INGREDIENT

Avocado Butter

Persea gratissima

avocado-butter
Nourishing and hydrating
12
Products with this ingredient

Rich and nourishing, organic avocado butter comes from the flesh of avocados grown without chemicals or pesticides. Avocados are packed with essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium and help to condition and moisturise the skin and hair.

Description

Description

This rich vegetable butter melts easily making it a great addition to products designed to nourish the skin or melt away in the bath. The fruit contains unsaturated oil that rehydrates skin, soothing the skin’s upper layers. It is also a great ingredient to help with unruly or dry hair and it can be used to add strength and shine when added to shampoos, conditioners and treatments. Avocadoes (Persea gratissima, Persea americana) are the fruit of a subtropical tree, native to Mexico and South America. The tree is a member of the Laurel (Lauraceae) family and there are approximately 500 varieties, which produce fruits ranging from small and egg-like to heavy, pear-shaped fruits

Avocado Butter can be found in these products
12
Products with this ingredient
Avocado Butter can be found in these products
Face And Body Scrub
Scrub and soften
£9.95
120g
Curly Shampoo
Shampoo
Bring back, my curls!
£6.95
100g
R&B
Hair Moisturiser
Beat the hair blues
£13.50
100g

FEATURED

Under the Kenyan sun

Early morning in a four-acre farm in Thika, 25 miles northeast of Nairobi, Kenya. Proud farmer Charity is walking among her cherished avocado trees, tenderly pressing the sun-kissed, plump fruit to check for ripeness. She is making the rounds of her fruitful four-acre farm, where she can supply the majority of what her family needs year-round. A few chickens provide all the natural fertiliser she needs so she can grow coffee, maize, bananas, mangoes, chillies and spices, and macadamia nuts alongside the abundant avocados.

Now in her 80s, Charity has been working this farm with her family for more than 40 years. Key to the success of the farm are her 23 avocado trees, most of which she planted with her husband more than 30 years ago. Today, they stand tall and bountiful, resplendent from the regular diet of plentiful sunshine, mulched maize stalk, and fertiliser from the farm’s animals. They produce between 250kg and 400kg of Hass and Fuerte varieties each year, with her prize tree giving 480kg of fruit one year alone. Charity is one of around 100 local farmers supplying our fair trading processor with firm, ripe, organic avocadoes to turn into a rich and luscious oil for a consistent and fair price. 

When the avocados are ripe, they’re picked by hand where possible, cutting extra stalk to preserve their freshness. The highest fruits are drawn down using a wooden pole with a sharp hook at the end. They are then transferred as quickly as possible to the processing plant to be turned into a mild, golden oil that we use across our range of products.

At the processing facility, the fruit is spread on to steel tables, where they are halved and the stalks and stones removed by hand before a machine chops them quickly into small chunks before the fruit oxidises. These chunks are then dried gently in a second machine to preserve them without compromising their nutritional content. If the flesh were simply cold-pressed, as many vegetable oils are, the finished product would be bright green and not suitable for use in cosmetics as it would ferment quickly. Instead, it is taken to another factory where a centrifuge spins this green mass at such force that the different densities separate and the now golden yellow oil can be tapped off, in the perfect state to be used in our cosmetics.

Light but intensively nourishing, we use it in one of our richest hand creams, but the oil is also delicate enough to go into our facial moisturisers. As avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats, which help to improve the tensile strength of hair, we also use it in conditioners.

When the avocadoes are ripe, they’re picked by hand where possible, cutting a little extra stalk to preserve their freshness.