Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter



Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter at a glance

  • Also called cupuacu seed butter
  • Well known for its emollient properties
  • Contains fatty acids oleic and linoleic acid
  • Some research suggest it could mitigate UVB damage
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter description

_Theobroma grandiflorum_ seed butter is the extract from the seed of a plant known as cupuacu that is native to the Amazon Basin in South America. Much like the seed butter from a related plant, _Theobroma cacao_ (cocoa), it is well known for its emollient and softening properties. Part of the reason _Theobroma grandiflorum_ seed butter is so effective at conditioning skin is because of its concentration of fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acids, the latter being a key component of ceramides. In addition, there is some research showing this seed butter can help reduce the outward effects of skin damage from the sun’s UVB rays. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review board has ruled _Theobroma grandiflorum_ safe as applied in cosmetics, where usage ranges between 0.00005-7%.

Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed April 2023, Website
  • IFAC PapersOnline, September 2018, pages 16-21
  • International Journal of Toxicology, November-December 2017, pages 51S-129S
  • The Journal of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, December 2012, pages 92-94

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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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