The oil from a common palm fruit that grows in wetlands & forests in the Amazon & Northern South America is proving to be the next hot thing in skin care. The buriti fruit has played a vital role in native Amazonian diets for years. Now cosmetic companies are realizing that the oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, & photo-protective properties. The antioxidant action protects all skin cells’ lipid membranes to keep the cells healthy longer. The anti-inflammatory action soothes rough, red, sensitive skin while the photo-protective properties help prevent sun damage. It is rich in palmitic, linoleic, & arachidic acids, an excellent source of antioxidant tocopherols, & carotenoids (natural pre-cursors to vitamin A.)
The lengthy Buriti fruit harvest (April through September in Brazil & October through January in Peru) provides jobs for women, whose options are otherwise very limited resulting in supplementary income for native families, with great potential for local villages. So, not only does buriti oil enhance the youthfulness of skin, it also has a promising sustainability story! Win, win!
We are proud to use buriti oil in our Pressed Powder Foundation, Bronzer, & Blush.
*The Buriti palm was given the nickname “tree of life” by explorer Baron von Humboldt because of it’s importance in the Amazonian diet.
** This brief is a summary from the article, “Buriti fruit: An Amazonian beauty secret,” by Chris Kilham, published Nov. 20th, 2013 by FoxNews.com