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What you need to know about buriti oil.

What you need to know about buriti oil.

Also known as Aguaje, the buriti is a palm tree native to Brazil. It produces an extremely rich vegetable oil high in beta-carotenes, antioxidants that protect against damage caused by free radicals and promote cell regeneration. For a more radiant skin.

Origin and extraction of buriti oil.

The buriti is a palm tree belonging to the Arecaceae family that grows in the humid and tropical forests of the Amazon. Indigenous populations regard it as a sacred tree and nickname it the tree of life due to its multiple uses.

The vegetable oil of buriti is extracted by cold pressing the pulp of the fruits. It is one of the richest natural sources of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A.

Out of 100 grams of pulp, it contains 30 milligrams of beta-carotene.

It also contains fatty acids that are essential such as linoleic acid (omega-6), oleic acid (omega-9), palmitic acid and stearic acid.

In cosmetic care, it is referenced under the I.N.C.I. designation "Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil". Even though it is relatively resistant to oxidation, it is preferably stored in a cool place, protected from heat and light in an amber bottle.

The properties of buriti oil for the skin.

This vegetable oil is particularly recommended for dull complexions, skin lacking vitality, as well as tanned skin due to the properties outlined below:

  • Antioxidant:

    Thanks to its richness in beta-carotene and vitamin E, buriti oil is an excellent antioxidant treatment to protect the skin from free radicals. As a reminder, these are reactive oxygen species naturally produced by the body. However, when cells are faced with stress, they produce them in excessive amounts. The sources of stress are numerous, the main ones being exposure to UVA, pollution, smoking, and a diet too rich in fats and/or sugars. Free radicals are particularly unstable molecules due to their single electron. They tend to react with other molecules to form an electron pair, and then cause damage to cells, DNA, and proteins in the body. They are notably involved in lipid peroxidation, a degradation reaction of the constituents of cell membranes. Aging is thus accelerated and wrinkles appear on the skin surface. Buriti oil is therefore a valuable ally in preventing premature skin aging.

  • Moisturizing:

    Several studies have shown that buriti oil is capable of reducing insensible water loss, due to its film-forming properties.

  • Emollient:

    Rich in omega-6 and omega-9, it provides nutrition and elasticity to the skin and restores the hydrolipidic film. The buriti vegetable oil is thus qualified as relipidating, it is recommended for taking care of dry and dehydrated skin.

  • Photo-protective:

    To enhance your sun protection and thus prevent the appearance of spots and/or wrinkles, researchers have demonstrated that buriti oil provides efficient protection against UVA rays. However, be aware that it does not replace a broad-spectrum sunscreen and should be used in addition to it.

The properties of buriti oil for hair

Rich in antioxidant compounds, buriti oil protects the hair from external aggressions (pollution, sun, cigarette smoke...) that generate an overproduction of free radicals. This phenomenon, known as oxidative stress, is a factor associated with the deterioration of hair fibers, the appearance of white hair, and even hair loss. Buriti oil and the molecules it contains neutralize these free radicals to prevent them from causing damage and maintain good hair quality for as long as possible. Furthermore, thanks to its photoprotective virtues, this plant compound restores shine and vitality to damaged hair. It is an excellent ally for revitalizing dull and dry hair. Moreover, buriti oil preserves the pigmentation of colored hair by stimulating the production of melanin present in the body.

In which skincare products can one find buriti oil?

Its excellent skin tolerance makes buriti oil a suitable treatment for all skin types, even those of young children and infants. It is primarily found in sunscreens or after-sun lotions, to prolong the tan. Besides its photoprotective action, buriti oil is also used as an active ingredient in creams and serums to give the skin a healthy glow. It is also included in the composition of shampoos and conditioners, hair balms for dry hair, and creams or masks to protect hair color.

Typology has developed a botanical blend for a sun-kissed complexion with buriti. This serum, composed of 6 plant extracts, is rich in beta-carotene. It revives the skin's radiance and provides an immediate subtle tan. Please note, this product is not a self-tanner.

With organic camellia oil, buriti oil also makes up the cleansing balm. Its transformative balm - oil - milk texture gently removes makeup from the face and eyes and cleanses gently. The skin is supple, soft, and comfortable.

You can also find buriti oil in our self-tanning serum progressive DHA 10% + carob pulp. This offers a natural, progressive, and adjustable tan thanks to the combination of self-tanning molecules of plant origin. This serum can be used alone or mixed with your usual day cream.


  • BÖHM F. & al. Singlet oxygen quenching by dietary carotenoids in a model membrane environment. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (2003).

  • VINARDELL M. P. & al. Photoprotective potential of emulsions formulated with Buriti oil (Mauritia flexuosa) against UV irradiation on keratinocytes and fibroblasts cell lines. Food and chemical toxicology (2010).

  • LE HYARIC M. & al. Comparative properties of amazonian oils obtained by different extraction methods. Molecules (2011).


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