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
This is actually the best oil for hair products! Super thick, I even just use a dot of it straight from the bottle as a hair serum.

By: Joanne, Edmonton, Alberta
  Top Reviewer
Loyal Customer Since: 01-Mar-2013

Rating: Star
Excellent oil that really does add a brilliant sheen to hair. Smells like chocolate and works well in balms and lotions as well.

By: Alexis, Kingston, Ontario
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Aug-2017

Rating: Star
I love this oil. I include this in all my hair formulations - anytime a product calls for a 'cone' (dimethicone, cyclomethicone) I replace it with this oil, broccoli seed and argan oil. It works really well especially with the solid conditioner bars!

By: Anna Marie, Markham, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 14-Dec-2011

Rating: Star
I've been waiting so long for this to be available in smaller sizes! This oil is a great addition to blends for face and hair. It absorbs quickly, protects hair from a dry atmosphere, heals blemishes, and lightens the marks left behind. It has a really chocolate-mixed-with-dirt smell, but I love it because it mellows out the sweetness of other unrefined oils like prickly pear or chia. It smells sooooo good diluted. Because of the higher oleic acid content, I wasn't too sure it would do good with my skin type, but it didn't cause any congestion at all.

By: Mara, Sturgeon County, Alberta
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Loyal Customer Since: 17-Mar-2015

Rating: Star
If you like having soft hair buy this oil, if you have sagging skin buy this oil. If you want a beautiful nutty smelling oil buy this oil!

By: Christina, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jul-2015

Rating: Star
Love this oil, used it in a hair mask and the result's were fantastic. Also, as a surprise bonus the blend took on what I would call a subtle chocolate scent when I added this oil....did not see that coming, but am certainly not complaining! It was solid throughout when it arrived (not surprising given that it shipped during a Southern Ontario winter deep freeze) but quite quickly returned to a liquid state in a hot water bath. Definitely buying a larger bottle next time!

By: Heather, Corunna, Ontario
Loyal Customer Since: 18-Jan-2015

Rating: Star
Made a hair conditioner with it. It rocks! Also used it neat as a hair pretreatment, and was very pleased as well. This oil when neat has an earthy kind of smell which might be not pleasant for everybody. It completely disappeared in my finished product with fragrance added.

By: Elena, Edmonton, Alberta
Loyal Customer Since: 17-May-2013

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Further, New Directions Aromatics is not responsible for the comments made in the customer reviews, nor when products are used in ways not suitable to their purpose (for example, fragrance oils in toothpaste; bath salts in metal containers; additives used in larger amounts than recommended).

As with any manufacturing process, New Directions Aromatics strongly recommends small lab scale testing for evaluation purposes prior to full commercial manufacturing. As the ordinary or otherwise use(s) of this product is outside the control of New Directions Aromatics Inc., no representation or warranty, expressed or implied is made as to the effect(s) of such use(s) (including damage or injury), or the results obtained.

The liability of New Directions Aromatics Inc. is limited to the value of the goods and does not include any consequential loss. New Directions Aromatics Inc. shall not be liable for any errors or delays regarding an order, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm).

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