Community Fair Trade

Organic Babassu Oil

From Brazil

A sustainable and environmentally‐sound ingredient, babassu oil is extracted from the nuts of the wild‐growing babassu palm tree (Orbignya phalerata).The tree grows in an 18 million hectare area bordering the southern and eastern fringe of Brazilian Amazonia, including poorer provinces such as Maranhão. The tree is a wild fan‐shaped palm, native to Brazil, which grows up to 15 meters tall. Each tree can produce more than 500 nuts per harvest. The tree is very versatile, the leaves provide thatch for houses and can be woven into mats for constructing house walls, while stems are used for timber.

The Heart Inside

The Supplier

Our supplier, The Cooperative of Agricultural Producers of Lago de Junco (COPPALJ) is based in the north-eastern state of Maranhão in Brazil. It comprises over 150 members from 12 communities.


The babassu tree has become an important subsistence resource in Maranhão, where a minimum of 300,000 families harvest babassu and are often dependent upon this activity for their economic survival.

Meet Orisa

Orisa is one of the female babassu workers who are able to provide a brighter future for their children thanks to the income from this trade. “Before, no kids went beyond primary school,” she says. “Now there are kids at University even. This is all down to babassu.”

Equipped for the future

The trade in babassu oil has enabled COPPALJ to buy a second press, open a community centre and buy a truck to collect kernels from remote communities.


COPPALJ workers are supported by ASSEMA, a Non-Governmental Organisation which aims to improve women’s rights and has created a rural credit programme to enable women to achieve financial independence and control.

Our Iconic Babassu Products

Nutriganics Drops of Youth

  • Nutriganics Drops of Youth
    Youth-enhancing concentrate

    Our certified organic range has been created for the first signs of ageing. This innovative concentrate helps to enhance surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier. Fine lines appear smoother in just four weeks.

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Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel

  • Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel
    Effortlessly remove makeup

    Effortlessly remove makeup and impurities while leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed with a gel-to-oil cleanser enriched with Community Fair Trade organic babassu oil and aloe vera.

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Nutriganics Smoothing Mask

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    Boost Radiance

    Treat your skin and help boost radiance with a deep-cleansing mask that leaves skin feeling silky and smooth.

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Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream

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    Smooth & Soften Delicate Skin

    Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a gentle lightweight treatment that smoothes and softens the delicate skin around the eye area. Opthamologist tested.

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*Based on global sales from 2/19/2012 and 9/29/2012 and selling period of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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