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Cupuaçu Cupuaçu Cupuaçu

Cupuaçu
Theobroma Grandiflorum

Botanical family: Sterculiaceae
Description:

Theobroma Grandiflorum is a small tree, "cousin" of the Cocoa tree, native of southern and south-eastern Brazilian Amazon, particularly the states of Para and Maranhao, where it is widely cultivated. The Cupuaçu fruit grows on the trunk, as it is the case with Cocoa, it is a big oblong brown pod from two to four pounds. Under a thick pericarp, pod contains fifty beans surrounded by a mucilaginous white pulp, sour and aromatic. The pulp is widely consumed in Brazil as juice, desserts, candies, sorbets, etc ... By cold pressing of the bean is obtained a white, creamy butter, very emollient.

Geographical origin: Brazil
Composition, actives:

rich in oleic, stearic, palmitic, arachidic and linoleic acids, and in phytosterols (beta-sitosterol).

Part used: bean
Applications, properties:

good stabilizer in creams and lotions, it improves spreadability. Highly moisturising, emollient, anti-inflammatory and protective. Its high water absorption capacity, due to its high phytosterol levels, makes Cupuaçu an effective alternative to anhydrous lanolin. Promotes a pleasant touch, smoothness and softness to the skin and hair, boosting the recovery of its natural moisture and elasticity. Highly beneficial for dry and damaged skin and hair, promoting deep, long lasting hydration.

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