This brazilian nut oil is harvested similarly to coconut oil; the babassu nut falls from a tree which looks much like a coconut tree, the meat is pressed, extracting the oil which is used in many cosmetic products for hair and skin. This oil is also used for cooking. Unlike coconut oil, babassu is non-comedogenic and absorbs well into the skin for a non-greasy feeling.
This absorption property is also true for babassu’s use in hair. I was recently sent a sample of Brown Butter Beauty’s Babassu Cream Deep Conditioner (Babbasu Butter Love Deep Conditioner) and was very impressed. I decided to do a side-by-side with HairVeda’s Sitrinillah, a coconut oil based conditioner, where each conditioner was applied to 1/2 of my hair. I found both conditioners left my hair feeling very moisturized and curls were poppin’, but there were a few differences…
Immediately upon application to dry hair, the BCDC had incredible slip and began to detangle. Even using my method of slathering conditioner, this 8oz jar went a long way (approx 3 applications). Both conditioners were left on for approximately 3 1/2 hours with a Therapy Wrap. When I rinsed, I noticed that the BDBC seemed to completely absorb into my hair and the 1/2 of my hair, which had the Sitrinillah, left an oily residue (as usual).
Visually, the textures of Sitrinillah and BCDC are similar, both very thin, but creamy — the Sitrinillah has a bit thinner consistency. The scent of the BCDC is weird, but bearable and does not linger (kind of like castor or sapote oil). I’m not completely sure what babassu oil smells like on its own, but judging by this product I don’t anticipate it to be offensive.
In reading reviews of the oil alone, many seem to prefer the use of babassu oil to coconut oil all together. Also mentioned was the rancid scent that occurs with coconut oil (while in the hair) after a period of time. This is said not to happen with babassu oil.
To further experience the benefits of this oil I’m researching suppliers of this oil in its pure state. Looking forward to adding this oil to other products, oil rinsing, pre-pooing, and everything in between , then reporting back to you guys.
Overall, if you take well to HairVeda’s Sitrinillah, you may want to give Brown Butter Beauty’s Babassu Cream Deep Conditioner a try. There’s a strong possibility you may like it even more than Sitrinillah. I do!