The “Cupuaçuzeiro” (Theobroma grandiflorum) is one of the most important fruit trees in the Brazilian Amazon, and its fruit is widely approved in national and international markets, with economic potential for industrialization and commercialization.
Produced by CitroBio, it is obtained from the seed of the fruit. The entire value chain in butter production, from fruit extraction to processing, has a direct impact on the final product. Produced in a sustainable way, without harming the native environment, we offer the market a butter that guarantees all the properties of interest and that also generates income and improves the quality of life for local producers.
Cupuassu butter is a lipid composed of triglycerides, whose structure is a balanced composition between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, which gives the product a low melting point (approximately 30°C) and the appearance of a soft solid that melts quickly when come into contact with the skin.
Potential substitute for animal-derived Lanolin
Cupuassu butter has several advantages! Among them are its triglycerides, which have excellent water absorption capacity (stabilizes emulsions and aids in hydration properties). An interesting fact is that the water absorption potential of this butter can reach 240%, higher than that of lanolin and some of the most common animal and plant steroids for this purpose.
Because of this, cupuassu butter can be used as an ointment to protect cracks and fissures in the skin, after-shave emulsions and hair masks.
Potential anti-pollution and anti-aging properties for hair and skin
Due to the emollient, moisturizing and healing properties of cupuassu butter, it is able to considerably reduce the process of dehydration and skin aging as well as treat dermatitis and ulcerations.
CitroBio’s cupuassu butter is an excellent active ingredient for shampoos for dry, brittle and chemically treated hair, creams for burns and dermatitis treatment, hand and foot lotions, moisturizing lipsticks, creamy deodorants, as well as children’s and anti-aging products.
Global Market and Applications
In the period between 2019 and 2022, more than 1100 products were launched worldwide using Cupuassu Butter. Found in all regions of the world, there is a predominance in Europe and Latin America, with increases of 52.38% and 69.35% between 2019 and the last year; in the Middle East and Africa, this increase was 80%, showing its great potential for the region as well. Asia and North America also represent potential regions for opportunities.
Among the most used categories are hair products (shampoo and conditioners), body products (in cream, butter, bars and lotion textures), in addition to makeup and hand care. The most common appeals range from sustainability and natural products (Botanical/Herbal) to performance (like Moisturizing/ Hydrating, Long-Lasting). A growing number are products that are not only natural and sustainable, but also vegan (Ethical – Animal, Vegan/No Animal Ingredients). All these appeals are still on the rise in several categories, especially post-pandemic, showing the consolidation of a trend.
These are just a few examples of the most diverse applications that are possible with Cupuassu Butter: