Buriti, which is scientifically known as Mauritia flexuosa, is an Amazonian palm tree that produces a fruit that contains an oil that has been used for thousands of years to add moisture and shine to hair and fight aging of the skin. The Brazilians know the buriti tree as the “Tree of Life” since its oil is a natural fountain of youth for skin and hair.
What is Buriti Oil?
Buriti oil is extracted from the fruit of its tree, then ground and cold pressed so that it preserves its valuable nutrients. Although carrots are known for their beta-carotene content, buriti oil is actually the richest source of this carotenoid, which causes its orange-red color.
Visual Properties: Reddish brown or golden orange oil
Flavor: Creamy nut flavor
Origin: South America and Brazil
Location: Tropical swamps and other wet areas
Uses: Foods, beverages, skincare, hair care
Benefits of Buriti Oil
In addition to beta-carotene, buriti oil is rich in some great vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin E content helps protect the skin from the appearance of aging as well as the effects of stress, thus engaging an effective anti-aging benefit that is complimented by the firming benefit from the oil’s essential fatty acids. Vitamin E also works with vitamin C to be a strong antioxidant and protect the skin against UV rays, by absorbing a portion of the UV spectrum. This also allows the oil to eliminate free radicals, which contribute to skin damage and aging. Finally, the oil is a wonderful emollient that deeply moisturizes the skin. It has a higher content of Vitamin E than Argan oil, which makes it more rejuvenating than Argan oil.
Buriti oil is just as beneficial for your hair! Brazilian natives have used the oil to moisturize and promote shiny hair for centuries, and it’s been proven to be the most effective treatment for glossier, healthier hair. Its vitamins help protect the hair from the damage caused by UV rays as well, so it’s great to use during the summertime or for vacationing in sunny climates.
Ways to Use Buriti Oil
Beyond moisturizing and protecting, buriti oil has a variety of applications for hair and skin care, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory properties treat rashes, irritation, redness and sensitive skin
- Photo-protective properties prevent sun damage from UV rays
- Enhances the youthful appearance of skin, natural anti-aging elixir
- Rich moisturizer for the skin
- Keeps skin cells healthy for longer
- Excellent at hydrating and conditioning hair
- Protects hair from heat styling (blow drying, curling, straightening)
- Helps prevent split ends
- Adds gloss and shine when spread through hair (controls frizz)
- Detangles coarse and curly hair very well
Buriti fruit was the inspiration behind the Teadora logo. It is a gorgeous rainforest superfruit. Buriti oil is a key ingredient in in all of our products as it is one of the ingredients in all three of our proprietary Rainforest elixirs. The oil is used in our sulfate-free, professional salon quality and vegan shampoo and conditioner, as well as our Anti-Pollution Facial Mist, which is an excellent make-up primer and skin protector and hydrator. It also provides instant illumination for a glow boost and is an excellent fine line reduction toner with its 12 active ingredients.
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