Babassu oil

Babassu oil or cusi oil is a clear light yellow vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the babassu palm ( Attalea speciosa ), which grows in the Amazon region of South America . It is a non-drying oil used in food, cleaners and skin products. This oil has properties similar to coconut oil and is used in much the same context. It is being used as a substitute for coconut oil. Babassu oil is about 70% lipids, in the following proportions: [1]

Fatty acid percentage
Lauric 50.0%
myristic 20.0%
palmitic 11.0%
Oleic 10.0%
stearic 3.5%

Lauric and myristic acids have melting points, close to human body temperature , so can be applied to the skin as a solid that melts on contact. This heat transfer can produce a cooling sensation. It is an effective emollient .

During February 2008, a mixture of babassu oil and coconut oil Was Partially used to power one engine of a Boeing 747 , in a biofuel trial sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Airways . [2]


  1. Jump up^ “Soap Making Oil Properties” . Saratoga Scents . Retrieved 2006-10-09 .
  2. Jump up^ First biofuel flight, BBC News, 02/24/08