Babassu Oil



Babassu Oil description

Babassu oil comes from the seed of the _Orbignya oleifera_ plant, which is native to Brazil. It’s a rich source of the medium chain triglyceride lauric acid, which comprises over 50% of the oil’s fatty acids. Lauric acid is naturally present in skin’s oil, and plays an important role in reinforcing skin’s innate defenses by helping to strengthen its microbiome.

Babassu Oil references

  • The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, August 2019, pages 21-29
  • Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December 2017, ePublication
  • Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids, August 2013, ePublication

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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