Pracaxi (Wildcrafted, Unrefined) Carrier Oil

Pracaxi (Wildcrafted, Unrefined) Carrier Oil
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Botanical Name: Pentaclethra macroloba

Extraction Method: Wild-crafted and cold pressed

Processing Type: Unrefined

Obtained From: Seeds

Origin: Brazil

Description: Also known as the Oil Tree, Pracaxi tree is native to the wet tropical areas around the north eastern part of South America. Pracaxi is the Portuguese name of the tree and its oil comes from its seeds. Pracaxi oil has one of the highest concentrations of behenic acid among natural products. For this reason, it is often used in hair conditioners. It is a relatively new product to the global cosmetic industry, and it is also used in lotions, creams, and soaps. The native population uses it as a detangler and hair brightener, and to strengthen the shaft of the hair. It is used as skin lightener for pregnancy mask and to reduce the appearance of burn scars. 

Color: Translucent yellow to golden brown.

Aromatic Description: It has a mild nutty aroma to strong nutty roasted type aroma.

Note: Pracaxi seeds are dried prior to pressing. Very dry Pracaxi seeds produce an oil with a stronger aroma and darker color due to the high concentration of Behenic acid. The appearance and aroma may vary with different batches but the properties of the Pracaxi remain the same.

Common Uses: Paracaxi seed oil is popular as an emollient in creams, lotions, shampoos, hair conditioners and other topical products. A small amount in wet hair is purported to make it soft and shiny, and increases the viscosity of some natural emulsions. For creams and lotions, the amount used is 5-7% in hair products, 5-10% in creams, in depilatories from 15-20%, and in soaps 10-20%.

Consistency: Liquid at about 25°C, solid at about 2°C. Product can be placed in a hot water bath for a few minutes to allow for easy pouring.

Absorption: Much like oat kernel oil, it has a silky feel and moderate speed of absorption.

Shelf Life: Users can expect a shelf life of up to 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended. Please refer to the Certificate of Analysis for current Best Before Date.

Cautions: None known.

Storage: It is recommended that cold-pressed carrier oils be kept in a cool dark place to maintain freshness and achieve maximum shelf life. If refrigerated, bring to room temperature before using.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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Rating: Star
I finally started using this in my detangling oil mixture, and I LOVE IT! It has a great nutty scent as well. I highly recommend it.

By: Natasha, Bethesda, Maryland
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Loyal Customer Since: 03-Sep-2008


Rating: Star
This carrier oil is very thick & hard at room temperature. It's more like a butter than what I consider a carrier oil that I thought & was expecting to be in liquid form but is not. What makes this even more of a bummer to me is that NDA ships & shipped this carrier oil to me in a 16.6 oz bottle with a tiny 3/4 inch opening top instead of shipping it in a wide mouth plastic jar that would make it easier to scoop out & melt little amounts at a time versus the entire bottle over & over again. The way it is now in the 16.6 oz bottle with a tiny 3/4 inch opening, in order to use it & make it a liquid instead of a solid; I will have to microwave the entire 16.6 oz bottle of it which in turn will end up ruining & overheating the healthy, unrefined Pracaxi Oil benefits & nutrients to the skin. The last thing that bothers me here about this Pracaxi (Wildcrafted, Unrefined) Carrier Oil is that NDA does not say anywhere in the description or talk about it being a solid wax or butter at room temperature or that it needs to be heated in order to become a liquid oil. I truly expected this to be a liquid carrier oil & not a solid carrier oil when I purchased it. I would consider this to be more of a butter than an oil for sure & maybe should be sold under the (Butters) category on NDA instead of the Carrier Oils category because of how hard & thick it is & not liquid at all without melting it in a microwave. I think that I would rather purchase & see NDA carry Pracaxi Carrier Oil (Refined) as it would possibly be in true liquid form & not require heating or melting to turn it into a liquid carrier oil. I would have not purchased this Pracaxi Oil had I read or known on NDA that this is not in true liquid oil form at room temperature, requires heating/melting to liquify & to even get it out of the 16.6 oz bottle that should have been a plastic wide mouth jar for this THICK product!

By: Corwin, Sandia Park, New Mexico
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Loyal Customer Since: 27-Jun-2011


Rating: Star
This oil is AMAZING for the hair! I use a bit of it in my hair conditioner formula and it leaves my hair so shiny and it detangles wonderfully (i have long curly hair that falls below my hips)

By: Chelle, Lake Forest, California
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 21-Jun-2011


Rating: Star
have used this oil once but i love it !

By: Adriane, Grafton, West Virginia
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 01-Dec-2011


Rating: Star
This carrier oil has a very nutty scent. So far I have only used it with the SLS free shampoo base, which turned out great. It worked very well to detangle long hair. I am anxious to try it in a conditioner and also in CP soap. Thanks New Directions for the great variety of products!

By: Stacey, Paris, Illinois
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Loyal Customer Since: 20-Nov-2011


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