of the container)
- Ylang ylang essential oil for fragrance (optional).
Whipped Butter Recipe
- Melt the shea/mango butter over boiling water
- Add in the babassu oil and whip together thoroughly. Then add in the vitamin E oil and whip some more until you achieve a smooth consistency and it looks light and fluffy like a mousse.
- Add in the ylang ylang oil if using.
- Pour into a container and leave in the fridge for a few hours to harden.
- Alternatively, you can blend the ingredients if hand whipping is too much work. You can also use a piping bag to get it into the container.
- Apply as needed to seal in moisture.
Shampoo Bar Ingredients
- 100 grams babassu oil
- 100 grams olive oil
- 75 grams avocado oil
- 50 grams castor oil
- 25 grams sunflower oil
- 30 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 95 grams distilled water
- 3 teaspoons of essential oils (ylang ylang, lavender, patchouli, rosemary or tea tree)
- Gloves and goggles for protection.
DIY Shampoo Bar Recipe
- Measure and weigh out all the ingredients before you start.
- Add all the oils into a crockpot and heat on low to medium heat. Ensure the temperature doesn’t go over 150F.
- Put a pan away from you to protect from splashing then pour in the distilled water followed by the lye. Wait until it is completely dissolved (the mixture will be clear).
- Remove the oils from the stove once it is at 150F, then slowly pour in the lye and distilled water mixture them mix together with a hand blender taking care of splashing. Mix until you achieve a trail like consistency when you drizzle the mixture.
- Put the crock put back on the stove and cook for 2 – 3 hours. If the mixture starts to bubble over, stir it gently.
- Wait until the mixture has thickened then test with ph strips to check if ready.
- Add in the essential oils and colour if you like then scoop the soap into the molds.
- Cover molds with plastic wrap then let the soap set for 1 – 2 days.
- Remove from the mold and cut into pieces. Your DIY shampoo bar is all done.
There are also several other oil combinations to make your own shampoo bar, which I will explore in a more comprehensive article about DIY shampoo bars with oils later on. If you’re not up to making your own shampoo bar, you can get your ready-made shampoo bars below:
Soap for Goodness Sake Babassu & Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar (2 in 1 goodness) 🙂
If you would like to know more about how to use natural oils for specific purposes to get more effective use out of them, you may want to check out How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils, a guide which goes in-depth into which specific oil (s) works for each hair issues for optimal length and health.