Our Cupuacu Butter has been obtained from the fruit seed of the Cupuacu tree (Theobroma Grandiflorum) found growing wild in the eastern subregion of the Brazilian Amazonia. The fruit of Cupuacu is used to produce juices and sorbets in its native South America.
The seeds contain approximately 48% of a sweet-smelling "butter" which is stable and highly suitable for use in cosmetics and toiletries, as well as foods and confections. Cupuacu Butter has a high capacity for water absorption and is therefore an excellent emollient for cosmetic formulations, often being compared functionally with Lanolin.
Suggested uses: Creams, lotions, balms, make-up foundations and bar soaps, massage creams, suppositories and a variety of cosmetic and OTC pharmaceutical applications. Use from 3% to 100% pure (as a butter-like balm).
Efficacy: Prevents drying of the skin and development of wrinkles. Reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores skin flexibility, offers skin softness and improves the moisture and elasticity of the skin. SAP value: 188 - 198. INCI: Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter.
NOTE: Both CUPUACU AND COCOA BUTTERS are very close "relatives", both are hard butters.
Cupuacu has a cocoa odor, but with a slight honey aroma hidden deep within the overall aroma, something cocoa butter does not have. On the skin it feels similar to cocoa butter, when melted you will get more of a creamy feel on the skin as opposed to cocoa butter.
They are both from the same genus, but from different species.
Cocoa butter: Theobroma cacao
Cupuacu: Theobroma grandiflorum
When placed side-by-side they both look quite similar at first glance, cocoa butter has more of a yellow tinge to it vs. the deep beige tinge of Cupuacu. The aromas are also slightly different.