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Murumuru butter is derived from the seeds of a palm tree native to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. Murumuru butter is a fatty solid, that is white to yellow in colour. It has a very distinctive smell that may prove to be too overpowering for some people. An easy way to get around this is to combine it with a few drops of essential oils and/or coconut oil. One quick google search reveals a bunch of posts listing the same things; Murumuru butter is high in vitamin A, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and is also rich in oleic and lineleic oils.
Oleic acid (also known as vitamin K) is an omega-9 essential fatty acid that has been shown to be an excellent emollient, which moisturises and softens the skin while aiding moisture retention. It also permeates the skin deeply, enhancing the effects of collagen and elastin, repairing damage caused by dryness, sun exposure, stress and other factors. It helps to restore skin elasticity, skin texture and can reduce and even eliminate fine lines. Oleic acid has a similar effect on the hair, penetrating the hair shaft and improving moisture retention. Regular application can even help hair grow thicker and stronger, and can help make curls more manageable.
Linoleic acid is an omega 6 essential fatty acid that is also an emollient and has been found to reduce the size of spots in a clinical setting.
Because of these qualities, murumuru butter helps to moisturize the hair and skin, improve hair and skin texture while maintaining moisture retention. It's also supposed to give the hair a glossy sheen!
I am a firm believer in using oils as a pre-shampoo treat for the hair so when I saw this at Sheabutter cottage I had to try some. As always, Sheabutter Cottage source their products responsibly; their murumuru butter is bought directly from remote indigenous communities throughout the Amazon River basin area. Which helps to preserve the natural habitat and directly improves local economic conditions and sustainability.
The smell of this butter proved to be too much for us, so we combined it with coconut oil, melted it together in a bain-maire and now we have it on hand for our hair and skin needs.
We can say with certainty that it has improved our skin condition, hair condition and it really does make your hair glossy. It absorbs into the skin quickly and has improved skin texture, it hasn't shown L much help in the way of her dry patches but she loves it as an all-purpose body conditioner.
Have you ever used murumuru butter? what did you think?
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