The babassu palm tree is native to the coastal areas of north eastern Brazil and other regions of South America. Babassu oil is a light yellow – clear oil used in food and cleansing products.
Babassu oil claims to be beneficial for both dry and oily skin, moisturising the skin with an oily sheen. It also claims to treat toothache, as tar from burning babassu husks is rubbed onto the gums.
Babassu oil is used in a variety of products including massage, bath products, skin care products and medicinal remedies.